Rafael Bueno: when hairdressing dominates the catwalk

The director of Rafael Bueno Peluqueros won in the Fígaro Catwalk category of the last edition of the awards, which recognises the overall staging. It is the only award in the competition that is deliberated and presented on-site, and it has a specific jury, the catwalk jury, made up of leading figures from the world of fashion and the media. Rafael Bueno shares his experience with us.

How do you create a collection for the Fígaro Awards and what is your creative process?

The collections we create are ideas that we develop as a team, through different techniques and interests that we work on collectively, each in our own area. The creative process begins when we gather to develop the work and concludes on the day of the photo shoot.

Could you share your experience of the backstage atmosphere and the Fígaro Catwalk?

The atmosphere is amazing, I think all professionals should experience it from within. It's difficult to explain in words, but what I would highlight the most is the unity and camaraderie.

What do you feel when you finally see your work on the catwalk?

It's incredible to see the collection in motion after all the work and preparation that goes into it. It's a feeling of satisfaction and happiness.

What does winning a Fígaro Award mean to you as a professional?

To me, it is the reward for the effort and the recognition of the profession for all the work I've done and my dedication.

What would you highlight about your winning collection?

On this occasion, I won the Fígaro Catwalk award with the collection New Age. It's a very versatile proposal, full of colour, shapes, and textures, with styling by designer Álvaro Calafat.

In your opinion, how do the Fígaro Awards help to give prestige to the profession?

The Fígaro Awards are a great showcase for professionals to show our work to the whole world. In addition, they help to give greater prestige to our profession.

What advice would you give to other colleagues who also want to succeed in the Fígaro Awards?

I always encourage people to create collections and share their work, as we are fortunate to have the great platform that is Club Fígaro, which allows us to enhance our work.

There is a significant part of the industry that does not explore the more artistic aspect of the profession. What does it bring to you, and why do you think it is important?

Personally, it brings me a lot: it helps me to work and develop different techniques and looks that I can't do on a day-to-day basis in the salon, either because they are more avant-garde techniques or more editorial textures. I believe that exploring this more artistic facet is very important to stay motivated as professionals.



The Club

The objective pursued by Club FÍGARO is recognition, both professionally and socially; thus raising our profession to the category of excellence, just as sectors such as fashion or gastronomy did at the time. Our mission is aimed at making our work known, admired and respected, both in the national and international territory, thus consolidating an increasingly cosmopolitan and powerful industry.

The Contest

The Spanish Hairdressing Awards, also called Fígaro Awards, value the photographic works of the hairdressing creations of the participating firms, to reward the most outstanding creative hairdressers in the country. They consist of five categories and were established in 2009 to give notoriety and visibility to the artistic work of Spanish hairdressers. The basic objective pursued by Club Fígaro with the creation of these awards is the social and professional recognition of hairdressing in Spain to consolidate an industry that is increasingly cosmopolitan and powerful.

Participating hairdressers register online to participate and upload their photographic collections to the Club Fígaro website. Afterward, the professional jury, made up of prominent personalities from national and international hairdressing and which changes every year, individually and independently votes the collections submitted anonymously, so impartiality is guaranteed.

Club Fígaro has the support of its main sponsor Revlon Professional, Salón Look IFEMA MADRID, a leading trade fair event, as official partner and The Hair MBA, as collaborator. Finally, Club Fígaro has the support of the main professional beauty magazines and portals in Spain.

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About Club Fígaro

Club Fígaro is a non-profit associative project created in 2009 by an outstanding group of Spanish hairdressing professionals. The main objective pursued by Club Fígaro is the social recognition of the profession, and this is articulated with the creation of the Spanish Hairdressing Awards, which have been held since 2010 and value the photographic works of hairdressing trends from the main Spanish firms. The transparency and prestige of the Awards is guaranteed by the appointment of an external jury, made up of five prominent names in international hairdressing, who vote individually and independently on the collections presented anonymously. The winners of the different categories of the Awards are announced during the Figaro Catwalk, an event that has already become the great annual event for Spanish hairdressers. 

Club Fígaro has the support of its main sponsor Revlon ProfessionalSalón Look IFEMA MADRID, a leading trade fair event, as an official partner and MDB Education, as a collaborator. Finally, Club Fígaro has the support of the main professional beauty magazines and portals in Spain.


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