A Conversation with...

Anna Cofone

Hairstylist Anna Cofone makes sure that you can instantly spot musical artist Lana Del Rey抯 long and glamorous locks. Born and based in London, Cofone has shaped Del Rey抯 signature look梠ften adorned with a flower crown that抯 been copied and coveted by young women around the world. In addition to styling a rising pop star, Cofone holds residency at Josh Wood Atelier and has also contributed to such publications as Vogue, Wonderland, Dazed & Confused, Interview and V. After wrapping up a four-month American and European tour with Del Rey, Cofone found the time to speak with us about how she got into hairstyling, her inspirations and what she抯 looking forward to as a guest educator for Oribe Hair Care in the UK.

What interested you in becoming a hairstylist?
I came to hair late in life, having trained in the performing arts and then singing for some years in a Latin jazz band. Hair and makeup had been a part of my performing arts course and, after a while with the band, I realized it was with hair that my true interest lay. When I went for my interview to start an apprenticeship with the Harringtons Hairdressing Group, I remember feeling really excited about a career in hairdressing and all of the different avenues that it could take you down, from running a busy column to styling hair for film, music videos and education.

You've been Lana Del Rey's hairstylist for quite some time. How did you come up with her signature Old Hollywood look?
Working with Lana for the past three years has been one amazing visual journey. She has a real love for Old Hollywood glamour, and a lot of the images she particularly loved were of Hollywood icons like Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. So the look came together really organically.

What is it like consistently working one-on-one with an artist for so many years?
It抯 every hairdresser抯 dream to have a regular client. There抯 nothing better than building up a clientele who come to see you every six weeks. In all honesty, working with an artist as prolific as Lana was an absolute dream come true. Whenever there is a new campaign or video shoot, the most important part of the creative process is what is going to evoke the mood that the artist is looking to communicate.

Is there a difference to the process when it comes to styling for editorials, music videos and live performances?
In my experience, after working in the industry for more than 10 years, it's important to have a different "head" on when styling hair for different events. For example, for a live show, hair needs to move and look real. However, for an editorial, it sometimes doesn抰 matter what the back looks like if the shots are front-on portraits. A lot of the time it can be a simple as how much time we have, and that will dictate what I do.

You're going to be a guest educator an upcoming Oribe event in the UK. What are you most excited about to educate other stylists about?
I'm so passionate about education, so this is going to a really exciting chapter. When I was training, I was very lucky to work for a company that supported young hairstylists coming through, and I抦 really excited about now being in that place to give back, to help give people confidence and help them take that next step in their career.

Where's the best place you've ever traveled for a shoot? For fun?
For a shoot, it was the Valley of Fire in Nevada. The scenery was amazing and although the heat was intense, the sunsets were the most incredible I have ever seen!

For fun, it has to be Japan. I loved the intensity of Tokyo but the calmness of the Japanese gardens and chasing geishas down the cobbled streets of Kyoto to grab a shot of their hair. The shapes inspire me so much!

What else inspires you?
I have lots of inspirations that have probably all played a part in my career. My inspiration for working hard, believing in myself and learning that we can achieve anything that we set our hearts on comes from my father. In terms of inspiration for my work, this comes from many mediums: walking down the street, watching cult films, looking through art and fashion books.

Who are some of your hair icons and mentors?
I started session assisting the wonderful Eugene Souleiman and Sam McKnight during the shows at London, Milan, Paris and New York fashion weeks. Their calmness, skill and vision were and still continue to inspire me. I also love Julien D'Ys work. His approach to hair and the shapes he creates always amaze me. They challenge the perceptions of hairdressing.

Is there a philosophy that you stand by?
To continue working hard and mastering my skills because I believe there is always room to learn and improve.

What are your go-to products?
Dry Texturizing Spray is an essential in everyone抯 kit! Also, Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse, Original Pomade and Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

What do you do for fun when you're not on set?
Hanging out with good friends, family and my dogs. Trips down to the coast are essential and so is great food!

Can you share some of your upcoming projects?
I have just been made beauty editor for a new fashion magazine called Lujon, run by a dear friend of mine whom I met when he was studying at Central Saint Martins. What I love about the magazine is that it brings lightness and humor to fashion, which we need more of!

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