Hairstylist Maggie Semaan has worked for over a decade to turn her childhood dreams into reality and last year she got to be part of one of the biggest events in the world.
Semaan was the woman behind the hair of Manar Nadeem Deyani, the Bahraini beauty queen who competed in the Miss Universe pageant last December, making her the first woman from the country to be part of the global event.
In an interview with Gulf News last year, Deyani praised Semaan for giving her “the best hair possible.”
Semaan has also worked with a number of international celebrity clients, such as singer Nicole Scherzinger, and says hairstyling is truly her passion.
Speaking to Gulf News, Semaan talked about her early days in the industry, as well as her tips for keeping hair healthy during Ramadan.
Could you tell me a bit about your hair styling philosophy?
My philosophy in hairdressing is therefore very focused on education, discipline and knowledge. Everything I do must be thoughtful, educational… it’s the same way I train my team.
How did you get into hairdressing?
Hairdressing was a passion for me. I was lucky that at a young age, because even before high school I always knew it was something I loved to do…just do my friends hair, my family hair… .until I realized it was actually my passion and it was something I was going to do pretty much forever. And it’s been 15 years now. And I love him more and more every day.
How did you prepare to style Miss Universe Bahrain Manar Nadeem Deyani?
You absolutely must define an idea, a vision and prepare a plan. Especially when working with celebrities, which I do a lot. I work with a lot of celebrities internationally, I do a lot of fashion weeks, music videos, magazines, television. So it’s always something we have to prepare in advance. And for Miss Universe Bahrain, I had to create something that was just phenomenal for her because I wanted her to feel beautiful and confident, especially when she walks on that stage with all these inspiring women.
Can you describe the look you were going for?
We were looking for something very fashionable and professional but very beautiful at the same time. And very stylish but still in a way that it’s something anyone can wear…perfect for a stage and for someone who’s in the public eye. And it is a very trendy look.
What is it like working with famous clients? Do you feel intimidated by them or are you just used to them now?
I think you are getting used to it. Of course, experience gets you to a point where you’re so comfortable working with anyone. They are so nice, I love working with celebrities. They are very inspiring. I learn something from each of them. It’s great for me because it takes me to a higher scale, and I have so much to offer them. I’m at a point where I’m very comfortable with my job and I’ve pretty much seen it all. So nothing scares me anymore. I think that makes me very comfortable.
What are your top hair care tips?
The most important thing in a hair routine is your shampoo, conditioner and/or hair mask. So always use professional products because quality is very important. When you use salon quality, you always get the best results for your hair. Of course, it must be suitable for the hair. So, if you are blonde, you should use products that are more suitable for damaged hair. Even if you have virgin hair, sometimes there are many things that damage the hair, be it sun, salt, water, chlorine, flat irons, wrong tools. So, always use a professional, always treat your hair and take care of it. Put on good treatments. Even the way you tie your hair can affect it. [Be] sweet with it.
Hair care tips during Ramadan
“Hot temperatures and intense summer heat make our hair more prone to stress and damage,” Semaan said in a statement. “While fasting during the holy month of Ramadan can bring multiple physical benefits, fasting for longer periods of time can lead to dehydration which can wreak havoc on your hair.”
Here’s Semaan’s ultimate guide to Ramadan hair care, as told to Gulf News…
The best way to start is to refresh your hair with a cut. If your hair strands are currently made up of split ends and are unhealthy, intense sun exposure can only make things worse. Pro Tip: A haircut every 3 months on average is ideal for maintaining healthy hair growth.
A healthy scalp means healthy hair and just like your skin needs its SPF, so does your hair. Using hair products enriched with a UV filter will help protect your scalp from harmful rays and maintain your hair’s moisture level.
Applying a hair serum after every wash of your hair will not only help calm any frizz your hair may experience during the hotter months of Ramadan, but can also protect your hair from environmental pollution and repair damage. If you have a crown of curls, a simple hair serum routine will improve and support the hydration of those curls throughout the day.
Hair masks provide your hair with much-needed nutrients that can do wonders for your hair compared to your average daily conditioner. It’s a great “for yourself” ritual that you can do once a week to keep your hair intensely hydrated and back to its healthiest state.
Use a hat or scarf whenever you go out in the sun. Besides being a great fashion accessory, it protects your hair from harmful UV rays, helping retain moisture on the scalp.
HYDRATION IS ALWAYS KEY
Did you know that water makes up nearly 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair? It is the primary source and key ingredient that aids in hair growth and plays a vital role in the overall health of your mane. Now imagine what dehydration can do to your hair. Pro tip: make sure you drink plenty of water between iftar and suhoor.