With a disarming charm and effortless style, hair stylist Tania Becker has risen to the top of her game. Refining her skills behind the chair and picking up some big name clients and fashion editorials along the way, Tania always strives to be a season ahead of current trends.

The veteran stylist travels the world styling in New York, Paris, London and Milan. Amidst her chaotic schedule of photoshoots and catwalks she also co-manages her Vancouver based salon Moods. A quick glimpse of her work in our latest video, All Summer Long You’ll Be With Me and its clear, Becker has a talent for nailing that beachy, tousled hair many of us try so hard to achieve.

We caught up with Tania to get the scoop on upcoming trends, trade secrets and what inspires her.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
I’m inspired greatly by the hair heroes I work with at Fashion Week.
I’m inspired by change and I love that when you follow fashion, arts, music and culture, it forces you to constantly evolve.

Upcoming hair trends
There was a lot of fun colour on the runways for the Fall/Winter 2012 season like pastels and jewel tones. We’re continuing to see top models moving up in rankings by cutting their hair short. In terms of long hair, we’re still having fun with fringe options like the 60’s curtain bangs.

Tricks of the trade
I like to use lightweight products on set, such as Aerodynamics. You never know when you will have to change it up half way through the day! At the salon, a firmer hold like Ultradynamics is great for a client that wants their style
to last throughout the day.

Can’t live without product on-set
I use Aerodynamics for setting and finishing. If I could only carry one product from the line, it would be that one! At shows we create a lot of looks with texture, whether it’s down and natural or working with the texture on the surface of an up-do. The new Beach Bomb is amazing for creating these looks!

How did you get started?
12 years ago, designers Heatherette invited me to New York Fashion Week to do hair for their show. From that, I started working with more teams and now, I’m doing 50-60 shows per year in NY, London and Paris.

What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love the people I work with and the dynamics of getting stronger and stronger as a team. I love traveling; in the last year my work has taken me to LA, Las Vegas, NY, Milan, London, Paris and Hawaii. I can’t get enough of it!

Most memorable shoot?
Working with James Pecis for 9 days in Las Vegas for Paris Vogue was a great experience. It was for the cover and 35+ pages of editorial, so there was a lot of exciting locations from the dessert to penthouses. The model, Daria Werbowy is an amazing woman. Great to work with and very inspiring.

Do you have a favourite show at Fashion Week that you’ve worked on?
I love different shows for different reasons. Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier are always a vibrant and hectic backstage experience. Fly by the seat of your pants! Hair guru, Guido, always comes up with amazing looks.

London shows with James Pecis are all about getting crafty. For the Meadham Kirchoff show, our team created hair pieces, we spent many long nights, painting and glueing and melting…very inspiring.

New York tends to be much more natural. Beautiful un-done hair, and there’s no limit to how you can create these looks. The opportunities for creativity are endless.

Victoria’s Secret Show is so fast paced, the models are interviewing non-stop, it’s organized chaos at its best. Everyone is just so happy to be a part of it, and the energy is amazing.

How would you describe your style?
I love working with a creative team and problem solving. When you’re on set, it’s not just about the hair; it’s about the full vision of the image. Whether it’s ad work, editorial or music videos, It’s fun to get in the mind of the creative director and design a hairstyle that lends itself to the story.

I guess it’s the contrast to having my own style; I love the challenge of being able to design and execute what suits the project.

Tania is represented by Nobasura Artist Management.

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