Charlie Le Mindu creates art from hair and completely overturns our expectations of hairdressing. Mademoiselle Lili is always amazed at what he makes out of hair.
For instance, recently at Place des Pyramides. For centuries, she’s been sitting atop the equestrian monument: Jeanne D’Arc/Joan of Arc, France’s national heroine. But on that day, she was the paragon of punk with her head adorned with a golden Mohawk. The passers-by lapped this up as they pulled out their smartphones to snap pictures of the original icon and post her on social media channels all around the world. The culprit: Charlie Le Mindu, enfant terrible of Parisian coiffeurs. A wash, a trim and a blow-dry – the 31-year-old stopped doing this a long time ago. At age 11 he was sweeping up hair in a salon in the provincial town of Bergerac – and the manager predicted he would have a promising future as a hairdresser. “She said I had the perfect wrist movements”, he smiles. She was right: These days, he performs on major stages, adding a new genre to the world of art: that of hair artistry.