AM: Have you always worked across these different creative spheres?
LL: Always. When I was a kid, I was always drawing. I used to collect art images instead of football stickers, images like Botticelli’s Primavera, paintings of women by Raphael and Dalí. My dad surprised me one day by enrolling me onto a course to study fine art in Barcelona. I told him I wasn’t going, because I was aware of great and famous worldwide artworks, like The Nativity, Botticelli’s Primavera and Raphael’s figures. There is something truly sublime about them. It’s not that I was afraid of not being able to reach the best, no, I just didn’t want to enter this fight because I knew that once I did, it would be for my entire life. I wanted to try something else. Hairdressing had always been one of the options…
AM: Can you tell us about how you started out hairdressing?
LL: It came to me casually, I remember one day my aunt put some scissors in my hand and said, “cut my hair, it’s too long”. At that time I was only an apprentice at a salon, sweeping the floors. I looked at her face – I didn’t look at the hair – and then cut a strand here and another there. Her friend, one of our neighbours, asked me to cut her hair too, so I started to give haircuts in their homes. I became tired of it because I was always coming back home at two in the morning without any dinner, so I started to work from my own house. When it became too much, my mother saw a little shop and said, “why don’t we rent it?” I had my first shop when I was 17!