Meet the hairstylist behind BTS, EXO, GOT7 and NCT 

This tale shows up in Wanderer India’s K-Music Unique Problem, for sale currently. Acquire your duplicate below.

Park Naejoo, the creator of the star hair and make-up beauty salon Little bit & & Boot in South Korea, is not just a popular name in the sector amongst idolizers and enjoyment tags, however is likewise as modest as they come. Getting in touch with us over a Whatsapp conversation session, all the method from Las Las vega where he’s presently on scenic tour with pop titans BTS for the ‘Authorization to Dancing On Phase Excursion’ the musician’s unabashed interest for sharing his tale via voice notes [surprisingly enough, in English] is definitely heartfelt.

He’s the guy behind several of the most famous hairdos seen on child teams like BTS, EXO, GOT7, NCT, Monsta X, SuperM and The Boyz, along with stars like Ji Chang Wook, Ahn Bo Hyun and much more. When he’s not developing brand-new hairstyling lookbooks for musicians’ returns, or visiting throughout the globe with his remarkably skilled staff of hair and make-up musicians, he runs a prominent YouTube network where he routinely goes down tutorials recreating trending idolizer hairdos, unique behind-the- scenes vlogs from musicians’ video tasks, plus style fads and forecasts within the K-Pop area.

In this unique meeting with Wanderer India for our 2022 K-Music Unique problem, Park opens concerning his bittersweet experiences as a K-pop hairstylist, releasing his very own brand name, functioning within the shimmering globe of enjoyment and much more.

BTS Picture: Thanks To Success Songs

First Of All, I want to understand a bit concerning what obtained you curious about the area of hairstyling in the top place. Existed ever before any kind of hidden variables that affected this enthusiasm, or was it something you simply recognized you had an all-natural fondness for, over the years?

When I initially began functioning, I really did not in fact recognize what I suched as, or what I had an interest in. However everything transformed after satisfying my mentor/teacher; which I currently recognize was my large possibility. Ever since, each and every single day of operating in this area has actually been undoubtedly enjoyable and interesting!

Having actually belonged of the sector for more than a years, the procedure of locating success and reaching the top of a sector controlled by a wide variety of charming ability, have to have featured its reasonable share of obstacles. Can you inform us a little concerning the behind-the- scenes procedure of beginning and ending up being the chief executive officer of your beauty salon?

So I was in fact operating in a village as a hairstylist for one decade; back then, I wished to discover exactly how to create much better and much more innovative hairdos. So, complying with that, I began functioning as a hairstyling aide to my educator for 2 complete years. I began exercising my craft as a hairstylist and was at some point delegated snappy lots of designs and celebs for publication content and fires. It was just 4 years ago that I ultimately opened my very own beauty parlor, instead hair and make-up beauty salon, and trapped make-up musician Won Jungyo, that you’re currently knowledgeable about.

[Stay tuned for our interview featuring TWICE’s makeup artist Won, dropping tomorrow]

NCT U. Picture: Thanks To SM Enjoyment

In fact, we simply finished up an exceptionally informative discussion with her! Currently, exactly how did you pertain to settle the name ‘Little bit & & Boot ‘for your beauty salon?

Well, among my good friends, that’s a make-up musician in Korea, in fact recommended the name ‘Little bit & & Boot ‘to me as a present. ‘Little bit’ in Oriental ways hair brush, or hair brush, and ‘Boot’ indicates make-up brush both of which are incredibly essential to our area of job. So, he incorporated the 2 Oriental words right into an English name for our beauty salon.

“BTS and EXO– I seem like they are my household, my more youthful siblings.”

What establishes Little bit & & Boot in addition to various other deluxe beauty salons? What would certainly you think about as your group’s USP?

Our enthusiasm for building our very own, distinct stylistic identifications. We do not adhere to the very same, standard designs that have actually been reused in the sector countless times over, and attempt to produce art that’s fresh and brand-new.

That absolutely shows in your job. Your business flaunts a wealth of skilled developers in the hair and make-up area. We have Jungyo, Hansom, Kate, Jeonghyun and Hamin, to name a few– every one of whom featured a solid body of know-how and a performance history of operating in gigantic tasks. Exactly how does the group constantly take care of to preserve the criterion of job? Exist any kind of regulations the staff abides by?

While interacting, I have actually constantly informed [my team] that we require to ace our particular tasks; we require to provide a close-to-perfect task in vogue our customers, and most significantly all the looks that we produce ought to be personalized to match every one of our musicians, K-pop idolizers or otherwise. We require to be all set and have our guard up whatsoever times, due to the fact that we do not understand when we can capture our following job. Thus, the group constantly needs to go to the beck and telephone call of the highers, to capture the ideal possibilities and make the finest out of the offered possibilities.

EXO Picture: Thanks To SM Enjoyment

I have actually listened to that your initial customer was EXO, with whom you have actually functioned very closely given that their pre-debut duration. You have actually likewise dealt with BTS given that the launch of their 2nd cd. Besides their songs, both teams have actually ended up being prominent internationally for their impactful style declaration( s), that includes a variety of vibrant and distinctive hairdos. Exactly how would certainly you sum up the bond that you show them today?

BTS and EXO– I seem like they are my household, my more youthful siblings. That’s due to the fact that I’ve in fact invested the bulk of my time as a hairstylist with them. Infact, I believe I have actually invested even more time with them than I have with my organic household, despite the fact that I have actually obtained 2 children in your home.

Exactly how was your experience collaborating with BTS for the Grammys?

It was actually interesting and rather a remarkable experience too! It was so wonderful to deal with BTS once more, and to meet a lot of of my favored musicians personally. Well, the just disadvantage ofcourse is that they [BTS] really did not win the honor. Every little thing else concerning the experience was terrific.

” When followers like the method their favored idolizer or star has actually been styled and leave great responses, that really feels rather satisfying to me.”

Where there’s life, there’s hope– allow’s not shed our confidence till after that. Currently, whenever principle images or intros from musicians’ upcoming return routines are launched, typically the primary point that fads on social networks and obtains the fandoms consuming over, are the distinctive hair shades and hairdos they lug. There’s constantly a great deal of buzz around forecasting the musicians’ hairdos for upcoming tasks, together with comprehensive conversations on what hairdos the followers wish to see them attempt following and why. As the mind behind several of the most famous hairstyling jobs in the K-pop sector, what experiences your mind when these task intros are introduced to the public?

Whenever principle images or intros are appearing, I’m constantly distressed and thrilled regarding whether the followers will certainly like their brand-new ideas; hair shades and hairdos. I’m constantly attempting to produce brand-new, top quality designs that all the followers can appreciate and like.

Followers typically have a great deal of intriguing suggestions when it come to idolizers’ hairdos and also curate edits for hairdo styles they want to see them in. Such web content is perfectly sprinkled on social networks, and is rather tough to miss out on due to the excellent top quality of such fanarts. There have actually likewise been several circumstances of follower modifies emerging and being given birth to in the musicians’ succeeding tasks. Have you ever before discover such web content in the past, and does your group think about these suggestions and recommendations?

I’ve in fact enjoyed a great deal of followers sharing their suggestions and modifies. There are a lot of awesome suggestions to think about whatsoever times, and I attempt to maintain them in factor to consider as and when the situations allow. Nonetheless, the key emphasis while producing brand-new hairdos is constantly about the musicians’ principle for that certain return or efficiency.

[Left] EXO’s Suho. Picture: Thanks To SM Enjoyment [Right] BTS’ V. Picture: Thanks To Success Songs

That’s actually intriguing to understand! Of all the musicians that you’ve dealt with, that appears to be the most associated with style, and has the most inputs to include regards to their hairstyling?

Suho of EXO and V of BTS; both of them are extremely included and curious about their style, and constantly share a considerable quantity of point of views when it come to their designing. We have actually had ratings of conferences to review their hairdos.

“GOT7– they are incredibly pleasant.”

Just how much innovative flexibility do idolizers often tend to obtain relating to supplying recommendations for settling their hairdos, and is the leisure various in instance of more recent and older teams?

Well, I have actually had many conferences with the idolizers to review brand-new ideas and exchange our point of views. The more recent the team, the much more suggestions and recommendations are called for from my end. I have actually constantly tended of sharing even more of my inputs with the latest musicians or students, as contrasted to the older, much more skilled ones.

What’s your innovative procedure typically like? Can you inform us what enters into the ideation, preparation and implementation of the creates you generate?

Commonly, prior to beginning our job, we accumulate lots of principle images, complying with which we prepare the specific hair styles of each participant. The following phase is establishing that style, basically bringing it to life. For this, we are called for to deal with the whole group including make-up musicians, aesthetic supervisors, hairstylist and stylists; we have countless conferences to expand the last principle. That’s exactly how our styles typically revive.

Your imaginative quality in having the ability to conceptualize brand-new and distinct stylistic ideas throughout countless ages of musician returns appears to be mostly unmatched. As an imaginative musician in such a vibrant, hectic sector, there sometimes occurs the problem of facing a depression. Inform us exactly how you take care of to get rid of innovative dry spells and constantly remain concentrated and motivated?

My task involves a great deal of research study job. I typically need to maintain filtering via sites and scrolling via Pinterest to accumulate and preserve a barrier of top quality hairdo referrals. This aids me to remain all set for my following task, and thus there’s very little extent of an imaginative dry spell.

” I recognize that if the followers do not such as a certain design, after that I’m the one that requires to deal with and boost my abilities and outcome.”

EXO’s Kai. Picture: Thanks To SM Enjoyment

What’s the most tough facet concerning your task?

The truth that I can not invest a great deal of time with my household, despite the fact that I have actually obtained 2 children back in your home.

And corollarily, what’s the most satisfying facet of it?

When followers like the method their favored idolizer or star has actually been styled and leave great responses, that really feels rather satisfying to me.

You have actually formerly stated that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, you just procured eventually off in a year, and that every one of your expert routines were reserved 6 months ahead of time. Has that transformed currently, for much better or for even worse?

To be straightforward, this mainly relies on where I’m functioning from. Prior to Covid, I utilized to take a trip a great deal for my daily job routines. At the time, I would certainly reach concentrate just on one job [assignment] or shoot. However just recently, after Covid, I require to return and forth from the very same capturing places many times. Sometimes, there are several capturing routines aligned in a solitary day. Just recently I have not had the ability to obtain sufficient rest, as we have actually tentatively been preparing for a K-pop show overseas.

” In 2022, the style key phrase is ‘Y2K.’ Likewise, a great deal much more brand-new and distinct designs will certainly be prominent this year.”

[Left] EXO’s Kai [Right] EXO’s D.O. Photos: Thanks To SM Enjoyment

Being a star hairstylist can be difficult on its own, however you’re likewise the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of your very own business. Exactly how do you take care of to take care of the stress– what’s your getaway?

Whenever I procure any kind of downtime, I such as to visit charming cafés to chalk out my strategies. I attempt and focus on all my jobs based upon which are more vital and which can be postponed a bit, after that I set about examining those jobs off the listing as necessary.

That’s a charming method to set about it! Currently besides this, there’s the included stress from followers that might not be pleased with the outcome of particular appearances, and the innovative group behind these designs are delegated encounter their rage in the kind of trolling and inhuman discuss social networks. What’s your take on situations like these?

Yes, whenever I have actually been via such circumstances in the past, I have actually constantly really felt rather forced– however I recognize that if the followers do not such as a certain design, after that I’m the one that requires to deal with and boost my abilities and outcome.

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An additional typical issue that followers appear to have is with exactly how often and greatly the musician’s hair is colored or blonde, thus leaving it at risk to damages. Obviously, as veteran experts in the sector, the group most likely currently has a well-devised system of hair therapy in position. Can you specify a little on that particular front, incase that aids place an end to all opinions?

To address this inquiry, our personnel at Little bit & & Boot is constantly examining our customers’ hair problems and supplying recuperative hair therapy at our beauty salon. While styling their hair a particular method, or coloring their hair a particular color, we constantly consider their upcoming ideas and routines in order to decrease the damages as long as feasible. We are incredibly specific concerning making it an indicate perform our stylistic choices just after a collection of detailed conversations and considerations with all events included.

Thanks for making clear these! A problem that you have actually honestly discussed in the past is not having considerable qualitative responses on whether your job has actually been stationary or enhancing with time. I want to inform you this in behalf of all the followers, that you’re doing a remarkable task until now, and the proof remains in the cascade of love and sustain your developments remain to get from throughout the world. I intend to give thanks to both you and your group, for every one of your perpetual hard-work. Your art brings enormous joy to a great deal of individuals.

[Laughs] Thanks a lot! Wow, that’s in fact driving me to function tougher.

While styling their hair a particular method, or coloring their hair a particular color, we constantly consider their upcoming ideas and routines in order to decrease the damages as long as feasible.”

Can you anticipate some designing fads that you directly believe will allow in the K-pop area this year?

In 2022, the style key phrase is ‘Y2K.’ Have you read about it? Likewise, I believe a great deal much more brand-new and distinct designs will certainly be prominent this year.

BTS Picture: Thanks To Success Songs

Yes, certainly! Currently inform me, exactly how do you believe the aspects of designing and aesthetic instructions in K-pop are distinct contrasted to abroad style fads in the songs and show business? Exactly how has K-pop style aided South Korea stand apart in the international pop area?

Up till a couple of years back, we greatly rely upon complying with the European or Japanese motifs of hairdos for our art. However now, we’re attempting ahead up with our very own hairdo styles. I really feel that our South Oriental hairdos look extremely gorgeous and a great deal much more younger, contrasted to the remainder.

You have actually dealt with the GOT7 participants in the past. Inform us a bit concerning their off-stage individualities? I make certain ahgases [their fandom] would certainly like to get some understanding on this.

GOT7– they are incredibly pleasant. Considering that now I remain in Las Las Vega with BTS, I was actually anticipating conference Mark [Tuan of GOT7] below, due to the fact that he stays in Los Angeles. Regretfully, now he so takes place to be back in Seoul. Prior to coming below I would certainly talked to him, however we could not match our routines. Nonetheless, I’m anticipating satisfying him once I return to Korea.

Aside from hairstyling, what are several of your various other rate of interests? Exactly how do you like to invest your downtime?

My leisure activity is in fact finding out English, which is likewise why I wished to address your concerns today by means of these voice notes. To be straightforward, my English is not that great, and creating in English, for me now, is particularly tough. I wish I have actually had the ability to make you recognize my words until now!

EXO Picture: Thanks To SM Enjoyment

You absolutely have. Currently, what are the necessary hair designing devices which you can not take a trip without, while on scenic tour?

To make sure that would in fact be hair brush, hair spray, hair-cutting devices [and] oh, likewise transformers while taking a trip.

I strongly think that can form and adjustment one’s future with the job one places in at the existing.

That’s your greatest motivation?

My educator is my greatest motivation; her name is Lee Hye Youthful. She’s the number-one hairstylist in Korea. When I was functioning as her pupil, besides being educated well at hair designing, I likewise found out to drink a favorable mindset and enhancing worths from her.

BTS Picture: Thanks To Success Songs

That is your desire customer?

It’s Justin Bieber. I in fact satisfied him extremely just recently throughout the Grammy Honors. I ended up being a follower of his, after viewing him do his collection on phase.

What’s following for Little bit & & Boot?

[Laughs] I actually have no concept, I believe the future adjustments with the method over the existing. So indeed, I strongly think that can form and adjustment one’s future with the job one places in at the existing. I’ll thus require to concentrate on structure and enhancing my foundation as my following landmark for Little bit & & Boot.

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