We are low key obsessed with Yasmine, our resident alternative braider so we sat with her in her to chat about Montreal, creativity and how she got started.
Côte-des-Neiges! I grew up in Ville St-Laurent though. I went to a public school that was so multi-cultural that I was the only Quebecois person there actually. I would say that I am Lebanese & Quebecois though.
I love the accessibility of the city, I really enjoy biking. I'm probably one of those bikers that drivers complain about!
I am someone who definitely must get out of my house. I’d mostly chill with friends but now we are all adults with schedules and it’s harder to find the time. But if I could chose, I’d do that.
"I usually need to find an objective with my day. I often work a bit, look at photos, make videos or plan photoshoots. There's are no day off when you are creative person!"
I love my area because there are all these foreign grocers with fun snacks you never heard of and I love trying new stuff there.
6 years but 4 years professionally.
She proceeded to tell me how she came to braiding by way of her friends. Growing up most of her friends braided each others hair and it’s a whole day thing. It starts by going together to buy hair (extensions) and then going back home and taking the whole day to get it done. Naturally at some point she wanted to help. So instead of just sitting there and chatting she said "Hey, show me how and I’ll help you."
Well I did a cool braid pattern on my friend who had a boxing match and from there I started being asked by other fighters to do their hair and eventually this barbershop asked me if i'd braid in their shop.
Honestly I didn’t care, like I grew up understanding quickly that you decide whether or not you let someone make fun of you or bring you down.
Growing up I went to an alternative school that really taught me how to be autonomous and how to make projects happen. That really set me up for independence and I’ve used the skills I learnt there since. So yeah shout out to ecole alternative johnathan!