"I believe an excellent haircut is one that lasts well into the weeks, because every strand is appreciated thus achieving the perfect balanced hairstyle."
Alphonse is a first generation New Orleanian. Born in 1965 from Dutch/ Indonesisn parents who immigrated to New Orleans from Dortrecht, Holland in the Netherlands. However, his parents and four older sisters were born in Bandung, Indonesia on the island of Java. During this time, it was Dutch ruled and Indonesia was called the Dutch East Indies from 1800 to the end WWII (1945).
By the age of 10, Alphonse knew hair and makeup artistry was in his blood. The realization came to him, simply by the touch of hair and playing with his mother's and sisters' makeup. By age 12, he created his first hairstyle on his niece; Princess Lea's twisted hairdo; from the movie Star Wars (circa 1977).
During his Junior year in high school, Alphonse discovered one library book called, How To Cut Your Own Hair and Anybody Else's. Next phase: haircutting. From there, he became the neighborhood hairstylist.
Immediately after graduating from high school in 1983, Alphonse attended Moler Beauty College and The Academy of Scientific Hair Design. Upon receiving his Cosmetology license in 1984, the official journey as a true professional began. However, through the years, Alphonse still receives every avenue of continuous education: from haircutting, hairstyling, up-do's, haircoloring, to make-up. All received by nationally and internationally renowned beauty professionals.
Of Alphonse's 34 year journey, he has ranged from appearing in and participated in: 2 TLC Makeover Stories (2003 & 2004), a segment for Inside Edition about the Hollywood Prom dresses donated after Hurricane Katrina (2006), a hairstylist for the Garnier Fructis Tour(2008), Where Y'at Magazine (September 2011 Goldfinger cover), and Amelie G Magazine 2nd Anniversary Issue November 2012. As well as, fashion shows for Saks Fifth Avenue, Baby Bump Maternity, Olga Lingerie, Dana Buckman, and NOLA Recycled Clothing.
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