Akos Bodi shows us how CGI has helped him transform head blocks to  inspirational hair imagery.

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Live hairdressing education on models has become virtually impossible over the last year and, like many, the TIGI Creative Team had to adapt to new ways of progressing their work and continuing education to hairdressers across the Globe.  While the use of mannequin head blocks has been invaluable for virtual education classes,  Akos Bodi,  TIGI European Creative Director,  found  working with them had become a little dull.

More used to working on TIGI seminars and shows, as well as teaching TIGI Education, Akos quickly became frustrated with the visual results he was achieving using head blocks.  Taking photographs of mannequins just wasn’t quite the same as the real thing. If you know Akos,  you probably  know he loves technology and experimenting with new ways of image production.  As well as working  on stage or in front of the camera  on al l major  TIGI shoots and shows, he  is also  found making short behind the scenes videos that he films and edits himself.

Earlier  this year,  he took his knowledge and creativity a step further when he entered the world of CGI creation. We had a chat with Akos to see how he’s developed and progressed his new skills to enhance his creative  work.

FUSE:  How did you find a new found love of bringing head blocks to life?

AKOS: I am not an expert at retouching, but for some time it’s been a hobby that I’ve really enjoyed. The  COVID  pandemic accelerated this hobby further, as  it threw a curveball in unleashing my creativity!

FUSE:  We love the CGI  images you have been creating  and posting on your Instagram feed.  How long does the process take to  create them? 

AKOS: I  would say that it  takes  roughly 1-2 hours to create each image  from start to finish.  It  takes  approximately an hour to  merge the faces and edit the image,  however the added time comes from searching for the correct face.  I  have  become  quite  obsessed with creating them now.

FUSE:  So where did you find  the  inspiration to  start  creating  your CGI  images? 

AKOS: I saw an item on a TV  programme about  how companies are increasingly using algorithms to create faces that mimic real people for illustration and marketing purposes. That began my fascination and made me curious about how I could use it for my work.

The faces are all generated from many real facial features, but of course, the faces shown do not actually  exist in reality.  They’re  all a mix of multiple people but look so real!  This made me think that I could generate faces onto the head blocks that I have been cutting, while  we  can’t  work on live models. Once I had the  idea  that  I could do this myself, I went on Pinterest and found all the generated images were copyrighted or watermarked.

Eventually, after a bit of research, I found the website I needed to create the faces. The ones I’m using are all hybrids made by CGI algorithms and look like hyper real drawings or paintings.

FUSE:  So,  are the haircuts CGI too? 

AKOS: No, not at all! I use the genuine cuts  and colours  that I’ve  created on the head  block and  then generate a face that the haircut and colour would naturally suit.  You can add different  effects  to the faces,  like the  face shape,  adding  a slight smile,  and  you can  even choose the angle of the face, whether  it’s  looking straight ahead or slightly to the side.

FUSE:  How do you bring the CGI face and head block together? 

AKOS: When I move the generated face over the  photo of the  head block,  I then  morph them to fit together. This may mean stretching the face slightly, or resizing some features such as the ears, in order to make a realistic fit.

FUSE: Wow! Akos, it sounds incredibly complicated and difficult. We look forward to seeing what you do next! 

To see what Akos Bodi and the TIGI Creative Team are working on, join one of our upcoming Virtual Education Classes.

  • Cut & Styling: Akos Bodi   /  
  • Colour: Lucy Hicks   /  
  • Photography & Production: Akos Bodi   /