20 Hairstylist Influencers You Need to Know

When it comes to inspiring others, no industry does it better than professional hairstylists. See an artist at the top of their game, and you're sure to also see them paying it forward – teaching classes, leading workshops, and doling out tips, tricks and formulas to their fellow stylists.

With that in mind, we reached out to some of Instagram's top influencers and asked them to share what inspires them, their favorite looks to create and their personal beliefs on beauty, plus practical tips for growing clientele, translating trends and more!

Flip through the slideshow below to see our must-read interviews!

  • @ambrosiacarey

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I was working toward my art major when I visited a top stylist in Portland. She was the first hairdresser to not turn my hair orange. After geeking out on color together, I walked out deciding I wanted to be a hairstylist!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    Two things: I started building my clientele while fulfilling an apprenticeship. I did everything my mentors told me to do, including staying late, coming in on weekends, and remaining consistent. My advice is surround yourself with a stylist you aspire to be like. Second: I entered into hair competitions, which helped me network, experiment, and build confidence. My advice is push yourself to grow as comfortably as possible – people are attracted to growth.  

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I love that color is being encouraged and celebrated in an artistic way! Just when you think you've seen it all, surprise!, a different combo. I also LOVE texture and I think it's awesome that texture is being pushed on so many platforms.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I'm inspired by people more than objects because of the passion behind the creator. I have a list so long I could probably write a book, but my top picks are Jo Blackwell-Preston, Sonya Dove, Vivienne Mackinder, and Candy Shaw-Codner. These are women in the industry who have personally impacted me by leading with their heart and steering with their mind.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    Runway or red carpet is just a way to keep your finger on the pulse. While staying aware of the trends, everyday looks must be wearable and tailored to each client. My personal rule is the trend must be relevant to the subject, otherwise its misguided effort.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    My favorite hair look is anything and everything about CHANGE!!

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I look at 3 things: face shape, body proportion, and lifestyle

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Engage with your followers and follow those you want to be like consistently. Above all else, keep in mind who's following you and why. Post work that you're proud of and that continues to inspire your audience!

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    "I see beauty in everyone, I just help people see it."

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My brain never turns off and my hunger to never stop has helped me thrive as a hairstylist. The people I meet and moments I get to share with so many other passionate humans are priceless. I truly feel there is no greater thing on this planet than being a hairdresser!

    instagram.com/ambrosiacarey

  • @anhcotran

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    My first love was fashion, then it transitioned into hair.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    Social media! Post to Instagram, start a blog, come up with a good idea and don’t be afraid to start it.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Texture and tons of shags!

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    Eugene Souleiman

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I take the essence of that look and simplify it.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    Textured looks!

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    By thorough consultation, and delivering on what we agreed upon.
     
    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Posting and finding hashtags that work for you.
     
    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Texture and movement – I really love hair to move!

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Being able to connect with people on a different level.

    instagram.com/anhcotran

  • @chitabeseau

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    The creativity that's involved in transforming someone's look, and possibly their life, is what drew me in.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I've grown my clientele by treating the client in my chair like they are the most important person in my world at that moment. I take time to style them after every service and share new techniques and products to achieve the look at home. We tend to talk about great experiences, and that is the best referral you can get.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I love the bubble braid! It's so diverse – you can make them small and look like cornrows, or 5 big bubbles in a mohawk on long hair. It's easy to do on your own hair, and looks good on natural and fashion-colored hair.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I get inspiration from art, fashion, nature, and animals. I'm very inspired by Sharon Blain; she's so talented and innovative.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    The red carpet and runway looks are very low maintenance right now, so that makes it easy. If my client has a dated look, I show them a modern version of their look, and I show them how to style it as well.   

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love BIG, creative wig making. It's something I plan on venturing into. I watch movies just to get inspired and find creative wigs.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I ask them what their favorite and least favorite feature is. Then, I ask them how much time they are willing to spend getting their hair ready in the morning.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Take pictures of all your work. You may not post it all, but it helps you grow by looking at what you do at a later time and critiquing it. I take 20 photos or more of the same look or pose and I find things I can adjust all the time. I also look back at photos and see great things I didn't see the first time – this is where taking photos at different angles helps. Share your formulas or techniques with your photos – we all want to know and learn. Make sure you post something that, if you were scrolling through, would stop you and make you want to look at.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    I drink a lot of water and believe that being happy is what works best to bring out beauty. I think happiness is beauty.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite thing about being a hairstylist is creating. I love creating hairstyles, hair color, and hair sculptures. It is something that is such a creative outlet for me and recharges my soul.

    instagram.com/chitabeseau

  • @cryistalchaos

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I've always been drawn to fashion color, but I'd have to say my biggest influence was Gwen Stefani when she showcased her feathered pink bob. I had to have the same thing, and then became completely obsessed with unnatural hair color and makeup!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I always let my current clients know how awesome referrals are and offer great incentives for them. Social media is also a great tool – hash-tagging my area and certain styles together have really helped (ex. #virginiabeachbalayage).

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Rainbow hair, unicorn hair, mermaid hair – however you name it, I love it. Pairing that with a trendy braid can really show off the intricacy of your up-styling and color in one.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My fellow Goonies; I draw so much inspiration from all of them. From the simplicity of a blowout, to the complicated, mathematical skills of making pixels, each of them is so inspiring in their stories and their art.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    My signature runway-translated style is vintage waves. They’re easy to do and wearable all day after the salon. Paired with color trends, such as sombré and balayage, my clients feel like a million bucks when they leave.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I actually am really loving the root-y color melts paired with deeper fashion hues.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I always take my client’s eye color, face shape and cheek bone structure into account. Creating a kind of "contour" with the color and shape of the cut can change someone's complete look and bring out their best features.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Social media is not a part time thing. You have to be all in to see results. Remember to hashtag and tag every photo – but don't overdo it! Presentation of your work is also a HUGE deal. Make sure your background isn't too busy, and that your work is finished and styled to showcase the color/cut in a way that translates to camera well, and remember that LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING!

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Your hair is the only accessory you wear that you never take off. Invest in it well.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    I love making people confident and feel good about themselves. I love my creative freedom and I am so in love with this industry; the hearts of stylist around the world to help one another is just astounding.

    instagram.com/cryistalchaos

  • @excellenthairsalon

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    Helping people first helped draw me to the world of beauty.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    Work hard, be consistent, be reliable, be open to critique, and never give up. Always do your best. It's a long hard journey; it can be frustrating at times, but don't lose hope and never give up. If you can't do it the first time, try to do it again and again until you get it.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Color melting/balayage and braiding

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    Guy Tang!

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    By taking the beautiful colors from runway and muting it down for everyday wear with softer tones.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    Adding braids to enhance hair color. You can do waves and curls, but adding braids changes the picture and texture of the hair.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    Lifestyle, personality – if they're fun, vibrant. Or, if they are more reserved, then something more subtle.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Be consistent and also be creative and step out of the box. Don't do the same thing all the time, and be real.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Work hard and stay true to yourself.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    The relationship that you grow with your clients.

    instagram.com/excellenthairsalon

  • @guy_tang

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I studied photography for 3 years while in high school, and I always have been drawn to beautiful hair. My photography subjects were always women with long, beautiful hair.
     
    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I started taking pictures of my clients and posting them on my Instagram and Facebook pages. A lot of people saw my work and liked it. I would advise new hairstylists to have their best work out there. Clients are our best advertisement; they're a walking billboard. Don't take shortcuts.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Metallics, nice blended balayage ombré, and wearable, well-placed pastels and rainbows.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My parents are my biggest inspiration. They may not be in the beauty industry, but I emulate their hard work. My dad is Chinese and my mom is Vietnamese, and both of them immigrated here to the US. They don't know English, and they didn’t know anyone here, but with perseverance brought up two kids. They taught us values that are invaluable.  
     
    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I love creating my own looks for my clients – I love creating trends for hair.
     
    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    A lot of #Hairbesties like my clean, seamless looks, whatever colors they may be. They are mostly fascinated with both the wearable fashion colors and the simple yet elegant natural colors that I do.
     
    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I spend a lot time with clients in the consultation. I want to create looks geared towards a common goal that we both envision.
     
    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Work hard and don't take shortcuts. Put your best work out there.
     
    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    We, the #Hairbesties, don't wait for the world to move – we move the world together!
     
    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    I love giving instant gratification to my clients and inspiration to all the #Hairbesties in the land!

    instagram.com/guy_tang

  • @hairbymarytran

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    It was a total accident! I was a sophomore in high school when a relative of mine told me to sign up for the beauty school next to his house because he thought all the girls attending were super HOT! So, being the best wing woman there is, I enrolled. Two years later, I received a call saying I am next up on the list to join the cosmetology school. I took the leap and joined – little did I know I was actually a natural! I had an amazing teacher who constantly pushed me and helped me appreciate my passion in hair. I was really lucky!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I grow my clientele by really trying to give each individual the best experience when they sit in my chair. I also constantly try to stay up on all the new trends so I can keep my clients happy and make work more fun for myself. My advice I would give to a stylist starting out is to really treat every single one of your clients as if they were gold, because they will fall in love with you and become your client for life!

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Some of my favorite beauty trends now are actually all the fun wigs! There are so many amazing wigs out now that you can literally try out every look possible! Whether it's a natural ombré, silver hair, or even colorful, blended, fashion colors as well – not to mention all the different lengths and textures I can play with every day of the week!

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I love Guy Tang, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Cunningham and Anh Co Tran, just to name a few, but I am always getting inspired every day by all the amazing talented hairstylists on Instagram, like Singi.vo.peters and Rubyna.Kim, and many, many more!

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I am lucky I live in Los Angeles because there are so many people here with their unique, individual styles and look. I can literally do anything on my clients, whether it's something classic and chic or something bold and edgy, they can rock it with confidence!

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love everything from color corrections to simple blended highlights up to crazy fashion colors, but what I love most is actually hair cutting! I love looking at someone's hair and seeing it as a blank canvas. I can see what needs to be taken up, or where weight needs to be taken out so the hair can fall naturally with movement. I think color is not complete without a finishing haircut to complement it.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    During the consultation, I look at their face shape, eye color, skin tone, and the texture and undertones of their hair is also important. We then work together as a team to figure out what hair color and cut would best complement their lifestyle and image.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Take clean, clear pictures of every client. Sometimes your worst work is someone else's best work!

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    I believe that beauty is all about being the best version of yourself, inside and out.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Being able to make people happy, inside and out.

    instagram.com/hairbymarytran

  • @janine_ker_hair

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I think what essentially drew me to the world of beauty is the desire to create. As an artist, hair is one of many mediums to me. I have always been fascinated by the relationship between self-identity and the very strong role that hair plays in it.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    For me, I owe Facebook so, so much! My advice to a new stylist would be: USE IT!!! There are several reasons: 1. You are able to begin with your existing network by tagging the people that you feel comfortable asking (start with family and friends). 2. The law of attraction is in our favor this way. You are friends with people you like and who are somewhat like you. When you tag these people, you open your work up to their network, and guess what? Chances are, their network is similar to you. 3. It's free! When you tag someone and it opens up your work to their network, you just handed out about 100 virtual business cards. It makes for a happier experience behind the chair – try it!

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Well, I am pretty proud of the attention that "hair stenciling/hair graffiti" has gotten! But, I am pretty obsessed with the undercut coming back, specifically the nape one (I had one in junior high and high school). Combining that with color and etching is a lot of fun. There is so much variation! I love the idea of intricate things being hidden.  

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My biggest beauty inspiration, hmmm... I would say nature. It is the purest form of creativity.  

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I think it is about breaking down the how-to for them by taking the time to demonstrate styling techniques and the role that products play in achieving those looks. Something that I often repeat behind the chair is: there is a huge difference between a haircut vs. a hairstyle. A lot of people do not realize that, and it's my job to explain.  

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love creating a lot of different looks; I try not to stay in one area with my work. But, if you told me I could only do one cut for the rest of my life, it would probably be a pixie because I know those like the back of my hand (or my own head).  

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    To be honest, sometimes I find myself a bit torn in this area. We are taught that certain face shapes/skin tones should avoid certain cuts and colors, but I believe beauty is essentially subjective. To me, finding a client's most flattering look is linking them up to what I like to call their "soul hair." When they finally find it – I mean really find it in themselves to wear it – there is an inner glow that says, "Yes, THIS is who I am." To me, that is most flattering.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    My biggest tips would be: 1. Be yourself, no matter who is looking or not looking. Always. 2. Fall in love with documenting your work; it will show in your photos. 3. HASHTAG. I know a lot of people don't agree, but that is how I got the most traffic on my page. My approach is, pretend your photo is a photo of a casserole – your hashtags are the ingredients.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Sounds cliché, but beauty is an extraction to me. It's learning to zero in on the unseen well within, and creating a gateway through our work for the comfort to flow – the comfort to truly be one's self.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite thing is being someone's designated person who has been chosen to top off their look in this life.

    instagram.com/janine_ker_hair

  • @jeni_does_ham

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    A perm! When I was 5 years old, my sister took me to a salon for the first time in my life and I got a perm. When the stylist was finished, she spun my chair around to look in the mirror and I remember thinking, "Wow! I am the most beautiful girl in the world." When I left the salon that day, I thought to myself, "I want to make everyone feel as beautiful as I feel right now." That was the day I knew I wanted to be a cosmetologist.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I used social media to my advantage. I always had the mentality that a picture was worth more than gold, and if I could post pictures of my work, then the clientele would come. But I needed to get people in my chair. So I would run contests on my social media page... My career-changing contest was when I had 590 followers on my FB page. Whoever hashtagged and shared my page the most – until I reached 950 followers – would win a $75 credit towards their next color service... Lo and behold, 2 weeks later, I smashed my 950 goal and reached over 1,000 followers. From that day forward, my clientele shot through the roof. My advice to new stylists: continue your education, network with your local beauty reps and stylists, take quality before and after photos, and use all of your social media platforms to promote yourself.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I am loving the smoky colors, like smoky violet and dusty rose – pretty much any color with an added smokiness to it. I'm also a huge fan of updos. Updos have always been my favorite, so I've been having fun experimenting with new braiding techniques and braid updos.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I like to find inspiration in everything around me. The salon I used to work at had this floral arrangement of feathers and fake flowers. I would stare at the color scheme and imagine creating the same flow of colors. My two absolute favorite hair artists right now are Neal (@nealmhair) and Patricia (@paintedhair). I spent a weekend with them at the Brazilian Bond Builder B3 Retreat this past June and they are both so inspiring, kind and supportive.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I am a firm believer in CONSULTATIONS! I want my clients to have realistic expectations and the knowledge on how to upkeep their look. So, when they show me a picture of a celebrity on the red carpet and say they want the same cut/color/style etc., I let them know if they can achieve that [look] today or if they can achieve it in 2-3 appointments... I also ask questions about what their beauty regimen looks like. I can give you the color you want, the haircut you want and style it beautifully, but if the client doesn't have the knowledge and products on how to recreate the look herself, then it's all kind of pointless.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I'm in love with braid updos right now. And glitter. Lots of glitter and embellishments in the hair!

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I help them find the most flattering and realistic look during the consultation. I like to get a feel for who my client is. Are they low maintenance? Are they willing to put in the effort to upkeep the look?... A lot of times, clients don't know the risks that come with wanting a particular cut or color. It's my job to educate them on what every possible color, cut and style entails on their part.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Take quality photos. Don't filter your photos. Post relevant photos consistently. Interact with people who comment on your work. Tag and hashtag as many relevant companies as possible to gain exposure... Also, browse through Instagram and find pages that are dedicated to featuring stylists’ work... One repost/feature from these types of pages can garner you over a hundred new followers in one day.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Every person is beautiful, I just enhance what's already inside them. I am grateful for each person who sits in my chair and trusts me enough to take care of them.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Women empowerment. I love seeing the confidence and beauty each client feels when they walk out the door.

    instagram.com/jeni_does_ham

  • @lalasupdos

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    My journey in the bridal world started 2 years ago with a failure. I was only doing cuts and color behind the chair; I knew nothing about up-styling. One of my clients asked me to do her hair for her wedding… she asked for a simple curly updo, we did a trial and she loved it. On the day of the wedding, she decided she wanted to go with a different style. Unfortunately... after brushing her hair, it turned white because I used really strong hold hairspray. I needed to wash her hair, her makeup was gone, and she was 2 hours late for her wedding. I was devastated. That affected me so badly, that 2 weeks later I decided to buy a mannequin doll and start practicing my up-styling skills, trying to get better... Three months later, all the big accounts on Instagram started to share my work. Then, last January, I had my first class in @glamiris' salon. I was expecting 7 people, and I had 47 people show up for my class. As soon as I posted about that class on my page, I got several requests to teach classes all over the United States, and I was invited to be a part of big shows. I switched from doing cuts and color to doing bridal hair and educating in one year. It still feels surreal for me.
     
    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I think I was blessed to grow my clientele and social media following in such a short period of time because my work was recognized and shared by all the big accounts and names in the industry.
     
    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I am in love with the freedom of expression going on in the hair industry right now. I feel like there are no certain rules that need to be followed anymore in order to get your name and work out there. Technology and social media absolutely changed the game, giving more power to each individual to express their talent, uniqueness and authenticity.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My inspiration comes from every picture I see on Instagram, every person I follow, every shape or color I see in nature, even books that I read. Inspiration is everywhere – but I think the key factor [is to] be original. Copying someone else's work won't take you far.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I am all about working smart and fast… Styles that we used to do in 2 hours using 200 bobby pins, I’ve turned into 10-15 minute techniques that any person can take home, even if they are not bridal stylists. I love to see the shocked faces in my workshops when they see that all those styles that look super complicated on my page are actually 10-15 minute styles, using almost no bobby pins or product.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I can't really say I have a favorite. I have a large variety of styles on my page, and it would be so hard to choose. I love hair and the flexibility I have to create anything that goes through my mind.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I have learned that most of the clients are not open to suggestions in the beginning of a consultation… I usually go with whatever the future brides want, but I always allow myself 30 more minutes to offer them 2 complimentary looks for free. Most of the time, they chose to go with the styles I recommended and tried at the end of the trial.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Keep your page business. Be consistent with your posts, keep your page clean, invest in a clean background and good lighting, and take the time to take good pictures after all that work. Stay away from drama on social media. Keep going, no matter what. Pay attention to the big accounts, try to figure out what they do well and what brings attention to their pages, and use whatever you think will work for you. Interact with your followers, be thankful for compliments and try to find time to answer their questions.
     
    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Beauty comes from inside. You will never be beautiful if your inside is rotten.
     
    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    I get to touch people's lives, and they touch mine.

    instagram.com/lalasupdos

  • @larisadoll

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    When I was six years old, I learned to braid my Barbie doll all by myself and I immediately was drawn to the craft of creating and making others beautiful.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I grew my clientele through Instagram, using social media as my business card and portfolio. My best advice would be to stay consistent and persistent and not worry about numbers, but rather just about showcasing your art.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    My favorite beauty trends at the moment are natural rooted dimensional metallics, bronze, and golds.
     
    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    Every so often, it is great to step outside the salon into nature away from it all and really observe all that we may be ignoring. It's quite beautiful and inspiring if you take a moment to appreciate it all.
     
    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    A great way to translate runway and red carpet hairstyles is by simplifying and not over-thinking looks, by enhancing natural texture or adding into it.
     
    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I enjoy lightening hair to create almost "natural" pastel tones. There's something so mesmerizing and alluring about making unnatural hair color actually appeal to the eye.
     
    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    Taking the time to really observe my guest’s face shape, features, skin tone and even lifestyle is the best way that I find what best suits them.
     
    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Keep your online presence clean and simple, stay consistent and persistent by posting often, understand your current audience and understand what type you wish to gain.
     
    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    My life philosophy is DO WHAT YOU LOVE!
     
    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    The best thing about being a hairstylist is meeting new people, new personalities, being able to connect with my guest on an intimate level and having the power to transform lives.

    instagram.com/larisadoll

  • @mandaharsche

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I always wanted to be a cosmetologist. I checked out beauty schools when I was 17, 19, 25, and then 27. I remember being a little girl and “styling” my mom’s hair while she would watch TV.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    After I graduated beauty school, I immediately moved across the U.S. to a town where I knew no one but my boyfriend. I worked for a chain salon for a year and gave my business card to everyone I saw. Guest service was one of the most important factors of my success. I think the best advice for stylist starting out is something I heard in a Goonies class from Ashley Rocks. She said, “Remember, these people chose you for their beauty service, not the other way around.” I think sometimes we get caught up in everything and need to slow down and remember that from time to time.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I absolutely love vivid hair. I think it’s amazing that it now doesn’t fall into an age group. It’s such a fun concept to formulate and watch fade from vivid, to neon, to pastel. It’s like getting multiple color appointments for the price of one.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My biggest beauty inspiration is Guy Tang. I love what he is doing for the industry and how humble he is about it. It’s like he doesn’t realize he is famous. I met him in St. Louis and when I had the chance to talk to him, I was so nervous, but he treated me like a long-lost friend, not a brand new stylist. He is so supportive of other people, and that makes this industry fun. He makes time for everyone and shares his knowledge, sparking creativity in all of us.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I think the biggest thing with that is taking on a piece of the look, not the whole thing. For instance, maybe taking a twist or a braid from [a certain style], and utilizing it in a more day-to-day look.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love creating vivid looks with fun braids and twists to show the color off. I can have one head of vivid hair, and it can look like 5 different heads with different styles.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I like to pinpoint what they dislike about themselves the most. Then, we can avoid styles that will draw attention to that area.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Don’t give up and don’t compare yourself to anyone. Be consistent in the work that you are posting. Hard work does not go unnoticed. What I post is usually what I book, so find what you love, have fun, and perfect it.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Stop caring so much about what people think and just be you.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite part about being a hairstylist is meeting new people and being supportive of their lives. I not only meet new people when they sit in my chair, but I get to meet new people when I continue my education at different classes and events. I met some of my best friends on social media, took a plunge, and just met them in person at some of these events, and these people will forever be a huge part of my life. They forever changed my life.

    instagram.com/mandaharsche

  • @nealmhair

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I think the thought of being able to be inspired and be creative on a daily basis is definitely the first thing that drew me into the world of hair and beauty. I was never a fan of school and I got into my fair share of trouble growing up, so when I finally learned that I wanted to become a hairstylist at the age of 25, I was extremely hopeful that it was something that could change my life in a positive direction!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I assisted for only about 6 months at a booth rental salon with some great veterans when I first started out and then I went to an Ulta salon in the nice part of town where I wanted to be known in. I built a full book within a year and within a year and a half, I was a Master Stylist making 65k a year. The way I built myself was always having the confidence to walk up to anybody at any given moment and talk to them about their hair... I was able to give them pointers on their hair and leave them with a card. To me, it was all about having the confidence and being willing to talk to people and potential clients.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Trends I’m loving right now would definitely have to be the different shapes of the lob haircut. I also love the undercuts and carvings I'm seeing, and braids are a super fun way to show off your fabulous color! Of course, I love balayage for the everyday woman and the fact that more everyday women and men are open to some sort of vivid coloring.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My biggest reference and inspiration to start off with was Guy Tang. His work is so clean and polished and that's what inspired me to do better work and build a better Instagram page. Now, I am inspired by the younger stylists like myself who haven't had much skin in the game but have the creativity to blow this world away!

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I like to break the look down into simpler terms that my client can understand. If someone has rosy gold tones in a face frame with a warm brown base, I explain to them what they are seeing and what the opposite of that would be, so that way they can have something to compare it to. I also tell them how to maintain the look and make sure they are comfortable with that.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    My favorite category that I enjoy doing the most would be anything involving a large transformation. I love to look back at what the hair looked like before, and see what I have created. Vivids are great for this artistic expression; there are always endless possibilities.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I take their skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color into account, as well as what the client is willing to do for maintenance and styling the look. If a client isn't much into styling their hair, I stay away from anything too difficult for them to recreate and keep up. I try to work with their abilities and make sure I teach them how to style their look.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    You have to change what you're doing and be willing to step out of your box. The biggest thing that I became willing to do was extend my time with each client. This allowed me to stay that extra 30 minutes to make sure every amazing color I did was immaculately finished and polished... This has been huge for me and has grown my business exponentially.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Everyone should feel beautiful. The way that I personally feel beautiful is when I feel like I look my best. I try to impress on every client the importance of making yourself look beautiful on the outside, because I know that it has huge self-esteem boosting benefits.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite thing about being a hairstylist is being able to wake up every day happy to go to work. I know that I get to be creative, make my own schedule, follow my own rules, and inspire a huge range of people.

    instagram.com/nealmhair

  • @paulcallaghanhair

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I remember when I was a kid, I always loved sitting in the salon when my nana was getting her hair done and being so interested in the process. Then, when I was a teen, I started playing around with fashion, hair, makeup and art.  

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I started growing my client base before Instagram and Facebook pages were even a thing. I was an employee at a few places until I went self-employed at the age of 21. I left the salon I was working for with a handful of clients and it was scary, but I worked hard, made leaflets, hit the streets and offered deals, like “recommend a friend.” Now though, with Facebook and Instagram, my career has gone from strength to strength, and currently I'm struggling to take on new clients! My advice to stylists that are just starting out is to efficiently utilize social media to your advantage – post great photos (don't forget to watermark), set yourself apart from the crowd, always have integrity, turn out beautiful hair, invest in your education, and never be scared of a challenge. I've been in the industry for almost 11 years, and in the past year I've made some of my hair dreams come true by putting myself out there.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    My favorite beauty trends right now are nothing you'll see in a magazine or by a company. The trends right now for me are all the amazing artists I'm discovering on Instagram. You only have to look on their pages to realize that these are the men and woman across the globe that are putting the trends in motion; they are the trend.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    There are so many to name! My biggest influences of the past year are Guy Tang (of course!), Rebecca Taylor and Samantha Daly. I could go on, but I'd be here all night.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love creating seamless, sun-kissed balayage and screaming vivids, to textured updos and crazy braids.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I analyze skin tone, eye color and lifestyle during the consultation process to aid me in creating a long-lasting cut and color.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    I converted my Instagram to a hair page around a year ago and I'm nearly hitting 10k! It's all about timing and making sure that you are using photo tags, the correct hashtags, [and taking] good quality photographs with a nice clean background where the focus is just on the hair. I try to stay away from selfies, quotes and anything too personal, but a little personality is okay in moderation. I think the odd post showing your personality helps your followers get to know you – the artist behind the chair.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    I don't really have a philosophy to be honest; I just believe in good old-fashioned hard work and the power of positivity!

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Having this amazing creative outlet is one of the biggest things for me, but I think embarking on independent education (which was widely unheard of in the UK) has been my real passion this year – meeting all these amazing stylists and getting to know their stories and experiences is what gets me up every morning. The industry has changed from a bitchy place to a place of support and love through social media. It's a beautiful thing.

    instagram.com/paulcallaghanhair

  • @pinupjordan

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?  
    I’ve been a girly girl my entire life, always getting yelled at in school for wearing makeup and coloring my hair with Kool-Aid as early as third grade! After I graduated from college and my field didn’t fulfill me, it only made sense to translate those passions into something I could make a career out of.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    There is no better resource to help spread your brand better than your clients! Handing a client a small stack of business or referral cards is the best way to find a group of loyal local clients. Another trick I have is to tell my clients to take a selfie of their new hair and to tag me in it... creating a hashtag specific to your work helps categorize it online for easy searching and sharing purposes.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I love that vivids have become so mainstream, because they’ve been mainstream for me for a long time! I personally love super bright neons and dreamy pastel hues, which are the most challenging to create!

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I really enjoy looking at other artists’ work; it takes bravery to step outside of the box. I myself am a rule follower, so I like getting to see how people break the rules. It gives me a little bit more courage to do the same without the risk of an unpredictable outcome! Guy Tang, Rebecca Taylor, Ash Fortis and Ricky Zito are some my color inspirations because they all work with such different techniques and formulations that inspire me to challenge my comfort zone.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I work with a lot of vivid clients, so their inspiration is more from Pinterest, Instagram and Guy Tang than actual runway looks. I use a lot of balayage to translate the avant-garde looks into more wearable options by using vivid overlays on the balayaged hair.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?  
    My favorite look is full head vivid clients! There is nothing more exciting to me as an artist than a completely blonde canvas sitting in my chair, ready for color! I love anything bright, and I feel that I do my best work when my clients give me free reign on their color formulations and placements. It’s truly where I am able to showcase my artistry and creativity.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?  
    I like to keep in mind what level of maintenance my client is comfortable with, as well as their hair history. I also feel like it’s important to keep in mind the level of styling that they’re comfortable with, so that we come up with a look that will last them until the next time I see them. Even their lifestyle is something that I need to consult with them on... knowing about your clients' lives will help you personalize their hair experience so it’s a lasting one that they're satisfied with.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?  
    How you grow your social media presence depends a lot on what you’re looking to do with it. If you want to build your followers, then featuring other artist’s work and fostering your relationships with them is a good way to go about it. If you want to bring in business, post informative, grammatically correct posts, with relevant hashtags. Changing my photos to a clean white background, using a clean cape to cover clothes, and upgrading to a ring light system are some things that made my images look significantly more professional.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?  
    My personal beauty philosophy is to not be afraid to challenge your own personal style. Working on so many clients with vivid hair, I hear the same thing from so many people: ”I wish I was brave enough to do something like that.” It definitely takes a little confidence to add some pops of color into your hair, but the positive reaction makes it worth it.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    I don’t think I can pick just one thing! I really love connecting with people, building their confidence, becoming someone that my clients trust as an authority on their hair, being present for the significant events in their lives, and changing their hair to reflect those changes.

    instagram.com/pinupjordan

  • @playwithscissors

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    My lifelong passions for painting and sculpting drew me into the world of beauty. I knew I needed to create all day, every day to be fulfilled in life. Being able to make art all day while helping people look and feel great is a dream come true.  

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    A lot of hustle and commitment to quality! Take as many classes as you can and find a salon that supports and provides education. Get your hands on as many models, friends, and coworkers as possible to practice and show off what you can do. They are your best advertisement and the building blocks of your business. Sharpen your skills and never stop learning. It will make you more valuable as a professional and irreplaceable to your clients. As you gain more skill and education, adjust your prices accordingly.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    The trends that I'm most inspired by right now are braids, metallic tones, and men's color. Braids seem to be crushing on social media because they show off dimensional color and they are very client-friendly. Metallic tones are fun to play with because there is such a range of colors from bronze, gold, silver, rose gold, gunmetal, and oil slick. I recently have had more men asking for color, especially silvers and greys, which has been awesome to keep men participating in the salon experience and coming back more frequently.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I'm constantly inspired by all of the hair creations I see on social media from stylists all over the world. You all keep me inspired to push limits and get my art out there to be seen by as many people as possible. The social media community of hair artistry is a game changer for all of us. Thank you, talented artists!

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I make sure my clients understand that these styles are for inspiration in our consultation so that they have realistic expectations for their service. Promise the least and deliver the most and you'll have clientele that knows you are making art, not magic.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love big color projects and color correction. I like to feel challenged and help my clients achieve their hair goals. If you are able to fix a client's hair or start them on a hair journey with you, they will most likely become a loyal and frequent client.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    Most of my clients come prepared with a whole album of inspiration photos to our consultation. This can be a great way to make sure you share the same vision and the look they want will complement their physical attributes and lifestyle. If a client is set on something that is unflattering, provide them with an alternative with a similar direction that is a better fit. As long as you explain why something would be more flattering and customized to them it will usually be well received and appreciated.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Be selective about the photos you choose to post and the continuity of your image on all of your media forums. Stay true to team #nofilter to really showcase your authentic work. Something that I'm working on, and I think is crucial, is to interact with the followers and users that interact with you. Share your formulas, and respond to questions and comments to build a relationship with the people that enjoy your work.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    Look the part. When in the salon, style yourself to look like somebody you would want beauty advice from. Our hair is part of our "uniform," and spending a few extra minutes on your appearance only boosts your professionalism and your clients’ confidence in you.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Our industry is full of endless education and opportunities. A career as a hairstylist is constantly challenging in new ways. I feel like every day is an adventure that I can't wait to dive into. I will always have passion for helping people find their self-confidence through our artistry.

    instagram.com/playwithscissors

  • @rebeccataylorhair

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    I loved the idea of being able to be artistic using hair as my medium, independently and without boundaries. You're using your hands, your knowledge and your creativity to make people feel beautiful. What's better than that?!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I began using social media as soon as it started to emerge around the MySpace days to show my work and market to potential clients in my area. That evolved into Facebook and then Instagram. I'd just recommend putting yourself and your best work out there as much as possible – be visible.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    After being practically obsessed with fashion color for the better part of a decade, I've recently been more interested in natural/fashion color fusions, or using color in unexpected ways. Just trying to switch it up a bit!

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    My best friend, Guy Tang, has inspired me with his dedication, creativity and hard work for the last 6 or so years. He really pushes me and is just generally amazing.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    Translating higher fashion looks is really simple if you don't take the concept too literal. You can either deconstruct it a bit if it's too polished for everyday wear, or fancy it up if it’s too avant-garde.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    Color, for sure. I love patterns, shapes, texture, unexpected color combos and contrast.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    It's about both communicating with them about their expectations, knowing how to speak their language, and using your expertise as a stylist. You'll get those clients that pull that whole, “I don't want length removed, a fringe, layers or the color to change too much, but I want a full-on makeover!" Communication is huge. The other main aspects to consider are: knowing what cut will suit their face shape, and what tone will compliment their complexion. Finally, it's just about creativity and instinct to create the perfect look for someone.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Identify your personal brand or aesthetic. What makes you unique? Also, capturing and posting beautiful imagery is huge. Strive for excellence when it comes to your work and the images you're posting of your work, always. If it's not up to par for you, it's better to not post it.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    If it feels good, do it. Take risks, be creative, do things to feed your soul.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    The ability to be the captain of your own ship, essentially. Even if you work at a salon and you have a manager, you still are in control of what you create. There's always the capacity for growth – growth in knowledge, business, self-expression, etc.

    instagram.com/rebeccataylorhair

  • @shelleygregoryhair

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    Since I was young, I have been obsessed with all things beauty. I taught myself how to braid when I was 5 and practiced non-stop! So, there was really no other career path that I can imagine bringing me this much joy.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    Customer service, consistency and quality work has been my motto. If you are just starting out, you need to always be put together and promote yourself any chance you can. If you’re at the grocery store or out to dinner looking good, someone will ask about your hair, and that is your lead-in to telling them you are a stylist and would love to do their hair.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    Some of my favorites are structured braids, blunt cuts and soft waves. And, I of course love the pastels that everyone is trying. Having the freedom to make your own style and not be put in a box is what is so great about beauty right now!

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    Poppy Delevingne is always on top of the beauty game in my books. But, for inspiration, I like to look at photography and avant-garde style and fashion, then try to translate that into everyday beauty.  

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I love to look at red carpet looks with clients, then find what suits their hair type or face shape. I try to guide clients towards what works for their event or lifestyle so they can still feel like themselves while getting a mini-transformation.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    I love doing creative color of any kind, from pastels to placement, then styling the hair into different braids or textures to see the color take shape.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    We start with making a mood board or Pinterest board together that we can both add to leading up to their appointment. Then, in consultation, I always cover how they will take this look home and maintain it. If that all adds up, and they understand how to care for the style we choose, it will be a win for both of us.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    I would say be committed to making it like a second job, one you can do anywhere you’re at. You must post consistently and often with quality work; try to imagine what would bring you to your page, then post that. Also, always engage with other pages and people on social media in a positive and honest way!

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    The longer I do hair, the more I realize nothing is more beautiful than when it is healthy – be that your hair, your skin, or the way you treat others. It all needs to start from within and be pure to see it on the outside as beautiful.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    Hands down it is the connection I get to make with people. I can't imagine living my life without being able to make people feel good about themselves; it is so fulfilling!

    instagram.com/shelleygregoryhair

  • @shurie

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    Before I was in the beauty industry, I was a professional photographer. I initially got my cosmetology license to do my own hair and makeup on set. Before long, I found that I actually had a greater passion for hair and took on working behind the chair full time.

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    I came from a unique situation in my salon where everyone else built their clientele by doing friends and family and getting them to refer people they know. I couldn’t really do this because my whole family lives in another state and several of my friends are hairdressers who had been working in the field for a long time. I started an Instagram account in beauty school and would post as much work as I could there. My advice for stylists just starting out would be to utilize social media as much as possible. Take pictures of every single client, post every single morning, and encourage your clients to share their experiences on social media.

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I'm living for the messy hair trend that is going on right now. I really love the contrast of a great outfit with some amazing shoes and then that tousled, messy, textured hair. It’s better for your hair to not style it all the time anyway so why not just embrace it, you know?

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I’m really drawn to color combinations and shapes. For instance, I hunted down a highlighter for three months because it was the perfect blue that matched my hair. I just did my assistant’s hair and our inspiration was a picture of bananas painted lilac.

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    Most of my clients have a very “undone” style so it’s a lot of messy styles, embracing the fly-aways, maybe accessorizing with a lot of bobby pins, braids with unique partings. A big part of my business is teaching my clients how to style their own hair.

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    A good tousled wave. It’s simple and chic, which contrasts with the vivids I do most often. I’m doing a lot of colors that you wouldn’t think should go together and a lot of colors that no one knew they wanted until I showed them. Someone let me give you avocado hair!

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    The majority of my clients let me do whatever I want, which is awesome! They might say, “I just got back from Palm Springs and it really inspired me. Paint me ‘Palm Springs.” It makes me excited and I just go with it. I have an iPad on my station so my clients and I can look at pictures together so I can get a sense of what they like and don’t like, and we work together from there.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Make time to create content. I have time built into all of my appointments to take tons of pictures before the next client comes in. Clean your camera lens before taking pictures! Buy some alcohol wipes from Amazon and keep them in your station. Post consistently – every single day. Engage! Like pictures, comment on them, reply to comments on your photos, and tag relevant brands.

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    I’m a big advocate for self-acceptance, so my philosophy is to do what makes you feel good as long as you’re taking care of yourself. Some days, I’m feeling Kanye and I want to wear oversized black clothes, slicked back hair, and minimal makeup with a strong brow. Some days, I’m Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver and I want to wear a daisy crop top with matching velvet platforms, some big curled hair, and coral lipstick. Whatever I’m doing will always be with quality products, though.

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite thing about being a hairstylist is how I make my clients feel. I’ve built really strong relationships with the women that pass through my chair and I’m absolutely thrilled when they send me messages about how confident I make them feel when they leave the salon. It’s so important to me to lift other women up when we live in a world that’s always trying to beat us down.

    instagram.com/shurie

  • @stylistricardosantiago

    What first drew you to the world of beauty?
    Honestly it began as a thing of convenience, as a hobby. I started cutting a few of my friends’ hair (the brave ones) back when I was just out of high school, and I kept it up as a hobby until I finished up my time in the Army. After that, my brother Carlos, also a barber and artist/educator for Johnny B, asked if I would want to go to school and get licensed with him. Once I started, my teachers kept telling me I needed to do more than just men's hair, so I gave it a shot and fell in love with the world of color/cutting/and styling!

    How did you grow your clientele, and what advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
    Be patient! It doesn't happen overnight. When I first started, it took me about 2-3 years to get a consistent client base, but that was before social media was so prevalent. It takes TIME, hard work, long hours, plenty of effort and a genuine passion for the craft!

    What are some of your favorite hair or beauty trends right now?
    I love the organic styling that is going on right now and all the fun colors! I remember when anything more than a peek-a-boo was unacceptable and now we see how stylists are really transforming hair into works of art.

    Who or what is your biggest beauty inspiration?
    I don't think I can narrow it down to just one. I truly feel like I am inspired by everything and everyone. I tend to pull inspiration from a personal/creative standpoint from things I see all around me. I also have so many personal inspirations – my fellow Goonies, my team at Joico and Colortrak, and every stylist out there on social media that continues to post amazing work, day in and day out!

    How do you translate runway or red carpet styles to everyday looks for your clients?
    I try to find a happy medium for my clients. Almost everyone likes to come in with a photo of a celebrity or red carpet look these days, and our job is to do our best to deliver. I try educating myself as much as possible with the new techniques and colors that celebrities get so that I can do what the client really wants. You can't expect clients to invest in you if you aren't doing it yourself, right?

    What is your favorite hair look to create?
    That's definitely another tough question. I really enjoy doing all kinds of textured cuts and fun colors, but I have to say that my favorite lately is when I can combine my barbering and stylist background to create something fun, short, edgy, and unique.

    How do you help clients find their most flattering look?
    I try taking an inventory of what I'm working with. Look at the face shape, skin tone, build, flattering features (cheekbones, jawline, etc.) and from there I decide what kind of cut and color would work best for them. Very similar to makeup – you have to figure out where to highlight and contour in order to create the perfect look for a client.

    What tips would you give to stylists wanting to grow their social media presence?
    Be consistent, be persistent, be positive, and be patient! It rarely happens overnight. If you do great work, take great pictures, and tag the right pages and people, you will get noticed eventually. The opportunities are limitless of what can come from being seen, even if it's just once by the right person!

    What is your personal beauty philosophy?
    I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder with everything in me. Everyone is beautiful and special in their own right, and I just love that I work in an industry that can help people see that – even when they don't see it in themselves!

    What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?
    My favorite thing is the connections I make day in and day out, whether it's behind the chair or out on the road doing shows and classes. I love that there is always something to learn, and never a reason to be bored. If you feel like you have nothing left to learn or do, then try harder – there is always more!

    instagram.com/stylistricardosantiago

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