It’s hard to pin down Laura Polko—and that’s the way she likes it. The Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist aims to be constantly occupied with a variety of professional projects. She has collaborated on major campaigns for clients including Nike, Reebok, Under Armour and Wildfox. Her work has graced the pages of top fashion magazines, and many of today’s most iconic faces owe their tresses to her handiwork. Here, the pro reflects on her rise from salon stylist in Ohio to one of Tinseltown’s leading hair ladies.