With more than 342,000 followers and counting on Instagram, it’s no surprise Linh Phan is one of today’s most in-demand colorists. The social media star’s masterful colorful ’dos launched him to travel the world and dish tips and tricks as a Schwarzkopf Professional educator, as well as open his salon (BeScene Studio) in Rockville, Maryland. Launchpad ’s Jasmine Brown caught up with the stylist to chat advice for aspiring educators, social media tips and favorite products.
If you weren’t a stylist you’d be___?
Reason you became a colorist?
I was 24-years-old and didn’t have a plan. I always felt inspired and more creative when interacting with people, but I didn’t have real direction. I was presented with an opportunity to be part of a well-known salon in Washington, D.C. and ran with it. That decision has molded my path.
Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Royal.
Advice for becoming an educator?
Focus on being confident. As a stylist, specialize in something that genuinely interests and recharges you. Teach what you love, not what you’re told.
Work toward your goals every day.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
The opportunity I have to make a real impact in our community, helping stylists and students reach their goals, helping others build and seeing them flourish from their hard work.
Celeb whose hair you’re loving?
Ariana Grande’s platinum locks.
Best piece of advice?
Nothing is ever given. You have to build opportunities and seize the moment.
Favorite way to start the day?
Checking my Instagram feed.
Biggest Instagram tip?
Find your own voice; be something no one has seen before.
Our first nomination together! @maggiemh ❤ Words can't describe how it feels to be able to share these amazing memories of passion, dedication, motivation and hard work with the one I love. I truly feel like the luckiest guy in the world. If its me and you against the world then so be it. Thank you to @marybehindthechair & @behindthechair_com for recognizing the vision behind our work and believing in us. Color: @schwarzkopfusa & @brazilianbondbuilder #b3. #BESCENEXMAGGIEMH
[Images: top - Mark Enriquez; Ariana Grande - Getty Images; product - Schwarzkopf Professional; bottom - Instagram]