How 6 Celeb Hairstylists Received Their Begin


Recently it appears that superstar hairstylists have gotten well-loved pubic figures in their very own proper. We comply with them on Instagram, we faithfully abide by their ideas and tips, and we solely hope to discover a native stylist who can work our tresses like they will. However what intrigues us probably the most is how they’ve established themselves and developed the superstar camp that is behind them. It is spectacular, really, and makes us wish to decide their brains for his or her savvy enterprise secrets and techniques. What we realized is that arduous work takes you farther than you possibly can ever think about.

Sarah Potempa

Celeb purchasers embrace: Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, and Ashley Benson

“As a youngster working in a small salon in Illinois, my boss had me view editorial tales in W and Italian Vogue and watch Vidal Sassoon instructional movies. That impressed me to maneuver to NYC and pursue a profession in editorial hairstyling. I attended NYU for faculty, labored in a salon in Soho, and was an RA in my dorm. My boss was a legislation scholar who was relationship a celeb photographer’s agent named Tali Magal. She launched me to Ali Hen, one of many high NYC brokers that represented hair and make-up artists. The following day I used to be helping the long-lasting hairstylist Bob Recine on a W journal photograph shoot! I then assisted him on the Donna Karan marketing campaign that weekend and continued to work intently with him for the following couple years. I then labored with the inventive genius Danilo on runway reveals like Life Ball in Vienna, celebrities like Gwen Stefani, and occasions for Proctor & Gamble. I realized a lot from the 2 of them, together with different stylists like Ward, Luigi, and Renato, that I began to create a portfolio of my very own.

One reminiscence that stands out is once I confirmed Recine a cool new braid, a french fishtail, that I used to be engaged on (becoming since [I completed] the #365daysofbraids Instagram problem). He was so supportive and spoke to his agent about my love of hairstyling. I later acquired a telephone name from Ali that the Wall Group wished to symbolize me! I used to be past thrilled concerning the alternative to be an artist at this unimaginable company. That was about 10 years in the past. I’ve since developed an unimaginable checklist of superstar purchasers, a long-term partnership with Proctor & Gamble, and invented The Beachwaver Skilled Rotating Curling Iron ($104), which [has been] the official hair sponsor of the Victoria’s Secret Trend Present! I am so grateful for the chance to pursue my goals and really imagine ‘Leap and the online will seem!'”

Anthony Cristiano

Celeb purchasers embrace: Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, and Hannah Davis

“My profession has been fairly a journey, spanning over the course of the final thirty years. A very powerful factor to me was to hone my craft and grow to be the most effective technician I may, each in slicing and styling. I ultimately sought out alternatives within the trend trade. I had an élan important, a want, to be part of the inventive scene in London within the 90s. It was inspiring to me. It was then that I made a decision to construct my portfolio and search out relationships with numerous photographers.

Finally, this led to the event of the style, superstar, editorial, business, and promoting elements of my profession, which have so vastly ready me for the place I’m right now. My model, Anthony Cristiano Chicago, and my function as world creative director for Phyto are rooted in my experiences within the trade. All through all of my experiences, my best motivation has been anticipating what’s to come back. I’m wanting to proceed my journey and work tougher than ever earlier than.”

Johnny Lavoy

Celeb purchasers embrace: Miranda Lambert, Rosie Perez, and Cindy Crawford

“As a toddler, I at all times cherished taking part in with hair. I might brush my mom’s hair for hours. I knew it could be my profession path at a really younger age; actually, I by no means had a plan B! I began hairdressing faculty on the age of 14. Whereas most in my class could be content material working at Supercuts, I had already determined this might be a profession and never only a job. At 18, I began working for a product firm touring across the U.S. doing reveals. Whereas working in a salon, I did my first photograph shoot with a mannequin who would then grow to be a photographer—he remembered me from our shoot and requested me if I might be concerned about testing. It was shortly after that I opened my salon at age 21 in Connecticut. The salon turned our photograph studio on Sundays and Mondays when the salon was closed—we shot each native and upcoming mannequin. Then we went to Boston and did the identical, which is after we began to get recognition and I received signed with my first company in Boston!

Miami began to take off because the place to be to shoot, so my photographer good friend Ray Lata and I might go down there and comply with the components that had efficiently labored for me within the northeast. At that time, I received an agent in Miami and began working usually there. After I discovered a NYC agent, it was across the time that celebrities have been changing fashions on the journal covers, so it was a pure transition for artists within the trade. Along with working with fashions and celebrities, I nonetheless work with on a regular basis girls—actually one in every of my most loyal purchasers is my highschool nurse whose hair I began doing within the tenth grade. She continues to be as fabulous as any mannequin or superstar. I’ve additionally been fortunate sufficient to work with PRO Magnificence Instruments, which is a dream come true as a result of I like their merchandise. I simply love making anybody really feel stunning!”

Jen Atkin

Celeb purchasers embrace: The Kardashian/Jenners, Chrissy Teigen, and Jenna Dewan Tatum

“I moved to L.A. from Utah fairly quickly after highschool and began working as a receptionist at Estilo Salon in Beverly Hills. This was pre-Web the best way it’s right now, so earlier than I lastly discovered a salon that may rent me, I actually would name all of the salons from the telephone book and Attract’s magnificence listing. After I lastly received employed, I used to be actually feeding meters and grabbing folks’s coffees attempting to avoid wasting up cash for hair faculty, till I lastly met Andy Lecompte and began helping him and doing an apprentice program. I realized a lot from Andy, like methods to work with celebrities, on-set styling, precision slicing, and enterprise expertise that I nonetheless use right now.

Fairly quickly after that, Andy and I went on tour with Madonna world wide. I might do the dancers’ hair whereas he did hers. After we got here again, I labored laborious on constructing a clientele at Chris McMillan salon and would go to the reveals in Paris and New York throughout trend week yearly, working backstage as a part of Guido Palau’s staff. It was superb and actually like hair boot camp! I actually wished to get signed with the Wall Group and bugged them for seven months till I lastly was in a position to get somebody to name me again! I lastly received signed and simply saved working laborious, by no means saying no to something that got here my manner.”

Enzo Angileri

Celeb purchasers embrace: Charlize Theron and Katie Holmes

“It was being on the proper place on the proper time! I used to be working at a salon in Milan that was the most well liked salon, and Anna Piaggi (editor of Italian Vogue) got here in and after I did her hair, she requested me to do a trend shoot. From there, I met extra photographers, editors, and designers. After I got here to the U.S., my first superstar break was working with Demi Moore for the Ghost film poster after which she requested me for different tasks. The remaining is historical past! Now, I get to journey all around the world with my purchasers and work with manufacturers that I really love, corresponding to Infusium 23, and I couldn’t be happier!”

Kristan Serafino

Celeb purchasers embrace: Sophia Bush and Abby Elliot

“I proclaimed to my mom at an early age that I used to be going to comply with in her footsteps and be a hairdresser, to which mother replied, ‘Not till you first have a university diploma!’ So from my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, I was off to Boston Faculty the place I earned a Bachelor of Arts diploma. Instantly upon graduating, I moved to New York Metropolis and began a profitable profession in trend. However the ardour to pursue the inventive artwork of hairstyling endured so after 10 years in a company setting, I walked away from a comfortable six determine wage to $6.50 per/hour behind a shampoo bowl.

After graduating magnificence faculty, I was lucky to coach on the esteemed Toni & Man Academy learning below the tutelage of magnificence trade legend Man Mascolo. As an apprentice, I used to be the primary to be named a finalist for the celebrated Worldwide Photographic Awards that spotlights probably the most stunning and creative hairstyles of the instances.

It was at the moment I realized an attraction to editorial hairstyling. With out a lot of a portfolio and no agent to open doorways, I channeled my enthusiasm and enterprise savvy to finagle rising alternatives with photographers, make-up artists, and stylists at trend magazines corresponding to VogueHarper’s, and Cosmopolitan, to call a number of. I then leveraged my modest portfolio into a gathering with main publicists Leslie Sloane and Jeffrey Chassen. They not solely gave me my first shot at styling celebrities, however really modified the course of my profession. It was not lengthy afterward that I was styling a considerable vary of celebrities for the covers of magazines and touring the world on press junkets.

Right this moment you’ll nonetheless discover me styling A-list celebrities, but additionally offering hairstyling ideas in main magazines, in addition to visitor internet hosting magnificence segments QVC and life-style reveals.”

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