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Advice From 4 World-Famous Hair Stylists

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As a hair stylist, odds are, you have multiple people coming into your salon every day with photos of what they want their hair to look like—even if getting their hair to look like one of those pictures is a long shot at best. Often, the inspiration for a client’s desired cut comes from a celebrity or model, whose look has come from a recognizable and famous hairstylist.

While these hairstyles aren’t always attainable for clients who don’t have hours each day to spend getting their hair done, you can still give your clients a look they love. Here are a few pieces of advice from some of those famous hair stylists who are giving celebrities and supermodels the looks your clients want:

Hiro Haraguchi

Hiro Haraguchi is based in New York and has iconic names such as Vera Wang, among others, on his list of clientele. On his approach to working with clients, he said,
“Whether they are artists or business leaders, I design a haircut to bring out youthfulness and make them look contemporary… Every client presents a problem but no one has the same problem. Every challenge equals an opportunity to create good design.”

Tracey Cunningham

Tracey Cunningham first attended beauty school at the behest of Bette Midler, whose daughter she was nannying at the time. These days, her clients include Jennifer Lopez and Khloe Kardashian. On using social media platforms to boost her business, she said, “Social media has brought me so much closer to my peers and fans all over the world… It’s such a great and amazing connector and a terrific educational tool if used correctly.” Her advice?

“Advice I give to everyone in all beauty fields is EDUCATION! That’s the key, you can never stop learning. I certainly don’t!”

Read Tracey’s full interview


One of the most well-known names in the industry, Oribe has worked with stars ranging from Anne Hathaway to Rihanna, has been tasked with preparing cover models for shoots for just about every fashion magazine on the shelf, and owns his own product line. His advice on finding the perfect look for a client: “After years in the industry and working on sets, you get to be a bit of a chemist…You mix things to get the desired effect, so eventually, you know what works.” When it comes to the spirit behind his work, he says,

“If you hope for the best and put your heart and soul into something, you’ll find that it usually works!”

Read Oribe’s full interview

Mark Townsend

Mark Townsend is based in New York and has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Halle Berry, but is most recognized as being the long-time stylist for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. After completing cosmetology school in Florida, he went to New York in hopes of catching on at Oribe’s salon there. After persistent effort, he finally got an opportunity to become one of Oribe’s assistants, and the rest is history. His goal is to make sure the looks he gives clients give them confidence:

“I’ve seen a celebrity walk the red carpet and I see that moment that they’re not sure and I want to make sure they know that they feel confident because the photos are gonna be better if they’re confident in their look, the hair’s gonna look better if they like it.”

 Read Mark’s full interview

Beauty & Bodywork Insurance

Okay, we’re cheating here. BBI isn’t a world famous stylist. But as you work to perfect your craft, we can help you on your way to becoming one yourself. You face a number of risks on the job. From cuts to burns to property damage, accidents can happen to even the most experienced stylists. This is where hair stylist insurance from BBI can help.

Hair stylist insurance can protect you should something go wrong, and if your work long enough, you can bet that something will go wrong eventually. If you end up on the receiving end of an injury lawsuit, the costs can be extreme. Even if you aren’t found liable in the end, defense costs alone can cost you thousands. Don’t take that risk—protect yourself with hair stylist insurance today.

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