Ask Chris Benz: How Do I Become a Hair Stylist For Fashion Shows?

Dear Chris, I so badly want to work as a celeb hair stylist and style hair for fashion shows. I am a recent Paul Mitchell Grad who worked very hard to be where i am at today. I'm 25 and a single mother of one, but I refused to let anyone or anything tear me down. I was determined to finish school no matter what cause i knew if i was able to finish cosmetology school, endless opportunities would come. I understand that I don't know it all and I'm hungry for more knowledge every day. I would love it if you could help me out and share with me some tips to reach my goals! Thank you, Lawanika Dear Lawanika, You sound like you have the best sort of dedication a person can have. The best you can do in this life is work very hard, be nice, and learn something new everyday.
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Dear Chris, I so badly want to work as a celeb hair stylist and style hair for fashion shows. I am a recent Paul Mitchell Grad who worked very hard to be where i am at today. I'm 25 and a single mother of one, but I refused to let anyone or anything tear me down. I was determined to finish school no matter what cause i knew if i was able to finish cosmetology school, endless opportunities would come. I understand that I don't know it all and I'm hungry for more knowledge every day. I would love it if you could help me out and share with me some tips to reach my goals! Thank you, Lawanika Dear Lawanika, You sound like you have the best sort of dedication a person can have. The best you can do in this life is work very hard, be nice, and learn something new everyday.
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Dear Chris,

I so badly want to work as a celeb hair stylist and style hair for fashion shows. I am a recent Paul Mitchell Grad who worked very hard to be where i am at today. I'm 25 and a single mother of one, but I refused to let anyone or anything tear me down. I was determined to finish school no matter what cause i knew if i was able to finish cosmetology school, endless opportunities would come. I understand that I don't know it all and I'm hungry for more knowledge every day. I would love it if you could help me out and share with me some tips to reach my goals!

Thank you, Lawanika

Dear Lawanika,

You sound like you have the best sort of dedication a person can have. The best you can do in this life is work very hard, be nice, and learn something new everyday. I think you have carved out a very positive path for yourself. Obviously, hairstyling—and particularly celebrity hairstyling—is a very competitive field. I have said this before an I will say it again to you, I really encourage everyone despite their location, to start a personal blog highlighting your specific vision and point-of-view. Upload pictures, inspiration, anything that speaks to your creativity!

In addition, really reflect on who the people are that you respect and admire, and who you would dream of modeling your career after. Everyone’s story and path is different, and much success comes from determination. Send your books to all of these people with a lovely note, and often times your book will land smack dab in front of them.

Research and read everything you can about all sorts of design, don’t pigeon-hole yourself into only researching hair, because the references stylists use to create new, inventive styles are often based in a million disparate references none of which might be a past hairstyle.

Your attitude is right, and I admire your determination. All the best!

xx CB