The best way to kick-off your drive in the new year is with inspiration, and what better way to inspire yourselves than by redesigning your Instagram with the most creative work in the business?!
2015 was a very big year for Instagram, with multinational companies raising their eyebrows at the profit and popularity that can be gained from such a simple, FREE and visual platform. Luckly for hairstylists, we have picked out celebrity stylists that work on the red carpet, some on Fashion Weeks around the world, others simply have an exclusive clientele, and some even share their formulas with their massive audiences just because! Start you 2016 with the most colorful Instagram streams out there.
Mark Townsend @marktownsend1 His strong interest in fashion led him to New York City where he began assisting well-known hairdressers such as Oribe and Sally Hershberger. Eventually his film work led him to major productions like ‘Vanilla Sky’ and ‘Minority Report’, working closely with stars including Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz. Chances are you you’ve heard of Mark Townsend, since he helps stars like Shay Mitchell, Portia de Rossi, and Kerry Washington look their best. Follow him for a fun behind-the-scenes selfies and photos of Chrissy Teigen, of course.
Tracey Cunningham @traceycunningham1 – When stars like Minka Kelly come in for a color touch up, you’ll see it in this Instagram stream. The most valuable element of her stream is NOT the pictures, but rather the descriptive captions. She shares exactly how she colored her clients’ hair, which is just what you need to revamp your tones this 2015.
Guy Tang @guy_tang – This is social media’s hairstylist dominating from YouTube to Instagram, and sharing his secrets with the world. This hair activist is everyone’s #hairbestie and shares the opinion that some beautiful things have to be shared. His Instagram is a crystal representation of what hairstylists should aim for in their streams. He has color, design, and inspiration and has specialized on loud colors.
Felicia Leatherwood @lovingyourhair – Although she can weave, relax, color and cut hair with the best of them, she’s known for her expertise with natural hair and for her remarkable ability to grow hair. Felicia has done natural styles on stars such as Jill Scott, Kim Coles, Will Smith, Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Hill Harper (to name a few), and her Insta is packed with her work, selfies, and a true celebration to the natural look.
Cynthia Alvarez @cynthiaglam – Cynthia Alvarez specializes in styling textured and curly hair as well as creative color and extensions. She loves to work with wide variety clients and has made a name for herself as a celebrity hair stylist. Her aesthetic is chic, with a bit of an edge. She has had the pleasure or working with celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Shakira, Rita Ora and Becky G.
Anh Co Tran @anhcotran – His stream is clean, with white backgrounds, flawless waves and a specialist of lived-in waves. Anh Co Tran’s profile captures his clients post-appointment and also shares before-and-after photos for those who are in need of haircut inspiration.
Kristin Ess @kristin_ess – The leader in preppy perfect hair. From romantic braids, to the Lauren Conrad‘s bouncy hair, Kristin Ess is the hairstylist to follow. Kristin not only does she post behind-the-scenes photos from Conrad’s shoots, but she also shares helpful how-to’s and some pretty artistic shots.
Rita Hazan @ritahazan – Hazan is one of the most well-respected colorists in Hollywood, creating looks for Beyoncé and Jessica Simpson, just to name a couple. Follow her for tips on how to achieve the perfect tones for your colors, plus celebrity inspiration.
Ursula Stephen @ursulastephen – She is a mane master for all ethnicities. Ursula travels the world helping women transform their lives through their tresses and provides the world a looking glass through her stream with expert advice on head-turning hair care. She is the hairstylist of choice for many of today’s fashion-forward celebrities, including R&B recording superstar Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and platinum recording artist Keyshia Cole.
Harry Josh @harryjoshhair – Harry Josh is the man behind some of the prettiest hairstyles in Hollywood. Kate Hudson is that celebrity that launches careers, but it is his talent that we love to glimpse on his ‘gram.
Chuck Amos @chuckielovehair – This celebrity hairstylist styles some of the most beauty ethnic hair we’ve ever seen. That being said, he doesn’t only specialize in ethnic hair – it’s just what will captivate you as it did us. He began with Brandy, styling her for her entire career, and soon after he was at celebrity hair status. Now, with his signature look The Diana Ross (huge, over-the-top hair) he tends to look to the past for inspiration – which worked well for when he nailed Beyonce’s “floating” hair on the cover on her ‘Dangerously in Love’ album.
Jenny Cho @jennychohair – Cho has a vision immune to the effects of the stars. She calls stunners like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley clients, and they’re really just the tip of her stacked celebrity client list. Follow her to see how she styles her A-list clients for events and photo spreads. Her most recent masterpiece? The red carpet premiere of ‘The Mockingjay 2’.
Mara Roszak @mararoszak – This blonde is the person responsible for the cleanest looks on the red carpet. Loved Emma Stone’s hair this awards season? How about Cara Delevingne’s roughed up blowout? Stylist Mara Roszak was the woman behind those gorgeous ’dos. However, her stunning styles don’t stop there: Roszak also created Lily Collins’s new pixie.
Jen Atkin @jenatkinhair – The celeb hairstylist started doing hair at Chris McMillan‘s salon (he created The Rachel), toured with Madonna, and regularly grooms stars like the Kardashians, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, and Reese Witherspoon for red carpet events. Read on to find out how she rose to the top of her game, her must-have products, her take on celeb-driven trends, and exactly how Kim and Khloe come up with their ever-changing hairdos.
Adir Abergel @hairbyadir – Adir is a master on Instagram claiming his look from Reese Witherspoon’s SAG Awards look to Diane Kruger’s ’20s-inspired’ win at the Oscars, he’s our go-to for the upscale client that is looking for a fresh look.
Cesar Deleon Ramirez @cesar4styles – Born in New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents, Cesar grew up amidst hairspray and rollers in his family’s small hair salon. In his 15 years in the industry, Cesar has trained with top stylists, and his work adorns the pages of Italian Vogue, Magazine, ID and many others. He has also garnered recognition for the impeccable vision he brings to New York’s runways, where he has worked with fashion forward designers. The industry’s media outlets, has earned Best Hair for his work during Fashion Week on several seasons.
Renato Campora @renatocampora – You may have spied his handiwork in the pages of InStyle. But that’s not where the inspiration ends. Campora also works with modern day hair icon Amanda Seyfried and is often spotted posting some seriously inspiring photos.
By Alejandra Acuña