From Sam McKnight to Jen Atkins and Kim Kimble, these are a few of the many hairstylists some of your favourite celebs have saved on speed dial. Follow these incredibly talented and innovative international hairdressers and you’ll have immediate fashion and beauty inspo available at your fingertips…
1. Sam McKnight (@SamMcKnight1)
Definitely one of the most respected hairstylists around, who’s become known for his modern hairstyling approach – remember Princess Diana’s slicked-back pixie cut, Agyness Deyn’s platinum-blonde cut and Madonna’s bleached Monroe-like curls on her Bedtime Stories cover? Yip, that was all Sam. In addition to being the backbone of these iconic images, Sam McKnight continues to be a notable influence on runway hair today.
Influential work: Princess Diana’s slicked-back hairstyle in the Vanity Fair July 2007 issue. He was also Diana’s hairstylist for seven years.
Clients: Mario Testino, Vivienne Westwood, Balmain, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Vogue, Vanity Fair.
Follow him for: Floral iphonography, backstage fashion photos, behind-the-scenes photoshoot images and campaign sneak peeks.
2. Orlando Pita (@OrlandoPita)
Hairstyling legend Orlando Pita’s contemporary take on hair continues to have a huge influence on both fashion and beauty as an entirety, mainly because designers adore the type of innovation and experimentation he brings into editorial works. He’s produced looks for Versace, Valentino, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and YSL, to name a few, and his work is often featured in iconic fashion mags such as Vogue and W.
Influential work: Named one of ‘fashion’s most influential people’ by W magazine.
Clients: Jennifer Aniston, SJP, Madonna, JLO.
Follow him for: Some pretty awesome throwback styling photos, a few old-school Madonna pics and a behind-the-scenes look at fashion-week shows, including backstage selfies with Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Jourdan Dunn, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
3. Jen Atkin (@jenatkinhair)
If you’re already active on IG, we sure you’ve come across the name Jen Atkin countless times. Why? Probably because she’s one of the biggest young hairstylists around today, who’s also the guru behind the Kardashian/Jenner squad’s fabulous hair.
Influential work: Runway shows for Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Marchesa and collaborating with Annie Leibovitz.
Clients: Kim K, Gwen Stefani, Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Wang.
Follow her for: Kardashian, Katy Perry and Chrissy Teigen inspo for IG hair-lovers, selfies with Khloé and Kim, LOL-worthy memes and quote images, and a look into her celebrity-filled lifestyle.
4. Kim Kimble (@kimblehaircare)
Kim Kimble aka the weave-and-wig guru of LA. All Hollywood glam squads know that if their celebrity clients are in need of a show-stopping weave or wig, Kim Kimble is the first stylist you ring up. Besides having a hair empire, she also has a hit reality television series called L.A. Hair that gives viewers a little insight into her business, as well as providing us with an incredibly candid view of the hilarity and drama that takes place between her stylists at her famed Los Angeles salon.
Clients: Zendaya, Chaka Khan, Kelly Rowland, Vivica Fox, Shakira and someone named Beyoncé.
Influential work: Kim styled Beyoncé’s hair in the Superpower, Pretty Hurts, Haunted and Blow music videos.
Follow her for: Reposts from celebrity clients including Taraji P Henson, and workshop images and hairdressing throwbacks like that next-level afro wig Oprah Winfrey wore on the September 2013 cover of O magazine.
5. Mark Townsend (@MarkTownsend1)
The Olsen sisters’ go-to stylist, Mark Townsend, has cemented his name as an influential fashion hairdresser thanks to his super-edgy and modern hairdos.
Influential work: Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Annie Leibovitz and being Dove’s international celebrity hair stylist.
Clients: Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michele, Teresa Palmer.
Follow him for: Olsen twins errrwhere! Behind-the-scenes pics, including interview images of his clients like Kerry Washington and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Also, product recommendations, food, more hair and alcohol.
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