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Lisa Cavalone, Robin Felix and Freddy Razo create Fashion Gorgeous ‘Dos for the Known

Written By: Marissa Wright Get Healthy, Celeb-Worthy Hair from these Pro LA Stylists
Photographed By: Tae Kwon

Los Angeles might be home to you, but to those not blessed enough to live in Southern California, L.A. is Tinseltown: the magical place where movies come from. With one in six residents working in creative or entertainment industries, it’s easy to understand why Angelenos are generally nonchalant about celebrity sightings or walking through open sets—it’s just another day in the neighborhood. Traffic on the 405 can make it difficult to find magic in the mundane, but you can put on some rose-colored glasses by gifting yourself a bit of beauty. A new outfit or pair of shoes will put some pep in your step, but with the holidays around the corner it’s the perfect time to update your locks with a fresh style.

Having a hair professional you completely trust your mane with is the difference between feeling just all right and feeling like someone sprinkled you with pixie dust. There are hundreds of salons and barbershops in the greater Los Angeles area, so picking a stylist can feel a lot like Russian roulette. Fortunately, you can avoid the gamble by visiting one of our beauty experts. Passionate about healthy hair and confidence-inspiring style, Lisa Cavalone, Robin Felix and Freddy Razo have collectively beautified Los Angeles for almost 50 years and they’re not looking to slow down. While their backgrounds and current salons are about as different as could be, our experts share common ground where it counts—a commitment to excellence, artistic vision and the hunger to continue learning and developing. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” By Emerson’s standard, our experts are much more than stylists; Cavalone, Felix, and Razo are the artistic equivalents to a love child of Andy Warhol and David Copperfield, except they don’t keep secrets from their clients.

 

Robin Felix
Owner of Felix Design Studio & Certified Educator for Dream Catcher Extensions

The holiday season brings plenty to the table but it’s not always about food. Holiday parties are the perfect excuse to get a little extra glam so you’ll forget how much you miss the summertime weather. There are plenty of rules about accessorizing for a special occasion and as important as the right shoes are, if you’re planning to just pull your hair into a sock bun you’re overlooking an opportunity to take your look to the next level. In a season about giving to others, gifting yourself a gorgeous hairstyle is sometimes the best present you could ask for. Robin Felix has been helping women feel beautiful for over three decades by giving them styles that reflect who they are. His salon, the Felix Design Studio in Rolling Hills Estates, is a stunning sanctuary for beauty and provides the stage on which Felix does some of his best work. After years of operating a full service salon and day spa, Felix wanted to get back to his roots and focus on what he knows and does best—hair. Since relocating to the Silver Spur Peninsula Mall, the Felix Design Studio has transitioned into featuring Phyto products and hair dyes exclusively to keep with their dedication to not only beautiful hair, but healthy, strong hair too. An appointment with Felix will transform your look and put the spring back in your step, but as a holiday gift to you he has been generous enough to give us a step-by-step tutorial in how to make your hairdo ready for anything and everything.

Q: How would you describe your signature style?
Robin Felix: I always try to keep a portion of the cut somewhat classic with a current edge as well. Most stylists only do current, which many times grows out uneven and difficult to style as it grows out. With a classic foundation and edgier lines and creative color, it creates a style/cut that is personalized yet current and stylish for the client of today.

Q: What is your favorite part of working in the beauty industry?
RF: The constant evolution of the beauty industry never goes stagnant.

Q: What is your favorite hair trend right now?
RF: Style, color and cuts are very ambiguous. Also women are not afraid of super-short edgy styles, and guys are sporting long hair and coloring as well.

Q: When you aren’t doing hair, how do you flex your creative muscles?
RF: I try to travel near and far to discover and challenge my skills by seeing what people are doing with their looks and then coming back to the chair and creating new trends.

Q: What do you think is going to be the hot new trend for hair next year?
RF: We’ve slowly gone full circle from the 1930s to now. I think styles are going to be reminiscent of the ’40s vintage style. Look up ’40s hairstyles and you’ll see some of what we are already emerging into.

Q: If you were building the soundtrack to your life, what bands or songs would you want?
RF: Well, music has always been a part of my life since I was a child. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong still makes me feel good, no matter how often I hear it. I have been blessed many times over in this career and I am grateful.

Q: What does your perfect day in LA look like?
RF: Perfect day in LA is waking up on a bright sunny morning, getting onto my paddle board, lunching with friends, shopping all around LA for the latest clothes (shoes are my private obsession). Then shopping for a meal I’ll prepare for friends at an intimate dinner in my home.

Q: When did you first start to feel like you were going to “make it” as a beauty professional?
RF: Ever since I was 4 years old. I always knew hair was my thing but it really didn’t feel like I “made it” until I was an educator for a hair company and I was onstage cutting hair in front of a room filled with 500 hairdressers—I got a standing ovation for haircuts that I gave to six models in 45 minutes. I was brought to tears.

Q: What was the first tattoo that you got?
RF: First tattoo was my Felix the cat on my right arm, inspired by my late brother Ron, when I was 25.

Q: What hair products do you think are essential for the best hair?
RF: Firstly, a great shampoo to properly cleanse then a great weekly masque and always some styling product, like a volumizer, and a great hairspray.

Holiday Hair Step-By-Step:

1. Gather your tools. To create these looks you will need the following:
• Curling wand
• Finishing spray (a.k.a. hairspray)
• Hair pins and a hair tie
• Teasing brush
2. Start with clean, dry hair and give your hair a light misting of finishing spray all over so your style will hold up.
3. Curl one-inch sections of hair into spiral curls by twisting the sections slightly as you wrap them around a curling wand. If you flatten your hair onto the wand, you will get more of a ringlet shape.
4. Let your curls cool completely (this seriously makes a difference) before loosening them up by running your fingers through your hair a little.
5. To build some volume, flip your head upside down and fluff your hair at the roots, but do your best to not disturb the ends too much so your curls will keep their shape. Set the volume and your curls with a little more finishing spray while your head is down.
6. If you are into serious volume, take a triangle-shaped section at your crown and tease without touching the ends. Set the volume you just built with some more hairspray and then smooth the hair over the top.

Now you have the base to create any of the looks Felix created for us.

Look No. 1–Keep it down: Part your hair however you normally like to wear it. Then take a section of hair from the crown of your head (what you teased if you wanted the serious volume) and push it slightly forward to build extra height before securing the section with crisscrossing hair pins. You can leave the front of your hair down for a glamorous look or twist small pieces before pinning them back to add some drama.

Look No. 2–Get it off your neck: Take a section of hair from the crown of your head and push it slightly forward to build extra height before securing the section with Look No. 1’s crisscrossing hair pins. Then pin your hair into a loose, messy bun just below where you built the volume at the crown or smooth your hair down into a slightly off-center bun at the base of your head for a sleeker holiday look.

Look No. 3–Not your average pony: Start with a deep, off-center part. Pull your hair into a high ponytail leaving the front section of your hair (your bangs or where they would be) out before securing with a hair tie. Take the hair you left out of the ponytail and smoothly pull it back before wrapping it around the hair tie (to hide it) and anchoring the hair with hair pins. Grab a teasing brush and break up the curls to build dramatic volume for your pony. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl well or is really silky, be sure to use plenty of finishing spray to give the style some endurance.

Look No. 4–The Braid bun: Pull your hair into a ponytail like the sassy updo in Look No. 3 but this time don’t break up your curls with a teasing brush. Twist your ponytail into a simple braid and then wrap the braid into a bun shape at the top of your head. A tight braid will give you a smooth but interesting updo or you can do a loose braid to achieve a soft, romantic look.

Why Felix Design Studio should be on your list:
1. Passion makes the difference. Robin loves to make you feel beautiful and only works with stylists who feel the same way.
2. Get spoiled. The Felix Design Studio clients are all treated to a VIP experience from the moment they walk in the door (even if they’re a walk-in).
3. They’re serious about the health of your hair. As a salon they exclusively feature Phyto hair care products so you can experience what your hair is supposed to feel like without suffocating under silicones and synthetics.
4. The staff is required to take elite classes to keep developing their skills and stay up to date with what’s happening in hair trends.
5. The space itself is totally gorgeous. Natural light pours in from enormous windows that wrap around the front, the decorating is chic and a living wall gives a nod to the natural hair products they feature.

Never heard of Phyto? Here’s what you should know:
1. High-performance hair care formulated in France over 50 years ago to return hair to its most vibrant potential. Phyto is one of the most respected brands in the world.
2. Ninety-five to 100 percent natural, boasting the highest concentrations of essential oils and plant extracts in hair care, Phyto transforms hair starting at the root.
3. They have a treatment for any hair type or hair problem—normal to dry, dry, ultra-dry, weakened or damaged, color-treated or highlighted, fine, thinning, unruly/frizzy/rebellious, dandruff–all benefit from proper care with Phyto.
4. The styling products are paraben-free. Enjoy professional styling without having to expose yourself to more chemicals and preservatives.
5. Phyto is a pioneer for beauty—they were the first to bring these products to market:
• Day cream for hair (Phyto 7)
• Sunscreen for hair (Phyto Plage)
• Hair treatment with essential oils (Phytopolleine)
• Dietary supplement for healthy hair and nails (Phytophanere)
• Botanical hairspray (Phytolaque Soie)
• Revitalizing treatment for thinning hair (Phytocyane)
• Botanical keratin to repair hair (Phytokeratine)

Native Knowledge: Robin is in high demand so it’s best to plan ahead and book an appointment before your hair needs a touch up.

Fun Fact: Robin is a die-hard hockey fan with a Los Angeles Kings logo tattooed on the back of his arm.

The Felix Design Studio is located near the Peninsula Shopping Center so after you finish getting your hair done with Robin and his team, you can go show off your new look.

550 Deep Valley Dr
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
310.265.943 | www.felixdesignstudio.net

 

Freddy Razo
Barber and Educator for Johnny B. Hair Care

The power of good hair is not limited to women, despite what you may have formerly believed. And while man buns were fun, you can do better, guys. Old school men’s haircuts never fully left the scene, but the rebirth of the classic barbershop brought straight razor and clipper cuts along with it. Johnny B. Hair Care has been paying homage to classic barbering while continuing to find new ways to answer the prayers of barbers in the field for 20 years. Johnny B. was designed to give good hair from wash to style and provide professional-quality products for professionals. Freddy Razo of Montebello recognized this as soon as he finished school. While his style gives a nod to classic barbering styles, Razo is elevating the men’s hair game with an artistic flare and detailed eye. It’s no wonder why Johnny B. Hair Care was happy to bring Razo on as an educator for the brand—his haircutting style is a near mirror image of the brand’s logo. For the last six years Razo has been traveling around the United States, Mexico and Canada doing demonstrations of barbering techniques and showing the versatility of the Johnny B. product line. This is not a “those who can’t, teach” sort of thing; Razo is the real deal and balances educating the next generation of barbers with seeing his own clients. Watching Razo transform a head of hair into a 360-degree work of art is a process that starts off firmly grounded in traditional barbering techniques. The usual suspects are all there: straight razor, clippers, comb; but it’s how Razo uses his scissors that shows where barbering is beginning to mesh with styling. The only observable downside to Razo’s skills is he makes it look almost too effortless, so it could be easy to discount the mastery he’s already displaying so early in his career.

Q: How did you get into barbering?
Freddy Razo: I just kind of did. I decided to go to barber school and then my wife, who’s a hair stylist, pushed me to keep with it. It’s been over seven years now.

Q: You do a lot of teaching and traveling with Johnny B., do you still take clients as well?
FR: I definitely see clients, but this shop is strictly by appointment so I don’t do walk-ins anymore.

Q: What’s your favorite part of what you do?
FR: Helping my clients feel happy and be more confident. That’s one of the main reasons I got into it. To change how someone feels about themselves is really, really cool and I like that I’m able to do something like that for people.

Q: What would you say is your specialty?
FR: I’ve been around hair stylists for a long time, so I’ve been able to kind of mesh both [barber and stylist] together. When I first started, barbers would be looking at me like, “What are you doing with the scissors…” but now it’s more of the trend. I like the traditional aspects of cutting hair. I like the side parts and pompadours, but I don’t keep myself in a bubble.

Q: How long have you been working with Johnny B. Hair Care?
FR: It’s been six years now. I contacted them right after I finished barbering school because I wanted to do more and I loved their products. It was about a year later that I got the call that they needed me to fly to Texas that night to teach a demo.

Q: What’s it like working with Johnny B.?
FR: They give me prototypes of products and ask me questions, so me and the other educators kind of feel like that’s our baby. We’ve been able to help the company create something that everybody loves, and that’s kind of what it’s about. We are the barbers. We’re out in the field. Other barbers love it because there aren’t many companies that are able to do that for you. They open up their arms to us.

Q: What makes Johnny B. different from other hair care lines?
FR: We have different varieties of products so anything that any gentlemen would need, we have. If someone feels they’re losing their hair because they’re stressed out, we have Grow+, the deep-clarifying shampoo that opens up the pores and helps it breathe. For thin hair we have a lighter hold gel, which helps the hair have a little more volume.

Q: If the average man were shopping for Johnny B., what five products would you recommend?
FR: The Street Cream for me is kind of a game changer; it has a really nice matte finish and you’re able to manipulate it all day. The Shampoo Paste, you can use that to shave or as a deep-clarifying shampoo and it stops dandruff, so that’s kind of all a man wants. Also there is the Grow Shampoo which is similar, it’s a deep-cleansing shampoo loaded with antioxidants. The Dope is great for a side part, pompadour or traditional style. You can run your hands through it or run your comb through it all day and it won’t flake. The Clash is one of my favorites right now because it’s one of the newest ones and they let me be part of the production.

Q: What do you like most about Johnny B.’s styling products?
FR: One of the coolest things about our products is we are able to use them as cutting tools as opposed to just putting them on to finish a haircut. I use the Johnny B. Gel for every one of my cuts. It adds texture and means I can use less product to finish a style. We also have four pomades, two of which are water-based and two of which are oil-based, so they can be used with cutting tools.

Q: How important are the tools? Could you do an awesome haircut with whatever was thrown at you?
FR: If anybody gives me any kind of tool, give me a fork, and I’ll take care of it. I’ll figure it out. As far as the tools we have at Johnny B., we make them specifically for the haircuts we’re putting out. I can do a full on haircut with just our Fade Comb. The Texturizing Comb I use for guidelines, doing side parts, getting nice transitions from guidelines. The Barber Comb is for around the ears, to taper around the ear and give them a nice clean effect. It makes the haircut last a lot longer. A lot of our tools—the Barber Brush, the Neck Duster, everything—you’ll be using that all day as a professional. We are making the tools to achieve our look and they bring everything together.

Q: What do you think is the most overlooked part of men’s styling?
FR: I think just about everything has been covered now. I think the scissor aspect was lacking for a while, but people are picking it up. The blow drying, the old school elements—everybody’s starting to pick them up.

Q: What are your favorite styling trends for men right now?
FR: Volume, texture, putting a modern twist to the old vintage hairstyles. Taking the traditional side part and adding texture, adding volume, giving it some life.

Q: When you’re not doing hair, what occupies your time?
FR: My family. Hanging out with my kids. I get home, they tell me I smell like the barbershop, tell me to take a shower or anything like that. It’s pretty cool because they get to see other people commenting on who I am or what I’ve done and to them they kind of laugh about it because they’re like, “Oh that’s my dad … what does he really do?” This year I was able to take them to Las Vegas to see me on stage, which was one of the highlights of my career. Family is everything to me.

Q: Top five favorite albums you like to cut hair to?
FR: I grew up with the Deftones. The Deftones are by far my favorite band. I go to see them every time they come out here. I like old school hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang and all that. I like everything that has more of a soul and has something to say, but only that I like the beats and the artistry behind everything. The Black Keys to the Beatles, I have a wide variety of musical tastes.

How to style your hair like Freddy Razo:
1. Shampoo your hair with Grow Shampoo or the Shampoo Paste.
2. Emulsify a small amount of the Johnny B. Gel in your hands before applying it to your damp hair.
3. Use the Vent Brush to blow dry your hair, directing it up and back to build volume in the front.
4. Take a small dollop of Street Cream to style the base (or lower half) of your hair.
5. Finish the style using Clash, a hair gum with a paste-like texture and superior hold, and by directing your hair into the shape that you desire.

Fun Fact: Johnny B. Hair Care is sold exclusively by professionals, but if you are unable to find a retailer near you that supplies Johnny B. you can view the full product lines and order on their website www.johnnybhaircare.com.

Native Knowledge: You can book an appointment with Razo online at: www.razothebarber.resurva.com and follow him on Instagram @razothebarber

The Presidential Suite
540 N Montebello Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640
626.384.6410 | www.razothebarber.resurva.com

 

Lisa Cavalone
Celebrity Colorist and Stylist at Lukaro Salon

In a city known for its beauty and its plastic surgery, Los Angeles sometimes makes it difficult to distinguish reality from illusion, but Lisa Cavalone leaves little to the imagination. Her New York roots dispel any suspicion of pretense. She couldn’t put on an act if she tried. After spending a few minutes with Lisa, it’s easy to see why people keep coming back to her and we haven’t even talked hair yet. She is a better version of the girl next door: a fast talking, relentlessly honest, and potty-mouthed firecracker who is disarmingly authentic. Even actress and client Anna Camp describes working with Cavalone as more of a friendship than a business relationship since their first meeting five years ago. Camp was getting ready for a party and Lisa couldn’t help but offer assistance with her signature directness: “My name is Lisa, can I please help you with your hair?” Now the two exchange girl talk about work and Lisa’s upcoming Paris wedding while Lisa weaves highlights, hand paints sun-kissed ends, applies a quick base and then glazes Anna’s hair to dimensional blonde perfection.

With brushes in hand and an artist’s vision, Cavalone is changing the color game by creating natural-looking and effortless styles that require less upkeep. Babes on a budget can still get Beverly Hills style thanks to Lisa’s mastery of the “quick base” and her dedication to finding hair solutions regardless of budget limitations. If you want to be a low maintenance bombshell with beach-y, sexy hair, Cavalone should already be on your radar—especially if you are in need of color correction. All she needs is a moment to check the strength of your hair and the tones in your skin and eyes to outline the best course of action for your goals. If Cavalone can’t achieve the look you want without destroying your locks, she would rather have you see another stylist: “I could easily make the money—everyone needs money—but I’m not going to compromise your hair because that’s a reflection on me.”

Her commitment to her clients and to “give good hair” (as she puts it on her Instagram) has translated into an impeccable reputation and a star-studded client list, but Lisa remains grounded and willing to come to the rescue as needed. When a stylist cancelled the week before a wedding Lisa was attending, she was quick to extend her services to the bride in need because it was the right thing to do. All she needs is a cape so her superhero status could be obvious to everyone.

Q: What made you go into hair styling in the first place?
Lisa Cavalone: My mom, actually. My father had just passed away, so I kind of got side tracked as far as school went. I went to junior college for about six months and then realized I was more of an artist, so my mom was like, “Well, you’ve always been good at hair…” At that point I didn’t really believe it, so I almost dropped out of hair school and my mom was like, “Absolutely not.” I swear at my wedding that will be her speech: “If it wasn’t for me you would never be where you’re at now.”

Q: What does being a stylist mean to you?
LC: I think being able to change someone’s look completely, being able to create confidence, or just giving somebody what they want. It’s not necessarily because I’m controlling it but by coming to an agreement with my client. I think as a colorist and a stylist it’s hard to look past your ego at times, but having my crazy mom in my life keeps me humble enough to understand that I’m not better than anyone and I have to give people what they want even if I wouldn’t wear it myself.

Q: How would you describe your signature style for hair?
LC: I think my signature style is definitely more of an undone, beach-y, sexy look—at least that’s what my clients tell me. The best compliment I ever heard was, “You blow dry my hair and it looks like it wasn’t done.”

Q: When did you realize that you were doing something really special with color?
LC: When I had a client tell me that she used to have to get highlights—a full head—to be able to keep the look she wanted but I was able to create the same exact look, if not softer and more natural. When I had someone who didn’t have a high budget to spend on their hair and I was still able to get the results and create a lower maintenance color, too, I knew there was something to it.

Q: Is color correction more about science or art?
LC: It’s about both. Color correction is scientific because you have to know how to balance pigments and measure in order to correct certain things. You have to know what’s going to cancel red and what’s going to cancel green, but the artistry comes into play when you have to actually paint it into the hair. Knowing where color needs to be corrected and how it has to lay is almost the most important. Sometimes in a color correction you can’t achieve exactly what you want the first time, but I believe there is never an excuse for a bad color, especially when it’s a correction.

Q: Do you feel like you’ve made it?
LC: I don’t feel like I’ve made it yet. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like I’ve made it, but I’ve definitely reached my goals. I’ve been here for six years and I told myself after five years I would have a fully established clientele at the level I was at in Florida where I was a stylist for nine years prior. When I moved out here I assisted Rona and after five years—actually a week before—I hired someone to take my spot as her assistant and I was on the floor for myself. Now I have an assistant, so I guess some could say I’ve made it but as far as I’m concerned you’ve never made it. You always keep going. I stay hungry—not thirsty, but definitely hungry.

Q: What do you think the most common coloring mistake is?
LC: People pull pictures out of magazines of someone that doesn’t look anything like them and has totally different skin color and they bring them to other stylists who will give them that look. And then it doesn’t compliment their skin tone, the process breaks their hair and is high maintenance. Some people who don’t have the knowledge to color their hair try to do an extreme color at home because they watched a tutorial and it can be kind of dangerous. But I can’t say that’s the main one because sometimes it comes out really good.

Q: If you could give any celebrity a drastic makeover, who would it be and how would you revamp their look?
LC: I would definitely want to do my best friend Kelen Coleman. Maybe shave up the side of her head or color her lighter. I don’t know how that would work with her auditions so I would check with her agents first. But I would like to see her with some sun-kissed ends, maybe a little bit more texture.

Q: What’s it like to be called an expert in your field?
LC: It’s shocking. I don’t consider myself an expert because there is always somebody you could learn from. For example I just hired a 21-year-old assistant who has taught me so many things when it comes to styling and different types of techniques that I didn’t even learn 15 years ago.

Q: What five things should every woman have in her hair arsenal?
LC: Definitely a dry shampoo; one that’s not too powdery—a good shampoo that doesn’t strip your color. You have to picture your shampoo as being like detergent. You wouldn’t wash your nice jeans with cheap detergent, so don’t do that to your hair. A deep conditioner. A styling cream is perfect left in your hair to dry naturally or to blow it dry because it seals the cuticle. And finally an oil to keep everything smooth for your ends.

Q: What is the biggest difference between working with celebrities and the average L.A. woman?
LC: I don’t believe there is any difference. I was raised to treat everyone the same and having celebrity friends keeps me aware that they’re just normal people. I’ll be out and people are asking for my friends’ autographs and I’m like, “Wait a second. We were just talking about how we can’t find the right shoes to match a dress…” So I don’t feel like there’s a difference at all. I might see them really early or late to avoid a crowded salon, but that’s about it. My routine and personality are always the same.

Q: How do you make each of your clients feel like they’re getting the celebrity treatment?
LC: No matter how busy I get I always want to have my clients be No. 1. I like the personal connection, so I book my own clients. I got a text once at 10 p.m. from a client freaking out over her hair. My fiancé said no one else would ever respond at that time. I didn’t realize it was a big deal because that’s how I am—I’ll be in Mexico and be booking clients for when I’m back. I always apply the base color because I want the hands on experience with my clients. Sure, I have an assistant but she’s going to do the shampooing and blow drying, so I know about all my clients—I know what their kids are doing, what their husband’s doing, where they live, where they vacation—whether I’m doing six or 20 people’s hair. My clients know that the only time my assistant would ever apply a base—EVER—is if they call and they need to be squeezed into a booked schedule. Usually that’s unrealistic because I can get a base done in three minutes. I get a base, a full foil, a cut, and a blow dry in in two hours. I recently took a woman from orange hair to blonde in two hours.

Q: So what’s a normal day for Lisa?
LC: On an off day I sleep in until 9 or 10 and then I’ll spend an hour with my dogs playing with them or walking them. I’ll definitely work out. I sweat every day. I believe it’s good for you mentally, especially if you’re someone like me. I do suffer from a little anxiety and working out helps me. On my days off I’m more of a sweatpants-sneakers-no-makeup type of chick. I like to spend time with my girlfriends. I don’t drink, so I don’t really do the whole bar thing but I like a nice dinner out. A workday is a day dedicated just to work. Now that I work three days a week, I have 12-hour workdays. I get up a little earlier to get ready for work and make myself breakfast or my assistant makes me oatmeal when I get to work. Then the rest of the day is dedicated to my clients and no matter how tired I am, I’m giving 100 percent. I go home to a cooked meal from my fiancé and know the next two days are going to be the same and I’ll look forward to four days off—and that’s it.

Q: What does your creative process look like?
LC: Usually it all starts with a text like: “Hey I got your number from somebody and my hair is this and it’s awful and I hate it.” I like to stress that sometimes it’s better to just stick to small steps one at a time as opposed to doing a complete overhaul because it could compromise the hair and I’m never ever willing to do that. I would rather you go somewhere else before I do that. So with that being said, once we’ve gone over what it will be I explain there is a full consultation involved with your first time with me even though the salon doesn’t do consultations. I have them send pictures to me, but I ask them to go outside and have somebody take pictures of their hair from the top, side and the back in natural lighting. Then I tell them to look on my Instagram (@lisaprova) and at the photos tagged #lisaprovahair so we can go from there to make sure we’re both on the same page.

Puppy Parents: Lisa lives with her fiancé and her dogs Juno, Sammy and Fabio. Her mom rescued Fabio seven years ago and Lisa feels like he rescued her. Now Fabio is a Beverly Hills Chihuahua, or, as her mom calls him, a “chiwow-wow.” Sammy was a shelter dog and her fiancé rescued Juno from a homeless man who couldn’t take care of her anymore—he gave the man money to take care of himself for a little bit.

Lisa’s Perfect Blow Dry: “The perfect blow dry depends on the kind of look you’re going for. If you want a messier look, I say wash and condition your hair, get out of the shower and towel blot your hair. DO NOT scrub because that just roughs your ends and makes it frizz. Add a cream to your hair and then start drying. I blow dry my hair upside down just for a little bit and wrap it in a top bun, so when I let it down it’s just like piece-y messy. If you want to do more of a polished look, definitely use the cream and blow dry all the way before you apply oil to your ends. If you apply oil before heat styling you are literally frying your hair. If you think about cooking an egg, you would put oil in a pan to fry an egg. So realistically, if you’re using a 400 degree or 325 degree or whatever any degree tool with oil in your hair, you’re cooking your hair.”

Native Knowledge: Lisa is obsessed with ClassPass, a monthly membership that lets you work out at numerous gyms and studios for $99. She loves to hit Barry’s Bootcamp first thing in the morning to start her day off right and feel like a superhero the rest of the day.

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