Hairstylists you need to know
To succeed in fashion, you need to know the greats who’ve helped shaped it. Not only will the industry expect it, this knowledge will inspire your own creative process and help inform your own career path. This is not a definitive list, so we encourage you to do your own research and discover more.
Guido is the world's foremost session stylist, having gained vast recognition in the fashion industry for his unique aesthetic. His work often has a "twisted" or "dark element" and he often cites various subcultures as a source of inspiration. In the 1990's he would often produce darker, grunge like hair, in an industry which was predominately "supermodel glamour". At first the industry resisted his style, but by staying true to his aesthetic he managed to revolutionise the idea of beauty and hair within session. He has worked with renowned photographers such as Steven Meisel and David Sims over the past 20 years and has contributed to some of fashion's most iconic images. His work appears regularly in Italian, French, British and American Vogue, Love, Interview and W Magazine. He is equally involved on the runways of New York, London, Paris, and Milan, working with fashion houses such as Prada, Givenchy, Dior, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen among others. Guido is the Global Creative Director for Redken.
Best known for: One of the most in demand session stylists worldwide. Bringing "grunge hair" to the 90's, which then became the defining look of the era.
See more: Guido Palau Instagram
Sam McKnight is recognised as one of the first session stylists, as well as one the most accomplished and respected hair stylists of his generation. Responsible for iconic looks such as Princess Diana’s short, slicked back style and Agyness Deyn’s bleached blonde crop, amongst countless covers and editorials. He also heads up multiple shows at fashion week, including Chanel, Balenciaga and Dsquared2, as well as recently bringing out his own product line. His aesthetic is recognisable as "beautiful", wearable, undone and "feminine" hair.
Best known for: Helping "rebrand" celebrities and create iconic looks- e.g Princess Diana with the crop, "Kate Moss cool girl waves"
See more: Sam McKnight Website
Eugene Souleiman is the current global creative director for Wella professional and an influential session stylist, who is celebrated for his creative and incredibly technical styles, which underpin an unconventional, yet beautiful aesthetic. He has created iconic runway looks for the likes of Maison Margiela, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and RIck Owens amongst many others, whilst regularly contributing to publications such as Dazed and Confused, i-D, Numero and Harper’s Bazaar.
Best known for: Strong, classic techniques which underpin highly conceptual and unconventional, non trend led styles.
See more: Eugene Souleiman Instagram
Cyndia Harvey is a Jamaican-born hair stylist based in the UK. She was the former assistant to Sam McKnight, who has now forged her own career and gained representation with Streeters; one of the largest agencies worldwide. She has worked with an array of top fashion photographers, including Tim Walker and Alasdair McLellan, with work published in magazines including British Vogue and i-D, as well as ad campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein. Cyndia also created a very personal film project; This Hair of Mine, (shown above left), where she celebrated the history of the African diaspora, using black hair as the central narrative. Themes of strength, beauty and pride run throughout, adding to the widening conversations in regards to natural black hair and freedom of expression.
Best known for: Youth inspired hair that celebrates model individuality as well as underrepresented groups of people.
See more: Dazed Top Hairstylists: Cyndia Harvey
Former assistant to Laurent Philippon, James Pecis has risen to become celebrated as one of the most technical, and yet effortless stylists in session. Currently one of the most in-demand session stylists working in fashion, he creates hair looks for titles including American Vogue, Dazed and i-D as well as brands including Dior, Simone Rocha and Giambattista Valli. He is the brand ambassador for Oribe and published his first book of hair photography in 2017.
Best known for: Soft, "feminine" effortless and "beautiful" hair, underpinned by classic techniques.
See more: James Pecis portfolio
Taught by Alexandre de Paris (known for his classic techniques he used on such celebrities as Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy) Laurent Philippon has used classic techniques to build a strong profile in the industry. He was worked across film, runway and editorial, collaborating with the likes of David LaChapelle, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier and celebrities such as Gwen Stafani and Uma Thurman.
Best known for: Classic techniques with an editorial twist.
See more: Laurent Philippon Tumblr
Heavily influenced by youth subculture, Gary has gained immense respect and become hugely in demand within the industry. He is responsible for the hair on shows such as Vetements, Loewe, Balenciaga, as well as editorials in Vogue (Paris, Italian, US & British), i-D Magazine, Love and Arena Homme plus amongst many others.
Best known for: Statement hair, demonstrating individuality. Raw, confrontational styles with a strong youth and subculture aesthetic.
See more: Gary Gill Instagram
Best known in the industry for his celebrity clientele, Harry has worked closely with the likes of Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen. He is also sought after for editorial work; his work appearing on the covers of Vogue, Allure, V, Harper’s Bazaar and many more. He also has a best-selling professional product line.
Best known for: Celebrity hair; glamorous, "beautiful" hair.
See more: Harry Josh Instagram
More hairstylists to explore:
- Anthony Turner
- Julian D'Ys
- Odile Gilbert
- Paul Hanlon
- Didier Malige
- Josh Wood
- Cyndia Harvey
- Holli Smith
- Malcolm Edwards
- Jen Atkin
- Kristin Ess
- Anthony Mascolo
- Orlando Pita
- Luigi Murenu
- Syd hayes