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what surprised you most? He was absolutely obsessed with his own hair, in a charming way. Every day, he’d come in and ask me what I thought about it. Then, we’d blow it out and he’d look at it again and ask, ‘Do you think it needs a little trim?’ How long have you worked with Marc Jacobs? For 10 years now. We have a great rapport, and he’s very giving. A couple of years ago, he wanted all the models’ hair to be different, based on the ‘80s nightclub scene. It was a real challenge for me, but ended up being one of my favorite shows. Marc sees his world in his way, and I’m lucky I get to see the world through his eyes. How has your aesthetic evolved over the years? The more people who tell you that your work is good, the more adventurous you become. I still learn from everyone I work with. Steven Meisel is an amazing artist, who I’ve worked with steadily for over 10 years. He’s such a professional. We’re friends, and we work together quite often, but we don’t really socialize. With artists, work is life! What projects are you proudest of? Little things make me proud, not necessarily the things people remember me for. Sometimes I’m just happy that the day went well. I almost feel old-school now, because it’s become a different business with this new set of people blogging and tweeting all the time. You’re on Twitter, aren’t you? I am, but there’s that pressure! If you’re in your 20s and 30s, it’s a part of your evolution, but it’s not a part of mine. I’m not a big tech person, and my friends and I will sometimes dis it, but you have to be involved in some way or you’re not being a part of the culture we’re living in. How would you describe your backstage style? I don’t know if I have style. I dress comfortably and shop at three places: Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne, and J.Crew. I always want to downplay being a hairdresser because of those old connotations. Like, I can’t go anywhere near leather! How do people react to your wardrobe? Donatella Versace always frowns at my Birkenstocks, and Kristen McMenamy says I look like a little boy that got dressed by his mother! What’s your most memorable hair disaster? I think people book me now because disasters don’t happen. But I’m a bit of a worrier, so I live through all the possible disasters in a sweaty night’s sleep. What new products are you into right now? I love Redken’s new range: Wax Blast, Dry Shampoo, Powder

Grip, and Control Addict. I’m a hair spray fan! I use it a lot at the shows. How many runway shows do you book a year on average? Maybe 100 or 110. My friends think that because I work hard for three weeks that I’ll have a day off, but that’s not how it goes. Right now, I’m in Paris. Tomorrow I go to London. Then New York the next day. I’m still enjoying it! Any hobbies? I picked up pottery last year, and I try to work in a Flywheel. I really envy people who can just pick up a book. It’s hard for me to turn off my head. Out put you on their ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list. Did it change your life? It didn’t, actually. I wish it had more! I didn’t even know I was on the list. Maybe next time I should include an email address. How would you describe your state of mind? Not so cheeky. I’ve grown into myself. I actually feel more myself now than ever. At what point in your career did you feel like you’d arrived? I’ve always felt insecure about my creativity. When you’re freelance, you wonder if you’re going to get booked again. It doesn’t matter what you did last week. It’s what I’m about to do that’s important. It’s very stressful, but people are kind about my work. Obviously, I know I must be good at my job because I work with great people and I keep getting booked, but I always want to do better. I never thought that this high school flunk out was going to be successful. I feel like maybe I can’t turn a good job down, since life’s been so good to me!

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