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Art & Life with Peter Lamden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Lamden.

Peter, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I didn’t always do hair. In fact, I didn’t even know I wanted to do hair until my mid-twenties. I used to work in the music industry. It started off as exciting but I quickly realized that I had an office job, and that scared the shit out of me. When I was 25 I quit my job and enrolled in beauty school. At that point, I had never done anyone’s hair before but just knew I needed a big change.

While in school I met a new colleague, Jason Schneidman, he was trying to buy a used motorcycle off of me. I knew he worked at the Chris McMillan Salon and I wouldn’t stop bugging him till he invited me in to hang out and watch him work. That led to a job as the receptionist at the salon front desk, which is how I met the owner, Chris McMillan.

Just a few days after getting my license Chris asked me to be his new assistant and I immediately went into my dream job. I spent the next two years both working in the salon with Chris and traveling with him doing editorial and celebrity jobs around the world. I got to learn from the best and experience a part of my industry that I never knew existed. I think I’ll always reflect back on those two years as a high point in my life.

I currently work three days a week at The Chris McMillan salon in Beverly Hills and spend my other days doing my freelance, editorial, or celebrity work. I live in Santa Monica with my Fiancé Bree and our dog Chevy. When I’m not at work you can find me either in the water surfing or in the garage working on my vintage car and motorcycle collection. I consider myself very lucky to be able to make a living doing something I love and using my hands to create beauty and give away positivity.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is hair. I try to create effortless everyday looks for my clients. I really like what I call “real life hair”, something that my client can wear and feel good with every day.

Whether that’s just running errands around town or on a red carpet. Hair is a moving element and I really believe it should be treated as such. Stiff sculpted hairstyles have no place in my chair, or on set for that matter.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Put your phone down. Go out and talk to someone who’s work you think is dope. Attend a show, gallery opening, or museum. Go into a store and buy something handmade from someone you want to support. The internet and social media make the world too big, it will inevitably feel lonely. I have a few thousand followers but like 6 real friends. And I’m stoked on that. Don’t compare your life to the ones you see online, they’re not real.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Chris McMillan Salon
    8944 Burton Way
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • Website:
  • Phone: 3102850088
  • Instagram: @petelamden

Image Credit:
Tyler Ash, Mark Griffin Champion

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