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Conversations with Mateo Lara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mateo Lara.

Hi Mateo, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I had an instant attraction to the arts ever since I was a little boy. I graduated from California State University of Northridge as a graphic designer. My passion for hair came a few years later. I attended Toni & Guy and completed my education in cosmetology. I like to think I have a strong foundation in hair, I have assisted top hairdressers in the industry in my early stages of education where I built solid tools to bring forward into my craft. I am a colorist, stylist, I also work with hair extensions and wigs and do hair for editorial shoots. You can currently find me working at Benjamin Salon in West Hollywood, CA. My work is best summed up as refined but can also create deconstructed looks. I have no preference in working with certain genders. I work with all genders and hair types, I know hair and I’m not a one trick pony.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’ve always wanted to do so many things with my life. I was never one who knew what I wanted to do from the gecko. I had so many aspirations and tried many things which was a struggle for me but I have now found what makes me happy and fills my creativity fully and I’m good at and that’s hair.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a hairdresser, I’m known for being a one stop shop, I can really do it all which is what sets me apart. A lot of people in the hair world are either one or the other, colorist or stylist. I don’t fit in that box. I’m a colorist and also cut hair. I do extension wigs and even perms on top of editorial styling I love it.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Going to the beach probably, random I know but it wasn’t something I did often as a kid and for me it was such a treat. My parents always had a handful me being the 6th out of eight kids.

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