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Meet Tuyen Tran of Costa Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tuyen Tran.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tuyen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I used to do architecture. While working in architecture, I went to Paul Mitchell for my cosmetology training. After receiving my license, I worked in architecture a couple more years before making the shift to hairdressing.

I started in the salon and worked on Photoshoots as often as possible to build my portfolio. I went to networking events all over from Orange County to the Los Angeles area. I also attended All About Face for my makeup training. Eventually I met the right people who mentored me and helped me get to the next level. About 2 years after I made the transition, I landed a job department heading the hair department for the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. I was with the show for 5 years. At the same time, I continued to work in the salon, do hair for photoshoots and weddings.

After Late Late, my husband became ill, I took a break to care for him. We then had a baby so I took jobs whenever possible. I tried to be at home as often as possible to care for my husband and baby.

While being set home, I worked on my craft as often as possible. I started working and department heading shows again.

Department head hair: Hollywood Game Night, Bill Nye Save the World, Partner Knows Best, Game Face (DP and also McKenzie Westmore (host) hairstylist Craig Fergusons (host) grooming: Join or Die, Celebrity Name Game, Red Nose Day, comedy specials and a Netflix Miniseries.

I just landed a position as a hairdresser for a show called Goliath. It is a great show on Amazon prime.

I now have a studio in Costa Mesa which I am building my bridal business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has been difficult staying positive when negative things happen. But after nearly losing my husband, my perspective of difficulties has changed. There’s not much things that can get to me these days. I’m also a very spiritual person so challenges don’t often stay with me for very long.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I freelance working on shows but my main focus in my business is bridal and makeup training for everyday women. I think my background and training help sets my company apart.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Witnessing my first makeover.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 151 Kalmus Dr., B150
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Website:
  • Phone: 714.479.6447
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @tuyenttran
  • Facebook: Tuyen t tran makeup & hair

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT — “Back to the Game Night” — Pictured: (l-r) Contestant, Cheryl Burke, Joe Mantegna, Kym Whitley — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

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