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Meet West LA Hairstylist: Christine Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Lee.  Her hair business started as a hobby but through hard work, good service, and as a result of her skills as a stylist she has been able to achieve impressive growth.  She’s super sharp, talented and we’re so excited to share her story with you below.

Christine, please share your story with us.  How did you get to where you are today?

I have been styling hair for 9 years now, and I am absolutely passionate about what I do. My career in the beauty industry actually began on the corporate side, marketing and developing hair tools for prominent brands. I’ve never been to beauty school, and yet I had the great fortune to travel the states, educating and demonstrating hair tools to hairdressers. During my tenure working for various companies, I developed friendships with top backstage and celebrity hair professionals, who have taught me techniques on how to style hair, everything from a simple blowout, a classic chignon, red carpet looks, to avant garde updos. The true reward of styling a woman’s hair is the confidence and glow she emanates. My focus in the past few years have been bridal hair.

Has it been a smooth road?
Los Angeles is a very saturated market when it comes to great talent. I began my business as a hobby, thinking it wouldn’t turn into a full-blown business due to the amount of hairdressers out there. I was timid on how to market myself, thinking no one would really notice; however, I remember a mentor once telling me to let my work do the talking… so that’s what I did. I posted pictures of my work online, and before you know it, I had women inquiring for their special event. 

What are your plans for the future?

My hope is to grow a team of talented stylists that share the same passion, skill, and vision for curating looks highly customized for each client. I’d also love to do more editorial work where I’m given complete creative freedom in an inspiring environment.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story.  What was the hardest time you’ve had?
My business started out as a hobby.. I was the girlfriend who was always fixing my friends’ hair after they’d get it styled, let’s say, as a bridesmaid for a wedding. More often than not, they’d encourage me to consider starting a business, since people were asking them who styled their hair.

When I began to research wedding hairstylists, I felt overwhelmed and defeated without even starting. The market seemed too saturated, and living in LA, there is A LOT of amazing talent here. Even so, I decided to go for it, there was nothing to lose – this was going to be just a hobby anyway. I needed just one customer to get me started, so I posted my service for practically free on Craigslist. The gal that answered to my post had 10 bridesmaids, and a call time for 4AM! I nearly died (of sheer exhaustion). Well thanks to that bride, ALL 10 bridesmaids eventually ended up booking me for their weddings, and word of mouth just took off from there. 

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Check out her work below:

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