11 Mar Life After HDC: Chris Greene
Chris Greene is an LA based celebrity stylist. He calls Meche Salon home where he works alongside Tracy Cunningham and Neil Weisberg. A master at both coloring and cutting, Chris has experience applying his talents to some of Canada’s top national television programs and magazines. His extensive training includes Aveda and Bumble & Bumble in New York and an apprenticeship at the Andy Lecompte Salon in LA.
Fun fact: Chris got his start right here at HDC in 2002. We were able to catch up with Chris – here is what he had to say about his journey.
- Before I dive in, I have to ask! Can you name drop a few celebrities that you have worked with?
I’ve worked with Kate Beckinsale, Christina Applegate, Rita Wilson, Marisa Tomei, Martha Stewart.
- What does a day in the life of Chris Greene look like in the salon?
I arrive at work just before 8:30am. My assistant Shelley and I go through the day. Then we greet our first client at 9am. Then the day is filled with a lot of colors and cuts. Bouncing around the salon. Fitting in someone who needed their hair done for something special, doing social media posts, ordering color (and lunch!). Then we work until about 5 or 6pm. Then I hop in an Uber and head to a clients house to do a house call! Always long days for me!
- How did you make the transition from Halifax stylist to LA Celebrity stylist?
I worked in Halifax for 7 years before moving to Toronto where I worked out of my condo and in television for 5 years. During my time in Toronto, I met a makeup artist while working on a TV set. She helped me make the connections I needed to secure a work VISA. And the next thing I knew, I was on a plane making my way to LA.
While in Toronto, I built a relationship with Tracy Cunningham – all through social media! And the rest is history. The moral of my journey is… tell EVERYONE what you want because you never know who is listening.
- When did you know that you wanted to become a stylist? Was there anything that lit your inspiration?
I always played with my friends’ hair growing up. And before that I played with my My Little Pony’s hair! When it was time to graduate high school and go away to university I told my parents I wanted to go to hair school and they were so supportive. I’ve always been artistic and it just made sense.
- Was there any hesitation or nervousness on your part about pursuing a career in hair?
Not really! I didn’t think about it too much I guess!
- What did you aspire to be when you started hair school? What were your goals?
I always knew I wanted to work on celebs and be part of that world. I was obsessed with pop culture and wanted to be in the thick of it! I also wanted to be good at it, and do my best.
- What memories do you have of our Hair program?
So many!! I remember having fun and also being challenged. And so many laughs with classmates.
- What were the best parts of your education?
Best moments would be learning how to do an actual haircut or color and be like “wow! I did that!” Learning how to do hair and then have it be worn by someone, that was pretty cool!
- You do both color and cutting/styling. From a color perspective, what would you say is the most important thing you learned from the HDC programs?
I would say color theory.
- Was there training or info from a certain class in the Hair program you took at HDC that you still think of when you’re working?
I still think about hair cutting and so many others like color theory, sanitation, cutting and client relations.
- What’s one of the looks or styles you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
So many moments. Honestly one thing I’ve learned though in LA is that stars are just people, and I feel just as proud to do someone not famous for their bday party as someone who’s getting their picture taken for a magazine.
I did Marisa Tomei for Spider-Man, it was kinda fun to get flown first class from LA to NYC a few times to do her color.. that was a highlight lol.
- If you could name something as a career highlight so far, what would it be?
Working on Martha Stewart! It’s Martha Stewart people! Lol
- What would you say are the 3 most important skills you need to do your job?
People skills, passion for hair and determination.
- Let’s talk social media! I love how you used it to make your LA connection! Can you share your current strategy or how you use the platform to grow your business?
In the beginning, it was so great for networking. I just try to do the best work I can, take a killer picture and get it out there to the world!
- If you could be anywhere, doing anything, where would it be?
Eating cake and brownies with my family and friends?! Lol does that count?
I’d love to be in Paris or London, shopping and eating. If it was work wise, I’d love to be in a studio, with a client. I love doing hair on my watch. No rushing, just enjoying the process and the client!
- When you aren’t doing hair, you’re. . .?
In LA I was always doing hair! And if I wasn’t I was at the gym or sleeping. And the odd dinner out. Now that covid hit, I’m hanging out with my fam and chilling. Scrolling IG!
- What are some professional goals you have for yourself?
I would like to have a product line or hair tools. Watch out! 😉
- Your mantra is ?
I always tell myself and people around me, someone’s got to do it, why can’t it be me!
You know, like someone’s gonna do so and so’s hair.. why can’t it be me. Someone’s going to make the next big thing, why can’t it be me. Someone’s going to get that job, why can’t it be me!
Follow Chris on Instagram @ChrisGreeneHair
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