Based in Santa Monica Bee Bond has been a Hair Tailor for the past 15 years from Los Angeles to New York she traveled in order to perfect her art, today she is back home in Los Angeles and considered one of the trendiest local hair stylist. We had the pleasure of exchanging on the business of hair styling, the current trends, her past career experience and her new projects for the upcoming year.

 

Bee, You’ve been a Hair Tailor for 15 years now, what draws you to hair styling more than any other field?

For me it was just a way for me to express my creativity and also have more freedom and independence than any other jobs.

 

You had the chance to work in very different large cosmopolitan cities, which one of them stands out the most to you and why?

They are two very different cities, I moved to New York to learn more about classic cuts and styling. I already knew how to do extensions and brazilian because that is what we do the most here (in LA). In New York people are always changing and starting over every season, they want to change their look constantly and that’s what is fun about it. New York is constantly about evolving which is refreshing, in LA it’s more about maintaining a style and always having it picture perfect.

 

What are the biggest challenges that you had to face as a Hair Tailor?

I would say taking care of yourself in times of illness and taking some time for vacation. We are always in demand which can be difficult to schedule some time off and go. We do not have benefits which can be hard but it is something that you learn eventually.

 

Have you ever thought about quitting if so, what kept you going?

Yes of course ! I would say that my colleagues were the ones to keep me going. If you are a group of talented people tell you and it’s very rewarding. You have to focus on these moments.

 

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What is some advice offer to younger hair stylists that are at the beginning of their career?

You have to be driven, don’t hesitate to rent versus being on commisson**. Give your clients your information and so not be afraid of doing so.

 

How does someone beginning their career set themselves a part from the other hair tailors (what makes someone stand out)?

It’s all about little attention. You want your clients to remember you. You can do little braid in their hair before they leave, just little extras like that can make a big difference.

 

You had the occasion to work on many different professional sets. Was there ever a moment where you had to pinch yourself because the situation was surreal?

I remember being obsessed with Betsey Johnson stuff and not having enough money to afford it growing up. Then eventually making it to New York from LA and doing her Spring Fashion Week two weeks in a row was a pretty cool thing you know ? You realize it and you are like « Cool ! What’s next !?» that was pretty cool.
 

What are the weirdest or most heinous request you have ever had?
There is just so many things… People can be weird. Some people I know asked me to colour their pubic hair… As the same colour I do their hair. Maybe you can ask your waxer or somebody that goes there often but nah. One of my bosses once was asked to get a Swaztika carved into their clients hair. He was asked to get out obviously.

 

We know that mistakes happen… but, What was your scariest moment as a Hair Tailor?

I do have a good one actually, I like to do reds and my clients finds that I do very natural reds that holds. One of clients comes in and I apply the same colour as usual comeback and realized it oxidized a little and it would not oxidize very well that product would go to a cream, to a violet then to a deep purple and when it rinses off is red. However, at this point after a few minutes it is black and it is not changing ! I go back in the dispensary and get the tube and I pick up the box to realize that the tube was actually a black in the box of red. They had been switched up by the manufacture by accident. I just went and tell her « we have to get it off » and we did it right in time, it wasn’t a problem if it would have we would have inverted it . You just to be straight up honest about it, we then applied the right colour and triple verified it. Now years down the words we sort of laugh about it every now and then but it was really scary.

 

Do you have any favourite styles or colour you appreciate to do?

It’s so hard because it really depends on the person. It depends on what you do, what’s your style, your process of your styling, some people are more edgy, others romantic, what is your relationship with hair ? Do you like to be here every 3 weeks, every 3 months or every 3 years.

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Do you have any favourite styles or colour you appreciate to do?

It’s so hard because it really depends on the person. It depends on what you do, what’s your style, your process of your styling, some people are more edgy, others romantic, what is your relationship with hair ? Do you like to be here every 3 weeks, every 3 months or every 3 years.

 

What can I do as a customer to make my Hair Tailor happy?

Remember things about them. We remember so much about you guys. It’s so nice. Even if it’s in the holidays and you just bring a special attention like even if it’s only a cookie like « I remember you like chocolate chip gingersnap ». My clients that do that they get a special treatment. Some clients give you larger tips in the Holidays which is always nice but remembering something is always nice.

 

You recently acquired hairtailoring.com where you show your portfolio, do you have any bigger project for it?

Yes. I ‘d like to help elevate my industry standards, I started writing this book for stylist on how to communicate with employers and how employer should communicate with stylist and just mode of operation. The things that just nobody told me when I started. Also the history about hairstylist you know what should know in order to respect our craft that will help elevate us all and eventually help be recognize by the government as a normal job and get benefits right someday. It’s also good for business owners about how people should handle themselves in the office.

 

What inspired you to write a book in the first place ?

People come to me all the time from cosmetologist, to colleagues, to other hairstylist who I do their hair and they ask me for advice so I thought i should just compile it in one book.

 

When should web expecting this book ?

It should be out and ready in March.

 

Well that is really exciting !

Yes I can’t wait so that’s where airtailoring.com comes from 😉

By Cynthia Presseault

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