GETTING TO KNOW... Celebrity Hairstylist Richard CollinsCategories: Artist Spotlight
Well known for his work with young A-list stars like Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale (among many others) along with an extensive editorial clientele, celebrity hairstylist Richard Collins has created an incredible reputation for gorgeous hair. This week, we caught up with Richard for our weekly “Getting To Know…” series to find out more! Think you know Richard? You might be surprised!
TM: What sparked your interest in hairstyling?
RC: “When I was 16, I got a Saturday afternoon job at a salon in London and ended up falling in love with the creative aspect of hairstyling. I continued to work and learn at that salon for over 8 years before finally making my move across the Atlantic to America.”
TM: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
RC: “There are three main sources from which I continually draw inspiration. I’m constantly paying attention to street style and street fashion – understanding and learning about what’s popular with teens and understanding current trends. I’m also always researching fashion weeks and am constantly inspired by the creative hairstylist doing the massive variety of runway hairstyles! Lastly, I’m a huge fan of period hair. It’s a lot of fun for me to create modern spins on classic looks and tweaking them to be more accessible with today’s fashion and styles.”
TM: What’s your favorite way to relax or de-stress?
RC: “When hair isn’t on my mind, I make a point to maintain a very active and healthy lifestyle -- whether that means simply being out in nature or staying healthy at the gym. Friends are also important! I can usually be found hanging around my closest friends.”
TM: Where is your favorite place to travel?
RC: “I love traveling anywhere in Europe. One of the great things about my job is that I have the amazing opportunity to travel across the globe and experience places I may never get to see. I would love to visit Australia – I still have yet to travel there!”
TM: What’s your advice for aspiring hairstylists?
RC: “One of the most vital things you can do while learning is to assist many people whose work you admire and respect. It’s very important to become as diverse as possible by assisting many different people in many different environments! Doing this will help you not only find your own unique way of styling hair, but also help you decide what kind of stylist you want to be – either in the salon or out in the field. One of the great things about what we do is that you’ll never know everything – this is what I find so amazing and so thrilling about the career I’ve been fortunate enough to been a part of.”
Want more from Richard Collins? Be sure to follow him on Instagram at @DickyCollins!