MANE MASTER: Lacy Redway
It’s literally impossible not to get along with Jamaican-bred hair stylist Lacy Redway. She is one of the sweetest, humblest, most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. On top of that, she can conquer any and every type of hair style, which I suppose is to be expected from someone who began honing in on their craft at age 11! Between her exceptional talent and glowing personality, it’s no wonder clients Olivia Palermo, Angie Harmon, Zoe Kravitz, and Lady Gaga are turning to Lacy for their red carpet appearances. New to motherhood and constantly traveling between LA and NY, she impressively found the time to talk with us about finding the right balance, and about all things hair, of course.
How did you get your start in the industry?
At the age of 14, I took an apprenticeship in an African-American hair braiding salon in New Jersey and closely studied the craftsmanship of hair braiders. I later moved to New York City to study at The Aveda Institute in Manhattan in pursuit of becoming an editorial hairstylist. I began doing my own test shoots and started contacting agencies to get on hair teams for fashion week. By the age of 22, I had already worked extensively with Guido Palau, Eugene Souleiman, Odile Gilbert, Luigi Murenu, Bob Recine, and Yannick D’Is and later went on to assist Didier Malige.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
One of my biggest career challenges has to be finding the balance! For one, the balance between work life and home life. After taking a break to have a baby, I was scared I’d be forgotten, but instead I came back more motivated and confident in my craft. I recognized my own value in order to secure my position in the industry.
And then there’s the balance between doing creative work and doing what makes money. As an artist you have to demonstrate balance in your portfolio. You have to show them that not only can you do really creative hairstyles you will find on the pages of Italian vogue, but you can also do beautiful, healthy hair that celebrities and advertising agencies would love.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
I am extremely inspired by Odile Gilbert because her hairstyles are so LEGENDARY! As a woman she’s held her own in an industry where most of the top hairstylists we know today are men. Eugene Souleiman taught me not to rely on product to help me build hair. Guido Palau taught me speed. These Legends have influenced the way I bring fashion to the red carpet in the way that I style.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
Because of my fashion background, I am known to have an editorial edge without overworking the hair that celebrities and clients love.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
I specialize in all hair types and textures so I love finding tools and products that can work on my diverse clientele. I can’t Live without my Mason Pearson, YS Park hair brushes, Nalu Waver, Tidal waver, and Root control by R Session. Products I love are Tigi Bedhead “Super Star” Volumizer, and my Oribe Dry Texture Spray.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Preparation is key! Live in the moment, everything happens for a reason!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Success does not come in only one formula.
What is the next chapter for you?
The next chapter for me is branding. And, being a mom now, I need to get to a point where I can make sure I am not going to miss any soccer games or PTA meetings— I have to work smarter not harder!
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
Beauty starts from within, but having a nice healthy head of hair with body and movement can give you added confidence.
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