You know those tousled, textured waves that seem so effortless but when you go to do them yourself you find out that they are in fact, are not at all effortless? Well, Mane Master Chris Greene is a textured wave extraordinaire and his Instagram account is a gold mine for major mane inspiration. The Newfoundland native made his way to L.A. just three years ago, and in that short time he has landed a spot on the floor of the coveted MéCHE Salon in Beverly Hills alongside the likes of Mane Masters Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg.
Keep reading to find out how Greene has built a career that has landed celebs like Kate Beckinsale and Lesley-Ann Brandt in his chair.
How did you get your start in the hair industry?
I went to a hair school called the Hair Design Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada right out of high school. When I graduated from the program I worked in Halifax for about seven years doing hair. During that time, I took a lot of training at Bumble and bumble in NYC and other private hair classes. I then moved to Toronto where I saw clients out of my condo and worked on a bunch of major TV shows that were filmed in the city. I left Toronto in 2014 and moved to LA to follow my dreams!
What was your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
Biggest career challenge was moving from Canada to the U.S.. – it’s hard to get a work visa! I moved to Toronto and knew I [should use] my time there was to get as much industry experience under my belt as I could. I got involved with major TV productions and worked on as many influential and connected people as I could, all in hopes that it would help with my visa application. Over those five years I gained enough experience and to be considered an expert in my field, I had an amazing immigration attorney and I got my work visa for the U.S.A! Then I met Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg via Instagram and after a few trips to L.A. and a lot of persistence, they welcomed me to the Meche Salon family! I can’t emphasize enough how persistent I was! Haha!
Who are some of the role models who have inspired you?
Some major role models of mine are Ken Paves, I just love his work and he was probably my first mane muse! Tracey Cunningham is magic! I can’t explain it, she’s got the magic touch and works so hard! I love when amazingly talented hair stylists have a business sense as well! Jen Atkin, Neil Weisberg, Serge Normant, Harry Josh, Kristin Ess. It’s really inspiring!
Do you have a signature style or look that you are known for?
I would say my signature style or look is effortlessly chic, natural and sexy. Color-wise, I like the hair to be warm & sun-kissed and soft & natural. I don’t really gravitate towards extremes. Styling-wise, I would say soft and sexy, whether it’s smooth and sleek or textured and natural there is always a polished vibe to the hair.
What was the last major hair makeover that you’ve done?
What’s that? Just kidding! I’m not big into major or drastic makeovers. I’ve always encouraged my clients to embrace their natural color and texture to some extent. That’s not to say that we never change color, length or style, but those changes happen more gradually in my chair. I believe slow and steady wins the race.
Which hair products and tools are always in your kit?
There are definitely staples in my kit when it comes to products and tools. You’ll always find my GHD tools. I’m obsessed with the GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron, it’s amazing! I have to have my Sheila Stotts Removal Brush. I use it for almost everything and definitely use it on every single client in some way. Lots of round brushes and a paddle brush, tail combs and wide tooth combs. Product-wise, I can’t live without Wella Luxe Oil, Bumble and bumble thickening spray, Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and Paul Mitchell Super Clean Extra hair spray!
Who are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
I love following fellow hairstylists! Everyone at Meche for sure. There are SO MANY, but a few that come to mind right away are Dominick Serna, Kristin Ess, Jamie Sea and Michael Kelly. Also, a lot of friends, interior design and food accounts. Who doesn’t want to see a beautiful kitchen or donut while scrolling through your feed?
What app do you use most?
Definitely Uber! I don’t drive here in LA! I know, I’m an anomaly! But for the record, I do have my license, I’m just not used to all the traffic and who doesn’t want to be driven around, right?
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I would say have patience. I’ve always been really persistent, and that helped so much, but I would often want things to happen right away, when now I know you have to enjoy the moment and give things time. Great things take time!
What advice would you give to up and coming stylists?
I would say immerse yourself in your craft. Get as much training as you can, take classes, reach out to people and ask questions. Stay true to you and go after what you want!
How do you balance work and personal life?
I try and get away when I can. Being from Canada, I fly back a bunch to see my friends and family. I live for a good spa day or dinner out. I never take being busy for granted and feel blessed to be doing what I do. When it gets stressful I just think about an upcoming trip or good meal with people I love!
What is the next chapter for you?
After 15 years I’m still so interested in this profession and I’m amazed at how much there is to learn and try. Products that weren’t around a few years ago are [now] changing the way we do hair. New technology within our industry has me really excited and I could definitely see myself exploring and focusing on that area in the future!
If there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that anything is possible. Not too long ago it was a dream of mine to be doing what I’m doing where I am. Thank you Mane Addicts for having me!