The king of soft, touchable texture, Bobby Eliot’s work has a definite theme. There’s a reason why Hailee Steinfeld can’t get enough of the hair guru. With a background in Vidal Sassoon’s precision cutting, it’s refreshing to see his taste on texture, volume, and waves. The editorial artist and celebrity hairstylist sat down to answer a few q’s about his successful career.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start at Vidal Sassoon. I went to cosmetology school at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica and I loved it so much. I got the opportunity to train with Sassoon and then became one of their stylists. I taught at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and also worked at the Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills. Towards the end of my time at Sassoon I started assisting Yiotis Panayiotou and other big editorial hairstylists and that’s when I knew I wanted to work in fashion and with celebrities. That’s truly where everything clicked for me.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
One of my biggest career challenges was and still is not being able to do every job. Unfortunately, you can only be in one place at a time and there is only one of you. So sometimes even though you want to do everything that comes in you have to just let it go and not get too in your head about it.
Who are your biggest mentors or career inspirations?
There are so many people who inspire me!
One of my mentors when I was working for Vidal Sassoon was Traci Sakosits who is now the creative director of Sassoon Salons and academies. She taught me so much about esthetics, proportion and integrity. Traci is one of the most creative and passionate hairdressers I’ve ever met!
Yiotis Panayiotou is another person who inspired me and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him. He taught me set etiquette and how to assist which I’m so grateful for.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I would say I’m known for beautiful looking hair that’s touchable and never over worked.
What’s the last major makeover you did?
I wouldn’t say it’s a makeover but I cut Jena Malone’s hair for her latest film Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. It was so fun! She had a longer shaggy bob and we ended up cutting it into this really blunt super angular bob. I was so happy when I saw the film because they ended up really showing off her haircut. They didn’t really add to it or take away which often happens in films.
Are there any tools or products you can’t live without?
What’s your favorite Instagram account to follow?
My favorite Instagram account at the moment is @blairz (Blair Breitenstein) She’s a fashion illustrator and artist. Her Instagram is so beautiful and full of 60’s and 70’s which is my favorite!
What advice would you have given yourself 10 years ago and what was the best piece of advice your received?
Advice I would give myself 10 years ago would be to be patient! Best piece of advice I’ve received is to always have integrity in your work and to always be inspired. Whether it be architecture, nature, art or fashion you should always be inspired.
What advice would you give to new stylists?
Assist as much as you can.
What’s next for you?
The next chapter for me is to continue doing what I love and looking forward to what may come!
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