If there’s a men’s cutting machine in Los Angeles, Jason Schneidman is the closest thing. Self described as Themensgroomer, his website is filled with inspiration, products, and tools curated to meet men’s hair care needs. After he was taken under the wing of Los Angeles hair icon, Chris McMillan, Jason’s unique knack for perfecting men’s hair quickly shone through. Though he still works at Chris McMillan Salon, he is also regularly on set and on tour with celebrities such as Bruno Mars, Jonah Hill, Andrew Garfield, Owen Wilson, Justin Theroux, and more. We had a chance to chat with him about his career and making it in the industry. To see what he had to say just keep reading…
What was the big break in your career?
My break was when I met Chris Mcmillan at a meeting of recovery. I went up to him and said, “Hey, I heard you’re the man” and he said “You’re kinda cute,” and I got the job! I rode his coat tails and ever since, I have been catching all of his dude celebrity run-off.
What was your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
My biggest career challenge was making the decision to focus on men’s hair solely. I used to style both men and women, and I realized that I was just better with dudes! Way less drama.
Do you have any role models who inspire you?
John Sahag was a huge role model for me in my career. His care free, fast moving, free styling way of cutting – it was pure energy, insanity and perfection every time…the outcome was always incredible! A true hair legend!
What is the signature look that you’re known for?
My signature look is effortless cool which I call the “movie star” haircut. It’s lots of texture, not too short, not too long…the perfect amount of fucked up-ness! It’s camera ready, but doesn’t look like you just had a haircut!!
What was the last big hair makeover that you did?
I’m so grateful that I was asked by Bruno Mars to take him out of his pompadour into a natural great shaped Afro.
Do you have any products or tools that you swear by?
- Wahl clippers
- Themensgroomer round brush
- Dove men+care fortifying styling paste
- A great pair of scissors!
What are you favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
The advice I’d give myself is the exact advice that I gave myself ten years ago. To get sober, to love myself, being grateful, creative enjoy every moment and to help others.
What advice would you give to newer stylists?
Good is the enemy of great.
Suit up, show up and be yourself – do great hair, people will come to you for your talent and for just being you.
What is the next chapter for you?
Themensgroomer salons, products, and education are the next chapter for me!
For more #manespiration follow @themensgroomer.