Known for his effortlessly beautiful looks and the enviable waves that every cool girl covets, Luke Chamberlain is a hairstylist with a vision. With a portfolio that includes everything from glamazon volume to chic and editorial texture, his work has a unique flair for the soft and dreamy. Remember when Nicole Richie donned that wild white mane at the Met Gala in 2013? Yea, that was the work of Luke. Other celebs he works with include Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Zoe Kravitz, and Kate Bosworth (to name a few). If you’re curious what’s inside the mind of a master, just keep reading as Luke explains all.
How did you get your start in the industry?
For some reason I considered myself an amateur hair stylist long before I went to beauty school. I was always messing up friends’ hair (as well as my own) pretending I knew what I was doing. After getting my license, I received invaluable training at Cowboys and Angels salon in San Francisco. From there I moved back to Los Angeles to pursue my career as a freelance artist.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
Just breaking into the freelance industry proved to be one of the toughest challenges for me. It was a slow process in the beginning and it took me a couple years before I was assisting regularly. Despite every effort, there was still a large amount of uncertainty and I think that’s what was so difficult. Ultimately with some hard work, positivity and patience all of my efforts were rewarded.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
Everyone I’ve assisted has inspired me in one way or another. From hair techniques to personality traits I admired and even just sheer confidence on set, I always went home with something.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
At the moment it’s probably my various natural/modern textures, at least thats what I’m getting booked to do. But I love to change with the trends. Continuously being challenged is my favorite part of the job. It’s also why I’ll never grow tired of it.
What was your last major makeover that you’ve done?
I’m still waiting on the first.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
Right now maybe @artparntner, I like inspo in my feed.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I’d say, “Listen jerk, stop partying so much and act like a professional”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
To stop overthinking everything, it’s really not that complicated. I tend to have an obsessive personality.
My advice for emerging stylists is to be patient, pay your dues, assist as many people as you can – you only get trained once and after that it’s all up to you.
What is the next chapter for you?
Who knows. Just following my heart and continuing to do what inspires me is my main objective.
Be sure to follow @luke_chamberlain for more #manespiration.