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MANE MASTER: Ryan Trygstad

Having styled the likes of Olivia Palermo, Jessica Chastain, Uma Therman, Naomi Watts, and Chloe Moretz, Ryan Trygstad is taking both coasts by storm. Beginning his career in New York City at Sally Hershberger Salon, it wasn’t long before he gained notoriety styling for editorial and red carpet events. His work has been published in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair to name a few and he recently opened his own salon. Ryan was kind enough to give us a few words into his journey as a Mane Master…

How did you get your start in the industry?

I got my start in the industry in the early 2000s. I had just moved to New York from Michigan to assist Sally Hershberger, she was then partnered with the John Frieda Salon uptown. After working with Sally for a year, she asked me to help open her own eponymous salons. I currently go between Sally Hershberger in downtown Manhattan and West Hollywood.  

What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?

I would have to say one of the biggest challenges of my career is the lack of free time. Thank God I love what I do. I honestly would even be doing my job as an unpaid hobby. I do tend to miss some big events with loved ones, but overall this career has brought me so much joy!  I am really grateful for the amount of travel I have done over the years, I am much more wordly than I ever would have been if I took another career path.

Who are some role models who have inspired you  ?

I found inspiration in some of the early hair Gods, like Vidal Sassoon and Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher. 

Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?  

I would say I am known for that undone, ‘fashion girl’ look. Soft waves that look effortless and touchable.  I’m also known for adding a little extra hair to my clients. Who doesn’t want just a little extra:)

Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?

I always have a Harry Josh dryer, and I’m newly into the GHD Iron collection! And I can’t work without my Oribe and R&CO products. 

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Relax! Remember to stop and enjoy life with your loved ones. Time goes faster than you ever would have imagined.  


What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

The best piece of advice I’ve received was from one of my best friends Kyra.  When I started in the film industry at a very young age, she told me “always keep your foot planted in a salon.” What she meant was always have something other than film to fall back on. She said, “you won’t always want to be traveling the world on a film set.” It may sound glamorous now, but it will loose its luster over time. I took her advice, and turns out she was 100 percent right! 

I love that when I finish a film I can come right back into my salon and work. This keeps my creativity flowing, and I never tired of any one situation. I’m always having new experiences, and loving them! 

My advice to young stylists is to work hard! Put your time in, and find what really makes you happy in the this diverse career we work in. Oh yes, and to always have fun! It’s beauty, and it should be FUN!

What is the next chapter for you?

I just opened SHELTER, my first salon of hopefully many in Richmond, Virginia. Ideally, I would like to start a salon franchise and schools that can bring the styling world to smaller cities across the country. I would love to bring some glamour from New York and Hollywood to the rest of America.  

How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?

Sexy and easy. I want women to look as natural and effortless as possible,  Very much like themselves, just with the dial turned all the way up!

Be sure to follow Ryan on Instagram for more #manespiration.

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