We sat down with celebrity hairstylist Chris Gees for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of Hollywood’s premier hairstylists.
|Currently Resides:||Los Angeles, CA|
Michelle Williams, Artist/Formerly of Destiny’s Child
Omarosa Manigault, The Apprentice
Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood
Wendy Racquel Robinson, BET’s The Game
Nia Long, Actress
Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, TLC
Keri Hilson, Singer
Doug E. Fresh, Hip-Hop Artist
M: When did you start doing hair?
CG: I started cutting hair in the 8th grade, and it followed me through college. I started doing women’s hair while in college at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.
M: Tell us how you got your first celebrity client.
CG: My first celebrity client was Omarosa. I met her backstage at the NAACP Image Awards, one month after I moved to Los Angeles, 7 years ago.
At the time I was working at Mecca Hair Studio, and the owner asked if I was interested in working backstage during the show doing touch-ups for free. And of course, I agreed. That night, I met Omarosa and while we were talking she asked if she could come to the salon to get her hair done. I said, “Sure, when do you want to come?” She replied, “tomorrow.”
We actually scheduled for the following Monday, all the while I was really wondering if she would actually come. She had a 9AM appointment and sure enough she showed and I have been styling her hair ever since.
M: What is it like to work in Hollywood, on set, productions and with celebrities?
CG: Working in Hollywood can be very intense. I had previously worked on photo-shoots before, but never on the level that it is done in Hollywood. It’s really enjoyable for me though, because I am able to create my own energy in my workspace. By that I mean, I always have my music playing, candles lit and it can really make the talent’s day. The last thing you want is upset talent.
M: What are your 5 must-haves when working with celebrity clients?
CG: A good flat iron, blow dryer, great hair extensions that I can manipulate to fit whatever need I have, my music and a great styling product. My favorite right now is Kenra Finishing Spray, its very versatile; it has a firm hold, but is still flexible.
M: What advice would you give to emerging hairstylists that wish to work with celebrities?
CG: My advice is to work on speed, but at the same time pay attention to detail.
M: What is the proudest moment of your career thus far?
CG: My proudest moment of my career, at this point, is the fact that I have actually ‘done it’. I stepped out on faith and God has allowed me to see my dreams come to pass. Along with that, I built a reputation and a name for myself to be one of the industry greats.
M: What makes MADALI different from other brands of hair extensions that you have worked with?
CG: MADALI is a phenomenal product all around. The proof is in the pudding with my clients. The clients that use MADALI hair have loved it from their first install. It doesn’t shed, I have colored the hair and it doesn’t dry-out, which is a big deal for those that wear extensions. Technically, MADALI Hair is great.
For more about Chris Gees, go to http://www.chrisgees.net