“I’m an advocate for women,” says Charles Lord, who started cutting his mother’s hair as a 12-year-old and kicked off his career at age 17 working in Minneapolis for the creator of Aveda (back when the brand had only five shampoos to its name). In the following years, the Zion, Illinois, native bounced among New York, London and Paris, doing everything from assisting Frederic Fekkai to styling Belgian aristocracy, before moving to Chicago in 1999. Now 43, Lord has made a name for himself as a celeb stylist. Doing hair for stars like Taylor Swift, Salma Hayek, and Naomi Campbel to name a few. Lord insists, he remains equally loyal to all his clients. “The amount of time I’ve been doing this and the high-profile work I’m doing is what allows me to have people come to me and tell me to do whatever I want. That’s getting the best out of meand your money’s worth.”
In Lord’s mind, a great long cut isn’t a technical feat; it’s an art. He might ask you to stand while he buzzes around your head, carefully snipping strands, or to shake your mane vigorously so that he can observe movement. Those who can accept a little eccentricity from their coiffeur are rewarded. Lord, who has styled hair for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, delivers a beautiful, modern cut, and he has the patience to coach clients through the dreaded growing-out phase. “I believe in building a strong relationship with my clients, so they have trust in me to deliver the look they desire”.
Cuts start at $250 for an initial cut and $200 thereafter for women