Celebrity Hairstylin' at Spa Mio
You probably already know that Spa Mio is a world-class spa, but what you probably don't know is that we have a celebrity hair stylist in our spa. Enter Anthony B. Anthony got the chance to work at this year's 61st Primetime Emmy Awards!
We sat down with him to talk about everything from styling hair at the Emmy Awards, to how he got started in the biz and why he loves it so much.
Tell to us about the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. That must have been a huge honor for you to get the call to style the hair of celebrities. What was the experience like?
Styling hair at an awards show is such a fun, hectic experience. The day of the Emmy's I worked a solid 12 hours. We had dry runs to make sure each celebrity liked their hair style and then we did the real thing. It's crazy! I've styled hair at awards shows before, but each one is obviously different. I'm working on different hair and there are different needs involved.
I love working the shows though because the energy is always so high. People are rehearsing on stage, production crews are setting up and there's just a lot going on around you and it's exciting.
How did the opportunity come about?
I've worked several awards shows styling celebrities' hair, so I usually get the call to do the shows from people that I know in the industry and off I go.
Who were some of the celebrities that you styled for at this year's Emmy Awards?
I did a lot of the presenters' hair. I worked on Kate Walsh, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Blake Lively and Debra Messing.
Any fun tidbits you have about working on their hair?
They all have great hair and they were incredibly down-to-earth and very nice. Sorry, nothing juicy!
What did you take away from the experience?
I loved seeing the behind-the-scenes. It always amazes me how much goes into these shows. You see the crew setting up and all these well-known actors and actresses actually rehearsing their lines. I saw Bob Newhart - he's legendary - rehearsing his lines. It's seeing things like that that make it fun for me.
What do you like most about your job?
I love doing hair. I was born to do it. I enjoy interacting with people and giving them confidence with just a haircut. I really do love working at Spa Mio. The place is truly beautiful. I've worked in hot salons around the country, but this one just blows me away.
How did you get started?
I've been a hairstylist for almost 20 years. I did my friend's hair one day when I was a kid and just honest-to-God liked doing it and knew it was what I wanted to do. I've been able to live all over - Las Vegas, London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. I've worked with some of the top people and in some of the top places in the industry and it has been great.
What advice do you have for people when it comes to hair?
- Really know your hair.
- If you like someone's hair cut, don't be afraid to walk up to them and ask who cuts it.
- Listen to your stylist.
- Keep it simple. Don't try to reproduce exactly what the stylist did in the salon. We use different styling products and unless you have those same products at home, you won't be able to replicate the look exactly.
- Don't get into a rut. Make sure you re-invent yourself and try new hairstyles and color.
- Above all: Do not cut your own hair.
Spa Mio and Salon is open daily from 7 am-7pm. Be sure to stop in and say hi to Anthony when you're here.