Clyde Haygood: Hollywood’s Mane Man
Recognized as one of the top hair stylists in the beauty, fashion, entertainment and advertising industries, Clyde Haygood is among the most sought after professionals for styling the stars. He has worked alongside many of the top photographers and his work has been featured in countless magazines including Vogue and W as well as TV shows like American Idol and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Victoria’s Secret, Diesel and Emporio Armani are just a few of the brands who have called on Clyde to work his magic on various advertising campaigns. We were lucky enough to catch up with Clyde between takes on the set of Nicole Scherzinger’s shoot for The Beauty Book. From his incredible talent to his infectious passion for his work, it is easy to see how Clyde Haygood became the man behind some of the most famous manes.
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- Describe a typical day.
Wake up between 4 and 6 am. Get to set, event, or client’s house. Create something gorgeous and on to the next booking! Some days I’ll have between three to five different jobs. Run, run, run! Music videos can sometimes shoot up to 20 plus hours so I do my best to make sure that I (hopefully) have a day off the following day (though it rarely happens)!
- What is your specialty?
Styling! I love developing and creating hair looks for special events, photo shoots and artists.
- What is the best part about your job?
Meeting all different types of people. I’m so fortunate that in my career, I get to travel and each day is a new adventure.
- What celebrities have you worked with?
Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Shakira, and the Kardashians – yes, all of them! And of course, the lovely Nicole Scherzinger.
- Describe your clientele.
I consider myself to be the luckiest guy when it comes to my clientele. Everyone is pretty much a joy to work with. Most of my clients are way loyal, so I’ve had relationships with them for years. This lends to a trust that is irreplaceable.
- What inspires you?
My biggest aspirations are art and fashion. I love using unexpected materials in hair, and fashion plays the most major role in deciding the styles I create.
- Favorite hair trend?
Anything goes! It’s all about individuality and making your own personal statement.
- Favorite ENJOY product?
I’m crazy about the sulfate-free shampoos and insist all my clients use them to protect the integrity of the hair to preserve their color. I can’t live without the Conditioning Spray for combing out the hair without weighing it down. It’s like silky water. Dry Wax is mind-blowing and my personal favorite for styling my own hair. I use it to keep hair in place instead of hairspray or gel when doing groomed, glamorous hairstyles, such as Veronica Lake style waves. This is also a must for boys. No guy should be without it.
- Favorite HBL product?
The Thermal Styling Spray is like no other. It holds my sets from dawn ‘til dusk. I use it to get that perfect, bombshell Kardashian hair. Spray Mousse at the roots is perfect for adding lightweight lift. Also, the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner are great for healing damaged hair.
- Describe your experience working on The Beauty Book.
As an artist, I’m always looking for new ways to give back. It was FATE that this amazing project practically landed in my lap. I got to work with unbelievable artists while collaborating with the brilliance of photographer Darren Tieste. We would have three to four hours with each person to come up with as many looks as possible. Some upper essence brought all talents together to create “MAGIC”. I am so blessed this project came to me, and so proud to be a part of such a worthy cause!