By Angel Robinson
Claiming the helm of Herbal Essences’s “indulge your senses” mission, celebrity hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan is Hollywood’s go-to guy for lovely locks. The midwest native put his cosmetology degree to use after moving to New York, and went from a mane man-cum-acting student to A-listers’ leading man for a little hair TLC. We chatted with Strahan about his beginnings in hair care, his current work with Herbal Essences, and where his cosmetology kit is taking him next.
What’s the best thing about being a professional hair stylist?
I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak for me, and my career has provided the following things that I love. Travel to amazing exotic locations — I’ve literally been around the world a couple times and immersed in so many different cultures. I’ve worked with all walks of life — Homeless people, women in abuse shelters, people from all religious affiliations, incredibly rich to impoverished, super famous to the girl or guy next door. Those are all the differences, but the common things are what make life interesting and amazing. making people feel, more importantly than look, beautiful.
The city that I’m in just kidding! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The ability to be a resource of knowledge for people looking to find inspiration in an affordable and effective way makes me feel accomplished in my career. I like being a friend to many.
We can’t forget about the guys. What advice do you have to keep their hair looking as good as yours?
Sculpture, artist, or interior decorator. I’m profoundly affected by sculpture. I’ve had the occasion to go to many great museums around the world, which means I fly a lot and my favorite magazines are Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. I love spaces and the way an environment can make you feel, and I enjoy creating that feeling.