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Collaborating with today’s most influential creatives, including Collier Schorr, Dario Catellani and Cass Bird, Holli Smith is responsible for creating some of the most iconic and covetable looks around.

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Image credit: Collier Schorr (for Vogue Homme) | Image credit: Collier Schorr (for i-D Magazine)

Originally from San Francisco, Smith has steadily climbed the ranks of hair since swapping West for East Coast sixteen years ago. Following ten years cutting in a salon, she started assisting Guido Paulo (“I still can’t believe that happened for me”) and has now become one of the most in demand hairstylists in the world. Recent projects include Kenzo’s SS16 campaign shot by Ryan McGinley, and coiffing model of the moment Lineisy Montero for Harley Weir’s i-D story ‘Rising Up’.

We caught up with Smith to talk inspirations, fantasy clients and some words of advice to the next wave of future hairstylists.

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Image credit: Collier Schorr (for Another Man Magazine)
"I like the visibility of being gay. I think my haircut is unavoidably queer"
Holli Smith
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Image credit: Collier Schorr (for Re-Edition Magazine)
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Image credit: Collier Schorr (for i-D Magazine)

What inspires you? YouTube and Tumblr. Lesbian culture, rural and inner city. Present and historically. Reading autobiographies.

If you could do anyone’s hair, dead or alive, who would it be? OH not easy! Let’s see… Prince? I would take it back to the roller set on the cover of his self-titled album from 1979. Also Siouxsie Sioux from Siouxie and the Banshees. I would just want to do legendary Siouxsie hair on her. Haha Jocelyn Wildenstein too. I wanna give her a lion’s mane. Jerry Garcia from Grateful Dead…

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Image credit: Daniel Jackson (for Vogue Germany)
“Work hard and hustle however you can to keep learning your thing”
Holli Smith
HARLEY WEIR[4]
Image credit: Harley Weir / Art Partner (for Pop Magazine)

Current favourite hair trend? CUTS. NO COLOR.

What does your own hair mean to you? I like the visibility of being gay. I think my haircut is unavoidably queer. That is important to me.

What advice would you give to an aspiring hairdresser? Work hard and hustle however you can to keep learning your thing. That is what it takes to live up to the expectations of people thinking you have enough followers so you must be good.

Sharif Hamza
Image credit: Sharif Hamza (for The Last Magazine)
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Image credit: Harley Weir / Art Partner (for Pop Magazine)
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Image credit: Harley Weir / Art Partner (for M Le Magazine Du Monde)
Credits

Holli Smith is represented by LGA

Interview Anthony Mascolo
Images Dario Catellani, Sharif Hamza, Daniel Jackson, Collier Schorr, Harley Weir
Portrait Image Claire Brand
Special Thanks Holli Smith Instagram

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