With big name clients like Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, and Foster the People, this hair magician styles the top musicians in the industry. Pro stylist, Candice Birns, offers us a look into her elite world of hair styling.

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SHK: HOW DID YOUR CAREER START

Candice Birns:  I was hired to act in a commercial when I was 3 years old and fell in love with the surroundings in the hair and make up trailer.  I wasn’t too concerned with the idea of being on camera, but being behind the scenes spoke to me.  I knew it was my vibe.

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DO YOU FOLLOW HAIR TRENDS? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ONE RIGHT NOW?

Of course, I follow current hair trends, but I rather set them myself.  It’s my job to be current on  hair and fashion.  However, do I live by them?  Absolutely not.  You have to tailor hair to every individual, and what’s happening now might not be right for them.  The goal is to make everyone feel like their best selves.

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE OCCASION TO STYLE FOR? (EX: RED CARPET, MUSIC VIDEOS, EDITORIAL)

I love it all because they are all different.  I find gratification in each one.  No matter what you’re doing in these times it’s documented forever.  You’re at a constant challenge to strive for excellence.

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MY HAIR ICONS ARE…

Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Janis Joplin, Ali Macgraw, Peggy Moffett, Rod Stewart, Paul Weller, Mick Jagger, Michael Hutchence, Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Mark Bolan, Jean Shrimpton .

WHEN YOU’RE WORKING WITH MUSICIANS, IS IT MORE FUN TO STYLE THE BOYS OR THE GIRLS?

Let’s be honest, I love them both.

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WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO SONGS OR ARTISTS TO PLAY WHILE YOU’RE STYLING?

Well, that just depends on who is in my chair.  You’re setting the tone for your artist/client experience.  So basically, you need to get on their level.  Make them happy, that’s what we’re here for.

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TOP THREE INSPIRATIONS?

Music, Art, Life.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE LOOK THAT YOU’VE CREATED?

Haim.  I’ve had the honor of cutting and styling those luxurious tresses for three years.  Those girls were born with naturally iconic hair.  They are the epitome of effortlessly sexy, beautiful, rock and roll hair.

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ONE HAIR PRODUCT OR TOOL THAT EVERY GIRL NEEDS?

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo.  If you don’t have that in your bag then you should call it quits.

MOST OVER THE TOP LOOK YOU’VE CREATED?

I once designed fantasy wigs for a play called “The Series”.  Let’s just say they came right out of the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. I shaped a heart into a neon pink wig.  The texture reminded me of cotton candy.

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BIGGEST HAIR CRIME THAT NOBODY SHOULD COMMIT?

From a technical standpoint, cutting the corners off long women’s hair.  AKA turning long layers into a long mullet.

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MY DREAM CLIENT IS…

I have my dream clients already, but I wouldn’t mind adding Mick Jagger to the list.  I’m mean it’s just…..

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO FOR STYLING YOUR OWN HAIR?

I don’t style my hair.  I just wash it, air dry, a little dry shampoo and you’re good for a week.  But I cannot emphasize enough how important dry shampoo is.

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