Stylist Spotlight

2019 MODERN SALON 100: Amy Chen @amy_runswithscissors

by Jamie Newman | August 1, 2019

We met Amy Chen (@amyrunswithscissors) while we were covering a class in Los Angeles and have been following her ever since. Chen specializes in both color and cutting, creating a unique look tailored to each client that sits in her chair.

Amy Chen


Alhambra, California

Union Salon Pasadena, California

Specialty: Classic and creative cuts and color

Top-performing post: January 27, 2019 reached lots of audiences due to a @modernsalon repost.

Favorite apps: Snapseed for background blur, Meitu for perfecting facial flaws, Splice for video editing.

I follow: @Irapopesage, @pitta_kkm, @zihwa_tattooer, @kimberlymargarita_, @quaynaildit

Pro tip: Taking clear shot of the hair; focus on hair styling.

Hidden talent: I have an eye for the individuality of each client.

My audience follows me because: I think it’s fun to see different artists work, so hopefully mine inspires people along the way.

How social media changed my life: It enables me to stay current with trend and constantly learning without taking time off of work and seeing inspirational work around the world without leaving the salon/house.

My first @modernsalon feature: It is also my most engaged post—subtle highlights I did for a client after her first visit, which was more than six months before.

Click here to the see the full list of this year's MODERN SALON 100. 

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