The REAL Guy Tang
The name Guy Tang (@Guy_Tang) is synonymous with beauty. Best known for his magnificent haircolor designs, Tang is also known for his expertise in the social media world (he has 402K followers on instagram!) Based in West Hollywood, California, Tang calls himself a "Hair Activist" and makes it very clear that with "Apologies, I am not taking new clients at the moment." He cannot! An obviously busy man at the salon, Tang is also busy in our industry “sharing.” He is a top educator, giving up details and formulas for his magnificent finishes both on stage and in his many breathtaking posts.
MODERN asked him some questions and he answered. Even better, when we bumped in to him at the most recent Redken Symposium in Las Vegas, Tang granted an interview answering some very VERY important questions! Watch this five minute video and learn how he feels about his fame and how he influences the professional hairdressing world, how to get more followers on social media, why you should be NICE and POSITIVE when commenting on Instagram and Facebook, his favorite haircolor tips and how he feels about Olaplex.
BORN AND RAISED: Tulsa, Oklahoma. I started my hairstylist career in the Mid-West. I moved to Los Angeles 5 years ago.
MY MENTOR: I was inspired by Vidal Sassoon for his precision cuts that was way advance during his time.
I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE OVER: Ariana Grande, she needs a new look.
FAVORITE OUTFIT OR ITEM IN MY WARDROBE: My gauntlets I wear on my wrist. I feel like a super hero like X-men when I wear them during hair shows
FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNER: Alexander McQueen
IF I HADN’T BECOME A SALON PROFESSIONAL, I WOULD HAVE BECOME A: Photographer
MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT I: love to sing and dance.
I AM INSPIRED BY: Pop Culture.
MY GUILTY PLEASURE: I love Peanut M&Ms.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS: Create beauty out of madness.
THE TOUGHEST PART OF MY JOB IS: Managing expectations.
FOR INSPIRATION I: turn to Mariah Carey’s songs. She has a song for every emotion that I feel.
FAVORITE ERA OF HAIR AND BEAUTY: I love the 80’s! That era is bold, trendy, edgy and extreme. It has the most definitive look to date.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Success is measured on how happy you are.
MY BEST VACATION WAS: When I went to Asia with my fiancé. I love going to different Asian countries because they are so different from one another.
FAVORITE MUSIC OR SINGER RIGHT NOW: Duh?! MARIAH CAREY. She is everything!!!
EVERY BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL SHOULD: Be open to different methods and application of color and styling techniques.
YOU MUST WATCH (TV SHOW): Walking Dead, Go Glenn!
MY SECRET WEAPON: I don’t have any, I share my hair secrets.
MY CAUSES: To break stereotypes and misperceptions.
I RELAX BY: having a massage and being pampered.
THE COOLEST LOOK I EVER CREATED: Rose Gold Balayage Ombre
I BECAME A HAIRDRESSER BECAUSE: I have always been obsessed with hair growing up watching She-Ra and Jem and the Holograms.