// Guy Tang - Known for his magnificent hair colour designs, seamless Balayage and Ombre hair colour. However Tang's social media accounts are monstrous, and rightly so - He has almost 1.5 million on Instagram and well over 1 million dedicated fans on Youtube.
His techniques are unique, he constantly pushes the boundaries and oozes creativity when creating his hair colour. His enthusiasm and jovial personality has artists and fans glued waiting to see what colours he can come up with next. Guy is coming to Australia for Olaplex to inspire a whole new world of colourists sharing his tips, tricks and techniques. BTL spoke to Guy about where it all began and what we can expect from him in the future.
How did you get your start in the industry?
Ever since High School I have been doing hair in my parent's garage long before I got a state professional license. I love creating art by doing hair. I was convinced to do hair so I went to Beauty College
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
My work became popular with Pinterest before Instagram started. I am known for seamless Ombre and Balayage that is now became a standard hair colour/technique in a lot of salons, it is not a fad or trend anymore. I am also known in making dark asian, Latina, middle eastern hair to platinum blonde and still have healthy hair. I have been creating silver pastel coloured hair that is so popular right now and bright fashion colour.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
I have a YouTube video series I called "Paranormal Hairtivity" where I film my clients journey like colour correction or other hair issues and we don't know what's going to happen. I show it to my followers I call #Hairbesties, which is our hair community both in LIVE Facebook or Periscope video and YouTube. The #Hairbesties community bounce back ideas on how to solve a real salon issues or scenarios that anyone encounters in their day to day behind-the-chair life.
Must have tool or products for your kit?
Reliable sheers, clean cape, my fave colours and Olaplex
Who are the role models who have inspired you?
My parents. They are immigrants from then war-torn Vietnam. Without any knowledge on how to speak the English language, they strived and thrived and became successful in their own rights in the United States. They both persevere and raised their children well.
When working with a celebrity how much creative input do you have?
We both work together to achieve a common goal. Both have input but I always tell them to trust me because without it, it will be a daunting task for both of us.
What's the next big trend you're starting to see sneak in?
Texture will make a comeback - permanent beach waves, body curls etc
What do you enjoy to do when the brushes are down?
I am a gym buff. For me it's important to take care of my body to have a creative mind.
What advice would you give artists starting out? Do not give up your hopes and aspirations. Always count your blessing and celebrate success however you define it to be.