Sitting in the salon chair is almost always a treat, but for Tippi Shorter, hair stylist to celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, guiding women through a hair consultation from the other side of the seat is a calling.
Recently, Shorter, who serves as the Aveda global artistic director for textured hair, visited Posh Salon, a chic Aveda salon on Houston's Post Oak Boulevard, where she guided select clients through her premium hair consultation before chatting with Houstonia about working with the ever-fabulous Alicia Keys, her personal hair icons and the trend she’s ready to see tabled.
Houstonia: As a stylist, what’s the difference between having a hair consultation with a celebrity like Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Rihanna versus your everyday woman?
Tippi Shorter: The process is very different. For a salon client, you have to consider her features, lifestyle, job and the amount of time she may have to spend on her hair daily. For a celebrity client, it's a process with her entire team to come up with a look that isn't out currently and that resonates with her music as well as complementing her wardrobe choices.
Houstonia: In your opinion, what are the must-have, game-changing hair products of the moment?
TS: Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair is a real game-changer for me and all of my clients. I sometimes restyle hair many times before I use shampoo and it keeps the ends smooth and healthy.
Houstonia: How has the public’s relationship with hair changed over the years?
TS: I think it has become more personal to individual identities. In the past, people were really driven by trends, but nowadays, I see people passing on trends to go with styles that are more personalized.
Houstonia: This year, I’ve seen some amazing hair moments: Lady Gaga’s hair at the Super Bowl, Taylor Swift’s bleach-blonde shag, Lupita Nyong’o’s sky-high hair at the Met Ball. Looking back, what style has stood out to you the most?
TS: I love the art of hair and all the amazing that comes with it. I loved Zendaya’s shaggy mullet at the Grammy Awards and Beyonce’s extra-long ponytail braid at her concerts.
Houstonia: What celebrity or celebrities are giving you major hair envy at the moment?
TS: I’m always loving Tracee [Ellis] Ross, Kelly Rowland, Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid.
Houstonia: Time is an issue for many women, including me. What is a quick and easy way for someone to feel put together when you’re rushing out the door?
TS: A ponytail is perfect and gives you many options depending on your wardrobe. Sleek and sexy, or loose, messy and fun.
Houstonia: What hair trend are you ready to see take a backseat?
TS: Definitely shaved undercuts with long hair on top.
Houstonia: What is your favorite look ever on a client?
TS: My favorite is the wrap-around braid I did on Alicia Keys for her “No One” video. She was just coming out of wearing tons of cornrows and this was a way to incorporate a braid with something that was a bit more fashionable.
Houstonia: How do you transition from style to style while you’re working with Alicia Keys on The Voice?
TS: She actually has a creative director that I work closely with. Her looks are planned out ahead of time to complement her wardrobe choices.