By Sheila Arkee
Growing up in Compton, CA, celebrity hairstylist Dontay Savoy was sure he’d end up in a career in robotics or working with computers. Never did the thought of working in the hair industry cross his mind, but after figuring out college wasn’t for him, a stint at beauty school led him to a thriving career with hair, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Dontay came up in the industry as an assistant to famed stylist Kimberly Kimble and has since become known as the “weave master”, gaining celebrity clients, awards, working on Access Hollywood, and being featured on WeTV’s L.A. Hair, which centers on Kimberly Kimble’s salon in West Hollywood. Dontay’s celebrity clientele includes Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Solonge Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, and Shawn Robinson
With his work on Access Hollywood, filming L.A. Hair for 12 hours a day, and a steady supply of clients, Dontay is a very busy man. From weaves, extentions, natural hair care, and some stellar career advice, we covered it all!
At the moment, there is a trend towards natural hair – a lot of people are growing out relaxers and embracing their curly hair texture. It is definitely a process that takes time, and Dontay recommends getting trims every 6 to 8 weeks. Hair grows ½ an inch per month, so if needed you can supplement hair growth with weaves.
A relationship with your hair stylist is truly a relationship, so when Dontay is working with a client, he makes sure to truly understand their lifestyles when making a change and suggesting extensions, wigs, or weaves that will truly work for them.
And his favorite styling tools? Dontay recommends the Babyliss brand of irons and curlers, made with ceramic that conducts heat evenly and helps prevent hair damage. won’t damage your hair and stays stable. Hair needs to be babied, so to avoid frizz sleep on a silk pillowcase – cotton tends to rough up your tresses. Make sure to have your hair trimmed every six months, and if you’re in need of some change, try adding layers, extensions, or well-placed color.
For anyone who wants to get into the hair industry, Dontay’s advice is to start off working as an assistant to an established stylist – it’s the best way to learn to the ropes and see what their life is really like.
Dontay has such a joyful personality and I really enjoyed chatting with him – he knows all there is to know about hair, and is proof positive that a dedication to your craft ensures success. You can find out more about L.A. Hair on Wetv.com – they’re currently filming season 2, which is set to air in 2013.