You’re A Big Deal: Jonathan Van Ness, LA Hair Stylist
Exclusive interview with Jonathan Van Ness
Occupation: Hair Stylist / Entertainer
WBD: What inspired you and how did you get started?
I have been playing with hair as early as I can remember. Barbies, cousins, neighbors whoever – I was always happy when I was being creative. I remember in the early 90’s when I was about 5 I saw a VH1 fashion week special, where hairstylists were working backstage- thats when I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I went to school at the Aveda Institute Minneapolis- and after working in Arizona for 5 years I apprenticed at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles, I later found Venice to be home and work at The Harlot Salon on Abbot Kinney
WBD: Who are your biggest industry influences?
If I had to say top 3- Vidal Sasson , Oribe, and Sally Hershberger. These three stylists all changed the industry in their own way and all of us in the industry have learned a lot from all three of them.
WBD: What is one of your personal favorite hair styles?
Almost impossible to say! It’s all about an over all aesthetic- hair texture- and what a person will do to prep their look daily. Assuming all those things were in place- I live for a effortless long layer- I also love a bob of all shapes- and on the right person a fringe gives me life! One of my all time fave looks – is the one length bob with blunt fringe Alexa Chung was serving a couple years ago.
WBD: What is your favorite part of your job?
The daily experience of merging my passion with a clients lifestyle to achieve a beautiful experience for my clients in and out of the salon. I also love that beauty is ever evolving so it never gets boring.
WBD: Tell us about your show, “Gay Of Thrones” on Funny or Die.
Gay of Thrones has been a really unexpected suprise in my life. I’ve always loved all things beauty and fashion. That being said- Ive also always loved to make people laugh and preform in any capacity. After a dear friend and client who works as a writer/producer for funny or die and I had a fun color appt – Gay of Thrones was born. Now I get to explore a whole new passion in my life as an actor/entertainer which is so exciting.
I have had a few huge moments in my career- most recently- would be working with the cast of “Game of Thrones” at Comicon 2013 in San Diego this past July. At that trip a few of the producers from the show actually recognized me from Gay of Thrones- that whole weekend was surreal from start to finish.
WBD: What’s coming up for you that you’re excited about?
For me what I’m really excited about coming up is the continuing of the salon I just opened with my business partner Monique called Stile (stee-lah)Studio in Brentwood. As well we have the second season of Gay of Thrones starting with the 4th season of Game of Thrones for funny or die.
WBD's Fun Five
with Jonathan Van Ness
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?I love Los Angeles- its the best climate- and all the things I love to do are here.
If I gave you $20 to spend on anything right now, what would it be?An hour massage at my favorite foot spa-- Yaya Massage-- best spent $20 of all time.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.I can change a tire in 5 minutes or less-- true story-- thanks dad.
What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?Don't believe everything you think.
One guilty pleasure you aren't willing to give up?Taco Bell.
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