Secrets of Celebrity Hair Stylists

How much does it cost to look so beautiful? While being pampered by Aveeno at the Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, CA before the Spirit Awards, I got the inside scoop from the celebrity hair stylists who turned my messy pile of hair into beautiful waves. It was so much fun!

As Michael Kanyon (shown above!)  primped my hair, I was able to get the dish on how they score their star clients and how much the stars pay to get their locks looks so gorgeous too – which was quite fun!  Michael has done hair for just about everyone – a few names that impressed me were Brooke Shields and Eva Longoria.

I can’t tell you how much fun it was to be pampered. As a busy Mom with 2 little ones under the age of 5 at home I rarely have time to put too much effort into my hair and I’m constantly months overdue for a highlight. (Which was so mortifying when they were doing my hair – I told them not to worry I had an appointment set for March 9th which I really do!)

So how much does it really cost to look so beautiful? I was dying to know and imagined it would start at maybe $500….. but it’s actually way more expensive than I fathomed.

Prices start at $1500 to get your hair done!  And most of the time, the studios are paying for these appointments to prep stars for photo shoots, red carpet events, filming, or commercials in which case prices start at $4000. Those are just “starting” prices too. Can you imagine? And to think I’m bothered paying $100 to get my hair  highlighted and trimmed!

However, these celebrity hair stylists do work wonders on their clients and on our ordinary mortals too as you can tell by the lovely curls they gave me. They really are worth it.  Celebrity stylists even have their own Hair & Make-Up agents connecting them and recommending them to the stars. And like anything, once they work their magical beauty wonders on a few stars they are “in the network” and continue to be recommending throughout the industry.

Patrick Melville, Aveeno’s celebrity stylist and spokesperson, gave me some super hair care tips and let me interview him here so he could share some easy hair tips for busy Moms. You can check out his video here.

And I had no idea Aveeno had an entire line of hair care products – I’m especially excited to try out their Aveeno Living Color line as these shampoos, conditioner, and glaze help preserve the color in your hair. (And like most Aveeno products, these all include Active Naturals – in this case color fortyifying lupine botanicals.)

So how much does it really cost to look so beautiful? I was dying to know and imagined it would start at maybe $500….. but it’s actually way more expensive than I fathomed.

Disclosure: As a Brand Ambassador for Aveeno, Aveeno & Recycle Bank paid for my travel expenses so I could attend the Independent Spirit Awards. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


  1. that may have been pricey, but you look TERRIFIC!

    what shampoos do you use? when i color my hair, it gets soooo dried out.

  2. julie says:

    Seriously, you look gorgeous. So glad it was a great time.

    Still. THOUSANDS? I just can’t imagine.

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