Profile

New York hair designer Shawn La’Yave’s hair training began at the University of Michigan as a graduate of the Theatre Department. His peers and numerous fashionable women consider him a triple threat for his talent to cut, color and style hair. Shawn’s artistry extends from the Hair Studio to the Fashion, and Entertainment industries.

He brings to his celebrity and international clientele an array of experience in color, cutting techniques and hair extensions; techniques that were once exclusive to the entertainment industry. “Actors, models and singers are trendsetters; now everyone in the world wants to look as gorgeous as their stars.”

“Actors, models and singers are trendsetters; now everyone in the world wants to look as gorgeous as their stars.”

In La’Yave hair designs, color is the protagonist. “Color allows me to create a style that is different and unique, which works to enhance the lines of my haircuts.” Shawn created his own collection of multidimensional color formulas that he calls “faceted blondes”, “phoenix reds” and “bronde browns”. For Shawn, hair color-composition and hair cutting go hand in hand. “As a designer, one must be able to cut, color, and know when to make the calls for enhancement; the experience of creating beautiful hair must come from the communication between the client and artist.” Shawn is a visual alchemist. His unique perception goes beyond the surface of his clients needs.

When it comes to enhancement, Shawn is a visionary. He applies the art of extensia to create length, color and volume. He has a meticulous modulating technique of adding human hair extensions that create flow, blend, and growth with the client’s hair. Shawn has years of utilizing the best cuticle directed hair in the industry from various famous extension houses, such as Great Lengths and SoCap USA. He has been able to design an application that behaves exactly like the clients hair, blending superbly and looking natural.

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