HAIRDRESSER PROFILE : TODD "CHAZ" MCKAY

Born Phoenix AZ 1981

Years behind the chair 15

Daily essentials Friends and laughter 

Crush Lorraine, my 1949 harvester. or…being a father 

You and I meet in hair school, we've been friends for over 15 years.  Whats the worst hair style we had? The worst is always current. jk jk . haha. I’d say Faux hawk and gel for me and Lord of the Rings for you. But you always wore it so well.

You worked for Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills and then open the Seattle Sassoon Salon as the manager. I'd say you've had a successful start to your career.  You now spend you time between Seattle and and Los Angeles doing hair. What did that transition look like? Those transitions are always scary. taking the leap into the unknown. When you go from something that is very secure to taking risk I think that's where you grow the most.

How does living between Seattle and LA inspire your creativity? It keeps things fresh and new which helps keep your creativity polished but ultimately, getting a dose of something different, whether its the rain or a new team to work with.

What is one place you have visited that you found to be most inspiring and why? Amsterdam. The everyday culture, kids and families riding around, traffic the everyday life.

What is the first thing you assess / look at on a new client when deciding what kind of haircut would best suit them? Shoes and or handbag

Whats in your kit? Babyliss Italian dryer. Oribe texture spray. Reverie TOTO dopp kit and Reverie Mitzutani shears

How has being a father changed your your approach  towards work- life balance? A lot of things become less important. It's the hardest thing you’ll ever love doing. You work harder because you want the best for them.

While working at Beverly Hills Vidal Sassoon salon you were able to cut Vidals hair! Not many people can say that. Yes, I was lucky enough to cut Vidal. I think it shows you how much he trusts the education base he built. Conversation with him is always inspiring. He always has positive things to say but the way he delivers it is what makes it sink in. Cutting his hair, I felt confident and I certainly kept my focus while cropping his hair down. 

You and I have been in this craft now for 15 years.  We've seen some major changes.  What are you views on the industry now. I think for the most part change is good. It allows things to evolve into the next phase or level. Social media has become the number one stepping stone for Hairdressers pushing each other to be better. I think it's become a very competitive industry by nature. At this point, it's very hard to see something new and when you do it's always exciting.

What would be your advice for a new hairdresser who just graduated from hair school? Education is key, tough skin, let your ego go and enjoy the ride.

To book with Todd text or call 310-623-3685