Edward Lampley Wants To Change The World With His Hair Styling
Edward Lampley, born in Nashville, TN adopts an artistic approach with his hairstyles. In an interview with Mane Addicts, Lampley says that he tries to view hair as a medium, with a range of textures and shapes. This philosophy has taken him far, as his editorial clientele includes Irina Shayk, Hailey Bieber, and Winona Ryder for publications including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
In 2019, Lampley collaborated with eight photographers and friends on a photo book that highlights the “transformative power of hair.” The series, “HAIRTEST” includes a close-up shot of a hairbrush, exposing the minuscule details of the bristles by photographer Caroline Gendron. Also part of the book is a photo of a model with a large afro covering their eyes shot by Matthew Sprout, along with the image of a pink hairball reminiscent of cotton candy by Drew Vickers. The series captures the emotional component of hair, exploring, for example, the reasoning behind someone cutting their hair after a breakdown.
100% of proceeds went to the Cancer Research Institute, as Lampley’s father-in-law struggled with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the time the book was being made. “We can change the world with what we do,” Lampley says of the project.
Lampley credits art as being one of his biggest influences. He tells American Salon that he frequently seeks art, music, and his wife for inspiration. Often, Lampley will listen to music from a multitude of different time periods, which is where he draws inspiration from. In addition, Lampley enjoys meditating in nature, another source of inspiration for him.
About Edward Lampley
When Lampley was in high school, he found himself bored out of his mind in a shop class. Instead, he transferred to a cosmetology course, thinking it would better his chance at getting a girlfriend. What he actually found, was that he had a talent and passion for hairdressing. Prior to moving to New York City, Lampley became an assistant to famed hairdresser Jimmy Paul. He held this position for nearly four years while working at Bumble & Bumble. Eventually, Lampley moved to London to gain editorial experience, before returning to New York to pursue a career in fashion. Currently, he works as a hairstylist for an agency called Bryant Artists. Lampley’s efforts have earned him recurring work with prestigious fashion publications, including Vogue.
Feature image: Boe Marion