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TOMMY LOVELL


TOMMY LOVELL WHITEROOM OWNER

"I’ve always turned to science for inspiration. ...I get very excited knowing that the unknown can be figured out and even mastered."


WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I grew up about 20mi outside of New Orleans.

 

 

WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Williamsburg

TOMMY LOVELL MEN'S HAIRCUT

TOMMY LOVELL SCISSOR OVER COMB MEN'S HAIRCUT

WHO, AND WHAT, HAS INFLUENCED YOU?

Getting into hair was completely random for me. In college, I was a History major, so I never thought about hair until I became a hairdresser. But, it’s kind of nice in that way. I just had this blank perspective and all these grandiose ideas about hair. I would just try to make stuff up, really having no idea if any of it would actually work. That’s how I learn.

When I started out, I was assisting someone who was booked every half hour of every day, so I just got tons of exposure. My ‘training’ was really just a mixture of imitation and experimentation. I think a lot of hairdressers have a qualitative training, but mine was definitely quantitative, because I didn’t have classes. I never learned "how" to do different haircuts. I just rolled the dice a couple thousand times and collected the data. I'm still doing it.

That’s the beauty of the scientific process; if you have an idea, you can test it to see if you were right. Then adjust things based on those results. Then you get a new idea, and you test it. It never really stops. It’s like whittling a piece of wood. Take a little away, see where you’re at. If you're paying attention, you're left with something special.

Eventually, I became busy myself and was doing ~2000 cuts a year. I’ve been doing hair 12 years. If you add it all up, that's a lot of information.


"That’s the beauty of the scientific process; if you have an idea, you can test it to see if you were right. Then adjust things based on the results."

 

"Then you get a new idea, and you test it. It never really stops."

TOMMY LOVELL

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Not surprisingly, I’ve always turned to science for inspiration. Not in a way that directly relates to my work, but I get very excited knowing that the unknown can be figured out and even mastered. I also get a thrill knowing that there is so much that is still unknown. Also, Math. In that anything can be quantified given enough data. I sometimes wonder if there is a mathematically perfect haircut. No remainder. If you assign hair a value, the head and headshape a value, and create an equation with the cut. I don’t know if it matters or if it’s possible, but it’s fun to think about. It’s all about balance.


TOMMY LOVELL PHOTOGRAPHY OF BOB HAIRCUT

WHO IS YOUR DREAM CLIENT?
I love doing classic men's hair. But I also have so many dream clients already. There is a stem-cell biologist, artists, a mathematician, a theoretical physicist, lawyers, designers… so many people with so many interesting things to talk about. I love trying to know a little bit about everything.



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