Years ago, when ombre hair hit the scene, Guy Tang was already all over it. He still is.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Guy Tang began his career in his hometown before moving to Los Angeles five years ago.  After arriving in LA, Tang quickly became well-known for tending to the locks of Youtube stars Michelle Phan and Cassey Ho.  Since then, Tang has built a loyal clientele, working from his own salon suite at Salon Republic in West Hollywood. Referred to as an expert in the popular Balayage Ombre technique, Tang combines his hair painting artistry with his extensive knowledge of hair coloring products to create an unique and rich overall look, from sun-kissed shades of blonde, to vibrant and intensely colored manes that defy convention.  In keeping with the philosophy that good things take time, Tang’s coloring sessions can take up to eight hours, depending on the degree of complexity – though it appears that (at least in his videos) the time goes by fast, especially when he throws in a meal and a little frivolity!

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Guy, (@Guy_Tang), who has a strong presence on a variety of social media, considers himself a “hair artist” on Facebook, and to his 1.3 million Instagram followers he is a self-described “hair activist”.  Tang’s YouTube videos, which have garnered millions of views, are both entertaining and educational, and capture his enthusiasm for his craft.  In some of the video tutorials, Tang (with his willing and quite happy client), takes the viewer from start to finish of creating a single look, explaining color technique and products he is using along the way, to the final reveal.  The results are nothing short of jaw-dropping, providing inspiration for those working in the hair industry, and ideas for those searching for a vision to change in their personal look.

Want to go with a longer head of hair?  Tang is also well known for partnering with clip-in hair extension company, Bellami, to create extensions in his signature Balayage.

Pictures are the best way to appreciate the talent of Guy Tang – they truly can motivate one for a change in hair color, and given the range of colors available, the sky’s the limit!

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