Friends Friday | Christine Symonds (aka Teenie)
Christine is my little good luck charm. I first met her early on in my career when we were both working with Lauren Conrad during her mark. campaign. This was a time in my life when I wasn’t feeling very confident in myself, and Christine quickly became my support system. She was someone who was so sweet and genuinely nice to me - I could instantly see her light shine through, and any time I showed up to set, Teenie had an effortless way of making my day easier. I enjoy being around her vibrant energy. She’s an amazing individual who works for celebrities like Kaley Cuoco, Jessica Simpson, Kristen Bell, Odette Annable and many more incredibly lucky people. I’m so excited to show a little bit about Christine, aka my Teenie with you. Enjoy!!!
How long have you been a hairstylist?
What got you into the industry?
I had always done hair in high school mainly because I couldn’t find a cut or style that I liked. So I took matters into my own hands and started cutting my own hair, which then turned into cutting friends’ hair. That’s when I knew that it was something I loved and wanted to pursue.
Who was your first celebrity job?
My first celebrity job was Lauren Conrad.
When was the first time you saw your work on something big?
I think the first time I saw my work on a cover of a magazine. It was US WEEKLY, and it had my name printed in it. I remember being so excited I think I bought every copy!
How did you know you made it?
This is a tough question because I feel like in this industry, I am constantly being inspired and striving for more. There are so many talented people that I aspire to be like, that it’s hard to tell when me, myself, has made it. I guess the fact that I know that I love my job, and get to work with so many talented people makes me feel like I made it everyday.
Which celebrity was a dream to collaborate with?
I met one of my clients Kaley Cuoco years ago, and am still with her today. She is a dream client and one of the best humans on this planet. I really got to grow in my career with her and learn so much from her— about hair and life. She is always up for something fun, and constantly lets us try new things on her. It’s really a dream— client and friend.
What’s the hardest thing about being in the industry?
I work in a salon and with The Wall Group, so it’s hard to balance both a lot of the times. But thankfully, I have clients that are flexible with my schedule.
What’s an essential product or styling tool to keep your hair looking flawless?
Dry shampoo! I love Batiste. It’s the best quick-fix for texture and touch ups.
Which celebrity’s hair is the most envious-worthy?
I mean, there are so many! The Olsen twins have that effortlessly chic look down and Blake Lively never disappoints.
Three quick tips to keeping your hair healthy?
Trim it every 8-10 weeks.
Do a deep condition at least every 2 weeks.
Use heating tools that have different settings so you can control how much heat you are applying to your hair.
What are some on-the-go items every girl can have in her purse for last minute fixes?
A travel size hairspray, dry shampoo, and bobby pins. You can whip up a quick bun or chignon with just a few pins.
What’s the last product you use before officially heading out the door?
I use Argan Oil on my skin and on the ends of my hair. So I moisturize and run the leftovers on my dry ends, and run out the door.
What’s your go-to hairstyle when you’re in a rush?
My hair is in a low bun 95% of the time. I’ll switch up my part to keep it different, but it’s always in a low bun.
What hairstyle brand are you absolutely loyal to and why?
I love the brand Ecotools because they have the best beauty tools and products— like hair and makeup brushes that are all eco-friendly and work really well. It’s nice that you can feel more eco-conscious about something you do everyday regardless.
How can we get the perfect beachy waves you put on your clients?
I like to wrap large sections of hair around the barrel of the curling iron, alternating the size of the iron. It creates a more undone organic texture.
What’s some advice for anyone looking to make a dramatic hair change?
I always tell my clients to take a minute to think about how much maintenance they are willing to deal with. Bangs are going to be trimmed every few weeks, and a dramatic hair color could use more touch ups in between. Depending on how much they want to take on is how they should decide.
What are some tips for at home bangs or trimming?
I never really recommend at home trims, but if it is an emergency basis then point cut them. Do not go blunt across, they will lay better.
What should you do if you’re having a bad hair day?
Grab a cute hat :)
Tips to making the growing out short hair process less awkward?
Just keep trimming the back to let the front pieces catch up.
Is it a myth that certain hairstyles fit particular face shapes? Or can you pick whatever you want?
No, there are certainly cuts that certain people can pull off better than others. It’s all about playing up your best features. So a lot of haircuts can work on most people, but certain tweaks have to be made to cater to their hair texture and face shape.
Any advice on someone looking to break into the industry?
I would say take every opportunity possible. Be a "yes" person and open to anything. You never know what one job or client could turn into.
Where can people find you?
Instagram : @christinesymondshair