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Hairstylist Fitch Lunar’s creations are sexily imperfect

From Caroline Polachek to Mary Magdalene and Yves Tumor, Fitch Lunar creates wild sexy hair for wild sexy people

From digital artists to photographers, body sculptors and hair stylists to make-up and nail artists, in our Spotlight series, we profile the creatives tearing up the rulebook in their respective industries.

“Acceptance of imperfection” is how Fitch Lunar describes his hair philosophy. The hairstylist, who has worked his magic for names like Yves Tumour, Sophie, Caroline Polachek and Becky G, isn’t afraid of a little messiness – “hair is sexier that way.”  

Basically a family profession, Lunar says he was born into hair: both his father and aunt owned salons, and growing up he picked up enough of the basics to work a cut and colour side-hustle throughout his teens. When it came time to graduate high school, he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford college – so hair seemed like the safest way to have an income. “Luckily I was always tied to artists and the larger fashion and music community,” he says, “which gave me space to create. I became a celebrity hairdresser by staying close with artists and growing with them. They inspire me to take my work to new heights.”

Sometimes these heights are quite literal. For musician Shenyeng’s single art, Lunar created a sculptural braided look that reaches up into the heavens, while Gabbriette got a madwoman’s beehive that looks like it was dragged through a bush backwards, in a sexy way, of course. Bella Poarch’s school girl ponytails defy gravity and Alexa Demie’s sky-high updo wouldn’t be out of place in B.A.P.S.

Here, Fitch shares his creative process, what drew him to celebrity hair, and advice for young hairstylists. 

Where did you hone your craft? Is it something you learned or is it more instinctual? 

Fitch Lunar: I’d say both. Doing hair has definitely always been natural to me but I have also been so privileged to work with some of the greats who have taught me a lot even beyond hair.

What drew you to editorial and celebrity work? Why did that interest you over other areas of beauty? 

Fitch Lunar: [Laughs] You want the honest answer? Aside from paying the bills, which is important, celebrity work opens you up to some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I have always had a soft spot for fashion and art because magazines were one of my key resources for creativity and culture growing up, so editorial is a great outlet to be able to express some of those more creative moments. Especially because celebrity clients don’t always want something as out-there and expressive as what I create for editorials. 

What was your “big break”?  

Fitch Lunar: It was a gradual progression, for sure. I think the longer you do something, you naturally get better at it. I’ve had some pretty major moments in my life, but new experiences are always happening. The journey is what’s most important.

What is your creative process? How do you translate someone’s initial creative vision into a final look? 

Fitch Lunar: It all starts with inspiration, then interpretation, then execution. I really adapt my process based on my own experiences. I love backpacking, especially throughout California. So if I’m out with friends backpacking for the weekend, I might see some sap on tree bark and use it for a wig idea. Or I’ll catch a great look on a movie character or pop star, like someone I saw at Coachella last weekend or in a random old film, and use that to spiral me off into a sea of new takes of it. 

Music also gets the creative juices flowing for me. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Lil’ Kim, MethMath, Torus United in Flames mix, and Bjork to name a few. 

Is “beauty” something you try to capture in your work, or is it a concept that you reject?

Fitch Lunar: I try to find beauty in everything.  

What are the projects that you’re most proud of?

Fitch Lunar: I’m most proud when I reflect on all of them as a whole. Collecting so many hair moments over time with lots of amazing people. My portfolio feels so personal, and I love that. 

What should a hairstyle bring to a look or fashion image? 

Fitch Lunar: If there’s a larger idea or concept behind the photo, it should be in total support of that. Whatever it is, it should always bring confidence. 

What’s the most significant thing you’ve learnt over the course of your career? 

Fitch Lunar: Accept mistakes and grow from them. 

What is your dream project to work on? 

Fitch Lunar: A handful of things come to mind: leading hair on a film, developing a great product and exhibiting the wigs I make in a gallery space. 

What advice would you give to young artists hoping to get into the industry? 

Fitch Lunar: Make friends, practice your craft ALWAYS, and never stop assisting. Mental health is also crucial, so take good care and save your money! WORK! WORK! WORK!

Who would you like to shine a spotlight on next? 

Fitch Lunar: Shirley Raines is an icon. She does beauty2thestreets in LA, offering hair, make-up and hygiene services for unhoused people in the Skidrow section of downtown. I respect these kinds of efforts and get more involved myself.