#HAIRJAM2016 Winner Feature: Philip Patrick (@a_styless) and His Success With Color

When we launched the #HAIRJAM2016 Instagram Hair Contest, we were so excited to see all of the amazing work of the many talented hairstylists and barbers flood our streams. Little did we know that the competition would be so fierce and we’d have such a hard decision to make!

One of the most competitive categories in the #HAIRJAM2016 competition was the #hairjam_color16 category with over 600 entries. But one entry stood out above the rest.

Philip Patrick, or @a_styless on Instagram, is a Washington-based hair artist who started his career in hair by braiding but then moved into being a color specialist. He loves playing with colors and new trends that come out.

As someone who always enjoyed playing with hair, Philip went straight from high school to cosmetology school. He was originally planning on becoming a vet, but then changed his mind once he decided to follow his love of hair. He’s been licensed for 4 years.

“The best part of my job is the interaction I get to have with people and that I’m able to help them feel good about themselves,” says Philip. “I love seeing the outcome and their reaction to it.”


  • He started out braiding and then moved into being a color specialist. He loves playing with colors and paying attention to the new trends that come out.

Who inspires him:

  • @tokyostylez. Philip has loved watching his career evolve over time, even before he was famous. “I’ve been inspired by @tokyostylez since the beginning and it only grows as I watch him career grow as well.”

#tbt when I first started making wigs ❤️💗💛 #touchedbytokyo #tokyostylez

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Advice for new hairstylists:

  • “There is always room to grow and improve. Keep looking for those opportunities by staying on top of trends and new techniques,” says Philip. “But in the midst of it all, don’t lose yourself and your individuality.”

Obstacles to overcome:

  • Philip became an independent hairstylist right out of school. He had to be creative with how to get clients since he had nowhere to pull from. He offered great deals to get them in the door and then sold them on his skill to buy their loyalty.

Wise words from the one and only Albert Einstein. Never be afraid to fail. 💭

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Hardest part about being an independent:

  • “The hardest part about being an independent hairstylist is that all responsibility falls on me without anyone else to fall back on,” says Philip. As he grew and learned how to be a stylist, that also meant taking ownership of his mistakes and learning how to fix them himself.

Largest misconception about being a hairstylist:

  • “Nurturing client relationships take work and is something that is really a 24/7 job.”

Your clients love and trust you. 💙

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Instagram tip:

  • “If you want to succeed at Instagram as a hairstylist, make your posts less personal and more hair… but don’t leave your personality of out of it. Hashtags and location are also key!”

Be sure to follow @a_styless on Instagram for some beautiful color creations and stay tuned for more #HAIRJAM2016 winner features. Cheers, #beautyKOs!

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