Ever wonder who is behind some of your favorite male stars’ fabulous styles? Meet Lisa B., a Hollywood-based barber who just happens to be in charge of some iconic coifs. She’s appeared on L.A. Hair and has worked behind the scenes of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood reality shows.
GETTING STARTED: “Back in the 80s in Los Angeles, my husband suggested that I go to beauty school. I didn’t know I could do hair, but I was actually really good at it. I ended up teaching myself how to barber. I started in Los Angeles on Crenshaw and 54th St., then I moved over to the West Side and I started cutting some of the players for the Los Angeles Lakers. Martin Lawrence got wind of me and pulled me [onto the set of] Bad Boys 2, which was my first movie. I got into the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Local 706 union through Martin. After cutting Martin, it just opened up a big door for me.”
KEEPING IT FRESH: “There’s a continuity that goes into working on the set [like that ] of Real Husbands of Hollywood because we shoot out of sequence. We might shoot the last scene first, and the first scene in the middle so continuity is really important. I have to keep the haircut the same for each episode. I can cut [the cast] every single day to make sure the continuity is the same so almost every day the men will come through the trailer to get their hair cut.”
BEING A FEMALE BARBER: “My biggest obstacle to this day is getting the respect that I deserve as a female barber from male barbers. I don’t have a problem getting clients, and I think a lot of men prefer having a woman who can really cut hair well. My haircuts are the bomb, but I also think my integrity and character has kept me here. I’m the first one to arrive and the last one to leave—I make sure everything is good. My integrity, character and skill have really solidified me as one of the best in the game.”
Lisa B. poses with music and reality TV’s Real Husbands of Hollywood star Nelly.