MARK TOWNSEND / HAIRWhether sleek, sophisticated or edgy, fashion and celebrity hairdresser Mark Townsend knows how to bring out the beauty in everyone. His confident attitude and keen attention to detail have rendered Mark Townsend one of the most highly regarded hair stylists in the business. Mark has been fortunate to create beautiful hairstyles for some of Hollywood’s leading ladies including Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michele, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Teresa Palmer and many more.
An army brat, Mark hails from Lakeland, Florida. After completing high school, Mark entered cosmetology school and quickly found his calling. He supported himself throughout beauty school by assisting at a local hair salon, where he eventually secured a full-time position after graduation. Mark eventually decided to move on to bigger and better endeavors, and his strong interest in fashion led him to New York City where he began assisting well-known hairdressers such as Oribe and Sally Hershberger. Eventually his film work led him to major productions like Vanilla Sky and Minority Report, working closely with stars including Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz.
Today, Mark’s career spans every aspect of the business, from photo shoots and advertising campaigns to fashion and celebrity. In 2009 he became the International Dove Celebrity Hairstylist – a position that has taken him all over the world speaking on behalf of the brand.
He’s managed to collect a loyal following of clients including top photographers Terry Richardson, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz and also worked with top magazines such as Esquire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Vogue and W. Mark is in maximum demand during awards season, and is always the one to watch when he is working with his clients.
Mark is based in Los Angeles and works regularly in New York. Of his chosen profession Mark concludes, “I never see myself tiring of this or becoming jaded. Any stylist will tell you, hairdressing is a profession where you’re constantly learning something new all the time. It’s always evolving and I love it.”