Meet the Beverly Hills Hair Stylist
Both hair stylist extraordinaire and makeup artist, Byron Williams founded the Byron & Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills with colorist Tracey Cunningham in 2008. The partnership was destined to succeed, as the two hair specialists were brought together by renowned stylist Rachel Zoe. Building on his 15 years in the industry, today Byron’s clientele includes A-list celebrities as well as the fashion and industry elite. His credits also include a product line and top editorial features.
Why did you become a hair and makeup artist?
It came easy as a kid. I loved to play with my friends and my mom’s hair and I developed an interest in the beauty world – especially being an only child and being raised by a single mother. When I was a teenager I would go out to clubs with my friends and I would do all of their hair and makeup before our night out – I loved it!
What are your personal specialties?
My specialties are both hair and makeup – I love doing eyes and lashes. Doing fun makeup for parties and red carpet events is my favorite as you really get to do more dramatic looks than for everyday wear.
How did your partnership with Tracey Cunningham, and the creation of the Byron & Tracey Salon, come about?
It was like an arranged marriage – very traditional and old fashioned. We were introduced by stylist, Rachel Zoe, and publicist, Nancy Ryder. I already had a salon with amazing clientele, but I was cutting hair, not coloring. Tracey was the perfect match for my salon and it just made sense for where we both were at the time. It was perfect timing.
What makes Byron & Tracey stand out from other LA salons?
We share a lot of clients and respect each other’s work. It has been a great partnership. She brings the color; I bring the styling and makeup so we are a full service salon.
What factors should be considered when determining someone’s perfect hairstyle?
Important factors to consider are the texture of your hair and your personal style. Also, take into consideration your daily routine such as your job, social life, etc.
Tell us about Byron Spirulina Hairspray. Isn’t spirulina a dietary supplement made from algae?
I love smelling things so when I was developing this product I was thinking about that. Your hair should smell amazing. Spirulina smells beautiful and is filled with vitamins and proteins that protect your hair from drying, just as the supplement protects your body. The Spirulina hair spray is all natural and certified organic, so it is safe yet effective. It keeps hair in place while allowing a natural look and maintaining softness.
What hair and beauty products do you use and love?
I love dry shampoo because it cleans oily hair and also revamps and fattens up hair to add natural body. I also love Moroccan oil cream. It is amazing for nourishing the hair. Evian water is also a great little trick; I keep it with me at all times – great for hair and the face.