BY Andeen Rose-Clark
Celebrity Stylist, Extension Specialist and Philanthropist
I spend a lot of hours with a lot of people, but not all of them become a best friend or important person in my life. Lo (Lorien Meillon) makes me feel beautiful inside and out every time I get my hair done with her. She’s one of those real life angels.” —Meghan Trainor, singer and songwriter.
These are the stylists that make a difference; their work is featured in film, television programs and magazines. These stylists work their magic and cherish their guest sitting in their chair.
Celebrity stylist Lorien Meillon was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States when she was 4 years old. At age 10, her family moved to Las Vegas for her father’s business. Graduating from Euphoria Institute, Meillon possessed the talent, passion and dedication to her craft. Las Vegas Woman magazine spoke with Meillon while she was on set with Meghan Trainor, who was filming her new music video, “Better When I’m Dancing,” for “The Peanuts Movie” soundtrack.
Las Vegas Woman: How did you end up working with Meghan Trainor?
Lorien Meillon: I got the opportunity to work with Meghan through my great friend Alison Christian (celebrity makeup artist), who is Meghan’s makeup artist. We met at church and became great friends, especially since we both shared a great common love for the industry. One day she asked if I worked with tap extensions. When I said yes, she forwarded Meghan’s people my information. Since the Grammys Awards 2015, I have had the pleasure of stepping into opportunities to style her for red carpet, music videos and shoots. It all comes down to the value of relationships and trust.
LVW: What’s it like to be on set for a music video, and what preparation does it take?
LM: Getting prepped for a music video can be fun, and even though you check off all the boxes to be set for success, you always have to be ready to fly by the seat of your pants. When prepping for a video, you always go off the treatment the director has created. I feel really lucky to be able to work alongside my good friend Alison. It really allows a space to get inspired for anything we are working on for Meghan.
LVW: When did you realize that hair was your passion and that you wanted to do this as a career?
LM: When I was about 8 years old. I told my Mama that I was moving to Hollywood to do Julia Roberts’ hair. After watching “Pretty Woman” so many times and as she dropped her long red locks while standing on the fire escape, that’s the moment I fell in love with redheads. By the way, I have cut Emma Roberts’ hair (her niece), and I may surrender to that being as close to Julia as I get.
LVW: When was the moment you realized you made it and were actually living your dream?
LM: The moment I realized I was living my dream–I don’t think there is a specific moment. But days when I pull up to the salon, the blow dryers are roaring, and my books are full of clients; I get reminded how incredible it is to stand behind a chair.
LVW: Along your path, who has been your inspiration?
LM: I think there have been different layers of inspiration. From my faith and growing up around a different culture, I would still have to say my Mama. She marches to the beat of her own drum. She always reminds me that it’s all a gift. She isn’t afraid to challenge me and love me through it. I feel blessed to have such a beautiful example.
LVW: What has been the hardest obstacle or challenge you have had to overcome?
LM: There was a time when I compared my work and myself to others. It intimidated me so much. This uncomfortable space pushed me to grow and to discover what I had to offer. There is so much power in celebrating others’ talents. I am so grateful for the mentors and incredible seasoned stylists that have shared their craft.
LVW: What has been your experience in the entertainment industry as it relates to standards of beauty?
LM: My experience is that it has always been an open and creative space. I have found myself lucky to call Ken Paves Salon home whether behind the chair, styling for red carpet or on set. The one thing that always matters most is how we make our client feel.
LVW: What surprises you the most about what you have managed to achieve in your career?
LM: I don’t know if I’m so much surprised about what I’ve achieved, just in awe that I get to wake up every morning and do what makes me happy. August was my ninth year that I’ve been a part of this evolving industry. I hope to keep growing with it while putting my own touch on those who sit in my chair.
LVW: What is one thing you have learned along your journey?
LM: The biggest lesson is that no amount of worldly success will ever satisfy. The relationships along the way are priceless.
LVW: What is your must-have hair product in your kit that you can’t live without?
LM: My must have hair product is 7 Seconds form UNITE Eurotherapy. It’s the one product that never leaves my kit.
LVW: What advice would you give to a stylist right out of school?
LM: Continue your education; always be open to learn and know that this industry has so much to offer. You can make your career whatever you want it to be.
LVW: What projects are you currently working on?
LM: Olive & Livinia is the biggest project in my heart, which I co-founded with my best friend and business partner Alexis Kuykendall. We’ve been working together for the past six years. The heartbeat of Olive & Livinia is a concept, philosophy and belief that giving back is exceptionally significant and invaluable. We have partnered with six charities, and the client gets to choose which charity will receive a portion of her payment.
Currently Olive & Livinia is working with Journey Out, Saving Innocence and Generosity.org. I am very dedicated to Journey Out, formerly known as “The Mary Magdalene Project.” I have been doing outreach on the streets with them for two years. In 2014, I entered Wella’s Charity Challenge, where we won third place for a grant of $1,000 and a priceless platform to raise awareness.
LVW: What is your motto you live by?
LM: “Success doesn’t have anything to do with the outcome. It’s all in the process.” Sometimes we tend to put so much focus on the outcome that we forget to love the process—to fully embrace the growing pains and the change, to risk and to trust that all is well. This motto is an everyday practice and, with a cup of coffee in hand, I try my best.
Lorien Meillon’s credits include Meghan Trainor, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria, Ireland Baldwin, Fifth Harmony, Emma Roberts, Christina Milian, Daisy Fuentes and Nancy O’Dell. She has worked on “The Queen Latifa Show,” “Makeover Madness,” “Ruby,” E! Red Carpet, E! Style Makeovers, “The Bachelor Wedding,”“The Biggest Loser,” the “True Blood” premiere and “The Voice.”
Andeen Rose-Clark is a celebrity hairstylist as well as the owner/operator of ADD Hair & Make Up. Her credits have been seen on television, in national publications, and featured on red carpets around the world. She has styled Eva Longoria, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, Courtney Mazza-Lopez, Hope Solo, Jewel, Audrina Patridge, Nicole Scherzinger and many more as well as local celebrities and media personalities. Her goal is to create the ultimate beauty experience, and with her exceptional skills, she can make any vision or dream possible.