Confessions of Lizzo's Hairstylist

Lizzo’s Coolest — and Most Controversial — Hairstyle

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For Shelby Swain, her big “I made it” moment wasn’t one defining opportunity but rather a culmination of a lot of hustling. Before becoming Lizzo’s designated hairstylist and the self-proclaimed “Beyoncé of Baby Hair,” she was a psychology major (but it was short-lived). After a swift career change, she opened her own little shop in California.

“I never wanted to be an everyday hairstylist,” Swain tells POPSUGAR. “I wanted to be a hairstylist that created art — I like hair sculptures.” It was by word of mouth that she broke into the entertainment side of the hair industry — someone who had stumbled into her shop started taking her on set to assist and help out. “I knew I wanted to get to set, but I didn’t know how to get to set,” she says.

Then, in 2016, a friend and music video director asked her to do hair for a couple of backup dancers for a project he was working on. It just so happened to be for Lizzo’s “Good As Hell” music video.

Swain wasn’t doing Lizzo’s hair for that video — she was responsible for the backup dancers’ looks. “I didn’t know who Lizzo was,” she says. It was six months after that that Swain got the opportunity to work with the artist directly. “I was like, ‘Everything was meant for this moment right here,’ and I’ve been with Lizzo ever since.”

Ahead, Swain reveals some of her greatest memories working with the singer — including her favorite good as hell beauty products.

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