Updated: December 2020. We expanded this list from 20 of our favorite Instagram accounts of hair stylists to 35, including expanding our list of barber and barbershop Instagram accounts.
Let 2021 be the year that you pushed your work further than it’s ever gone.
Yep, we said it. You’re likely reading this because you’re a talented hair stylist, barber, or even a colorist who’s always in need of inspiration. You’re looking for new directions to explore in a new year. Sometimes, the best way to think outside the box is to see how other people are doing things differently.
In that spirit, we’ve rounded up a huge list of our favorite stylist and barber Instagram accounts. Click follow on however many you want (or, ahem, all of them), and kick your feed into overdrive.
Included in this article:
Best Stylists + Salons to Follow on Instagram in 2021
Jayne Edo Salon (@jayne_edosalon)
If you haven’t come across Jayne Edo yet, you’re in for a treat. Edo’s approach to cuts (all razor cut, done by hand, imperfectly perfect) has quickly inspired a cult following on the West Coast — so much so that she now travels around the U.S. doing pop-ups and training sessions. Many women wait a full year to see her and only her. Worth a follow to see what tresses are trending in California and to watch some video tutorials on cuts that grow out as beautifully as they look on day one.
Salon Evo (@salonevomag)
Sound familiar? It should! From the creators of @barberevo, Salon Evo brings you hair, nails, beauty, and male grooming. All five issues have been fire, and we can’t wait for more.
Lacy Redway (@lacyredway)
Lacy was named one of the world’s most inventive hairstylists according to Goop, and we couldn’t agree more. She’s an expert on textured and relaxed hair, and her work has been featured on the cover of multiple magazines, from Essence, to Elle, and Marie Claire.
Salon Benjamin (@salonbenjamin)
This LA-based salon chain employs some of the best stylists in the city — meaning that following this feed will get you instant access to all of them. We also love the mix of salon cuts and high fashion and commercial styling.
Leysa Carillo Forever Curls (@leysahairandmakeup)
If you’ve been blessed with curly hair, you probably also know that until recently, it’s been near-impossible to find inspiration for textured styles. Over the last few years, more and more stylists have arrived on the scene determined to change that. Leysa Carillo is one of our current (and all-time) favorites.
Kia Fay (@kiathecurlconsultant)
This stylist is changing the game. As an educator, hair stylist, and natural texture advocate, she posts about all things curls! Including how to take care of them, how to embrace your natural texture, and creating conversations to uplift traditionally marginalized voices within the hair industry.
Elizabeth Faye (@heyelizabethfaye and @hairloveretreat)
We can’t get enough of Elizabeth Faye’s rose-colored feed or her insightful and inclusive thoughts about the hair industry. As a member of the Schedulicity Circle, we’ve gotten to know her well, and her larger-than-life personality is exactly what you’ll find in her Instagram feed. She keeps it real, and it’s the breath of fresh air we all need in 2020.
Katie Pattison (@katiepdxhair)
Next stop on this national stylist tour: Portland, Oregon. Katie Pattinson isn’t afraid of razor-sharp mullet or using Black Sabbath as inspiration for the perfect shag. We love all the vintage icon inspiration in general as well as the warm Northwest vibes.
Streicher Hair (@streicherhair)
The Streicher sisters are basically celebrities in Los Angeles, courtesy of a) their incredible microblading skills and b) the fact that they introduced the natural perm wave, which promptly blew up our Instagram feeds. So it’s little surprise that Ashley Streicher, the hair stylist sister, also creates some of the most exciting cuts happening right now.
Guido Palau (@guidopalau)
We love the throwback vibes of this Instagram account, which belongs to the Global Creative Director for Redken, Guido Palau. It feels like you’re about to unearth a long-lost treasure. We love a little vintage inspiration for new hair styles, don’t you?
Anh Co Tran (@anhcotran)
Blunt cuts, lived-in waves — could there be anything more 2020?
Roxie Jane Hunt (@roxiejanehunt)
Don’t you love a stylist who isn’t afraid to rebel a little? Seattle-based Roxie Jane Hunt loves to push beyond the standard styles dominating stylists’ Instagram feeds right now thanks to the technicolor styles that dominate her feed and her signature hashtag #FreeYourHair. But despite some wilder cuts and colors, her style is completely accessible and instantly lovable — it’s crazy how much her feed will remind you of the type of cuts or colors you dreamed of trying at 15…but grown-up. So maybe 2020 is the year you go for it?
Lo Shabino (@classiclois_hairstylist)
In case you’re wondering what styles are dominating in Austin, Texas, Lo Shabino has you covered. We can’t say we’re surprised that Patti Smith-style shags are the go-to in one of the biggest music cities — but we’re not mad about it, either.
Enjoy Co. Hair Studio (@enjoyco.collective)
Also in Portland, Enjoy Co. Hair Studio is the salon to follow on Instagram if you’re feeling like you’ve seen one too many ‘70s looks in the last year. Ethereal is great and all, but have you tried mod-inspired unisex cuts?
Hair by Andy Judd (@andy_doesyourhair)
Based in Nashville, Andy Judd describes their style as “romantic meets quirk meets queer meets punk”. Honestly, enough said. Definitely follow if you’re constantly seeking short cut inspiration.
Stag Hair Parlor (@staghairparlor)
Low-toxic and organic, Stag Hair Parlor’s feed is about as minimal as it gets — which is exactly what we love about it. Sometimes, you want inspiration for those subtle clients who don’t want to go too wild but still want to feel transformed. Stag does that beautifully.
Philip Wolff (@philipwolffhair) and Alfredo Lewis (@alfredo_lewis)
Who doesn’t love a dynamic duo? Both Philip and Alfredo have built massive followings largely because they’re so open to sharing their thoughts and skills with the world at large…which is precisely why they’re two members of The Circle as well.
Dani Tygr (@danitygr)
Behind every dynamic duo (Philip and Alfredo), there’s a brilliant manager. With over 13 years in the industry, Dani definitely knows the ins and outs of all things hair and business, and, of course, brings that knowledge to her feed.
Amanda Lyberger (@thehairygodmotherr)
In case you’re feeling like you don’t have enough color in your feed, behold! Amanda Lyberger has just solved your problem. We came across her when she applied (and won!) the first #SchedulicityCares grant — and we’ve never looked back.
Hairdustry – (@hairdustry)
Schedulicity sponsors this podcast, so we’re a little biased, but we still think it’s the ideal spot to keep up to date on hair industry icons (and to know as soon as there’s a new episode).
The World by Brit (@theworldbybrit)
Obsessed with the unicorn hair trend? Well, you could say that Brit Carmichael is the unicorn queen. It’s her pastel world. We’re just living in it.
The Platinum Giraffe (@theplatinumgiraffe)
Now that you’re following the best account for all the color, let’s talk about our favorite expert on no color whatsoever. Sarai Speer knows platinum, white, ice, silver, ash — every shade that brings the snow queen vibes, she’s got it handled. If your goal in 2020 is to get better with bleach, toning, and everything in-between, this Instagram feed is for you.
Stacie Young (@squiresly)
Need to inspire your inner witchcraft? Head over to Stacie Young’s IG feed and give @squiresly a follow. She’s bringing sustainability to her craft and we’re here.for.it.
Gabriel Urbina (@artistry_by_gabriel)
It’s never too late to follow your true calling — and Gabe is a prime example of that. He also works closely with the Hairdustry duo (see above), and his photography skills lend to a fire Instagram feed. Obviously, we also needed him as part of The Circle.
Best Barbers to Follow on Instagram
City Image Barbers (@cityimagebarbers) and Joe Agnello (@thebarberguru)
There’s no lack of educational resources across these two accounts! From barbering tips to business tips to Instagram tips, they’ve got you covered. They have nine locations across New Jersey, so if you need some inspiration on how to hustle, look no further.
Taylor Cutz (@taylorcutz1)
If you’ve ever been into the barber depths of Youtube, you’ve probably come across his content! He’s been taking over the Instagram scene as well, with his unique cuts.
Rob The Original (@robtheoriginal)
With 1.3 million followers, he must be doing quite a few things right! He recently posted a home alone haircut (which we’d definitely go check out, if we were you), and has some cute baby content on there as well.
Cassie Kurtz (@CKMakeupNYC and @HerChairHisHair)
Another one of our #SchedulicityCares winners, Kurtz is both a talented barber and an outspoken advocate for women in her industry. She’s trying to make barbering more welcoming to women through various projects, including her nonprofit, Her Hair His Chair.
Emily Dixon (@dixondoeshair)
Speaking of women barbers, here’s another great one to follow. Emily Dixon’s feed is a nice change of pace thanks to its inclusive, gender-neutral barbering shots. Added bonus: cute photos of her dog.
Barry Hairston (@thestarsbarber)
There are so many adjectives we use to describe Barry around the office — ebullient, charming, powerful, occasionally sassy — but above all, he’s a supporter of other barbers trying to make it. He often helps us award #SchedulicityCares grants as one of our Circle members, and the Instagram account name isn’t happenstance. He does, in fact, serve as the barber to numerous stars.
Fe Goins (@shesthebarber)
One word: Badass. This barber knows her trade including fades, but we’d argue that her sweet spot is beards. So. Many. Good. Looking. Beards.
Pati Plymire (@queenofthesouth512)
This is the account to follow if you need inspiration for braids. Beautiful and fascinating braids.
Titan Barber (@titan_barber)
For barbers who are interested in more color, more edge, more everything, this is a must-follow.
BarberEvo Magazine (@barberevo)
Everybody loves a trade publication, but what about a trade Instagram account? This account is a great way to keep up to date with the biggest names in barbering (often featured in the magazine), and to find additional accounts to follow.
We love Sofie’s account for how real and raw it is — you can tell immediately that this is a woman who knows her stuff and isn’t going to beat around the bush about it. Transparency is the deal here, and her posts are always straightforward and honest.
And that, friends, is a pretty great list to get you started. Don’t forget to follow Schedulicity on Instagram as well to hear all about our favorite stylists, plus get updated when we open up our next round of #SchedulicityCares applications. 2021 is going to be a good, good year.