With a ﬂair for the outrageous, Russell readily combines grit with sophistication after having spent years honing his craft in the trenches of the New York salon world. His playful juxtaposition of diverse aesthetics is reflected in a passion for hair, makeup, and fashion, where he turns the outrageous into elegance and adds a sense of rebellion to the most buttoned‐up look.
After earning his cosmetology degree nearly a decade ago, Russell honed his skills in New York assisting top stylists in high‐end salons. He perfected coloring techniques with A‐list clientele at Salon Privé; at SoHo’s famed Mudhoney Salon he learned to adapt edgy looks for the Rock’n’Roll set; and at Edris Salon he polished his skills at blending an uptown aesthetic and multicultural approach, working with ethnic textures and styles.
Russell completed an undergraduate program at Hollywood’s prominent Joe Blasco Makeup School
focusing on high fashion make‐up, then completed their Master’s program in special eﬀects makeup and visual prosthetics for the entertainment industry.
In recent years, Russell has been in high demand as a freelance hair and makeup stylist for private
clients, music videos, editorial work, special events, and high‐end weddings. Russell’s work has been seen on the catwalks at Tokyo Fashion Week, events such as the Life Ball in Vienna, as well as on air with TV’s The Amazing Race.
Currently Russell is taking on his own clientele at Union Hair as well as working alongside owner Andrea Neal‐Thiesen gaining proﬁciency in the Deva Curl cutting and pintura highlighting techniques for naturally curly hair ﬁrst hand. Russell is a well‐rounded stylist who has extensive training in balayage coloring techniques. He loves creating natural‐looking dimensional color as well as blending fashion colors to come up with a look as unique as you are. Discover what Russell can add to your enterprise. To book an appointment, contact him.
2328 NW Westover Rd. Unit B
Portland, OR 97210