Stylist Spotlight: Ellin LaVar

Ellin LaVarThe many celebrities who prize exquisite, versatile and easy-care hairstyles have made Ellin LaVar one of the most sought after hair designers in the hair-care industry.

Her roster of well-known clients includes Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Naomi Campbell, Missy Elliot, Iman, Mary J. Blige, Venus and Serena Williams, and a host of other female and male stars who will never tell.

Her creativity, discerning eye and quick hands have been in full demand to enhance the appearances of Sanaa Lathan in Out Of Time, Predator 1 and 2; Julia Roberts in Knotting Hill, Stepmom and Runaway Bride; Whitney Houston in The Body Guard, Waiting to Exhale and A Preacher’s Wife; and Kevin Bacon in Sleepers. She also created a natural-looking wig for Forrest Whittaker for his leading role in Ghost Dog. LaVar was key hairstylist for the film The Best Man, and the amazing wig created for Whitney Houston in Cinderella won her a coveted Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stylist in a Miniseries.


In addition, Ellin is a favorite of music video producers, and she’s created trend setting wigs for the videos of some of the industry’s brightest stars: Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, Chaka Khan and others.

Hair is Ellin’s passion. For all of her life, it seems, she has loved designing new hairstyles and creating natural looking hairpieces and wigs, which she has often made herself. In addition to the dozens of magazines and newspapers that have profiled her work, she has been prominently featured on MTV, Current Affair, and on Oprah.

When not flying around the world to work on films and with clients, LaVar works in her welcoming and intimate salon, LaVar Hair Designs, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Fashion-forward women from around the world flock to the West 72nd Street salon for LaVar’s artistry in hair design, which many say is the best in the world.

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