My friend Steven Dillon grew up in an Italian/Irish Catholic home in Yonkers NY, and started cutting hair in 1993 (coincidentally the same year we met.) His career took off almost immediately. We became fast friends and have stayed in close touch for 20 years.
His first salon job was at Peter Coppola in New York City, and his first editorial was with Walter Chin for German Vogue, working as an assistant to Ron Van Dorssen. His first celebrity client was Yoko Ono, who became one of his regulars.
After taking a brief hiatus from the business to explore spirituality he is back at work cutting and styling in his private studio space in Midtown Manhattan. I caught up with him this week to talk about his career, and the charity he founded ‘Cuts for a Cause’ which benefits the children of Malawi and others children’s aid organizations.