Don’t let stylist Tim Muir’s unassuming demeanor and modest two-room salon fool you. The suburban Utah studio, Alter Ego Studio Salon, is posh and Muir is fierce. Especially when it comes to hair and make-up. If Muir is not tearing at tresses during New York Fashion Week, or creating couture coifs at a Bronner Brothers hair show, he’s cutting and styling hair for Hollywood favorites like Blair Underwood and his wife Desiree DaCosta, and several others he’s just too modest to talk about.
For the past two years he’s been my stylist, I’ve come to see why he is the first to unlock the salon doors at the crack of dawn and last to close down shop after sunset. Muir simply loves making people look and feel good about themselves, which is why he can rock the locks of Hollywood A-listers and then have easy banter with regular folks in South Jordan, Utah.
Muir just finished up styling the stars at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and now he is the creative director on the set of a movie that “I can’t talk about. But I’m spending time with my family right now because I’ll be gone for eight weeks,” said Muir. “That’s why I’ve been working day and night to take care of my clients before I go.” His clients will miss him beginning March 1st but before he leaves, Muir squeezed in time to talk about the 88th Academy Awards show hair and make-up prep.
People usually hear about what stars will wear on the red carpet but what about the hair and make-up? Turns out, the clothes are still the most important part of the show.
“It’s always about what you wear,” said Muir. “So I choose styles that compliment the dress or the suit the client is wearing. Face shape and skin tone also has a lot to do with the overall complete look.”
This Academy Awards show is mired in #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Muir owns the number one multicultural salon in Utah. His clients are as diverse as the United Nations. While diversity is a hot topic, Muir doesn’t jump into the fray of debate, instead, he’s leading by example.
“I run a multicultural salon and I needed products that would work for all hair types and textures,” said Muir. “I kept having a hard time finding a product line that would do that.”
In January, Muir launched a hair care product line, Alter Ego, named after his salon — that works for hair types from around the globe.
“It’s only sold in my salon but soon to be on my website,” he said. “I felt it would be a great investment to have one product line that could do it all.”
Muir is also constantly learning new hair techniques “to meet the needs of all of my clients, no matter what their race,” said Muir. Recently, he attended a wig making workshop in San Francisco for Handz on Tour by Tokyo Stylez. On his blog, Muir wrote that “Tokyo has made wigs for countless celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Serena Williams, rapper Lil’ Kim, and Naomi Campbell.” During that class Muir reported learning the secrets to “flawless wig and lace frontal application techniques.”
During this year’s Oscars award show, you might be able to spot some pretty incredible wig and hair extension techniques. As for hot styles, Muir said the styles to watch for on this year’s Oscars red carpet for women are “textured bobs and textured up styles, as well as soft sleek waves for your longer styles.” “As for men, the 30s and 40s styles are still a big hit.”
As creative director for hair and make-up on the movie that he “can’t talk about,” he said, “it’s not a period piece. It’s more modern day, small town, grunge and unkept hairstyles.”
In other words, we’ll have to wait until the studio releases the movie before Bold can get an exclusive.
Photos courtesy of Alter Ego Studio Salon.
Nkoyo Iyamba has won Emmy and Murrow awards as a broadcast journalist. She is now a freelance multimedia journalist in the Washington, DC, New York City, and Atlanta areas. In her spare time, she designs couture gowns for weddings and formal events, especially quinceanera gowns. You can find her gowns at UpScale Seconds in Haymarket, VA.: https://www.facebook.com/upscale0seconds/
Nkoyo considers herself a journalist with a flair for all things international. She lounges in the arts, fashion, and entertainment worlds. Her passions are driven by world affairs and the human condition in her community, around the country, and abroad. She loves writing and reporting on the everyday lives of regular folks, especially issues affecting women, children, and minorities. Nkoyo has worked in the following markets: KSL-TV and KSL Radio in Salt Lake City, WTOP Radio in Washington, DC, The CBS Early Show in New York, KBYU-FM in Provo and KUER-FM in Salt Lake. WCCO Radio and KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. She also enjoyed singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for eight years.