With a star-studded client list featuring names like Shakira, Alicia Keys, Dascha Polanco, Adrienne Bailon, Becky G, Anika Noni Rose, and many more, it would be understandable for anyone to assume that Latina hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez had always had the intends to continue the business of very good hair. On the contrary, it was a total accident. While Alvarez’s work can be spotted in sold-out stadiums around the world (at least before the pandemic) and stamped on the glossy pages of prestigious publications like Harper’s Bazaar, his original plan was to join the army, do not celebrity hairstyle industry.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Alvarez styled her hair throughout her childhood and into her teens. Then, after graduating from high school and about to join the military, she got the chance to meet an industry stylist who admired how skillfully Alvarez was combing his hair and, as cliché as it could be. appear, the rest was history. After accompanying his new mentor to the set and making connections with the best makeup artists and hairdressers in the industry, Alvarez put his plan to join the Air Force on the back burner and decided to turn to professional hairdressing. She attended beauty school while helping hairdressers with shoots and music videos, and after two years got a call from one of her mentors, Tippi Shorter. There was an opportunity, and it was Alicia Keys.
“I was asked to style Alicia Keys’ hair for her 2008 world tour,” says Alvarez. “That’s when the universe aligned and my wildest dreams came true. I was 21.”