NEIL GRUPP

NEIL GRUPP

SHEAR GENIUS

Hairstylist Neil Grupp on the man who brought him to the big leagues.

Tara Lynn photographed by Cass Bird for Vogue.com, hair by Neil Grupp

I first met the hairstylist Duffy in November 2009, after his agent emailed me asking if I wanted to assist him on a Vogue story with photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

He was shooting a portrait of Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber to promote their Broadway play, ‘A View From the Bridge.’

At the time, I was working at the Warren Tricomi salon in Greenwich, Conn., cutting half an inch off clients’ hair and doing blow outs, but I wanted to be more creative.

I knew Duffy’s name from credits in [magazines], but I always thought he was a girl until I got to set and saw a guy with this long, red beard.

Hailey Baldwin photographed by Paul Maffi for L’Officiel Netherlands, April-May 2015, hair by Neil Grupp

I was nervous to work with him — to this day, it’s still a big deal — but, over time, he became my mentor.

I’ve since assisted Duffy on advertising and editorial jobs, in addition to almost ten seasons of runway shows. I’ve learned so much — like what makes a beautiful image, and how to act on set.

Working with hairstylists at that level is like going to an Ivy League beauty school.

— as told to The Thick

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Patrick Demarchelier's portrait of Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber for American Vogue, February 2010, hair by Duffy with assistance from Neil Grupp