“NolaWoman.com is all about New Orleans, and so am I,” said David Connor, native New Orleanian and hair stylist on the Rusk International team. In the past few months, Connor’s career has exploded; he’s been all over the world, expanding his resume and adding an editorial element to his work.
Recently, Connor was invited to travel to Manhattan to participate in Fashion Week New York—an honor for any hairstylist, but especially for one who is only 24 years old. “I think through putting some of my editorial work on my social media, by some kind of miracle, the right people saw it,” Connor said. The invitation came to him via email, so initially he didn’t believe it was real. After confirming the validity of the message, though, he immediately accepted and jumped on a plane. During the star-studded fashion event, Connor was one of only 12 stylists to work with 70 models. Multiply that by five shows, the stylists completed a total of about 250 looks.
“It didn’t feel real until I got home,” Connor told me, when I had the chance to sit down with him in Beauty Lounge, the studio on South Peter’s Street where he works when he’s in New Orleans. “Random people were calling me, sending me messages on Facebook… It was overwhelming, you know?”
David Connor is about 6’2 and extremely handsome—he has an olive complexion, dark hair, gorgeous eyes and is of Honduran descent—but I’m not sure he knows it. Throughout our interview, I continually tried to pry, to get more out of him than “overwhelming,” for example. I wanted to hear about the glitz and the glam. I wanted the man to brag, but he just continually repeated that his experiences have been “very humbling.” I soon realized that he didn’t like to talk about himself very much and decided not to press the obvious.
What Connor loved to talk about was hair. It became clear to me very quickly that he doesn’t just have a career— he has a passion. “Hair is the shirt we can’t take off,” the stylist explained, “All my life I’ve wanted to help people, and now I am by giving them therapy for their hair. If you look good, you feel good.” Connor eagerly detailed the trends this fall and winter, which include replacing summer styles—such as the ombré and untamed hair—with more polished, all-over hair color. He mentioned that he’s excited for the icy cool reds and fiery copper translucent tones that will take the stage as the seasons change.
Connor used words like “painting” and “carving”. The man doesn’t just “do hair”—he’s a true artist. All of his work, spanning from editorial to day-to-day cuts and colors, is customized. He has a consultation with every client, even if they’ve been a regular customer for years.
Recently, his work has been featured in both the print and online editions of some prestigious international publications, such as Spanish MAXIM and Turkish FHM. Since his career has taken flight, Connor has been constantly on the move. But, according to a recent Facebook status, his client work at The Beauty Lounge is what he loves most.
When I asked Connor why, when he can go anywhere in the world, he picks New Orleans to reside, he answered, confidently: “In New Orleans, there is an un-fabricated culture, history—it’s real. It’s called the Big Easy and it is easy to live in, to be happy here.”
It’s evident that he not only embraces NoLa's culture, but also its residents. “New Orleans is full of characters, and I want everyone here to stay a character. That’s why I like working here best,” said Connor in his soft but authoritative tone. “I like customization and want to keep every woman in New Orleans the individual that she naturally is.”
To get in touch with David for a consultation or to schedule an appointment, visit him on Facebook or at 504-98COLOR.