Clark Russell has built his career on knowing that being a great stylist means not limiting yourself to one ethnicity or look. The world is your oyster and if you take chances they will pay off in the end.
Clark Russell, who was born in a small community in Kermit, Texas always had an artistic drive, however he started his working career in the US Navy. During the first Gulf War, he traveled the world and embraced the many different cultures and ethnicities he encountered. After leaving the military as a veteran from the US Navy, Clark started a family with his partner John Clark and, on whim, Clark decided to go to cosmetology school.
Many years later, he crossed over ethnic boundaries with his clients to give them the polished look they required. He implemented this concept throughout his career and has become a respected, seasoned, master stylist, make-over artist, and beauty expert.
The Venture Begins
Now coined as a Celebrity Stylist, VIP Make-Over Artist and Beauty Expert, Clark has built a multi ethnic international cliental that circulates through his chair and salon. Clark has been a beauty expert and event correspondent for Latin Heat Entertainment and a stylist as well. Working on celebrities and as a correspondent Clark has attended and styled clients for the Imagen Awards, the ALMA Awards, Oscar Night America, Grammy Awards, Rock the Kasbah and many more events . Clark has worked on celebrities and highly regarded philanthropists, including Maria Menounos, Aisha Morris, Richard Branson, Eve Branson, Bel Hernandez, Kikey Castillos, Karina Castillo, Constantine Maroulis, Colleen Dominguez, Vicki Liviakis, Marilu Henner, Nadia Alexandria, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe , Amber Khelleher (ready to Love NBC) and many more.
Clark has also worked on hair styling and make-up artistry sets for several music videos and commercial projects including projects for Carlos Santana’s restaurants, NIQUEA D. Jewelry line, Papyrus, Khelleher & Associates (Amber Khelleher from NVC Ready to Love), TART Collections, Constance Marie’s Fashion line,and Ed Hardy’s Street Fame fashion show for LA Fashion Week. Clark also teamed up with greeting card store Papyrus and fashion designer Rami Kashou for Vogue Magazine’s “Fashions Night Out".
Breaking The Industry
Clark Russell and his work have been featured in several industry related magazines such as Maly’s Salon Professional, Salon Sophisticates Magazine, Short Hair Magazine, Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide Magazine, The Colorist, Launchpad, Modern Salon, Behindthechair.com, LatinHeat.com, California Stylist Newspaper, BE Magazine. Also being featured in several other national and local publications, Clark has been in LA Opinion, Bay Area Newsgroup, The Dixon Tribune, Diablo Magazine, examiner.com Walnut Creek Magazine, and VIP Latino to name a few. Clark and his salon have had a few show business stints themselves appearing on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Show on Bravo, and the salon was also featured on the Emmy nominated season finale of “Split Ends” on the Style Network. Clark has appeared on HISTORY's "Top Gear", was part of the pilot for a new competition show "Battle of the Strands" featuring Kim Vo and will be on the 2013 Battle of the Strands reality show as a competitor and winner of the 2013 hair competition.
Behind the scenes in television, Clark has worked on music as hairstylist and makeup artist for music video for 50cent, Chris Brown, Neyo, Bustah Rhymes, Bow Wow, Pittbull, and many other top artists. Clark also has worked and became close family friends with Grammy Award winning artists Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana. Clark also worked with Bhumi Brushes on MTV Tres Host Karli Henriquez, and Model Gredmarie Colon, for the 2013 Latin Grammys.
As a beauty expert for Save Your Do Strive to Thrive campaign with actress and founder Nicole Ari Parker, Clark blogs weekly about tips and trends for all things related to hair and beauty. We also tweets weekly about what he strives for as a motivational public figure and what makes him thrive.
After working on creating his product line over the past several year, Clark launched "beclarked", a luxury hair care line which is inspired by his work as a make-over artist and celebrity stylist. The line will allow clients to achieve great looks at home while maintaining their color and hair health. The “beclarked”Luxury hair care product have been featured in several magazines including “quench” shampoo and conditioner in Beauty Launchpad, “revive” shampoo and conditioner in California Stylist Magazine, “replenish” shampoo and conditioner in Modern Salon and “the beclarked travel kit” was named best summer hair tamer in Diablo Magazine.
Using Mason Pearson Boar & Nylon Bristle Brushes
Clark Russell beyond the chair and into JWC Parkinson's Foundation...
Living With Parkinson's
Clark is also bringing professional education to professional cosmetologists in the beauty industry with the "beclarked HAIRCARE" brand in the next year. The brand has started the preliminary education series under the be Clarkeducated brand. The brand will also be a heavy supporter of a JWC Parkinson’s Foundation, which was created by Clark Russell and his partner John Clark to bring awareness and fund research for Parkinson’s Disease.