Chris Avery, Stylist

| January 27, 2011

Chris Avery

The Voice-Tribune met Chris Avery when he agreed to style the hair of some of our models featured in last week’s Spring 2011 Bridal Issue – and we were lucky to have him. The duPont Manual High School graduate started building a reputation after working on a movie film producer and writer Stu Pollard made in Louisville. From there, things “just sort of evolved,” Avery said.

Since then, he’s had a number of high-profile gigs, including on the set of the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” and with several celebs: Tommy Hilfiger, Matthew McConaughey, Tyson Beckford, model Marissa Miller, Carolina Herrara, Wentworth Miller and the cast of MTV’s “The Hills.” A talented stylist who is adept at hair, makeup and wardrobe, Avery is also an endearing and hilarious fella who is perpetually on the move. We got him to drop the shears and sit still for a few minutes to talk with us for this week’s issue of The Voice-Tribune.

You do it all – hair, makeup and clothes. What do you enjoy about being an all-purpose stylist?
I think it’s really the transformation. A lot of times people get stuck in a rut. “¦ For me it’s about giving someone all of the options and not really having them think about it so hard. That’s my job.

What is the biggest faux pas when it comes to hair?
Men who think that bed-head is still in. Just because you go to sleep and wake up does not constitute a hairstyle. For women it’s roots. I hate roots.

For men who are losing their hair, what do you say: comb over or shave it off?
I’m always pro hair “¦,  and will point people in the right direction to get that taken care of. If it’s far gone, like far gone far gone, I think it’s time to take it down. My thing is it can look greasy, and you don’t want to be the greasy old man.

Whose hair would you most like to get your hands on?
Probably (MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star) Snooki’s. I just really want to give her a deep conditioning treatment. Her hair is so dry. I’m talking, like, it’s flammable.

What is the worst hairstyle you ever wore?
Right now I’m rocking the ‘fro, so I’d have to say currently this afro I’m wearing. Seriously, I think this is the worst hairstyle I’ve ever had. To me it’s the worst, but everyone else seems to like it.

What hairdo would you like to see blast back from the past into the present?
I hate to say it but the show “Dynasty,” I want that to come back. I want everyone to look like “Dynasty.”

What is one hairstyle that needs to stay in the past?
I think the mullet is a pretty traditional answer, but I’m going to have to say the spray gel curls from the ’90s. The white girls with the spray gel in their hair, and it looked like it was frozen? That was so nasty.

Do women really have to cut their hair short after a certain age?
No, I don’t think that’s true at all. Not at all. It’s totally like a fallacy. You do not have to cut your hair after a certain age.

OK, then should women retire their miniskirts and short dresses after a certain age?
Well, if you don’t go get your varicose veins taken care of “¦ and you don’t work out, then I would say yes. But if you work out and you’re rocking it, you better be wearing them. Age is an attitude.

How can people contact you?
E-mail me at or call (502) 690-8723.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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