Dean Banowetz & Meagan Herrera-Schaaf: Hollywood Hairstylists

Dean Banowetz, aka the Hollywood Hair Guy, is a 7-time Emmy-nominated stylist and 11-time Guild Member nominee with 4 Guild Award wins. On top of these accolades, Dean has authored The Dean’s List of Daddy Do’s. As the department head behind several well-known shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, and America’s Got Talent, and on the teams of Legendary, The Voice, and Shark Tank, it is no shock that the locks wizard has secured celebrity staples like Lionel Richie, Derek Hough, Leeza Gibbons, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few.

Shortly before graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Great Lakes, Meagan Herrera-Schaaf won a retail sales contest at her school. The prize was a trip to Los Angeles to work with Dean Banowetz on American Idol. After just six days, Dean realized that her passion and determination were above and beyond most 19-year-olds. He offered her a job as an assistant on the show. After three seasons at American Idol, Meagan moved to the Daytime Emmy-winning show Clean House and joined the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Union, Local 706, which allowed her to work on major motion pictures and television programs.

Meagan’s career flourished: her TV and movie credits include Jack Reacher, The Hunger Games, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Hangover 2, NBC’s The Voice, and many more. She earned an Emmy nomination (The Voice, 2017) and four Guild nominations (winning the 2016 award for Pitch Perfect 2).

Sadly, Meagan lost her battle with colon cancer in 2021. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s MASTERS classic features Dean and Meagan in an exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to do hair in the entertainment business. Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, they discuss award shows, top-rated TV shows, major motion pictures, and more. Everyone can benefit from their advice on attention to detail, the discipline of anticipation, clearing the clutter, and having an attitude of kindness.