Stacey Kutz is a Los Angeles-based Oscar-nominated, six-time Emmy and nine-time Guild Award-nominated barber-stylist with two wins and more than 30 years as a stylist to the stars. Catering to a high-profile clientele spanning the music, sports, TV, and film industries worldwide, Stacey’s celebrity clientele includes Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Brian White, Columbus Short, Brandon T. Jackson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, and many more. She has also been the barber-stylist for America’s Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, and The Voice.
A native of New York City, Stacey lived an eventful and colorful childhood. Her mother was a model and fashion designer, her father was a music producer-songwriter, and her stepfather was a record company executive at RCA, Solar, and Warner Brothers. Her grandfather was a barber for more than 67 years: at age 17, he opened the first African American-owned barbershop in Gordon Heights, Long island. These factors introduced Stacey to the world of A-list celebrities and instilled in her a natural eye for style, laying the path to her present career.
Stacey’s process of discovery involved happy accidents and experimentation while cutting her brothers’ hair. Her talent blossomed as requests poured in from the celebrities who frequented her household; she quickly became the personal barber for Kid ‘n Play, Teddy Riley and Guy, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, Kwame, Martin Lawrence, Heavy D, Sean Combs, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Riddick Bowe, The R.O.C., Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade.
Establishing a following, gaining union accreditation, and maintaining a responsible reputation was no simple feat, but Stacey’s perseverance and dedication to honing her craft paid off in many ways. Her membership in IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Entertainers) and MUAHS (the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, Local 706), where she also serves as an executive board member, attest to her commitment and devotion.
Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Stacey talks about her long-term career as a barber-stylist to the stars and about breaking boundaries as a high-profile female working in a male-dominated culture. As a single mom to three daughters, Stacey discusses what balance looks like and answers the question, “Can a woman have it all?” Stacey’s message of “Never limit yourself” has served her well and will certainly inspire you.