Chase Lin

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One of the things Chase loves most about what she does is watching a client transform in her chair. Rather than generating a “signature look,” Chase prefers to customize each cut to suit her client. “Not just the bone structure and hair texture,” she says, “but fine-tuning it for each personality.” For Chase, form and functionality are paramount, which makes perfect sense given her background.

In 2001, Chase graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She went on to work in Product Design for Modern Architectural Inc until 2008 when she decided to swap budget restraints and creative restrictions for her first love, hair. Having cut hair on the side for friends and family since college, she decided to formalize her training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. After graduating, she went on to work at the Vidal Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills until 2011.

Chase loves building one-on-one personal relationships with her clients. Her roster is divided equally between men and women. “With men, it’s about attention to the finer details and creating a strong, masculine silhouette,” she says. “With women, it’s about the bigger picture. What kind of mood are we going for? Something sexy and beautiful? Or more functional?”

Relying on a strong sense of composition, Chase is inspired by fashion, design, furniture and architecture. She feels a beautiful haircut is akin to a beautifully tailored suit or couture cocktail dress. “It’s about suitability for the client,” she says. “And by the end of the hour when you can see them transformed – happier, more confident, more like the person they want to be – I feel an immediate sense of gratification that I have never experienced with any other art form.”

Chase joined Chop Chop in February 2011.

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