Vernon François is the British-born, Los Angeles-based, celebrity hairstylist, educator and brand founder. He is also global consultant, celebrity hairdresser and educator for Redken, and global inclusivity and education advisor for Kérastase.
Obsessed with hair since childhood, Vernon works with all hair textures ~ kinky, coily, curly, wavy and straight ~ championing the versatility of kinky, coily and curly hair. As well as creating some of the most talked about A-list hairstyles, Vernon helps individuals the world over to erase any fear of managing their hair at home through embracing its shape, volume and personality.
Vernon’s brand, VERNON FRANÇOIS® Haircare, is vegan, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, and is simple to navigate with colour coding and visual icons he created thanks to his dyslexia.
François’ clients include Lupita Nyong'o, Solange Knowles, Serena Williams, Iman, Willow Smith, Denée Benton, Amandla Stenberg, Danai Gurira, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Kerry Washington, Elaine Welteroth, Janaya Khan, Wunmi Mosaku, Aja Naomi King, Jaden Smith, Kailand Morris, Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson, Kilo Kish, Teyana Taylor & Chika, Ayesha Curry and Lewis Hamilton.
The Hollywood Reporter named Vernon one of Hollywood’s most influential hairstylists for four years running. His work with Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o featured in the Top 25 Beauty Moments of the Year, Serena Williams’ Vanity Fair cover grabbed global attention, and François was a finalist for Refinery29’s Beauty Innovator of the Year. InStyle magazine named Vernon a black beauty founder changing the industry and his brand won Most Inclusive Hair Brand at Yahoo! Lifestyle’s Diversity in Beauty Awards. Vernon is a judge for Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty Awards, also North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Additionally, NAHA has appointed Vernon to their advisory committee to help shape and lead the direction of the awards.
Raised in Rastafarian household, Vernon taught himself to braid, loc and twist hair at just eight years old. At age 14 he worked at a salon on London’s Oxford Street, winning Newcomer of the Year at Black Beauty Hair Awards at age 17, Black Hair Junior Stylist of the Year at 19, and featured in the list of Top 20 Influential Black People Under 40.
Vernon presents on The Wendy Williams Show and Good Morning America. His work graces the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, V, i-D, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Essence and more. His presence is highly visible at red carpet events including The Oscars, Met Gala, SAG Awards, Golden Globes and Hollywood film premieres.
Campaigns that Vernon has styled hair for include Lancôme, the Pirelli Calendar, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Calvin Klein, Vince, Good American, Zara Kids, Express, Nike, Beats, Redken and Kérastase. He has worked alongside iconic photographers Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus, Victor Demarchelier, Alexi Lubomirski, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Paola Kudacki, Nico Bustos, Craig McDean, Greg Kadel, Inez and Vinoodh.