About Travis Parker
Photo: Annie Hieronymus
The rise of early-80s punk served as artistic inspiration for a then 16-year-old Travis Parker. At the urging of a friend, the aspiring stylist enrolled in cosmetology school in his native Monterey, California and upon graduating in 1989 moved to San Diego to fully pursue his passion.
For 14 years Parker learned the essentials of his craft at La Jolla’s Model Call salon. It was an invaluable partnership and opened the door in 1994 to a new creative challenge with Toni and Guy (TIGI), as a brand ambassador and one of the company’s top educators.
Los Angeles’ prestigious Privé salon soon heard of Parker’s exuberant personality and diehard following and asked him to join their team. The time at Privé laid the groundwork to new collaborations on several editorial and session styling campaigns for the likes of Italian Vogue, MAX magazine, STAR, Stella McCartney for Adidas, E Channel’s “The Girls Next Door,” MTV’s Fashion Fusion with the cast of “Laguna Beach,” and DC Shoes.
Building on these amazing opportunities, Parker decided to look closer to home for his next venture, and made one of his life-long dreams come true – the opening of his first salon in La Jolla, California. In 2003, Travis Parker Salon was born and multiple rave reviews from San Diego soon media followed. Accolades include:
“US Salon Directory” - Vogue Magazine
“Best Beach Destinations” - C Magazine
“2010 Best Practice – Advanced Education” - Salon Today
“2010 Ultimate Beauty Black Book” - InStyle Magazine
“Best Salon in San Diego” - San Diego Union Tribune & Sign on San Diego
“Best Men’s Haircut” - 944 Magazine
“Best Hairdresser” Platinum Award - 944 Magazine Editor’s Choice
“Exclusive stylist” - 2007 San Diego Film Festival
“Hippest and cutest” salon owner – Riviera Magazine
“Regular Beauty & Style expert” – Streetside San Diego on NBC San Diego
In 2007 Parker became a National L’Oreal Professionnel Artist where he’s developed, written curriculum, and launched new brands, as well as traveled both the country and internationally training fellow stylists. Three years later (2011) Parker decided to take his salon concept to the next level with a one-on-one, appointment-only personal service. TRAVIS PARKER is located just north of San Diego, in the exclusive community of Solana Beach.
Currently, Parker is L’Oreal Professionnel’s Foundations of Cutting coach and has written their most current Fall/Winter collection for both USA and Argentina. Collaborations with Australia and the US have begun building their launch of the IT LOOKS Spring/Summer collection, launching in both countries in March/April 2015.
For more than two decades, Travis Parker has cultivated a reputation as being one of the nation’s top stylists, thanks to his ability to create a timeless, complimentary, yet modern look thanks to his revolutionary hair cutting principles and comprehensive understanding of face framing. As Parker himself explains, “If you are not exceeding their expectations, you are not succeeding.”