Carly Rae Lawrenson

Carly Rae Lawrenson currently works at Harlow Salon in the heart of Nashville’s historic Music Row. Carly Rae joined the TIGI Ambassador Team in 2013. In 2014, Carly Rae became one of two winners of TIGI’s coveted Inspirational Youth competition. Since, she has had her work published in Magazine, assisted the TIGI International Creative Team at World Release in Berlin, Germany, and traveled the country as an educator for TIGI. 

Mentor — Thomas Osborn


1. Describe the vision of your Trilogy of Beauty presentation.  The vision for this presentation was to capture different lifestyles within fashion and culture. One is a Bed Head street look, taking vision from an urban youthful culture. Taking inspiration from an opposite lifestyle and emphasizing glamour, the other look was inspired by the sophisticated, luxurious woman. The last look was inspired by our current runway looks. We wanted to take inspiration from TIGI’s avant-garde work at Fashion Week and mold it to be more editorial.

2. How has your mentor guided/inspired you?  The fact that I get to have TIGI Educators as mentors blows my mind. Thomas Osborn's way of teaching is so inspirational. The way he is able to break down techniques and explain the how and why is mind-blowing. He can take something that is so complicated, and he'll sit there and break it down with you until he is sure you get it, even if it takes me awhile to understand ;) I hope to be half the hairdresser and educator he is one day. 

3. What has been the best advice your mentor has given you?  There's been so much advice and help given to me from not only Thomas Osborn, but from everyone from TIGI. It’s hard to just pinpoint one piece of advice. I'd say one of the most important things I've learned from Thomas and the entire TIGI team is how the fundamentals must be mastered in order to know how to break the rules. Also, it’s important to share what you've learned with other hairdressers, to not only build them up, but to encourage you to learn something new to share. It's a beautiful circle that will continue to make this industry unlike any other. 

4. What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far?  Last year was the most life-changing year of my career thus far. Last February I was chosen to be a part of TIGI's Inspirational Youth U.S. Team. They flew me and eight others to London to train at the Bed Head Studios with the rest of the TIGI International Creative Team. This was more than a dream come true to work with hairdressers that I have always idolized. To top it off, Behind the Chair magazine not only published our work, but also created a mini web-series to capture our journey. Then they chose me and another member as winners this year and flew us to Berlin, where I was able to assist backstage at TIGI's World Release. My life and career have been truly changed and I am so honored for everything that has opened up since then. 

5. What would be your best piece of advice for future professionals?  My best advice to students is this: this is one of the ONLY careers that you can make whatever you want out of it. I am so thankful for what has happened in my short five years as a hairdresser, and I believe it's because I never let a closed door slow me down. Keep putting yourself out there, and someone will notice. Always be a team player. Keep sweeping hair and handing them bobby pins; you'll learn so much that way :)