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Although hairstylist Scotty Cunha now has a repertoire of celebrity clients that include Kate Bosworth, Miley Cyrus and all those Kardashians, he didn't always know what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up in Rhode Island, Cunha hated high school and knew he was artistic but wasn't sure what to do with it. "I didn't want to go to fashion school because that was too hard," he laughed. So, he decided to enroll in a local beauty school and found his niche in hairstyling.
Shortly after finishing school, Cunha visited a friend in West Hollywood and made an impromptu decision that he wasn't going to leave. At just 19, he moved his life west and finished up a few necessary classes at Paul Mitchell the School in Costa Mesa before taking an assisting job at Jonathan Salon. After three years there, he finally landed a head stylist job at Andy LeCompte Salon where he still works Thursday through Saturday. "My job is amazing," said Cunha. "I really have the best job in the world."
When Cunha isn't on set with one of Hollywood's top stars or in the salon cutting and styling, he's working on his Instagram game. His next big goal is to get to one million followers (he only has a little over 35 thousand). "It's been a steady 35, so I need a push," Cunha told us with determination. "I want one million. Positive energy."
We met the hysterical Cunha at his favorite West Hollywood juice spot where he ran into an old friend (just actress Sophia Bush, no big deal) before filling us in on his relationship status, Rihanna obsession and not learning French.
What are you drinking today?
"Greens 3 from Pressed Juicery, which I love."
iPhone or Blackberry?
"iPhone, duh. I always make fun of anyone who has a Blackberry."
What's the first thing you did when you got up this morning?
"Check my Instagram."
What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at work?
"If there's porn on my iPhone and a client is like 'Let's Google this,' and there's a naked guy on my phone. Oops, sorry."
Watch the movie or read the book?
"Watch the movie."
What is one hairstyle you wish would go away forever?
"Oh my god! I can't believe people still have a side bang and a spikey back. Like a Kate Gosselin, I just saw it two days ago on Melrose Ave. I was mortified and though, 'Who did that to her!?'"
Vegetarian or Carnivore?
What was your New Years Resolution?
"My New Years Resolution was to learn French and I have not been to one French class or even downloaded a podcast on iTunes! I haven't done one thing, I haven't gotten a French book or watched a French movie. But I really want to learn French, so bad."
What's your favorite place to get dinner in LA?
Hollywood or Times Square?
"Hollywood. Actually, they're both scary. Fabulous Hollywood or Hollywood Blvd? If it's Hollywood Blvd, ugh, I think I would say Times Square."
Shower or Bath?
Have you ever had a foot-in-mouth situation?
"Everyday. When I say 'Ew that person's disgusting,' and they're right behind me."
What color do you wear the most?
Pretty face or Hot Body?
"My friends would tell me that I would say 'hot body' so I'm gonna go with hot body."
Who is somebody that you would love to work with?
"Rihanna. I am so obsessed with Rihanna, I can't even handle it. I live and breathe and die Rihanna. I cried at her concert."
Early or Late?
What's your morning coffee order?
"Every morning I go to Starbucks and get the Venti Iced Non-Fat Vanilla Latte with extra ice. Please."
We can see where this is going, but what's on your driving playlist?
"Rihanna. I like every Rihanna song."
Have you ever had an epiphany?
"Yes! This is so obnoxious but I was at Cecconi's with my friend after a couple of glasses of champagne. I don't have a boyfriend right now so I need to date, I'm 29, and I was like 'I don't hate anything about myself?OH MY GOD, I DON'T HATE ANYTHING ABOUT MYSELF! That's amazing.' Because some people are like 'I hate this. I hate that,' I listen to it all day and I don't hate anything about myself. That was the first step. Now, I'm ready to date."
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