Clay Nielsen is a hairstylist, groomer, educator, and collaborative partner for some of the most influential designers, brands, and celebrities. Early in his career while training to become an educator for Aveda, he took a course in New York City that inspired him to change his career path from educator to editorial stylist.
Since then his career has brought him around the world, creating looks for fashion shows, magazines, and advertisements. His expertise is sought after to develop brand identity, including photos, video and educational assets for leading hair companies. His passion and work are focused on contributing to the top beauty brands and photographers.
Clay is represented by Tracey Mattingly Agency and is the creative partner at Spoke & Weal Salon where he cuts hair and educates the staff on his days off. Clay was a paramount asset in creating Salon Pro RX, the most comprehensive online technical curriculum for salons and institutions across trhe world.
More than anything, Clay values unity and collaboration in the work he does.
CELEBRITIES / MUSICIANS:
Hailey Bieber, Sophia Hublitz, Daphne Guinness, Kodie Shane, Chloe Kim, Jukio Torres, Jamie Neuman, James Jagger, Josh McGregor, Emma Watson, Gigi Hadid, Pryanka Chopra, Børns, Paz De La Huerta, Jemima Kirke, Rosario Dawson, Blackbear, Daryl Hannah, Lauv, Sophia Lilis, Kim Petras, James Franco, LaMelo Ball, Constance Jablonski, Midland, Emma Roberts, Mike Posner, Lilli Singh, Zachary Quinto, Josephine Skriver, Lindsey Wixson, Lesly Ann Warren, Anne Vyalitsyna, RJ & Charlie, Evan Mock, Amanda LePore, Celia Au, Daniel Franzese, Dionne Warwick, Ames, Emanuel Xavier, Hennessy Carolina, Honey Davenport, Isaac Cole Powell, Kurt Kelly, Jonathan Fernandez, Stephanie Gayle, Kyle ODonnell, Lea Delaria, Leyna Bloom, Michael Musto, Li Junli, Michael Urie, Miz Cracker, Nico Tortorella, Rony Patzan, Ryan Kenny, Stacy Lentz, Telly Leung, Todd Ericcson, Warren Adriana
PHOTOGRAPHERS / DIRECTORS:
Victor Demarchelier, Kenneth Willardt, Micaiah Carter, Sam Nixon, Annie Leibovitz, Lara Jade, Ben Lamberty, Saloni Agarwal, Matthew Priestley, Sarah Silver, Jared Kocka, David Urbanke, Clement Pascal, Dewey Nicks, Brantley Guttierrez, Sofia Malamute, Bruno Stsub, Troy Covey, Amanda Demme, Katie McCurdy, Evan Browning, Sergio Kurhajec, Jeon Seung, Eric T White, Nick Stokes, Jack Waterlot, Bryce Thompson, Felix Wong, Ryan Michael Kelly, Heather Hazzan, Kristiina Wilson, Shxpir, Ryan Slack, Heather Hazzan, Ivan Bideac
Vogue Magazine, Allure Magazine, Teen Vogue, WSJ Magazine, GQ, Gq Rxussia, Elle Magazine, Elle Finland, Elle Mexico, L'Officiel Paris, V Magazine, The Last Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Marie Claire France, Paper Magazine, Who What Wear, New York Magazine, The Laterals, Esquire Magazine
Chanel, Estee Lauder, Rag & Bone, Adidas, Solstice, Stuart Weitzman, Target, Thom Browne,Elemis, Trina Turk, American Crew, Cover Girl, Bobbi Brown, Bliss, Aveda, Aussi Hair Care, Allergen, Goody, Levi's, La Mer, L'Oreal Paris, Prose, Rene Futurer, Absolut Vodka, Chantelle, Lexus, Graff, Danielle Frankell, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shiseido, Roc, Suave, Remedy, NARS, Shiseido, Nordstrom x TopShop, Tula, James Allen, Stitchfix,
Jay Godfrey, Naeem Khan, Watters, Yeon, Laura De Sagazan, Nicholas K, Aveda Congress, Aveda Masterjam