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Celeb Colorist Steven Tapp was Famously Unimpressed by Fame

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Celebrity Colorist and “Humble Genius” Steven Tapp Was Famously Unimpressed by Fame

by Heidi Siegmund Cuda

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — Let’s get the sad stuff out of the way: Steven Tapp, the brilliant Hollywood colorist, committed suicide in May. He was 55. It was his third attempt. Those who loved him, as I did, have spent the time since his death trying to comprehend how such a gifted, gentle soul could leave us so brutally.

Steven was the king of Hollywood color. An artist who used dye as his paint and hair as his canvas, he saw the world in various shades of blonde. You can find examples of his flair for hair on the covers of Rolling Stone, W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, and Interview.

To sit in Steven’s chair was to fall in love. It wasn’t just his genius but his humility. His longtime client Madonna once exclaimed, “Steven Tapp: You’re a humble genius.” And she was right.

Along with Madonna, Steven’s clients included Ricky Martin, Cameron Diaz, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Harry Hamlin, and a whole lotta wives: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills wives, Lakers wives, Dodgers wives. Clients flew in from Berlin; he even did the color for Terri Nunn, lead singer of […]

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