Meet Lisa Buford
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles CA, “Lisa B” realized at a very early age that she would have to take responsibility for her own success in life.
Now a successful celebrity barber and groomer of 15 years, she enjoys her work on television and movie sets in Hollywood, but life wasn’t always as glamorous for the one time single teenage mom.
Faced with many obstacles and roadblocks along the way, her ultimate success lies in her refusal to give up or give in.
Growing up in Lisa’s home, she was taught morals, character and most importantly, a disciplined work ethic.
Like many young ladies who often find themselves caught up in the arms of street men, she undoubtedly found her own life spinning out of control.
She gave birth to two children with her (then) high school love and enventually dropped out of school, all by age 16. She suffered all forms of abuse and eventually found herself (and her two children) living in between homes with very little to no financial means of support.
The hard times of being a young single mother forced Lisa to get up and fight for her life– literally. She immediately made drastic life changing decisions and placed all of her focus on not just bettering herself, but also her situation.
She knew that if there was any hope of saving herself and her kids, then she would have to do it –all by herself.
She met her challenges head on by reverting back to the morals & teachings instilled in her as a child.
Always a woman of her own hustle, she used that hustle & developed what is now, a relentless entrepreneurial mindset. She was determined & it was her time to get what was rightfully hers.
She got on her grind and set out, clippers in hand, to conquer the hair care industry –focusing on men’s haircare and grooming.
Into her young adult years, Lisa B. chased her passion and worked her way up within the industry by using her natural talent, hustler’s mentality, and self motivation.
She has since owned a few successful barber shops in the LA area and built a strong clientele list by networking and using her own connections within the entertainment industry.
Her journey into Hollywood struck career gold when she was handpicked by Martin Lawrence to showcase her talent as his personal barber for his role in the Hollywood box office movie, Bad Boys.
Since her very first introduction into the entertainment industry, Lisa has worked on numerous Hollywood television and movie sets. After years hard work, she has worked her way out of local beauty and barber shops and seemingly effortlessly conquered the ultimate goal of most young stylists…
As the head barber of the hair department within the Hollywood MakeUp Union, she spends most of her time working on the set of the successful BET show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, which stars actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
“It’s the “show” behind the show that nobody gets to see, it’s hilarious!”
Although she is well-respected by her male counterparts and clients, Lisa admits that there are still a few stigmas that come along with being a female barber.
Like most male dominated industries, she says that gaining success as a “woman” barber is 100 times harder.
“We GOTTA be better, hustle harder, and be more determined in order to just keep up. It takes a special female to rise above the rest in this field. I have maintained my longevity by my work ethic, talent, and character and I’ve created a reputation, IN HOLLYWOOD on my OWN two feet..never on my back or knees.”
In addition to working with celebrity actors on the set of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, Lisa has also worked on the sets of Southland, and Cedric the Entertainer’s Soul Man.
Though now it seems that “Lisa B” has arrived, she has never forgotten the place of hopelessness & desperation from which her struggles have brought her.
Blessed with career success, she often reflects on her journey which began by her expanding her talent and network from local L.A. salons –to becoming a highly sought after and well-respected female celebrity barber within Hollywood –to holding her current position of head of the hair department within the Hollywood MakeUp Union.
Lisa B is a go getter, a survivor, and a boss who has driven herself from the “Hood to Hollywood”, yet she stills feels that she has much more to accomplish in life.
At the start of her career, female barbers didn’t have the resources and apprenticeship opportunities that are available today. Lisa B. had to learn the game on her own.
With the knowledge she has gained over the years, she now feels that it is her turn to giveback young girls who are looking to get into the hair business.
“I’ve never really had a mentor or support system, that’s why it is so important for me to give back as a mentor to young girls. I started my own foundation called “Reach Back” to help inspire young girls to never give up.”
Lisa’s accomplishments may seem effortless but she remembers her struggles and remains grounded by her faith in order to to help her move around life’s roadblocks.
“All of my obstacles are overcome through my faith and my continued walk with God.”
“Honor” and “self-respect” have gotten her to where she is, and sticking to those “G” codes helps her to remain there.
One of her favorite phrases is the biblical scripture Galatians 6:7 which reminds:
“you reap what you sow”
“A very basic principle to operating in life, basically, what goes around comes around.”
A woman of wisdom and street game, Lisa says she really doesn’t give much “advice” because she believes everyone’s situation is unique, but she does offer a few words of wisdom for young aspiring cosmetologists,
“If you want to be in this field, it has got to be something that you love and have passion for or it won’t last… but that’s everything you do in life. As a female working in Hollywood, it’s easy to lose focus but all that glitters isn’t gold. You gotta stay focused on getting your money and EARNING your respect. I’ve never slept with any of my clients, that what has kept my reputation intact, everything I have, I have earned.”
In addition to leading her team and expanding on her current success within the Hollywood MakeUp Union, Lisa also co-stars on Season 3 of WeTv’s hit reality television show, ‘La Hair’ as herself, a celebrity barber.
When she is not working with her celebrity clients on television and movie sets, or filming her own television ventures, she is busy working on her own male grooming product line which is in development, a venture that Lisa says she is “super excited” about introducing to the grooming world.
All in all, Lisa embodies the word “Gangster” and by her own definition of the word, a “Gangster” is “one who governs themselves, they make no apologies for what they do, but they also hold themselves accountable for ALL that they do.”
There is never a doubt that Lisa B will continue to self motivate and accomplish all of her goals and career aspirations.
She is a strong female who not only takes full responsibility for her own life, but also her good or bad choices — and even her successes.
She is living proof that females are not only capable, but do go as hard as men in order to achieve success, and they can do so with a pretty face, talent, dignity and self respect.
“A female boss calls her own shots: win, lose, or draw that way she can’t blame anyone and she doesn’t owe anyone.”
Salute Lisa B.
Hollywood Celebrity Barber. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist.
She makes her own choices and takes responsibility for her own actions.
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Brandy Cavalli-Coke, Freelance journalist