The Look

New York Edge

Hair stylist Justin Block shows off his city style


Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m originally from Edgewood in Cranston. It was a great place to grow up. I’ve been in New York for 13 years now, and I’ve been coming back to Rhode Island – to W Salon – once a month for about five years. It originally started with a good friend of mine who is in the same business and also from Rhode Island. We wanted to bring the New York experience to Providence.

Where else have I seen your work?
I’ve worked for Teen Vogue, on Top Chef, and on a couple of reality TV shows. A few weeks ago, I did something for Turner Classic Movies. During my time as an apprentice, I got to work on some really cool stuff. I did a reality show in LA, various makeover shows and had some clients that I’d say are “somewhat” celebs.

How does hair impact style?
They complement each other. If the hair isn’t right, it might not blend well with what you’re wearing. There’s a great balance between going for a certain look with your clothes and achieving it with your hair. Hairstyle has a lot to do with fashion.

Are you interested in fashion?
I really have a passion for fashion. I have an appreciation for clothes and designers. I worked for Bergdorf Goodman for eight years and was exposed to the upper echelon of what fashion is. You learn to distinguish between qualities of clothes. As a result, I do buy certain designers because I like their work.

Describe your personal style.
I’ve evolved over the years. I feel like I’m a lot more well rounded as far as the way I dress. You know, it’s very difficult to try different things. We all have insecurities and it’s hard to embrace change and try different looks and reinvent yourself. So I guess now my style would be East Village NY – edgy, but at the same time high-end.

Tell me about this look.
I would wear this to work. At my job we’re allowed to look the way we want to look creatively. We can’t wear blue jeans (these are grey) because that’s too casual, but we are encouraged to have a look. And I appreciate that because it takes the corporate structure out of a creative field, which is nice and refreshing. For a night out I like vests with jeans and a button-up or a Henley shirt. Oh, and I love hats. I like to wear sneakers or boots, but honestly, those are the first and only pair of boots I have like that. I saw them and thought, Can I get away with that look? Am I comfortable enough to try it? I bought them and I love them. They remind me of Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club.