Justin Bieber's Groomer Talks Touring and His Essential Beauty Tools
Florido Basallo counts Hailey Baldwin and Demi Moore as clients, too.
Unsurprisingly, hair stylist Florido Basallo has as much swagger as his star client, Justin Bieber.
As the longtime groomer to the pop star, Basallo has tended to the many styles, shaven heads and shades of platinum-blond Bieber has sported over the years. He also works with Hailey Baldwin and Demi Moore.
After taking on two world tours with Bieber, a recent Met Ball with Baldwin and the Dior Resort show near Malibu with Moore, both Basallo's schedule and hair and makeup kit are completely packed.
Next up, he'll be working with Baldwin on a rap battle show called Drop the Mic, set to premiere this fall, and continuing to see his long list of clients at the Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood.
Here, the Los Angeles native reveals the contents, star products and secret weapons of his trusty kit.
In a word (or two), how would you describe your kit?
Extensive and overweight.
Are there one or two brands that dominate the kit?
There are way too many different things in my kit. From hair to makeup, it’s like a Sephora on wheels. Mainly: T3 Micro Styling Tools, L’Oreal, R & Co, Oribe, Tarte, Tom Ford, Urban Decay and Giorgio Armani.
How long have you been building it to what it is today?
I’ve been doing this for a little over 13 years now and gone through so many suitcases, tools and products. It’s ever evolving.
What are a few of your favorite products used regularly on Justin Bieber?
For a little gritty texture in the hair, I like using Baxter of California Clay pomade. Messy or coifed, it's versatile for styling and it's matte!
R&CO Chiffon Styling Mousse is quite nice. I love the scent of this product, and it's great for getting volume into the hair. Also, it’s good for scrunching hair for a natural air-dry wave.
Oribe Superfine Hairspray is my ultimate go-to hairspray. I like this combined with their Dry Texture Spray.
For skin, my favorite moisturizer for skin prep is IS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion. It's universal for any type of skin, and really helps calm the skin down from breakouts.
Tom Ford for Men Intensive Purifying Mud Mask is my favorite detox for the face. It pulls out all the dirt and oil from the skin, and literally makes your skin feel so tight. I encourage everyone to use this, men and women.
DMH Aesthetics on Larchmont Bouelvard in Los Angeles makes my super secret for youthful skin. Their Cell Corrector Serum tightens the pores and brightens the skin. I've tried a lot of serums. This is the only one that doesn't cause breakouts and it’s great for healing a sunburn.
Urban Decay makes this tinted moisturizer called Naked Skin. I love using this product to add a natural healthy glow to the skin, and it's got SPF in it!
What made you want to become a hairstylist?
Growing up, I always played with hair and makeup and did my mom's, cousin's and friend's hair as well as hair on Barbie dolls. It just made sense to me.
What would you consider you secret weapon?
My unicorn horn.
What are some common misconceptions about men's grooming?
Men’s grooming is the whole shebang. It’s hair, beards (if they have one), skin, nails. Taking care of yourself is not a bad thing. It doesn’t mean you are any less of a man. I think its super sexy when a guy looks after himself. I definitely feel a lot better with a fresh haircut and a tan.
What are your tour essentials? Do you stock up on anything before hitting the road?
I stock up on everything! Depending on who I’m with and how long I’m going to be gone, I normally have doubles (or more) of each product.
Which few items are you the most excited about at the moment?
That new Dyson Blow dryer is pretty cool.
If this kit could talk, what would it say?
The kit signed the non-disclosure as well.