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Issue Date: October 2011

Guest Spot

High-society hairdresser Colin Lively reconnects with his clients and the city.
Jennifer Keirn

Colin Lively is a man in demand.

It's been more than 20 years since this high-society hairdresser left Ohio, where he "was the most talked-about stylist in Cleveland," he says.

He founded the local salon Today's Headlines and made the cover of Cleveland Magazine in 1984, before selling his business and moving to New York.

But through Facebook, Lively has reconnected with many of his former clients here — he has more than 4,000 friends at this writing — "and I've had a couple of hundred requests [to return]," he says.

So last month, Lively booked five days of appointments — about 100 in all — at Eddy's on Coventry, to try out a periodic return to Cleveland.

"So far they're treating me like I'm a superstar returning home," he says.

Given that star treatment, Lively predicts he could eventually spend as much as two weeks out of every six here, though he hasn't decided at which salon he'll end up parking his flat iron.

Those who can't get enough of Lively can see him in an episode of the new Bravo series Fashion Hunters this fall. It's a reality show centered on New York resale shop Second Time Around, and Lively appears offering an item for consignment.

"It's like a New York fashion Antiques Roadshow," he says. "Everyone in it are well-known in New York fashion circles."

Lively offered up an antique silver Byzantine cuff inset with carnelian that once belonged to Coco Chanel. He can't say how much the cast offered for the cuff — you'll have to watch for that — but "Coco Chanel would probably have been disappointed," he says.

Paltry price aside, "I never had so much fun," he says. "The cast were all creative and quirky. ... I felt like I was back in my youth hanging out in University Circle."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:27:27 AM by colin livel
i was in Cleveland for a week , and had a blast !!.proof that you really can go home again.......Cleveland is amazing...I said to my house host that if Cleveland had looked the way it does now, I may not have left...any way, it sure is great what is being done there, and gives me a lot of opportunity to talk about Cleveland in a positive way with my friends and clients in New York City...
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:19:22 AM by Kay Van Hoesen
And if you want even more of Colin Lively, every Friday he hosts a live internet talk radio show, "The Colin Lively Show," dishing with guests on everything from beauty tips for the aging diva to life in the fast lane. Join Colin's party. Chat-in and listen live at Call-in 877-500-ZEUS (9387)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:02:11 PM by Bobbie Horowitz
This is fabulous. Colin Lively may be the most interesting man you could know. He's an extremely bright and well educated man, who is also wildly talented. He has an incredible sense of color. He's also a wonderful radio host of The Colin Lively Show.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:45:11 AM by Kay Van Hoesen
Indeed, Colin Lively is a star. Besides his celebrity status in Cleveland, in NYC, among his high-society clients and Bravo's Fashion Hunters, Colin also hosts a weekly internet radio program on Here WomenTalk. If you're suffering from Colin withdrawal, you can get a Colin dose every Friday, 2-3 pm EST, on radio.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:16:07 PM by Anonymous
And to think I knew you when....
xxx Sallie B.

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