About Travis Parker

The rise of early-80s punk served as artistic inspiration for a then 16-year-old Travis Parker.  At the urging of a friend, the aspiring stylist enrolled in cosmetology school in his native Monterey, California and upon graduating in 1989 moved to San Diego to fully pursue his passion. 

For 13 years Parker learned the essentials of his craft at La Jolla’s Model Call salon.  It was an invaluable partnership and opened the door in 1994 to a new creative challenge with Toni and Guy (TIGI), as a brand ambassador and one of the company’s top educators.

Los Angeles’ prestigious Privé salon soon heard of Parker’s exuberant personality and diehard following and asked him to join their team.  The time at Privé laid the groundwork to new collaborations on several editorial and session styling campaigns for the likes of Italian Vogue, Allure Magazine, MAX magazine, Stella McCartney, and E Channel.

Building on these amazing opportunities, Parker decided to look closer to home for his next venture and made one of his life-long dreams comes true – the opening of his first salon in La Jolla, California.  In 2003, Travis Parker Salon was born and multiple rave reviews from local, to national and global media followed.  Accolades include:

  • “US Salon Directory”  -  Vogue Magazine
  • “Ultimate Beauty Black Book” - InStyle Magazine
  • “Best Beach Destinations” - C Magazine
  • “Best Practice – Advanced Education”  - Salon Today
  • “The most experienced hairdresser in SD” - Modern Luxury 

In 2008 Parker became a National L’Oreal Professionnel Artist where he’s developed, written curriculum, and launched new brands, as well as traveled both the country and internationally training fellow stylists. Currently, Parker is one of L’Oreal Professionnel’s global cutting coaches and has co-written the most current hair cutting collection for US.

In 2011, Parker decided to take his salon concept to the next level with a one-on-one, appointment-only personal service.  TRAVIS PARKER is located just north of San Diego, in the exclusive community of Solana Beach. Noted press can be found in:

In 2018, Travis began his greatest project yet, the Travis Parker Academy; allowing for the expansion of Travis’s ideologies, and aligning them into what has become a globally recognized system, known as, “Hairdressing Made Easy”.  Travis’s principle objective was, and always will be, “How can we develop a curriculum that is modern, simple for the student to access and use, and is both, straight forward to teach, and learn”. The academies wild success has broadened the offerings from its initial live hands-on in-person trainings, to live hands-on - online, to consume at your own speed through subscriptions offerings - online. Expanding from there, TPA has launched its beauty school, salon chain and hair company affiliate training programs. All designed to instill consistent education, culture and language, profitability, and team building.

For more than three decades, Travis Parker has cultivated a reputation as being one of the worlds top stylists, educational developers, teachers and stylist coaches; all thanks to his commitment to bettering the industry and his true love for hair.  As Parker himself always says, “Hairdressing is complicated enough, let’s try and simplify it!”