In her more than 10 years as a hair stylist, Mara has built an impressive client list featuring some of Hollywood’s best, including Emma Stone, Lily Collins, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Kat Dennings. Her roster of clients is the marker to the number of publications attached to her name as well. From top fashion and beauty magazines both in the U.S. and abroad, Mara has mastered manes cover to cover.
Mara exudes raw creative talent as a stylist, marked by her effortless, soft approach to styling hair. She credits her love for fashion and hair to a variety of factors. In addition to the creative talents cultivated by her mother who was a sculptor, Mara derives her artistic motivation from her interest in being a part of a creative concept. Whether creating the perfect beachy, tousled hair look or fashioning a romantic, airy chignon for a movie premiere, awards show or magazine cover, she loves being able to collaborate on a project that is visually stimulating.
Mara’s career began at the young age of 16 years old when she enrolled in beauty school to hone her creative skills. Growing up in Los Angeles, she had been exposed to the diversity of aesthetics from an early age. Her mother encouraged her to explore visual beauty in a multitude of ways. At beauty school, Mara quickly stood out among her classmates as one of the strongest and most promising students. Within a year, she received a call from a friend who happened to be a publicist for several high-profile actors, some of whom Mara still works with today.
Today, Mara spends most of her time traveling with her celebrity clients. When not on the road, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband Alex Polillo, also a celebrity hairstylist. In her rare downtime, she loves interior design and has received many accolades for their beautiful Silver Lake home, in which its décor comes across just as effortless as her styling.