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Kristoff Ball's hands-on design
Kristoff Ball's hands-on design

Kristoff Ball is known for his rock star hairstyles but he can also fix a car, drywall a house and grow a delicious tomato. Long before he gained fame styling celebrities — including Pink, Ashley Tisdale, Brad Pitt and Gwen Stefani — he learned the power of communicating with his hands, fixing VWs, playing the guitar, working construction and cutting hair in his neighborhood. "The best way to make friends is to cut their hair," Ball, 45, says of his youthful enterprise — he taught himself at age 15 and charged his neighbors $5 a cut while growing up in the dicier areas of Paramount and north Long Beach. With a smile, he adds a caveat: You have to cut hair well....

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