The last few years have been a whirlwind for hairstylist Anh Co Tran. Yes, that term is often thrown around callously, making it sound cliché and bit hyperbolic — but it’s also the most accurate way to describe Tran’s meteoric rise.

(Tran’s roster reads like the Vanity Fair Oscars party guest list: he’s worked with Alexa ChungRiley Keough, Coco Rocha, Amy Poehler, Michelle Williams, Sophia Bush, Jessica Lange, Jessica Chastain, Rashida Jones, Kristen Wiig, Aimee Song, Chloe Grace Moretz — and that’s not even all of them — both on the red carpet and in an editorial capacity.) But Tran’s the first to admit that none of these accomplishments came easily, and he’s not taking his success for granted, either. “As fast as you rise, you can fall. I’ve seen it in so many young stylists who are way too cocky. You don’t know everything. So I try to stay humble,” he says.