Beyond Vanity

Award-winning career hairstylist Mona Leung discovers the chemicals she’s using to make her clients more beautiful… are killing her. Searching for alternatives – and a deeper connection to the work she loves - she embarks on a ten-thousand-mile journey. From her west coast home, Mona makes stops in Arizona, California, Nepal and Hong Kong. Along the way, Mona encounters many influences – from innovative hairdressers that are revolutionizing the art and technology of hair to Buddhist monks that shave their heads during their spiritual training. Mona’s eyes are opened to new philosophies, approaches and techniques that take her perception of hairstyling to an entirely new place. Returning home, Mona takes a different kind of trip. With Shamanic guidance, her life’s purpose is revealed: to synthesize what she’s learned to develop her own unique practice. Mona invites close friends, fellow hairdressers and alternative healers to a retreat of discovery. Traveling deep within, she brings through a personal care system that combines holistic ceremony with high-end hair styling. Her revolutionary approach is one that revitalizes each client’s appearance by connecting with, celebrating and reflecting their true inner beauty.

  • Jason Christopher Myers
  • Mona Ling Leung
  • Mona Ling Leung
    Key Cast
  • Mona Ling Lueng
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2020
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    Canada, Hong Kong, Nepal, United States
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    Digital 4K
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Distribution Information
  • And Now Global (Canada, Turkey); FILMOPTION INTERNATIONAL INC. (Worldwide); Lightning Distribution (Asia/Pacific)
Director Biography - Jason Christopher Myers

Director and editor Jason Christopher Myers made his mark in music video and commercial projects before being asked to helm Beyond Vanity. He is extremely excited about his role in bringing Mona Ling Leung's journey to the screen.

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Director Statement

It was truly an honor to be part of this project and shine a light on a community of people who are affecting positive change in people’s lives.

Beyond Vanity offered me the opportunity of making my first documentary and presented a chance to travel and learn about spirituality and ceremony.

Mona Ling Lueng helped open my eyes to the deep healing that can happen in a salon chair; to look beyond culture's ideals of beauty to embrace a deeper connection within.

It's been an amazing journey of discovery that's changed the way I see my own reflection.