Los Angeles-based hairstylist Sienree Du has made a name for herself with edgy, textured looks with a rock Ďní roll twist. While sheís done red carpet work for celebrities like Cyndi Lauper, her true passion is editorial work because she loves the creativity and collaboration involved. Read on for more about her journey from kid playing in her auntís salon to in-demand session stylist.
How did you first discover your love for hairdressing?
Growing up in Sacramento, CA, my aunt owned a hair salon, and I loved going in after school and experimenting. It boggled my mind that someone could make a career out of something as fun as doing hair. I did a lot of clay sculpting, and I loved working with my hands. Hair seemed like a natural fit.
How did you get started?
At age 19, with just $700 in my bank account, I moved to Los Angeles to attend Vidal Sassoon Academy. I later switched to Paul Mitchell. While I was in school, I spent a day on set with one of my teachers who was very into hair shows and editorialÖand it was all over for me. I fell in love with editorial styling and havenít looked back since.
What is your favorite thing about working on shoots?
For me, itís all about finding a great concept and going with it. I love projects that allow me to be creative and a little edgy. Another great thing about shoots is the collaboration with other artists, such as photographers, stylists and makeup artists.
What is your signature style?
Iíve become known for my use of texture in hair. I like to mix textures and create expanded shapes that arenít so polished. I love contrasts Ė they add a bit of funk. To me, everything is a piece of art.
Who are some of your most memorable clients?
I just had the opportunity to style Cyndi Lauper for a Uniqlo ad and then for the Grammys. She loves crazy, big hair with a lot of texture, which was so much fun for me. Her makeup artist recommended me to her because she knew weíd get along. Cyndi is so funny and funky and open to ideas. For the Grammys, we did something deconstructed and colorful.
Cyndiís had some pretty crazy looks throughout the years. Do you have a favorite?
Sheís always been iconic to me, and her styles have been an inspiration for a lot of the cool stuff I do with hair now. I actually like when she does a chic gray shade with a choppy cut. Sometimes a tamer style like this works better with her crazy outfits!
Would you like to move into more red carpet work?
My heart still belongs to editorials and ads. I love transforming models and giving them entirely new looks. I also like having the time to experiment and create something truly spectacular. Plus, Iíll never get tired of seeing my work on the newsstand!