Gisele’s hairstylist?! Yes please. Finally meet the man behind the manes of other countless celebrities including Selena Gomez, Zosia Mamet, Karlie Kloss, Kristin Wiig, and so many more. David Von Cannon‘s work speaks volumes. A true artist, the hair he touches has a certain quality that we can’t quite put our finger on, but wish we could! He has been featured on the cover of Vogue SO many times, as well as Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, and W (to name a few). Residing in New York and working primarily on editorial, we were lucky enough to catch him on his last trip to LA and get a glimpse behind what it takes to get where he is today…
How did you get your start in the industry?
I moved to Los Angeles from North Carolina at the tender age of 19 to attend the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA. Upon graduation, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with some very gifted hairstylists who really taught me how to do hair.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
I was only 5’9” and I felt that was a bit short for a hairdresser so I started practicing Pilates and now I am 5’ 9 1/2” I feel much better now.
Who are some of your clients? Can you tell us about working with them?
I am lucky enough to work with some great people who are gracious and warm to me. From Gisele to Gerard Butler to Selena Gomez to Taylor Swift; I feel grateful to work with some talented gracious artists!
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
After all this time working in the industry, I think my style would have to be, “no matter the style, it has to look lived in”
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
My ultimate role model has to be Didier Malige. Not only did we have an amazing time together my entire time working with him, but he inspired me through the way the touches hair and the effortlessness he gives it. He is a legend. There have been many other people who have shaped me as a hairdresser through the years including Luigi Murenu, Chris McMillan, and Andy LeCompte. Without my time with these guys, I would not be the hairdresser I am today.
What advice would you give to new stylists?
It’s all about the training and experience you have as a stylist have. Anyone can curl a piece of hair but it is what you do with the curl that will set you apart.
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
Natural is always better!
Where can we find you working today?
Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, id, Elle, Instyle etc. Many publications…
Be sure to follow David Von Cannon on Instagram for more #manespiration.