Sienree, who trained at The Paul Mitchell Academy, is a seasoned celebrity, editorial and ad stylist for both men and women and has made a name for herself working with some of our favorite heads of hair – celebs like Lucy Hale, Sky Ferreira, Desi Perkins, & Jordyn Woods. Her work can also be found on the pages of Elle, Nylon, Cosmo, Glamour and Vogue as she is known for her creativity and ability to perfect shape and texture. Keep reading to learn more about one of our favorite hair artists.
How did you get your start in the industry?
When I was a kid I would just sit in my aunt’s salon and watch her and her co-workers do hair, laugh, and have fun. This was back in the 80’s and everything was ALL ABOUT THE HAIR. I knew this was what I wanted to do. When I was 19, I saved up a whopping $700, packed all my things, and moved to LA to go to hair school. The first week of hair school, I discovered from my mentor Noogie Thai that all these models and and celebrities I saw in magazines and commercials didn’t actually do their own hair, and that there was someone behind the camera that made them look this way. At that moment I knew I needed to learn more.
I dedicated all of my time to learn as much as I can about this industry, I needed to know where I fit in best and where my passion stands. I knew my mentor Noogie was also a session stylist so I begged him to let me assist and learn from him. While I was in school, I was assisting on photoshoots, interning in a salon, and doing test shoots to build my portfolio. After a lot of free jobs, gas money, and top ramen, I built a clientele of my own and never turned back.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
A major challenge I had was finding my place. For a moment I was too avant garde for editorial, then I was too editorial for celebrities, then I was too LA for New York, and then too New York for LA. I needed more lifestyle vibes in my book, then I needed LESS lifestyle vibes in my book. I was broke and needed to work but couldn’t fit into anything solid. It was so frustrating because I love what I do, which is to create and work. I always listened to everyones opinions and advice, but I had to learn to do that with a grain of salt. I just stopped stressing about fitting in and did my own thing. I started to only take jobs that I knew I was going to benefit from and started concentrating on creating things I really loved and enjoyed. Soon enough, the right clients and jobs starting rolling in. I’m still not sure if I fit in anywhere now, but I’m so happy where I am so it doesn’t even matter.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
Oh my gosh, there are so many talented people that I admire. The list can go on forever but if I had to chose my top, definitely these guys: Luigi Mureno, James Pecis, Guido Palau, Julien Dy’s, Eugene Souleiman,
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I guess right now, I’m known for braids and big textured, sculpted styles. I’m really into texture and shapes. The more geometrical it is and structural it is, the better.
What was the last major makeover you did?
I think every job is a major makeover. Almost every shoot I do, I end up turning every model and celebrity into another person. Whether by changing their hair color, giving them an entirely different hair cut or texture, turning them into whatever the concept calls for. Thats the fun of this career for me. The canvas you start with never is the same when you end.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
I always have Oribe’s dry texturizing spray, Paul Mitchell’s extra body finishing firm hairspray, Leonor Greyl’s baume bois de rose, matte bobby pins and rubber bands, metal highlight comb, Mason Pearson popular brush, Hot Tools 1 inch, and 1.25 inch marcel curling iron. (You can see the full kit here).
What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration?
Right now I love searching for inspiration on @LostHairdressers, @guidopalau, @riyojiimaizuni, and @EugeneSouleiman. There’s just so many!
What advice would you give to stylists just starting out?
Build a strong foundation! So many stylist and artists these days expect to become over night sensations. A long lasting and successful career comes from weeks, months, and even years of non-stop education and practice of your craft. I think it’s important to work hard and try not to compare yourself to others. Always stay humble, be grateful for your path, and never give up.
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