George Kyriakos and I met almost 20 years ago on the set of an editorial shoot. Ironically, on our days off, we would end up at the same cafe in SOHO (Once Upon A Tart) in NYC working on personal projects. We both had other passions we were nurturing from producing creative projects, tv, and film. So, I consider George a kindred spirit.
He is an acclaimed hair stylist who has been in the industry for over 20 years; and the founder and creator of stylebookings.com. He began his career in New York City working for top fashion magazines such as American Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Allure, Glamour, and many others.
DT: George, thank you for agreeing to talk to me. Last time I saw you, you and Vincent Longo were launching StyleBookings. What are you currently working on?
GK: I am currently working on set with advertising, fashion and editorial clients. I am currently being repped by Honey Artists.
It’s inspiring, creative, and very invigorating to be around young innovative talents and at the end of the day making people in my chair feel better.
Also, I feel you have to see the big picture, always be conscious of your energy that you bring on set…that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned.
DT: Let’s back track a little. How long have you been a hairstylist?
GK: I have been a hairstylist since [I was] 17 years old and started doing makeup when I was 23 years old.
No matter how long I’ve been doing this, I learn something every day. Also, being a seasoned artist, you know how to get out of difficult situations.
DT: You have worked with some iconic talents close over two decades. How do they inspire you and your craft?
GK: When I meet people in the arts, their talent inspires me whether they are musicians, actors, or running major companies.
DT: What are three major hair tips that you can give our Soulivity readers?
GK: My first hair tip is, “don’t over wash your hair, you strip it of the natural oils.”
Second, “be careful not to over process hair, keeping it trimmed and not overly cutting.”
Last, “get regular haircuts and trims.” It will keep the hair healthy. I’d also add, my one pet peeve is razor cuts on natural hair, it destroys the hair shaft.
DT: Often people don’t think of men’s grooming, what are your favorite men’s grooming products?
GK: My favorite brand is called Crew, it is a full men’s grooming line with excellent products.
DT: Who are your style icons, muses, etc?
GK: My style icons are women like Caroline Bisset and Kerry Washington, both are classic beauties, talented, and personable.
DT: What are you most grateful for?
GK: I am most grateful for my family and friends; they are my support system. They keep me going and grounded.
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D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers.
He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex traﬃcking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).
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