Best known for her work on Law & Order SVU and The Punisher, Shari Besanceney’s journey, from beauty school student to wig designer on Broadway and television, has taught a great many things.   As a department head, she gives plenty of advice on delegating tasks based on the strengths of others; fostering trust with artists; and, creating realistic designs in the story and on the set.

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DT: Shari, I consider you a quiet storm when we are in the HMU room and or camper together. I’ve seen you work magic with wigs from your archives with a limited budget. And a clear understanding of all hair types and textures.

I think your practice of staying centered through meditation and your awareness of energy is definitely part of it.

DT: How long have you been a hairstylist? When did you enter the world of film and television?

SB: I have been a hairstylist since 2007. And, I started in film and television in 2013, with my first TV projects, including Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Punisher, and others. I also worked Metropolitan Opera for a year and worked with my mentor Tom Watson for three years.

DT: Share some of your favorite hair products or treatments.

SB: I love the Shu Uemura BB Serum that detangles the hair and gives it a softness, volume, and great on fine hair. It’s ideal for blowouts. Also, the Wonder Worker is great for air drying.

DT: How important are hair trends to you?

SB: Not super important to me, it all depends on hair type and the frequency of styling you need or want. It is more about getting a trim, but if you have a precision haircut, there will be a lot more upkeep.

DT: What intentions have you set forth for the new decade?

SB: Wow, I think I will approach clients with the same type of compassion I give to myself. You never know what people are going through.

DT: What lesson would you share with your younger self?

SB: Two words, “BE PATIENT.” You can learn something from everybody no matter at what level.

DT: What is your Purpose? Passion? Inspiration?

SB: My purpose is always changing. When I was younger it was about being creative in my work. I think I am still evolving as a human being on this planet.

Art is one of my passions; being creative and seeing new things feed my soul. Music is another strong passion of mine. As well as, self-improvement and psychology.

What inspires me is all of the things above and the diversity of it all.

DT: Finish this sentence, “the shift I would like to see in the world is…”

SB: “…extending more compassion to all beings”.

Name: Shari Besanceney

Job Title: Hair Dept. Head

Instagram: @shariannb


D'angelo Thompson
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Soulivity Editor-at-Large D’angelo Thompson is known for his mastery of beauty and quality aesthetic. He is also one of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after artisans. Originally from Chicago, D’angelo always dreamed of one day taking the beauty industry by the reigns both nationally and internationally; and, in the past two decades, has done so in a phenomenal way. It is his personal vision to elevate his profession by creating a global brand and community, empowering all to see and celebrate their beauty.

As a professional, D’angelo’s expertise extends to beauty, bridal, editorial, commercial, film, TV and private clients. As hair and makeup artist for guests and celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 - 2011, D’angelo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations with a win for “Guest Hair” in 2010. Most importantly, in over two decades, D’angelo has developed a body of work that classifies him in the A-list of beauty professionals.  He is currently working with Law & Order SVU (Seasons 17, 18 & 19), Blue Bloods (Season 8), Worst Cooks,/Celebrity, Joy Mangano/IDL, HSN and Pudding Boy Productions.  As an author, D’angelo’s self-published lifestyle and beauty book entitled “Enhanced Beauty” (2016) continues to sell domestically and internationally.