I sat down with our stylist, Hannah Burdy, to dish about hair, trends, and art.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from California, but spent my formative years in New York City.
How did you get started in hair?
When I was young, I dabbled a bit in modeling and acting. This introduced me to the industry.
What excites you about the industry?
I actually wanted to go to art school, but my parents told me I couldn’t survive financially in the “art world.” That and they wouldn’t help pay for college. Since art school was out, hair was a creative outlet for me. Now I’m hooked.
Are there any specific accomplishments so far in your career that you are especially proud of?
I feel very lucky to have been able to do so much in my field! I travel and teach throughout the US. I’ve won awards. I’ve been able to maintain my amazing, loyal clientele in NYC. I travel out there every six weeks to see them. Through my agent, Cloutier Remix Agency, I have been getting into a bit set life: commercials, TV shows, music videos, and photoshoots. To be continuously learning and staying inspired in this industry, fuels my passion and professional drive. Lastly, I’m proud to have the ability to make people feel and look good!
What would you say is your “signature” or “speciality”? Or what do you enjoy doing most?
My specialties would be: fringe (aka bangs), short hair (pixie cuts and bobs), men’s cuts, updos, and huge changes/makeovers, but I feel I’m very well rounded hairstylist and enjoy working with all lengths and textures! The diversity excites me.
If you could do anyone’s hair (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Can I choose a dead and an alive person?!
I guess I’ll give you a pass…
Okay good! For my resurrected client… John Lennon because he seemed to be just an amazing individual, artist, and musician. I always loved his look, plus, he was a Beatle! And for my living client, Björk! I admire her as an artist and musician. She’s so creative, I’d be able to cut or style all kinds of unique shapes on her… So fun! Can we let her know I’m interested?
We’ll have our people call her people. Haha.
Now, since you’re a bicoastal stylist, what are some of the main differences you notice in hair style preferences between east and west coast?
East coast is sleek, clean, sharp lines. They’re simplistic and chic, serving up editorial edge. I find east coasters to be into heavy fringe with long sleek hair, ponytails, and bobs.
West coast is all about soft lines, volume, beautiful, long, healthy, lived-in hair. More of a commercial or lifestyle/beauty feel. I’m asked for beachy, soft curls and waves or voluminous looks a lot.
Off hair, what are some of your major music and artistic influences?
For artists… I’m really into Yayoi Kusama, Wassily Kandinsky, Dali, and Van Gogh specifically. I find myself drawn to a lot of abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art.
How New York of you! Haha Musicians?
Of course, Björk and the Beatles, but also Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, A Tribe Called West, The XX, Jamie XX, FKA Twigs, and Lykki Li.
You can find Hannah’s work on her website: www.hannahburdy.com
and her personal Instagram: @hannahburdy