Q+A with Celebrity Hairstylist Danielle Priano
Danielle Priano on perseverance and positivity, what she loves most about her work, and more.
Danielle Priano is a New York-based celebrity hairstylist whose impressive client list includes the likes of Hailey Bieber, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande, and Chrissy Teigen, among many others. Not only has Danielle worked with these incredible names, but she's also worked on countless ad campaigns for popular brands, and has had her work featured on the covers of top publications like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue Thailand, just to name a few. Considering this wide scope of experience, we're excited to share our conversation with Danielle to share some insight on Danielle's impressive career: from her beauty philosophy down to her favorite products.
Q: How did you get into hair?
I got into hair after coming out of the streets, only having an 8th grade education. I figured, “How hard could it be to finish beauty school and do something legal that my kids would be proud of?” Plus, my uncle owned and ran one of the biggest hair and makeup agencies in NYC, so I figured after school I was guaranteed a job. Boy, was I mistaken! He made me pay my dues and work harder than any non-relative he represented.
Q: How would you describe your style as a hairstylist?
My style is versatile — I can do superstar glam and everyday girl.
Q: What’s your beauty philosophy?
Beauty shines from confidence; do whatever it takes to make you feel your best! Don’t be lazy, make an effort to look and feel your best, be real, and people will see you shine.
Q: What do you love most about your work?
The people and relationships I have built over the years. I never feel like I’m working because I love what I do.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
From other artists — I’m a huge fan of Nicolas Jurnjack.
Q: You're a big believer in perseverance and positivity. Can you expand on that?
I fully believe that we all have limitless possibilities, we just have to find that lion inside and unleash it, be an instigator of change, and don’t ever become of victim of circumstances. Find a way to bring the light to the rainy day — you never know what someone else is going through, but you do have the ability to bring good energy. Make people smile and show love.
Q: When you think of all of the looks you’ve created, is there a favorite that comes to mind?
That’s a really hard question for me to answer, as I have done so many looks. I am so critical of my work that if it’s not perfect, I won’t walk away until every strand is in place. But what is it? I’m surely known for the ponytail snatch!
Q: What are some essential tools and products in your kit?
My PSxDanielle hair ties and my Mason Pearson brush. I love the whole GHD line and can’t live without my got2b glued hairspray, R+CO products, Oribe products, toothbrush, wide-tooth comb, and my blow dryer.
Q: What are some of your personal favorite products you can’t live without?
I love lotions; I obsessively moisturize my skin. I use TRESemmé pump spray and leave-in conditioner in my hair, and I use Tide to wash my clothes.
Rapid Fire Round
Q: Makeup artist partner in crime:
Q: Product you can’t leave home without:
Q: Favorite drugstore find:
Q: Worth the splurge:
Q: Recent discovery:
Crazy Strong Candles.
Q: Brand you wish more people knew about:
Mine — PSxDanielle!
Q: Favorite scent:
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.
Q: Your last beauty empty:
Moroccanoil Night Body Serum.
You can shop more of Danielle's favorite products at her shop below: