Kyan Douglas Biography
Kyan Douglas is an American television personality and stylist born 5 May 1970 in Miami Florida. He is known for being the grooming expert on the American television program Queer Eye from 2003 to 2007. He was raised in Tampa and Tallahassee.
After high school he moved to Dallas, where he studied philosophy at Brookhaven College. He then first became interested in religion and the healing arts.
Kyan Douglas Age
He was born on May 5, 1970 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Edward Douglas. He is 48 years old as of 2018.
Kyan Douglas Family
He has a sister called Kelli. She was the one who first taught him about styling hair. He took a break from television in 2009 to take care of his ailing mother. She later passed away in 2012.
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From March 2004 to August 2006, he was in a serious relationship with publicist and gay rights activist Gregory Durham. In July 2006, they became briefly engaged. They called off their engagement a month later.
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In 2003 he was previously rumored to be dating Queer as Folk actor Robert Gant. Gant confirmed to TV Guide that they had dated briefly, but were now just friends.
Kyan Douglas Career
Kyan moved to Austin, where he had initially planned to pursue his interest in acting. This was by studying drama at the University of Texas at Austin, though he was interdicted by his maximal shyness. He moved to New Orleans in his mid twenties, where he obtained a degree in TV production and theater studies at the Loyola University. In 1996 three of his close friends were murdered in a restaurant robbery where they all worked.This encouraged him to leave New Orleans.
In 1999, he moved to New York City and started working in sales for Aveda. He then helped them set up the Aveda Institute, a hairstyling and grooming school. He then enrolled in its cosmetology program. After graduating at the top of his class, he joined the New York hair salon Arrojo Studio as a colorist. He then began working on the makeover TV shows What Not to Wear and While You Were Out as well. A client at Arrojo told him about a makeover show that was being cast in 2002. He then sent a photo of himself and a short bio he wrote to the producers. He was then called for an audition and quickly hired as the show’s “Grooming Guru”.
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Kyan starred in Bravo’s hit series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. As part of Queer Eye’s “Fab Five” he has co-authored a book and also appeared on a soundtrack CD and accompanying DVD based on the show. He has as well appeared on many magazine covers and TV talk shows. He published Beautified, his own book on grooming for women, and became a spokesman and product advisor for L’Oréal in 2004 .In the same year,he was also invited back to speak at his previous school Loyola University New Orleans.
He then moved from New York to Los Angeles, California in 2007. He told the now inoperative TV show Out in Dallas that he had wished to pursue acting, and was taking acting classes. He told Sirius satellite radio channel OutQ in November 2007 that he was in the process of purchasing land in Mexico. He was considering opening a yoga retreat there.
Kyan Douglas Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
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Masculinity & Men’s Grooming: A Conversation with Kyan Douglas
Q: Let’s talk about men’s grooming trends first. There seem to be two main things going on – the Mad Men-esque side part, which I’m obviously a fan of, and the large well-manicured beard. On the surface these seem to be diametrically opposed, but might they be a little more connected than we think?
Kyan Douglas: Yes, there are definitely two kinds of things going on right now – the “Don Draper” side part and “lumbersexual” beard culture, as you mention. Both of these things are about men grappling with a sense of identity, especially during a time when gender roles and men’s identity are up in the air. We’ve gone through times with huge movements for women’s rights, minority rights, and gay rights. But what about the straight white guy? He’s having to figure out who he is in the midst of all that.
We are always growing and evolving and I think we’re starting to see a recalibration of what it means to be a man in America these days – an older model of masculinity that is clear and acceptable. In terms of beard culture, it’s also a reaction to a different mode of masculinity and a desire to touch base with something that is simple, authentic, and centered in itself. On the surface, we see a huge aesthetic difference between guys who embrace the dapper look versus the lumbersexual look, but they’re very similar in that they are both ways men are exploring identity and trying to find a way to express an authentic self.
BS: You’ve had many amazing opportunities throughout your career. Why have you chosen to work with JS Sloane.
Kyan Douglas: Things happened organically with the brand. In general, I don’t chase things, I prefer to let them unfold. Joann [Kuno, creator of JS Sloane] contacted me and sent some products, which I started using personally. People in makeup room at the Rachel Ray show said my hair was looking great and then Joann asked me to help her develop a new product. Through that collaboration we discovered a mutual interest in the history of barbering and men’s grooming products.
BS: How does JS Sloane fit in to current men’s grooming trends for the American Barber?
Kyan Douglas: In principle, it’s a very practical perspective – classic men’s grooming products are necessary for that and the nouveau barber experience. JS Sloane has really gone back and been inspired by that old Hollywood dapper barbershop experience. Functionality is spot on. The products are simple, straightforward, and innovative. They’re also water-based and very user friendly.
BS: You and Joann hit it off so well she agreed to go on a cross-country road trip/barbershop tour with you! Tell us about that.
Kyan Douglas: It’s called “Celebrating the American Barber” and it came about from our shared interest in barbershop evolution. Think about it. We went from 80s androgony to 90s salon culture to 2000s metrosexual. How does that happen? I also just like road trips and wanted to go around, check out shops all across the country, and tell the story of the new American barber.
BS: There are a lot of men’s grooming lines out there now. How does JS Sloane differ from other men’s brands.
Kyan Douglas: There’s a really strong connection to the feel of the old world barber shop, old world grooming products, and old Hollywood. It’s inspired by that moment in time from the approach to barbering to the packaging. Their customer service is very old school as well – products ship same day.
BS: Alright, take out your crystal ball and tell us where men’s grooming is headed.
Kyan Douglas: Tough question! I wish I could predict the future. However, the spirit of what drives men to make choices becomes acceptable in a lot of different ways. I see more space for people to be individuals with fewer and fewer people jumping on trends.
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