“It’s not just about who you work with, it’s about how you work with them.”
— Daniel Koye
Daniel Koye’s signature line of hair products is another way he adds a little sparkle to everything, and everyone, he touches. Whether he’s styling Vanessa Williams for her role in Trip to Bountiful or creating his first can of hairspray for Heidi Klum, he intuitively knows what’s needed in any given circumstance and enthusiastically seizes the moment.
At the start of Daniel’s Broadway career, he worked on productions of Chicago, Jersey Boys, and Spring Awakening. His first full-time hair gig was on Patti Lupone’s Gypsy, followed by a production of Hair both in New York and then in
London. When Heidi Klum asked Daniel to design a wig for one of her notorious Halloween costumes, D-Koye hairspray was born. Initially intended as a fun contribution to her gift bag, the rhinestone-studded can became one of Heidi’s favorite beauty items.
From Hair, Daniel began working on Follies with Bernadette Peters, where he created a smoothing cream just for her. While working on his product line, Daniel became the New York hairstylist for Elaine Paige and had increasing requests from other film, stage, and television celebrities. From Follies, he was hired on Leap of Faith, The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Trip to Bountiful, where he met Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. He’s since styled wigs for Big Fish, Cinderella with Carly Rae Jebson, and After Midnight with Fantasia Barrino and Patti Labelle.
In between stage shows, Daniel worked on Ru Paul’s Drag Race both as a hair and wig stylist and also as a product sponsor. He then went on to Love Letters with Carol Burnett, Brian Denehy, Candice Bergen, and Alan Alda. As Daniel’s credit list grew, so did demand for his artistry and products. Stars like Jeff Goldblum, Susan Lucci, Blair Underwood, Shirley Bassey, Eve Plumb, Joyce DeWitt, and Carol Channing were among those who sought him out and put their trust in him.
So, what sets Daniel apart? He really cares and people know it. As a former stage performer, he fully understands that being in the spotlight is not just about looking good. It’s vulnerable, even for the most seasoned performers. There’s an intimacy attached to working with someone’s hair and that requires being fully present for whoever is sitting in his chair. Whether they are seen by one or by tens of thousands, he intuitively knows what’s needed for each person to feel comfortable, confident, and ready to role.
Daniel is also dedicated to coming out from behind the stage to share his knowledge with others. In his spare time, he teaches theatre students about wigs and how hairstyling techniques can transform the look of any character. In 2007, he wrote The Broadway Magic Workbook, which outlines everything an actor should know as they prepare to work with a hair-and-make-up artist. The second edition of this book is already in the works.
Daniel always dreamed of being on Broadway. He loves the theatre because it’s a safe space where people gather with a common purpose, put on a show, and become a family in the process. Even though he’s touched a lot of famous heads, he believes that everyone is a star. This philosophy extends to all the people who use the products he’s created. Not only does he put years of experience into each D-Koye bottle, he ensures that everyone can have vibrant and healthy hair — maybe even enjoying a little sparkle along the way.
Wighacker’s Boot Camp
Are you ready to learn from Daniel himself? Enroll in Daniel’s masterclass, the WIGHACKER’S BOOTCAMP to maximize your potential. This two-day course is intimately designed around your skill level, allowing you to grow through hands-on guidance and immediate answers from a top industry professional.
Want more individualized coaching? Enroll in the WIGHACKERS ONE-ON-ONE to gain personalized training from Daniel. This course, offered in three sessions held online, will give you the chance to practice between lessons, show Daniel your own work, and have your questions explained firsthand.
Wig Making from Salon to Stage and Screen
This is the wig making blueprint where you’ll discover Daniel’s secrets to making beautiful and detailed wigs. You will learn all of Daniel’s strategies to save time and money while creating wigs of unparalleled quality. This book serves as an incredible guide and reference long-term.