Kyan Douglas (birth name Hugh Edward Douglas) was born on
May 5, 1970 in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Tampa and Tallahassee. He
has an older sister, Kelli (who first taught him about styling hair) and
was and still is very close to his family. After high school Kyan moved
first to Dallas, where he studied philosophy at Brookhaven Community
College and first became interested in religion and the healing arts. He
then moved to Austin, where he had initially planned to pursue his
interest in acting by studying drama at the University of Texas at Austin,
precluded by his extreme shyness.
In his mid-twenties he moved to New Orleans, where he gained a degree
in TV production and theater studies at Loyola University. In 1996 three
of Kyan's close friends were murdered in a restaurant robbery where both
they and Kyan worked. The tragedy led Kyan to leave New Orleans, wanting a
Kyan moved to New York where he started work for Aveda, before gaining
his certification in Cosmetology at the Aveda Institute. In 2002, while he
was working as a hair colorist at Arrojo Studios, a client told him about
a makeover show that was being cast. Kyan sent a photo of himself and a
short bio he'd written to the producers. They called him for an audition
and quickly hired him as the show's 'Grooming Guru.'
As part of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's 'Fab Five' Kyan has
published a book, appeared on a soundtrack CD and accompanying DVD,
appeared on many magazine covers and TV shows, and even won an Emmy award.
In 2004 he published his own book, titled Beautified, and became a
spokesman and product advisor for L'Oreal.
Kyan lives in New York with his partner, gay rights activist Gregory