Hairstylist Shunika Terry Talks How She Styled Hair for TLC ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’ Biopic
So Drew wore half wigs for TBoz?
Yes they were almost like a toupee. I had a group of wigs they were lacefront wigs but I didn’t use them like lacefront wigs. What I did was just cut the back of them of and blended in her hair with the back of them. She allowed me to cut her hair in the back I had tapered that down so you know she had a short haircut. I thank Drew Sidora for getting into her character and going there. A lot of actress are like no, no, no, but what she did was took herself out of Drew and put her self into TBoz and that’s what make s good actress.
Which one do you think represented their character the best after the transformations?
I can honestly say they all really pulled it off well. I did see a huge transformation with Keke, but she was sort of wearing that kind of look already.
Let’s talk a bit about you; how did you get started in films and TV?
It was God. He took me from salons to film and TV. I met a makeup artist in Dallas and she would do photo shoots for a local magazine so I would do hair. She got hired for her first movie. It was called Kings of the Evening with Tyson Beckford and Glen Herman. During that time I developed a relationship with Lynne Whitfield and she took me on as her personal hair stylist from that movie and did Mama I Wanna Sing with Ciara. And when she did that film it was my second film and I gained a whole idea about doing anything from having proper set etiquette.
I was a sponge and I knew to ask questions, because here I am blessed with this opportunity. From there it just became a word of mouth thing. People in Louisiana would say I know this girl from Dallas you can hit her up and from there I joined the Union 798 for hair and makeup artist. Once I moved to Atlanta that’s when things blew up for me. And I’ve been on the fast track ever since.
Out of all of the things you’ve done which one was the most rewarding?
The TLC Biopic. It was a lot of heart put into it so much research, creativity, blood, sweat, and tears. I’m also proud of Kings of the Evening, my first film that I worked on. That was a beautiful movie because it stood for something. Joyful Noise was also a sweet movie, but those two I really enjoyed doing the biopic and the true story it’s a different type of connection you have with the film.
It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.
Yeah we did and one big thing I forgot to mention. Getting the girls into the feel of it while I was doing their hair. We played each video in the movie on my laptop so that I could recreate the look exactly how it was in the video. I would play it like 50 times and that would get them in the mood too. It helped them as an actor and me as a hairstylist to make sure we were in the same mood.