In Love With Here: Meet Fondren's Syd Curry | Arts & Culture
A West Coaster has found his home in Jackson, Mississippi, not by accident, but by birth right. After all, it was his father who said to him “You’re southern, boy. I don’t care where you were born.”
At 58, Los Angeles, California born Syd Curry is finally “home.” With familial roots in Pearl, Brandon, the Delta and Batesville, Curry now finds himself in Fondren and brings four decades of experience to SMoak Salon.
His client list reads like an IMDb query of Hollywood’s elite. It’s easier to ask who he hasn’t worked with. There are more than a few names you’ll find familiar. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video, the 2nd most viewed music video in history, is one of his proudest achievements. Mariah Carey, he says, took his career to a new level. And then there are those favorites like Kathy Bates and Cindy Crawford. “I’ve been really lucky,” Curry says. “Who would have ever thought I’d be working on the President’s (Bill Clinton) hair?!”
Growing up in L.A. the son of a pipeline worker, Curry brought his mother to her hometown of Pearl four years ago, the first time she had been back since ’51. Sick, she spent the last year of her life with his Aunt Gertie. “I moved to Hollywood at 17 and you think you don’t need anyone,” he says, awaiting his next client at Duling Hall. “So the greatest thing that happened in coming here was when I lost my mom and had all this family I never thought I needed. It was unbelievably comforting.”