Atlanta hairstylist Dariel Pulliam was laid to rest in a Baltimore suburb on Friday, April 15.
“Dariel had at least 3,000 in attendance and a host of cars following him to his burial,” said his manager Sparkle Callahan. “He is a one-in-a-lifetime angel. Dariel changed lives,” she said.
The hair and makeup artist worked with several celebrities, including Fantasia, Keyshia Cole, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Tiffany Evans. He also worked with Tionna Smalls of VH1’s “What Chilli Wants.”
“Dariel was a blessing, and I will never forget his pink flat irons. No one can flat iron like Dariel,” Tionna remembered.
Dariel went out in style, having his hair and makeup for the services done by friends in the industry.
Glenn Jackson, the producer of the Golden Scissors hair awards, said Dariel was born a star and was not afraid to be his true self.
“Some people spend their lives being something that they’re not, but he had the ‘it’ factor,” Glenn said. “He is an angel styling the hair of angels.”
Dariel lived in Atlanta, but was a Baltimore native. His services were held at Old New Antioch Church in Windsor, MD. The hours-long repast was a lively celebration with music, food and a cake that represented Dariel’s love of styling.
Dariel, 29, spent weeks in the hospital before succumbing to complications involving fluid in the lungs.
Watch Glenn’s tribute to Dariel.
-Tracy L. Scott