Born and raised in Los Angeles, California by parents from Louisiana who are both currently entrepreneurs and business owners. Tonya Cryer was destined to be phenomenal. Her career began at the ripe age of 15 when she began styling hair for herself, family and friends. Once graduating high school she decided to go to beauty school and dive into her love for beauty. Once graduating she was on fire and immediately began competing in international hair expos and working for several product companies and has won numerous awards for her creative hair styling skills. During this time she decided to go into business for herself and created several. Her 1st was a partnership in a Beauty & Barber shop. She also created a mobile beauty service that catered to well to do, celebrities and the elderly. Tonya stayed busy traveling across the country teaching students advanced hairstyling and cutting techniques along with product knowledge. She didn’t stop there and soon after met someone who would change her life. She was fortunate to meet her mentor who guided her into the wonderful world of motion pictures.


Her 1st big break in motion pictures came when she was asked to key a film called Two Can Play That Game starring Vivica A. Fox who at that time was one of her clients. Her clientele consisted of many entertainers such as comedianne and actresses Kym Whitley, Monique of The Parker’s, Golden Brooks and Jill Marie Jones who were stars of Girlfriends. During this time Tonya was one of the most requested and she styled Hollywood starlets Megan Good, LaLa Anthony, Sunshine Anderson, Malika and Khadijah Haqq and so many more. In the past decade Ms Tonya has really expanded her career and became Department Head and Key hairstylist for feature film and television projects such as:

  • The Banker (Department Head)

  • BlackAF ( Key Hairstylist)

  • The Rookie (Key Hairstylist)

  • Being Mary Jane (Department Head)

  • Blackish (Key Hairstylist)

  • The Day Shall Come reshoot (Department Head)

  • Ugly Betty (Key Hairstylist)

  • Scandal (Co-Key Hairstylist)

  • The Game ( Department Head)

  • Christmas in Compton ( Department Head)

  • Crossed The Line (Department Head)

  • P Valley pilot (Department Head)

  • and more.


Tonya has always had a love for teaching and recently created and online course to help beauty professionals enhance their career and transition into the film industry. She has helped many people live their dream and attain union membership. Her passion is giving and sharing and she loves to see people win. She wants to help more people succeed like her and reach Elite status as a film and television beauty professional. Tonya is currently on the bi-coastal roster and available work all across the country.