Secrets of a Celebrity Hairstylist
It often seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Hair is one of the things that most women always put off until the last moment, often tackling it themselves. Here are my secrets on how I keep my clients always looking camera-ready—even when their hair is not cooperating.
Always Look Camera Ready Even If You Have To Fake It
I recently sent Christina Applegate down the red carpet wearing more than a great hairstyle. She hadn't had time to have her highlights touched up, so we faked it with a little shimmery golden eye shadow swiped just over her roots. Who knew? Certainly not the press! People magazine and Star Magazine even chose her hairstyle as one which stood out that night. I prefer eye shadow to hair powder, because it has a consistency that stays better—and you probably already have it in your makeup bag.
A trend this season in fashion is a glamorous 1940s style. The key to retro trends is to lend an influence to your style without letting it overpower your look. I recently sent Carmen Electra down the red carpet in true 1940s glamour! Start by parting your hair to one side. Then part your hair in three sections; the back and each side. In each section, apply a large bobby pin (horizontally) across the ends of your hair and then roll this section up to your scalp and apply two small bobby pins forming an "x" over the large pin. This will secure the shape to your scalp and give the illusion of a fresh new "trendy" haircut. I call this change without commitment!
For the recent Emmy awards, I wanted to pair Kim Cattrall's sexy dress with understated but modern hair. Although her current length was somewhat short, we accomplished the look with extensions. It was simple but sexy. This is easier than you think and more common, but do consult a professional to get the look.
Getting to the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with a client of mine, we took a long flight, a helicopter ride and a car ride. We arrived at the hotel to find it surrounded by paparazzi. Neither she nor her hair was camera-ready! Sunglasses and lip gloss would do the trick, but her head was surrounded by a halo of static. After I stopped laughing (she was not), I realized my equipment wasn't with me but in another car. Without any hair products, it was either lick my hands and swipe them over her head as my mom would have done, or use the hand lotion I had found in the bottom of her purse. We both agreed only a mother can get away with the first choice, so I slathered the lotion through her locks. Finding her tresses tamed, she was camera-ready!