Secrets of Celebrity Hair
How do celebrities keep their hair always looking shiny, smooth and gorgeous? We asked top experts for their secrets.
Have a Colour Code
Drew Barrymore may be sporting deep, dark roots at the moment (which we are loving!), and that’s no accident. She didn’t get busy or lazy. Celebrity hair looks otherworldly, in part, because their colour is always perfect. Highlights never get brassy (Kate Hudson), brunettes are always glossy (Sandra Bullock) and sun-kissed strands (hello, Giselle) are present in the dead of winter. “Maintenance is everything when it comes to gorgeous colour,” says award-winning hairstylist. “These women go to the best colourists, use the right products at home to maintain the shade and never miss an appointment.”
Stars often have haircuts that morph into a million different styles—effortlessly. No gel helmet; without thousands of bobby pins. The most versatile styles tend to be shoulder-skimming or a little longer, with long chunky layers no shorter than your chin. “You then need regular trims to maintain the shape and keep hair look healthy,” says stylist Shane Henning.
Invest in Equipment
Walk into a star’s bathroom, and she will have the latest hair dryer (an ionic model, which dries hair in half the time, with half the damage); flat irons (one with Teflon plates, which don’t singe hair and which seal out humidity for longer); and a very good brush (with natural bristles, which reduce static). “Most stars believe that if they have ‘the best’ equipment then they’ll have fabulous hair… which is completely true,” says Wild.
Watch Your Stylist
It’s true that many stars have stylists on speed dial for special events… or for just a trip to the supermarket. But many of them ask to be shown how to use their equipment and products to the best effect too. “They live their lives in a fishbowl and can’t always see their hairdresser,” says Wild. “Oftentimes, we’ll show them how to get that perfectly tousled hair or sleek blow-dry—and some of them get quite good at doing their own hair.” And those who don’t? “They have a large collection of hats and head scarves!”
Think Twice About Messy
Many women think the casual bed-head look, championed by Sarah Jessica Parker and Giselle, is the perfect antidote to a bad hair day. Tease the unruly strands, spray and go. But this approach may not work for everyone. Honestly, stars have usually been sprayed and tousled for hours by a professional before they step in front of a camera looking like they just woke up. For mere mortals, attempts to look effortlessly sexy often just appear ratty. When in doubt, opt for a messy bun.
In the world of hair, there are generally very good cutters and very good colourists—and they are not often one in the same person. So rather than try and find one person who can do everything, find a stylist who is a genius with scissors and a colourist who places perfect highlights. And if you do stumble upon the Holy Grail… please let us know.
As anyone with a daily straightening habit can attest, heat styling and bleaching can leave your hair looking like straw. “On the red carpet, you won’t see it because their hair has just been done, but many celebrities have to use weekly leave-in treatments at home to keep their hair looking healthy and repair some of that styling damage,” says Henning.
The simplest hairstyles can look amazing with gorgeous accessories. A low chignon with a large silk flower or bejewelled clip nestled at the edge makes an elegant statement for evening. Headbands can make fluffy, just-washed hair look surprisingly pulled together.
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Brooke Le Poer Trench is a freelance journalist who contributes to Harper’s Bazaar. She has worked as a senior editor of Allure and Cosmopolitan in the U.S.