BYRDIE: Are you nervous on award show days? Why or why not?
JUSTINE MARJAN: I usually am not nervous. I always try to keep a calm energy so that my client feels calm and comfortable. I feel confident in my ability to create hairstyles, so I’m not usually nervous about executing a look. It’s all about maintaining an atmosphere that is enjoyable. We’re in such a fun industry, so we have to remember that we are lucky to do what we do and that beauty is something that should always be fun!
BYRDIE: What sort of tasks do you do leading up to and on the day of an award show?
JM: I usually pack my kit the night before to make sure I’m prepared for anything. Sometimes the whole concept for hair can change mid-way through a look, so I literally bring a giant suitcase with me wherever I go so that I can whip out a hair accessory or a different colored extension at a moment’s notice.
BYRDIE: How many days in advance do you need to prep for a big show like the Oscars?
JM: I usually work with my clients in the week leading up to a red carpet to figure out the look based on what they’re wearing. This way I can prepare myself by getting the right hair extensions, hair accessories, etc.
BYRDIE: How do you come up with the final hair look? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
JM: This depends on who I’m working with. Some people like to be super involved, and we will send references back and forth until we can find something perfect. Other times I work with people who know exactly what they want, and I try to bring life to their vision. Usually, it’s a collaboration and it’s always about the total overall look—bringing the dress, hair, and makeup together. I search everywhere from previous red carpets, Pinterest, Instagram, runway, and editorial spreads for inspo.