There have been so many standout beauty moments throughout each season of Girls, specifically Marnie's intense wedding makeup, Shoshana's hair (in general), and the moment that had all of us writhing uncomfortably in our seats: Hannah attempting to re-create Carey Mulligan's pixie on her own mane, which resulted in a total hack job. But while the characters may not have always had the best luck on camera, they're in good hands behind the scenes. Who's the owner of said hands? Sherry Heart, the head hair designer for the show.
Heart and her right-hand woman, April Schuller, work with the actors to style the perfect hair for break ups, make ups, and those heart-warming moments (here's looking at you, "Dancing on My Own" scene). Through the years of working on the dynamic set, Heart's learned several hair lessons and developed some of her own tricks that she's been generous enough to share with us and with you, dear readers.
Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
"My tip for fighting frizz is not to fight it. Working in the film business, we have to take into account what the weather is doing when we are filming outside. What you want to do is get control of the frizz and put it into a more organized curl or wave. I like to use a curling iron to enhance the curl a bit. Fighting frizz also starts in the shower with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner like Hask Bamboo Strengthening Oil ($6), which helps add texture and shine."
"Since our days can be 12 hours long, we really have to make sure the styles last. That’s where I apply some my rules: Is their hair curly? Is it straight? What are they wearing? What is their activity level? I take all of this into consideration when determining what style to do on [the actors]. A beautiful half-up or half-down 'do is a good trick for making the hair last. If the hair is curly, then enhance that curl. What you don’t want to do is try to straighten it on a humid day and then have it curl up by nightfall."
"Adding volume to fine hair is one of my favorite TV hair tricks. I learned this many years ago and still use it to this day when I blow-dry hair. Take some light hairspray [Ed. note: We love Wella EIMI Stay Essential Light Crafting Spray ($18)] and spray at the root. Not too much—just a fine mist. Blow-dry the hair upside down, and when you flip the hair back, the hair will lift off the scalp and appear fuller. Now the secret is out!"
"Many days, the actors come in not having washed their hair just because there is not always time. If I wash it for them, I love to use a purifying charcoal shampoo and conditoner since it gets rid of any product buildup for a fresh slate. I also always have dry shampoo on me for use in a pinch. You cannot do TV and film without it."
"My trick for taking hair from the beach to dinner is to braid it and then pin it up onto each side. On season three of Girls, we had a whole episode devoted to being at the beach, and one day I changed Jessa’s hair from beach waves to a braided updo. I brushed her hair to make it thicker, braided it on each side, and swooped each braid up and pinned them on top of her head. It worked out perfectly because the hair had a nice texture from being at the beach all day."
"On set, you don’t have much time, so you learn to work quickly and find products that speed up the blow-drying process. For a fast blow dry in the trailer, I love Hask's Express Blow Dry ($7), it literally cuts the drying time by half. It gets the job done quickly so we can send the actors to set."
Clear mascara, that is. Says Heart, "One of my must-have products on set is clear mascara. When an actor is backlit or a piece of hair is popping out that is catching the light, I just brush it down with the clear mascara. I always recommend having a tube of clear mascara with you to nix flyaways, especially for sleek looks."
"To get a ponytail to have more volume, I use a Mason Pearson brush ($230) and back-comb the ponytail in layers using big strokes and spray hairspray as I go."
"The best advice I can give for growing out your hair is to be creative. Use accessories to make a cute hairdo. If the sides are bugging you over your ears, then roll them back and use a couple of cute barrettes to hold them. If your bangs are getting too long and hanging in your eyes, braid them into a side French braid and secure with a colored bobby pin. Have fun and be creative with it!"
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