Remember that scene in Mean Girls when Damian says Gretchen Weiner’s hair is so big because it’s “full of secrets”? First of all—best quote ever. And now we want to watch Mean Girls. Second of all—so true, especially when applied to Hollywood. Those celebs with the thick, shiny, voluminous strands (hi, J.Lo, Chrissy, and Blake) you see on the red carpet? There are secrets behind pulling off that hair—secrets only their trusted hairstylists know… until now. With the interest of anyone who isn’t a celeb (aka 99% of the population) in mind, we asked six hairstylists to tell us all their (hair) secrets. Because the less we worry about our hair, the more we can fix the fact that our nail beds suck. Regulation hottie status, here we come.
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Hairstylist: Christian Marc
Works with: Olivia Munn, Lizzy Kaplan
The secret: "This is one thing most of the people don’t really know about red carpet hair is that most of the time we use some form of extensions, or a hair piece. They create body, length, or a cool effect to add to the hair. It’s one of those things we do for pretty much all red carpets events. You can do it yourself, too!"
Hairstylist: Ryan Richman
Works with: Sarah Hyland, Ashley Tisdale
The secret: "I hear so many girls say, 'My curls never hold!' Using a thickening spray while blow-drying will help hold your curls all day. Before blow-drying each section, spray your strands with a thickening spray. Curl as usual, and finish with hairspray. Your hair will have enough product built in to make your style last."
Hairstylist: Clyde Haygood
Works with: Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere
The secret: "For a super-high and thick ponytail, separate the hair into three separate sections: back, middle, and front. Then, combine those into one ponytail and you will get added support without tension, pain or breakage."
(Richman offered a similar tip: "Tie a high ponytail with the front half of your hair. Tie a ponytail underneath it with the rest of the hair. The high pony will cover the low one and your ponytail will appear twice as long.")
Works with: Alessandra Ambrosio, Elle Macpherson
The secret: "[To look polished after your flight], braid your hair pre-flight. Clients often come to me pre-flight for a braided style, which actually looks better the more you sleep on it. I also recommend bringing a small can of Oribe's Cote D’Azur Hair Refresher to get rid of that plane smell. If the back of your hair gets a bit flat you can lift the top layer and spray some of the formula in between, roughing up with your hands to bring the volume back. That doesn’t work? Create a quick, low fishtail braid and twist it into a bun. This look is super polished looking and very easy to complete."
Hairstylist: Kylee Heath
Works with: Diane Kruger, Sofia Kruger, and Ashley Benson
The secret: "I would say (one of) my favorite tricks is to brush your hair out really well before going to sleep, put it in a loose French or regular braid, and spray it with a surf spray. Take the braid out when you wake up, spray a little more surf spray, and either lightly straighten any kinked ends or touch up some waves with a curling wand—but just the Mohawk section on top. The result? Perfect, beachy hair, all within a night's sleep and under five minutes to prep in the morning."
Hairstylist: Lacy Redway
Works with: Olivia Palermo, Amandla Stenberg, and Uzo Aduba
The secret: "My secret to taming baby hairs or flyaways is to not use a conventional hairbrush. Instead, I use an old makeup brush that you would typically use to apply blush or powder, and spray a little hairspray on the bristles then smooth over baby hairs or annoying flyaways."
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