In StyleNovember 1, 2008 By: Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams, Marianne Dougherty American Salon
We talked to four stylists with an A-list celebrity clientele and got them to dish about how they whip those famous locks into shape.
Long and Lush
Tracey Cunningham, Redken's creative consultant for color, has a loyal celebrity clientele that includes Kate Beckinsale. "Her hair is very long. Sometimes I blow-dry it straight, sometimes I put a bit more wave or curl in," says Cunningham, who uses Redken Align 12 ultra-straight balm on Beckinsale's hair even if she isn't looking for stick-straight results. Since Cunningham is known for creating drop-dead gorgeous haircolor, she has another trick up her sleeve to keep Beckinsale's hair looking shiny and healthy. "I apply Shades EQ 9N after every service," she says. —M.D.
For smooth, sleek looks, try Redken Align 12 ultra-straight balm (redken.com). For similar results, try Onesta Smooth & Shine thermal straightening crème (onestahaircare.com) or PureOlogy SuperStraight relaxingserum (pureology.com).
Joico celebrity stylist George Papanikolas is a stylist and colorist at the West Hollywood, CA, hot spot Andy LeCompte Salon, visited by A-listers like Madonna and Kate Hudson. The most-requested look from his clients is Gisele Bündchen's soft waves. To get the look, Papanikolas applies Joico K-PAK Thermal Design Foam to damp hair at the roots. After blow-drying, he pins two curls on the top of the head, then curls vertical sections of hair away from the face with a 1½-inch iron, finishing with the pinned pieces. Next, he rubs a drop of K-PAK Protect & Shine Serum on his palms and runs them through the hair, finishing with Design Collection Flexible Shaping Spray. "The look you want is touchable, bouncy hair," he says. —L.A.
Try Joico Design Collection Flexible Shaping Spray (joico.com); ThermaFuse Fixxé Volume Mousse (thermafuse.com); Abba Pure Thermal Protect spray (abbahaircare.com); and J Beverly Hills Shine Drops light gloss serum (jbeverlyhills.com).
Townsend recently gave Diane Lane a modern shag cut with chunky layers. For the New York City premiere of Lane's film, Nights in Rodanthe, Townsend styled her hair into a modified chignon. "Her hair was too short and had too many layers for a traditional chignon," he says. To get the look, Townsend first applied Matrix Vavoom Take Me Higher root riser to the hair and blew it out with a round brush. Then he rubbed Biolage Molding Soufflé on his hands and raked them through the hair. Next, he sectioned off the sides and swept the top, from the crown down, into a sectioned bun, a little off-center. Finally, he wrapped the sectioned-off sides around the bun and finished with Vavoom Freezing Spray. —L.A.
TIGI S-Factor Creamy Molding Wax (tigihaircare.us) for moveable texture; and Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper (sebastianprofessional.com) for brushable hold.
Lots of Volume
Lindsay Lohan, another one of Cunningham's celebrity clients, wears a few extensions to add volume to her hair. When Cunningham uses a curling iron to create soft waves like the look shown here, she applies Redken Spray Starch 15 heat memory styler first. "It's pretty easy to brush through," she says. Cunningham also uses Redken Touch Control 05 volumizing texture whip on Lohan's hair to provide mild control. "I don't want the hair too stiff," she says. The finishing touch? Redken Headplay 12 pliable working spray, which provides a flexible, frizz-free, shiny finish. What's more, it offers 24-hour humidity resistance. —M.D.
Try Redken 05 Touch Control volumizing texture whip (redken.com); Goldwell Double Boost rootlift spray (goldwell-northamerica.com); KIS Thermal Protecting Hairspray (kishaircare.com); and Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play volumizing hairspray (sexyhair.com).