7 Things A-List Celebrities Never Do to Their Hair
If you could be a celebrity for a day, what would you do? Cruise down a red carpet, camera bulbs flashing in your face? Post an Instagram selfie, then watch 75K people instantly Like it? Sign autographs for adoring fans until your hand almost falls off? While these are all worthy ways to spend a hypothetical 24-hours of fame, there's only one thing I'd do—pay someone to style my hair. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. I know I can pop to the salon for a fresh blowdry anytime (budget willing), but what I can't do is get an A-List stylist to rock up at mine for primping at 6am. (DYK: Some celebs are styled while they lay in bed. If that's not luxury, I don't know what is.) Yep, if you ask me, the best part of being a VIP is never having to wash your hair yourself.
Global editorial director for Paul Mitchell Lucie Doughty knows all about what it's like to colour and style the hair of celebrities and models, having preened everyone from Paris Hilton, Elizabeth Banks and Ellen to Miranda Kerr. In the interest of getting one tiny step closer to looking just as gorgeous, we asked Doughty what her clients *never* do to their hair. Want to say goodbye to bad hair days forever too? Keep reading.
"When a person is in the public eye they can’t afford a colour disaster, and there is simply no control or consistency with home hair colour," says Doughty. For this reason her clients always have their hair coloured professionally. If you're a DIY kinda gal, give yourself the best chance at a flawless end result by using salon-quality colour care products like Paul Mitchell's nourishing Color Protect Locking Spray ($17).
Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry ($52)
The next time you see an A-lister rocking a tousled, air-dried style don't be so sure they woke up like that. "They never go product free," says Doughty. "Even the most casual of Hollywood styles has been perfected with professional product." For a similar look at home, apply a sea salt-spiked product to add natural-looking grit and texture.
John Frieda Root Blur in Platinum to Champagne ($20)
We love balayage as much as the next girl, but unintentional regrowth are another story. "With paparazzi around every corner, stepping out with roots showing is just not an option for image conscious clients," adds Doughty. For this reason celebs do colour touch-ups more frequently than your average Jane—especially if they're filming. If you don't make the same sort of bank as Miranda Kerr, get yourself a root concealing product to cover up regrowth a little longer.
Manicare Mirror ($12)
"I suggest my clients check their hair from every angle before leaving the house, to ensure their style is perfectly flawless," says Doughty. Explains a lot—have you ever seen Elizabeth Banks' hair look anything less than flawless? Keep a small mirror handy when styling and you can do the same.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray ($28)
We all know celebrities and models are sent *a lot* of free stuff from *a lot* of fashion and beauty brands. Doughty says her clients know never to branch out with new products until she's given them the go-ahead. "The wrong product for their hair type could undo years of hard work spent getting their strands in optimal condition," she says. If you're not close enough with your hairdresser to do the same, we suggest cruising sites like Mecca and Sephora for consumer reviews before you buy.
Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo ($55)
Living an A-List life ain't always easy. "Image is everything in Hollywood, so being seen with unwashed, unruly hair is not on," says Doughty. The pro stylist prescribes each of her clients a custom hair maintenance plan so they know exactly which products to use and when. For the rest of us, a quality dry shampoo goes a long way towards stretching out time between washes and preventing bad hair days.
Manicare Hairdressing Scissors ($17)
"My job is to create and maintain the healthiest and most vibrant hair for my clients, key to this is regular trims," says Doughty. Many of her clients book in a trim every month, but none of them go longer than 6 weeks. The lesson? Healthy-looking hair is beautiful hair.