Behind The Scenes Beauty – A Celebrity Hair Stylist Shares Her On-Set Secrets

Behind The Scenes Beauty – A Celebrity Hair Stylist Shares Her On-Set Secrets

If you’ve ever watched a television show and wondered how they styled the actress’ hair or made it look so flawless, then this behind the scenes beauty guide is a must-read for you.

With long days on set, intense stage lighting, constant hairstyling changes, and frequent touchups, Hollywood hair stylists are often required around-the-clock on-set to ensure that the hairstyle of each actor and actress looks picture-perfect. To help us learn Hollywood hairstyling secrets, Kemi Cooks, department head hairstylist on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, shares her on-set hairstyling tips with us.

Hollywood Hairstyling Secrets

A typical hair day on set

A typical day for a Hollywood hairstylist on-set starts 2 hours before crew call. The actresses and actors go through “The Works” as it’s commonly called which is hair and makeup. Hair is usually styled according to the script. Once we are on set, each stylist is assigned an actor to watch throughout the day which then ends in a 12 to 14-hour period.

Hairstyling secrets to achieving long-lasting waves on set

If needed, I blow out the hair, which I always start my blowouts with a leave-in protector. I then use different sized curling irons to create the waves using modest amounts of setting sprays and texture sprays for waves to last 12 hours.

Hairstyling secrets to achieving long-lasting straight styles on set

I typically start with a good blowout with a leave-in protector, using tension to create a smooth foundation. If I want it silky straight, then I section and use a flat iron. For this look, I like to use Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray and CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray. I finish with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.


Tips for styling hair for HD cameras

Although HD television has a beautifully crisp picture, it can be a nightmare for hair and makeup stylists. So, you must create a solid foundation in your blow out and if possible, try to stay away from airy hairstyles. Create smooth based, stationary styles and use light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat those flyaways that HD unfortunately enhances.

To learn more celebrity hairstyling secrets and tips, check out the Hair section on Inspirations & Celebrations.

Kelsea’s Chic Updo How-To – BioSilk Silk Therapy Serum

Kelsea’s Chic Updo How-To – BioSilk Silk Therapy Serum

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Kelsea Ballerini stunned, as usual, at the 2017 IHeartRadio Music Festival with the help of celebrity hairstylist Tarryn Feldman. “This look is super sleek but edgy, Feldman explains. “We wanted to do something sophisticated in the front and off her face with a little eye candy in the back.” Check out how the beautiful ‘do was created…

“I used BioSilk Silk Therapy serum with the BioSilk Titanium Professional Hair Dryer to give her hair massive volume. After it was dry, I used Kevin Murphy Doo Over at her roots. I took the BioSilk Titanium Spring Curling Iron to give her texture in the front. I started in the back and did 3 twist braids to create the Mohawk effect in the back. Then, I teased her roots and pinned her hair back and connected to the top braid. I used BioSilk Silk Therapy Dry Clean Shampoo to piece out the front and BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray: Firm Hold to hold the look. Also, I used some ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray as well as Kevin Murphy Powder Puff.”

Focus On Hair – Biosilk Launches Silk 21

Focus On Hair – Biosilk Launches Silk 21

The maker of BioSilk announces the launch of their latest beauty line for both hair and skin called Silk 21 (link is external). Featuring four new products, Silk 21 with 21 amino acids, replenishes dry or damaged hair with essential moisturizing botanical extracts and herbs. It also provides thermal protection and strengthens and revitalizes hair while leaving it silky smooth with incredible shine and UV protection. The line also prevents color loss.

21 Amino Acids

Hair is made up of proteins formed from multiple amino acids. When hair is processed using chemicals or styled with heat, these proteins get fragmented, converting several amino acids to amino acid derivatives. The Silk 21 line of products is rich in amino acids derived from natural silk and keratin that help to maintain and balance the composition of the hair. Healthy hair contains 21 amino acids. Silk provides 17 amino acids, and the remaining are supplemented by the amino acids from wool keratin such as Aspartic acid, Threonine, Serine, Glutamic acid, Proline, and more.

The Silk 21 line includes:

Silk 21 Hydrating Thermal Protecting Shampoo

Gently cleanse dry or damaged hair of impurities and build up while replenishing essential hydration. Silk offers thermal protection helping to prevent future damage and split-ends. Helps to recondition dry, damaged hair by strengthening weak strands.

Silk 21 Hydrating Thermal Protecting Conditioner

Hydrate dry or damaged hair with silk’s moisture retention property. Silk offers thermal protection helping to prevent future damage and split-ends while strengthening dry, damaged hair. This conditioner improves elasticity for more manageable hair strands.

Silk 21 Leave-In Thermal Protecting Styling Cream

Lightweight, leave-in treatment hydrates dry tresses while helping to revive dull, lifeless hair.  Silk offers thermal protection, helping to prevent future damage and split-ends. Hair is left soft, nourished, and manageable with incredible shine.

Silk 21 Silk Repair & Shine Serum

Lightweight leave-in silk replenishing and reconditioning treatment shields hair against thermal damage. It helps to smooth away frizz and fly-a-ways, leaving hair manageable with incredible shine. Formulated for all hair types, this leave-in fills voids in the hair cuticle helping to create smooth styles. It can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin, leaving it soft and nourished.

Silk 21 will be sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply until March 2018.