Behind The Scenes Beauty – Celebrity 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.

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