As a hairstylist to many of Hollywood’s A-list stars, Sean James knows how to be on the cutting edge. We went behind the scenes and asked Sean to reveal his secrets for some of the hottest hairstyles and his tricks for strong, healthy and gorgeous hair.
What are the top 3 celebrity-inspired hairstyles right now, and what type of hair and face shape do they work for best?
I’d go with the classics. The hot look for long hair would have to be Kim Kardashian. Also, the twenty-somethings in popular reality TV shows like “The Hills” and “The City” have inspired new hairstyles and dominated the look for long hair. It works with almost any face shape, depending on the length of the layers around the face.
To get this look, use a 1 ½” barrel curling iron and blow-dryer.
A medium length hairstyle would have to be Jaime Pressly's classic bob, as seen on the June 2010 cover of Health magazine. Finally, for young and old we are looking at Jamie Lee Curtis & Carrie Mulligan’s, short, 1966 "Rosemary’s Baby" Vidal Sassoon short-cropped look. It works for women of all ages and best on those with a petite face. To perfect this look, make sure it is heavily textured and choppy.
How do you protect your celebrity clients’ hair from damage caused by the constant blowouts and color treatments?
I recommend an at-home hair care regime. It’s important that all of my clients take home the correct shampoo, conditioner, treatment, and styling products in order to maintain and re-create their styles at home.
What are your tricks for making highlights look believable?
With highlights, I like to go for a really natural look, not too chunky, but not too fine. I adapt the stroke of the brush and technique according to each client’s specific hair type and texture. I like the hair to resemble that of a teenager who has spent her summer at a beach house. It’s something I adapted from my childhood in Australia.
What are some ways to keep hair looking fresh and clean between washes? The best way to keep hair fresh in between washes is to use a dry shampoo, which will eliminate oily build up.
There are many brands to choose from. Simply spray in and brush out. You will find it adds volume as well.
What is your best new product finds?
Some products that are RED hot right know are Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital Protéiné Conditioner & Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense, to treat those wicked ends. • Thick from Rusk products • Kérastase Double Force hairspray • Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder sprays • Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray • Davines Colored Shampoos, for sliver, brunette, golden blonde, and red hair • Rusk Ceramic 1 ½” Barrel Curling Iron • Supersolano 3600 Professional hair dryer