As the go-to hairstylist for Hollywood’s biggest names – from Kristen Stewart to Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Garner and Anne Hathaway – Adir Abergel’s work has been a red carpet fixture for 25 years. While celebrating these women’s individuality through their hair, hesimultaneously inspires us onlookers to try new styles.
Of course, doing occasion hair on oneself isn’t the same as having a talent like Abergel do it for you, but he believes that by starting with the right foundations anything is possible. That’s why he agreed to become creative director for Virtue, innovative haircare that uses a patented protein ethically sourced from human hair. “It’s changing the way that people are now able to deal with their hair,” he tells us, explaining that he’s building styling products around the range that restores and repairs your hair. With this in mind we asked the artist for his ultimate hairstyling hacks, from product tips to styling tricks.
Short, long, up or down; read this guide to infinitely up your hair game.
How to achieve cool waves
“Making curls look too tight can feel dated, and a lot of people end up using their curling iron in the wrong direction. So when you’re curing your hair at home, tilt your head completely to the side you’re working on, take the iron pointed down and work away from the hand you’re using. If your head is tilted while you’re curling it, you’re never going to burn your face, you’ll always get the right direction and it will fall and look relaxed. When you take your section out of the iron or tong, tug on it and hold on it until it cools down – this will give you the perfect relaxed waves.”
Try mousse instead of salt spray
“I just did this on Jessica Biel for the Emmy Awards to get the right texture. What I like to do is the Moisture-Defining Whip once the hair is all cooled down and scrunch it in to the waves. What’s nice about this mousse (not all mousses!), is it breaks up the wave in the way that a beach spray would but without the dryness. That’s the secret to cool texture. Most people would never use a mousse on dry hair.”
If it goes wrong
“Up-dos require a bit of texture in the hair – so if you do a wave on yourself and it looks a bit rubbish, put it up and it will look good!”