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Jennifer Aniston’s Hair Secrets

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Jennifer Aniston’s Hair Secrets
Chris McMillan, the star’s longtime friend and stylist, spills

By Emily Hebert Elle Magazine| August 04, 2009 10:00 a.m.

What was Jennifer’s hair like when she first came to your salon?
I’ve been doing Jennifer’s hair forever. When I first met her, she had long, one-length hair with bangs, and she was like, “Don’t cut my hair—I want my hair long.” But I’m a hairdresser, so I obviously cut her hair and told her she needed to grow her bangs out. I cut a couple inches off and layered it from her bangs down to the ends. Then I taught her how to pin the bangs over with a bobby pin and make them flat—remember how everyone was doing that on the first year of Friends? Six weeks later, she came back to the salon for another haircut—her bangs were longer, and we just cut a little bit more off her length. The next thing you know, her bangs were down to her chin, and the rest of her hair was at her shoulders in these long, loose layers that sort of flipped out—and that’s what we called the Rachel.

What was the Friends hairstyle inspired by?
I’m always inspired by other hairdressers, models, fashion, and magazines like ELLE. For the Rachel, I was inspired by a model named Beri Smither—Ward Stegerhoek did her hair at the time. She was wearing this really great shag haircut—it wasn’t the Rachel, but it inspired me. These days, though, Jen likes her hair on the longer side with her layers grown out.

What’s Jennifer’s natural hair texture?
She has naturally wavy, medium-texture hair, and she has what you would call good hair—it goes curly really easily if you scrunch it, and if you blow-dry it straight, it stays straight but with body.

What shampoo and conditioner does she use?
She loves having her hair shampooed fresh and clean. She shampoos and conditions pretty much every day—if she’s going for the day-old-hair look, she prefers to create it using products. The shampoo and conditioner she’s using right now are my shampoo and conditioner. I used her and Courteney Cox as my guinea pigs. Jennifer uses the products every day. She also loves deep conditioners—I’ll do professional treatments at my salon using Shu Uemura products.

What hair products did she use before she came to you?
Oh, God, we used to laugh—she loved Aussie 3 Minute Miracle back in the day. We would use that stuff. We loved the smell of it. They also have that Aussie Sprunch Hairspray—we’d use that, too.

How does Jennifer keep her hair looking great between salon visits?
I cut her hair religiously every six weeks, but between visits, she takes care of her hair, she really does—she doesn’t rip through it when she brushes it after a shower. And she lets her hair dry on its own when she’s not working. She likes to wear her hair natural, and she’s good at styling it on her own.

So how would you describe her hair personality?
She’s not one to say, “Oh, I want something really funky.” She likes pretty, sexy hair. “Pretty” to me is adding texture, and “sexy” is undone-looking hair. If you look at her hair, it looks like it grew out of her head like that—it doesn’t look like a curling iron touched it. We never use curling irons or flatirons on her hair. We always try to work with her natural texture and use round brushes to give a soft curl. The modern sleek look can be good for photo shoots, but when Jen’s walking the red carpet or doing press, she feels more comfortable with natural-looking hair.

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When it comes to red carpet updos, what sorts of hairstyles does Jennifer like?
She likes ponytails or really quick natural-looking buns—ones that look like she did them herself. And, you never see this, but off the red carpet she really likes wearing low, loose braids on both sides of her head. She’s a real down-to-earth girl—she loves the beach, loves nature, and loves animals.

How do you style Jennifer’s hair curly?
For the ELLE September cover shoot, I used Shu Uemura Depsea Repair Foundation Essential Hair Prep at the crown of her hair and Bumble and bumble Surf Spray at the ends. Then I do what I call a “bad blow-dry.” I vary the sizes of the round brushes—twisting the hair around them—so that I leave the hair halfway dry, halfway wet. This way, I pull the curl out but allow the hair to go into its natural form. The Surf Spray really helps to add texture to the hair—it gives it that day-old-hair look on the same day.

Why do you use different-size round brushes?
Because around the bottom of the hair, we like it to be longer—so I use a large round brush there. Around the front, I use a longer one, and at the crown area I use a smaller one because it creates fullness. I always blow-dry the roots straight—about two inches—and let the ends be a little curlier. I also like to blow-dry the hair around her face with a few strands tucked behind her ears. When you untuck the hair, a nice frame is created around the face.

How do you style Jennifer’s hair straight?
When I blow-dry her hair straight, I like to use Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil—it’s brand-new, and unfortunately it’s only available in the UK, but it’s awesome. Shu Uemura sent me some of the product six months ago, and I’ve been using it on Jen’s hair ever since. I just pump a pea-size drop into my hand, rub it through the ends of her hair while it’s damp, and blow-dry it straight using a round brush.

I don’t use any of the Essence Absolue Oil in the root, though, because we like the roots full—she’s not liking her hair really bone-straight anymore; she likes it with some wave. Sometimes we’ll bend the brush a bit and add straight waves so that it’s smooth and straight but not flatiron-straight. Once I’m done blow-drying, I use a tiny bit of the Essence Absolue Oil to add gloss and texture at the ends.

What inspired you to give Jennifer the bob haircut that she had between 2000 and 2001?
I’m always inspired by iconic women—anyone from Mia Farrow and Julie Christie to Brigitte Bardot and Peggy Moffitt. Faye Dunaway’s hairstyle in Bonnie and Clyde was the inspiration for Jen’s bob. It was fun—you know she likes to chop her hair off about every five years. We’ll even her hair up and lop off a few inches. She’s actually overdue for a short cut—we’ll probably be doing that soon. But it won’t be because of trends; it’s because she finished three movies, she has a lot of press to do, and it just makes the hair really nice, thick, and full. We wouldn’t do the same bob as before; we’d do something a little different.

How have Jennifer’s hairstyles evolved through the years?
They’ve changed slowly, via texture and length. I know that it appears as though her hair hasn’t changed much over the years, but if you look at a timeline of her hair, you’ll notice that she’s always on trend—for example, we’ll change her part to the side or down the middle or we’ll pull it back in ponytails. That’s her thing—she likes to be comfortable but trendy. Even if she’s wearing a simple black dress, it’s going to be the newest black dress.

She doesn’t feel the pressure to take fashion and beauty risks because she’s more concerned about other things. She loves her house—she just built this amazing house. She loves her dog, she loves her friends. She’s always like, “I’m having a pizza party tonight—come over,” you know what I mean? Those are the things she has fun with. Not only is she a great client and fun to work with, but she’s also one of the greatest friends I have. She seriously is—she knows how to be a friend, and she has taught me how to be friend. I’m the luckiest person in the world.

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4 Steps to a Flawless Face

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Smooth

Step # 1
Foundation is one of the first things women skip yet it’s key to looking flawless. That’s because this “base layer” helps makeup last longer, and colors (like blush) look truer. To pick the perfect shade hold bottles next to your face and narrow down the options. Then swipe each where skin is most uneven (usually, your cheek); if it blends in, you’re set. Once you’ve nailed the hue, sweep along your forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones, then blend outward to help it disappear into your skin.

Cover

Step #2
Concealer is every woman’s favorite tool for hiding it all—from under-eye circles to blemishes. Apply a small amount over foundation for a natural look. For best results you’ll need two concealers: one that’s a shade lighter than your foundation to downplay dark, blue-toned, under-eye circles and make skin appear brighter. The other should match your foundation to help hide reddish blemishes or broken capillaries. Use a thin makeup brush and apply concealer to the inner- eye corners first (by the tear ducts, where circles tend to appear darkest) and feather it outward.

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Brighten

Step #3
Learn to love luminizer. This secret weapon comes in liquid or powder form and is made with opalescent, pearl-like particles that give skin a sheer finish and a subtle, sexy sheen. Choose the shade closest to your skin tone: Pink and white luminizers complement fair skin, while gold and bronze suit medium to deep coloring. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Use a clean fingertip to dab a pea-size drop onto your brow bones, along the tops of your cheekbones, and at the innermost corners of your eyes. Be sure to blend well to achieve a barely-there radiance.

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Step #4
Powder keeps foundation in place longer by blotting away excess oil. Use loose powder (it offers an airy, light finish) or use your favorite compact powder and sweep it on with a brush. Apply along your T-zone, under your eyes, and across your lids (to give eye-shadow color staying power). Remember to choose a shade that matches your skin. When in doubt, go a touch darker.

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Glamour presents- Two Makeup Eye-deas For Mid-Summer Days

I don’t know about you, but by early August, I usually get more than a little lazy with my makeup routine. However, these lovely shots of Kerry Washington and Blake Lively at an event in the Hamptons have inspired me to whip out my neglected eyeshadow brush sometime very soon.

These two eye-shadow schemes are playful and not too involved–perfect for a mid-summer day. First, check out Kerry’s look. She had a sheer wash of green shadow swept across her top lids and then verrry gently haloed beneath her bottom lids. Black liner (applied inside the lash line, too) and mascara kept the look neat and tidy enough for day (versus smoked-out and sexy for night).

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Of course, not everyone can, or wants to, wear green shadow–but I think basically anyone can pull off this next idea, as seen on Blake Lively. She rimmed her eyes all around in sheer, shimmery white, adding a little extra at the inner corners and adding some matte nude shadow below the brows to add definition. Lots and lots of mascara on top and bottom are the perfect finishing touch.

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Beauty Tip: Sweating It

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My perspiration during summer is out of control. Any stay-dry tips?

Whether you’re experiencing makeup meltdown, underarm wetness, foot odor—or all three, overactive sweat glands can definitely cramp your summer style. The good news is there are ways to combat hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive perspiration) and cope better with it.

Stay Cool on the Go
While it’s commonly believed that sweating helps detoxify your body, the truth is that sweat contains few toxins. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, the liver and kidneys—not the sweat glands—are what filter toxins from the blood; sweat simply serves to cool you down when you overheat. With this in mind, be prepared the next time you’re invited to an outdoor fete: Pack your purse with gentle facial cleansing wipes (the compact ones by Simple are easy to tuck away), cool-to-the-touch cream (Lumene’s miniature Time Freeze Instant Cooling Eye Stick is ultrarefreshing), and travel sized Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Spray (bonus: It makes your makeup stay on longer). Another tip: Before popping open your ice-cold can of soda, hold it to the back of your neck for a quick cool-down.

Sweatproof Your Makeup
While supermatte ’90s-inspired skin is in for fall, during summer a little shine is actually chic. (So don’t blot away with oil-absorbing sheets the second you feel moisture poking through!) That said, Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are a godsend. You should also never underestimate the power of a good makeup base. To keep brow sweat at bay, use makeup that allows your skin to breathe while keeping it shine-free: Start by using a water-based oil-absorbing primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Light and follow with a similarly absorbent powder foundation such as Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. And when it comes to your eyes, opt for powder shadow and waterproof mascara and liner. Plan on being outside during prime sweat time (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)? Nothing beats liquid liner.

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Watch Your Diet
Caffeine and nicotine have both been linked to excessive sweating so instead of reaching for coffee or cigarettes, your best bet is to grab a glass of water and carrot sticks. While water helps hydrate and regulate body temperature, fruits and veggies are healthier alternatives to processed foods (particularly those with lots of sugar) which, incidentally, have also been shown to stimulate sweat glands.

Amp Up Your Antiperspirant
Many drugstore brands—Dove, Secret, Degree—have released “clinical strength” antiperspirant formulas, but if these don’t work for you, consider talking to your doctor about a prescription version. Over-the-counter options like Drysol, Saldrize, and Certain Dry may help and can be used on the soles of feet as well if products such as Avon Footworks Deodorizing Foot Powder don’t do the trick. Prescription oral medications such as oxybutynin and glycopyrrolate are another option but are typically considered a last resort, as they can be accompanied by serious side effects that include drowsiness, visual impairment, and dryness of the mouth.

Try Red Carpet Treatment
If you’ve exhausted over-the-counter antiperspirants to no avail, you may consider doing what many Hollywood starlets are rumored to do: Get Botox injections in your underarms and/or feet. In July 2004, the FDA approved Botox for hyperhidrosis that can’t be resolved with topical treatments; by blocking the release of a chemical in the nervous system responsible for triggering the sweat glands, Botox can temporarily reduce perspiration in the area that’s been injected. Results usually last for up to six months.

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