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Hair Tips: Kyra Sedgwick - Hair Secrets From The Closer


The award winning actress, Kyra Sedgwick (August 19, 1965) has a new series, The Closer, on TNT that is a huge success.

The show stars Kyra (The Woodsman, Loverboy, Cavedweller) who plays Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a police detective who has transferred from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases.

(Image of Kyra Sedgwick at the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals, Santa Monica, CA, February 26, 2005 - David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

TNT's The Closer

After just watching the first episode of the fabulous show, I was completely hooked. Of course I should mention that I am a huge fan of the very talented actress.

Kyra, who is perfect in the role as the born and bred Southern Belle who has to tangle with the mostly male members of the LA Police force, is refreshing to watch.

(Image of Kyra Sedgwick at the 2005 Ray-Ban Visionary Award honoring Kevin Bacon, Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT, January 23, 2005 - David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Brenda's quirky personality and hard nosed approach often rub her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the world's best interrogators eventually wins over even her very toughest critics.

(Image of Kyra Sedgwick at the 2005 Ray-Ban Visionary Award honoring Kevin Bacon, Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT, January 23, 2005 - David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Joining Sedgwick in the series are J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order, Oz) as Johnson's boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope; Robert Gossett (Arlington Road, The Net) as Captain Taylor, head of the robbery homicide division; and Jon Tenney (You Can Count on Me, Get Real) as FBI Agent Fritz Howard.

Hair Secrets

In my humble opinion, The Closer's set hairdressers do a spectacular job of creating a variety of hair styles that perfectly mirror the personality of the character. In fact, because Kyra as Chief Johnson comes across as totally dedicated to her work, her character seems completely fashion and hair challenged.

(Image of Kyra Sedgwick at the Worldwide Premiere of MGM's Beauty Shop - March 24, 2005 - Photo by David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Although in real life Kyra is known and admired for her luscious long blonde locks, in the Closer she is portrayed as having hairstyles that are an afterthought. Even better, the hairstyles that Chief Johnson does sport for various episodes do not distract from her amazing acting.

In the most recent episode, Chief Johnson, who is investigating the murder of a congresswoman's daughter, played by Meredith Baxter, is beaten by a masked man. Of course I constantly look at the hair, but was mesmerized by Kyra's portrayal of the shaken police veteran. Instead of viewing her as a famous and wildly talented movie star, I experienced her as a tough chief who felt fragile and out of control. In my opinion, her hair mirrored that mood completely. What can I say but WOW. Amazing.

Steal Kyra's Look

Although Kyra, as Chief Johnson, often wraps her hair up into a messy twist held in place by jaws, claws or fat barrettes (I love her liberal use of hair accessories), she sometimes appears with long luscious ringlets.

(Image of Kyra Sedgewick at Clive David Annual Pre Grammy Party - February 12, 2005 - Images by David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Keep in mind that Kyra has some of the best professional hairdressers in the industry working with her character's hair.

To recreate her look follow the steps below:

Step 1: Start before you step into the shower. Detangle hair carefully starting at the ends and working up towards the roots. Use a 100% boar's head brush like a Mason Pearson or similar, to smooth strands completely.

Step 2: Prepare a shampoo mix that will work for your hair type, texture and length maximizing the potential to get super straight strands. Consider using a moisturizing shampoo like Phytojoba is straights are chemically treated or naturally dry. Phytocitrus shampoo works well on hair that is colored.

Mix your normal shampoo with lukewarm water in a clean plastic bottle. Shake to mix well. Note: An example of a good shampoo mix proportion, depending on length and type of hair, might be 1 - 2 teaspoons of shampoo to 1 quart of warm water.

Step 3: Step into a shower with lukewarm, not hot water and get hair soaking wet. Drizzle shampoo formula over the top of your head letting the suds gently cascade down the length of your strands. Use fingers to pat shampoo mixture into strands. Avoid rubbing wet strands. Not only will this prevent breakage, it will help keep strands as straight as possible.

Step 4: Rinse well until hair is completely clear of suds.

Step 5: Apply favorite rinse-out conditioner for type, length and condition of hair, if one is normally used. Phytosesame is excellent for providing moisture.

(Image of Kyra Sedgewick at "The Woodsman" Special Screening - 11-05-04 - Image by Jason Kirk/ Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Phytocitrus Conditioner will help to soften and condition dry or chemically treated strands. Use fingers or a wide tooth pick to distribute onto strands from the top of the ears down to the ends. Allow to remain on strands for up to 10 minutes.

Step 6: When possible finish with a cool/cold rinse which closes the cuticle and add shine.

Step 7: Towel blot to remove excess moisture. Do not rub or ruffle delicate hair which is more prone to breakage when wet.

Step 8: Starting at the ends, use a smooth high quality comb like a Kent or a wide pick. Apply desired rinse-out conditioner like Phyto 7, Phyto 9 or similar to help keep strands soft and detangled. Add a heat protectant spray on top of the detangling/leave in product.

Step 9: Working in a circular pattern, separate hair into 6-8 equally sized sections and clip in place. Using a flat, boar bristle brush like the Mason Pearson (favorite of many of the celebrity hairdressers), unclip the first section of hair and using the brush to anchor and smooth, direct the air flow from a blow dryer from the roots down towards the ends of the strand. This will help to keep the cuticle smooth and help to add natural shine.

(Image of Kyra Sedgewick and Kevin Bacon at "The 2004 IFP Independent Spirt Awards - 02-28-04 - Image by David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Note: The Mason Pearson Handy boar's head brush (available at is a favorite of hairdressers and beauty editors alike because of his superb quality and ability to create fabulous styles.

Step 10: After all of the sections have been carefully dried and more straightness is desired, apply a very light amount of anti-frizz product to the middle to the bottom ends of the strands. Avoid getting any frizz product near the scalp or root area which can cause oiliness. Use a flat iron to remove any kinks and add a stick straight finish.

Optional Ringlets

If you wish to copy Kyra's long sultry ringlets, use a hot curling iron or hot rollers instead of a flat iron. Separate hair into 1-2 inch strands and roll in a ringlet pattern. Hold the curling iron in place for 30 seconds. Release the newly formed curl and immediately pin against the scalp to cool. Spray the pinned curl with a hair spray.

(Image of Kyra Sedgewick at the world premiere of "Secondhand Lions" at the Mann National Theater, Westwood, CA, 09-18-03 - Image by David Edwards - - all rights reserved).

Repeat this procedure around the entire head. When the curls have completely cooled, spray again one last time with hairspray.

Carefully remove the bobby pins and use fingers to lightly tousle. Viola!


The Closer comes to TNT from The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Brothers Television. James Duff (The D.A., The Agency), Greer Shephard (Nip/Tuck, The D.A.) and Michael Robin (Nip/Tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue) serve as executive producers.

Don't forget to tune into this magnificent original series.

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