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Hollywood Hair Secrets From Hairstylist Sean James


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As a hairstylist to many of Hollywood’s A-list stars, Sean James knows how to be on the cutting edge. Sean graciously reveals his secrets for some of the hottest hairstyles and his tricks for strong, healthy and gorgeous hair.

Question: What are the top 3 celebrity - inspired hairstyles right now, and what type of hair and face shape do they work for best?

Sean's Answer: 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 & Carey 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.

Cary Mulligan

Question: How do you protect your celebrity clients’ hair from damage caused by the constant blowouts and color treatments?

Sean's Answer: 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.

Question: What are your tricks to making highlights look believable?

Sean's Answer: 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.

Question: What are some ways to keep hair looking fresh and clean between washes?

Lauren Conrad

Sean's Answer: 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.

Question: What are your best new product finds?

Sean's Answer: 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

More About Sean James

Sean James

In 1989 celebrity hairstylist Sean James’ talents as a wigmaker brought him to America on a special visa. After finishing a four year apprenticeship learning the Vidal Sassoon method under Australia’s leading stylist Oscar Cullinan, he was encouraged to explore the world.

During his first week in the U.S. he worked on the South African short film, "Look What We've Done," which was later nominated for an Oscar. Sean's destiny had begun.

He then moved to London for two years, where he gained his sense of style and received a great education in fashion working with the crew from Vivienne Westwood.

With his new appreciation for fashion, he returned to fashion-thirsty Los Angeles, where he worked at the Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica. Additionally, he became an educator and color specialist at the Los Angeles Flagship store for L’Oreal, training young stylists.

In 2001, Sean became a part of the creative team for Redken, keying many fashion shows, including Dolce and Gabanna, Valentino, Gucci, Balmain, and Burberry. His work has been seen in publications all over the world.

Lindsay Lohan

His clientele includes many A-list stars, such as Jaime Lee Curtis, Jamie Pressly, Eugene Levy, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Lindsay Lohan, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Phil Keoghan. He also styled Courtney Love during what he calls the Versace Years, in addition to many young talented artists.

Sean is currently the hairstylist for Leonard Cohen’s #1 selling world tour. His specialties include color, cutting, and extensions, as well as styling for covers and editorials, fashion shows, and video and commercial production.

Sean has an easy going sensibility and a welcoming Aussie sense of calm. His fantastic knowledge and cutting edge eye for what’s new and hot helps him to predict the future trends of the industry. Sean can be seen on Style Network’s "How Do I Look?”.

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- Revised Date: 04/23/11

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