Mimi talks to Beatrice De Alba: Part 2

BATD ON Jul 03, 2009 AT 1:54 pm

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood

We know you worked as Isla Fisher’s personal hair stylist on the film Confessions of a Shopaholic – how can we get the ‘Becky Bloomwood’ look?
Well, what I did with her is either use a Frederic Fekkai Mousse or a Graham Webb leave in conditioner that was very good if I was trying to lock the humidity out. Then I would give the hair a good blow dry, make sure you get your blow dry locked out, that’s the most essential part of any hairstyle. You need to get the base where you want it to go. Once you’ve achieved that, the rest will fall in more easily. I would then go in with Caruso rollers, which are steam rollers so they are good on the hair and they’re very funny as they are bright red. If I wanted to make a particular curl, I’d go in with the iron and touch up. Then just kind of shake it, that was her look for most of the film.

 

 

You have worked closely with a whole host of celebrities, whose hair do you love?
Isla’s hair is amazing, the colour is stunning and it’s natural too. Salma Hayek I’ve worked with for years and she has the most beautiful thick wavy hair. It depends what you are doing with the hair, I’ve worked with Kate Hudson and her hair is very mouldable. You can do just about anything with it, put it in a style and it just stays there.

Whose personal style do you love?
I like a really natural look, I like hair to look touchable, like you want to run your fingers through the hair. I think Isla achieves that very well and Salma too.

What was it like working with Cate Blanchett on The Curious Curse of Benjamin Button?
I loved working with Cate Blanchett, It was like a dream come true.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

If you could give us one great hair tip what would it be?
The thing that seems the most obvious to me and that people think of as a benign thing to do, is brushing your hair. When you brush it from the top and you hear that ripping sound, that is not the brush that is your hair. My advice is start at the bottom, detangle slowly, working your way up with a natural bristle brush. You’ll have loads of split ends otherwise.

What products should we use to avoid summer hair disasters?
I think anything that has sodium laurel sulphate in it. Try to stick to things that have more natural ingredients in them. No nasties like parabens. Do a bit of research in to it, because what goes on your head does get in to your body. I’m launching a product line and I’ve been very careful with all of that and been really aware of it.

What are the hot hair trends for the summer?
I think there continues to be that messy, more natural look. Keeping things broken up. And of course on long hair, the mermaid waves are just beautiful. I think hair’s a little fuller right now than it has been, there’s so many glamorous and sexy looks. Even short hair can be extremely slick, which is nice too.

What’s next for you?
My main thing is getting my product line finished so I’m working on that and I have a few irons in the fire as far as films go but my main priority is my line, which I’m hoping to launch by the end of this year or if not early next year.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is out to buy on DVD now.

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