Try This Look!

Olivia Wilde is gorgeous no doubt.  She is also one of the sweetest clients I have ever worked with.  This shoot was actually done in the dead of Winter, during a sleet filled cloudy day.  It could have been the recipe for disaster, however Olivia's poise and professionalism shined through and we landed a fantastic spread.  Can you believe this smoking' body is post baby??  

So when shooting for a magazine there are many factors to take into consideration.  Shooting with a celebrity adds a whole different level of complexity.  Generally, when shooting a spread and a cover, I prefer to focus my energy on one or the other with regards to beauty.  Otherwise I have too many things to focus on and that can slow down a shoot, or break the connection the photographer is trying to establish with the subject (which in this case is Tesh).  So in this case being that it was for Shape Magazine, I wanted sexy and bouncy hair that wasn't too fussy.  For Olivia, who has a ton of hair this is tricky.  That much hair can actually weigh a lot and those curls you worked so hard to put in, can fall flat within minutes.  Therefore the preparation is all the more vital.  Check out the guide below and Try This Look!


  • The key to bouncy and sexy hair is all prep work.  That includes giving yourself the perfect shampoo (or, two!)  Using a clarifying shampoo like Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo from John Frieda or Bain Volumifque from Kerastase and afterwards try to only condition the ends.  
  • Next, on towel dried hair from roots to ends I applied a liberal amount of Chiffon Styling Mousse from R + Co, throughout the hair concentrating on the roots.  Its much easier to apply product when you section your hair out in 4 quadrants.  Like a pie!  That way you don't get too much product in one section.  This is a lightweight mousse that gives excellent volume and shine.  

  • With a medium or small round brush, blow dry the hair over-directing the root for maximum lift.

  • Next with a 1 and a half inch curling iron, curl sections of hair and wrap around a medium Velcro roller and pin into a set pattern.  (see image I pulled off the internet below for what I mean by a roller set)

  • Next, you want to spray some hair spray to set this look and let cool. *This would be a great time to freshen up your makeup or get dressed. In this case I used R + CO again--Outer Space Flexible Hold
  • After its cooled (about 30 minutes if you are using hot rollers) remove the Velcro rollers and brush out the hair with a large flat brush or a Mason Pearson.  Don't fuss too much with the hair it should do its think on its own.  I like to apply a dry texture spray to give the hair a little more staying power.  This is especially great if you are out for the evening and your set is starting to fall down a bit.  Just give your hair a good tousle and a hair flip and carry on.  Try the Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray!  Its vavavoom in a bottle.