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Chris McMillan Chat Hair
our clients: They’ve had a bad hair day…or several thousand bad hair
days—and they come to you to resolve it. Whatever the reason—a
bad run-in with box dye, humidity that causes fork-in-electricoutlet-type frizz—a bad hair day can really lower a woman’s self-esteem.
For that very reason, even women who are known for their hair, like Jennifer
Aniston, constantly seek potions and your expertise to banish their bad
hair permanently. As the Co-Owner of Living Proof, the former Friends star
now ﬁnds herself in an even greater position to help women ﬁght the good
ﬁght against bad hair. “It’s so exciting to get in there and solve those hair
problems that all women have,” Aniston says of her role with Living Proof.
In fact, Aniston, her longtime mane man, Chris McMillan, and Living Proof
addressed the hair snafus of women everywhere with the three-part web series,
“Good Hair Day,” which features countless—and sometimes hilarious—tress
obsessions and confessions, plus insightful commentary from Aniston and
McMillan. We chatted with Aniston about her monster hair moments and
missteps, because, like all of us, she cops to having bad hair days.
When you’re not in the stylist’s chair, what do you do to your hair?
I will blow-dry it; and I don’t always blow it completely straight because I have
naturally wavy hair. But the good thing about the discovery of Living Proof
products is that it makes it so much easier to handle the frizzy aspect of my
hair. It’s got its kinks, and those “natural” highlights that start to grow in.
(Laughs.) With rapid speed!
Who is your beauty inspiration?
I always love Kate Moss; she’s just classic. Gisele Bündchen—she has
beautiful hair. Those two always get it.
Did you ever bring a picture of a celebrity to the salon and say, “I want this”?
I’ve been that person who brought in a picture [of a celebrity] to the salon. I
know what that’s like, when you see a photograph of what you want; it’s your
easy go-to, rather than describing it [to the stylist]. Mine was Valerie Bertinelli
from One Day at a Time. I know exactly what she was wearing. I think it was
from People magazine… She had that great, full Farrah Fawcett-esque hair. I
didn’t come out with that—not even close.
When was the ﬁrst time you had good hair?
I should have known better; I had great hair as a kid, and my mom said,
“You’re not allowed to touch your hair until you’re 13,” and she was right. The
ﬁrst thing I did was cut it all off, and realized, “Wow, I’ve never had it do this.”
I learned that my hair was not long and cute, but wide and unmanageable—
kind of a pain in the butt. I learned all my lessons in my younger years of what
not to do.
Do you get the itch to change your hair drastically?
I do and then I’m talked out of it. Because somebody else knows better. I
usually just get a trim.
If you could, though, would you?
I’ve always thought about going back to brunette. But I do think it’s fun to play
with hair in movies.
People often reference the “Rachel” as your big hair moment. But do you
have a favorite hair look from your past?
I loved my Along Came Polly hair. It was long and natural, so I could let my
blonde grow out. It was really dirty and whimsical; I just liked it. You always get
hair in a movie that you could never get in real life. Like I had bangs in Marley
and Me, but if I cut bangs on myself, they won’t look like that.
Do you have a fantasy hair product? One that doesn’t exist yet?
It’s so funny you asked that. I’ll be chatting about it with Living Proof after this
interview. But…I can’t talk about it yet. It’s so exciting to get in there and solve
those hair problems that all women have. —KARIE L. FROST
Want more? Chris McMillan shares his hair insights on beautylaunchpad.com/chris-mcmillan-hair-s-best-friend.
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