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Celebrity Hairstylist Melissa “Missy” Forney

Hidden Figures, the acclaimed movie about Black, female NASA mathematicians involved in one of NASA’s greatest space missions in history: Project Mercury—involved transforming modern-day stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe into the 1960s icons for the big screen. Enter the movie’s Department Head of Hair, Melissa “Missy” Forney who shared the behind-the-scenes intel on what it took to transform the stars…starting with their hairstyles.

Achieving Authenticity: “I looked up the real life Katherine [Johnson] to see how she wore her hair back then and just jazzed it up a little bit. I have also done plenty of period movies from the 60’s [like Selma], so I had my research from that too.”

Tress Tricks: “All of them [Taraji, Octavia and Janelle] wore wigs. Victoria Woods actually ventilated the lace front wigs [for the film]. It’s very tedious…these wigs’ particular latch is very small; you have to have the best eyes to do it. She ventilated each [strand] of the wigs in the direction I wanted it to go for the looks.”

Behind The Coif: [For Taraji] we wanted it to be a little sassy, but also businesslike, because [her character] was very intelligent but shy…We styled [her] wig by pulling pieces behind her ear and used a little clip to keep it back. I also flip curled it with a [small] curling iron. [For Janelle] I gave her a bob style. She has a lot of hair so we had to use a wig that had a little bit more hair to it. [Octavia’s] more of a boss lady at work; we kept her more ‘conservative’ with her look.”

↑ (left to right) Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer celebrate in trendy 60s styles in a scene from Hidden Figures.

↑ A sideswept style is Taraji’ P. Henson’s look in her role of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

↑ Fabulous flips define actress Octavia Spencer’s movie mane.

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