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How To Get Away With Murder Mane Secrets Revealed…

Actress Viola Davis (pictured) and company never fail to command attention on the ABC-TV series How To Get Away With Murder. Here Kemi Cooks, Department Head Hairstylist for the hit show, spills the details on what it’s like to work on the top-rated drama and what she does to craft some of the on-screen coifs…

TYPICAL HAIR DAY ON SET
A typical day for a hairstylist on set starts two hours before crew call. The actresses and actors go through “The Works,” as it’s commonly called, which is hair and makeup. Hair is usually styled according to the script. Once we are on set, each stylist is assigned an actor to watch throughout the day, which then ends in a 12 to 14-hour period.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE LONG-LASTING WAVES ON SET
If needed, I blow out the hair; I always start my blowouts with a leave-in protector. I then use different sized curling irons to create the waves using modest amounts of setting sprays and texture sprays for waves to last 12 hours.  A few of my favorites are R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray, ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, and White Sands Liquid Texture Thermal Styling Sprays. For leave-ins, it is Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Protector and BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Serum.

TIPS TO ACHIEVE LONG-LASTING STRAIGHT STYLES ON SET
I typically start with a good blowout with a leave-in protector, using tension to create a smooth foundation. If I want it silky straight, then I section and use a flat iron. For this look, I like to use Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray and CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray. I finish with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.

TIPS FOR STYLING HAIR FOR HD CAMERAS
Although HD television has a beautiful crisp picture, it can be a nightmare for hair and makeup stylists. So, you must create a solid foundation in your blow out and, if possible, try to stay away from “airy” hairstyles. Create stationary, smooth-based, styles and use light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat those flyaways that HD unfortunately enhances.

Photo courtesy ABC-TV.

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