Kontrol Magazine went behind the scenes with Kemi Cooks, Department Head Hairstylist on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” to get all of her on-set styling tips. Known for styling two-time Oscar nominee, Viola Davis who plays Annalise Keating on the show. Kemi gives us her day, and life takes on how to create flawless hairstyles that keep the cast looking sharp. As loyal viewers know, the beauty looks on the show are integral to the storyline. From the classroom to the courtroom, the beauty team quickly made its case for being the most stylish show on television.
A Typical Hair Day on Set
A typical day for a hairstylist on set starts 2 hours before crew call. The actors and actors go through hair and makeup, commonly called “The Works.” Hair is usually styled according to the script and on set; each stylist is assigned an actor to watch throughout the day. Typically, our days end in a 12 to 14 hour period, working on set.
Tips to Achieve Long Lasting Waves on Set
If needed, I blow out the hair, which 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 textures 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 Hairdressers Invisible Oil.
Tips for Styling Hair for HD Cameras
Although HD television has a beautifully 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 smooth based, stationary styles and use light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat those flyways that HD unfortunately enhances
There you have it folks, simple and easy way to transform yourself a new look from the expert herself, Kemi Cooks. If you never heard of the brands mentioned, do not worry, neither have we. Suddenly, we got the urge to Google Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil. If you want to learn more about the products mentioned and where to buy them from, Google should be your friend as well. For more style ideas watch “How to Get Away with Murder” every Thursday night 10/9 PM Eastern Central time.