"Emma has really great hair — she has a natural wave in her hair that can be either easily smoothed out because it's not super-frizzy, or easily enhanced. It's kind of the perfect hair. She has a lot of hair but it's on the finer side. She just has that hair that holds a curl or a style, which is really helpful for the red carpet because you never know what it's going to look like when you get there.
"Product-wise, to get volume and enhance a natural texture, I love Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray. It's not sticky, so you don't feel it in the hair at all. I'm leery of a lot of volumizing products because unless a product is super-lightweight, you are adding weight — which is contrary to what you want to do. I use [the spray] on everyone, because everyone looks great with some extra volume. I'm newly obsessed with Tigi Queen for a Day. You can use it as a volumizer, but it's great for a smooth blowout with volume as well. I also love Bumble and bumble Surf Spray — I always have it on me. I keep trying different surf sprays and I just keep coming back to it. I am a big fan of serums for the hair, especially for your ends. It helps in the blowdry process — your hair gets really smooth and shiny when you use one. Whenever you apply anything creamy or oily, always start at the ends and work your way up. Less is more with products like that — you can always add more. I like Couture Color Pequi Oil, Kesari Indian Oil Hair Serum, and Model Cosmetic Rose Veil Hair Serum. I use them on damp, towel-dried hair before I dry the hair. I also love Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme on the hair as a oil treatment on dry, un-washed hair. Let it sit in as long as possible, then wash out. I'll occasionally bring this product on a press tour with me, when I'm with a client for many days straight, to use as a treatment for the hair after days of styling."
What's one of the biggest challenges of being a celebrity hair stylist?
"As an artist, I'm probably the hardest on myself. It's really important to me to do work that I'm proud of and that whoever I am working with feels good. The pressure that I put on myself is a challenge, but in a good way. People are going to see my work, so you want it to be something you can look at and feel good about. Maybe 50 percent of the time I'm like, 'Oh, all right, I did a good job.' I really like a look to tell a story, rather than have the hair tell one story and the makeup be something else and the dress something else. I love being able to create these looks that tell a story and the collaboration process with other amazing artists."
How do you handle all the snarky critiques of someone's hair that seem to be prevalent online right now?
"I try to ignore it, to be honest. I looked one time and there were some negative things and I thought, 'Oh my god, I'm never doing this again.' I have such sympathy for the people we work on, because that's constant and way more than what we get. It's better to avoid those things altogether and trust the taste of people you're close to and respect."
What's your advice for girls who have trouble doing their hair on their own?
"It's more of a challenge doing your own hair as there are angles you can't get to. Rather than tell yourself you can't do it, try to change that mindset. Videos and how-to's are super-helpful. You can also ask your stylist at the salon and then have them show you some styles.A lot of it is visual, so seeing it and having someone show it can be helpful."
What stylist's work do you really admire and why?
"I'm really into a hairdresser named Paul Hanlon — he is doing amazing things and I love his aesthetic. He does a lot runway shows and I always love the hair he creates. He's really, really awesome. I love Oribe — there is just something about his hair that strikes something in me. And I will always thinks Chris McMillan does a beautiful job. Always really pretty, really clean hair; he's super-talented and has great taste."
What kind of hair are you excited to see in 2013?
"People are getting a little more bold with their hairstyles. I've had a lot of people come in and say, 'I'm not attached to this long crazy hair. Let's cut it off.' I love Rooney Mara's look. She always does that really clean hair, and it looks so great. I'm also loving super-simple hair right now — Not overstyled, more natural and stripped-down. I love low ponytails, really simple and clean, or natural, undone-but-smooth hair — like at Celine 2013 pre-fall or Chloé. I would call it healthy, lived-in hair."
What's the most sage hair advice anyone has ever given you and who gave it to you?
"Don't overthink it, from my husband Alex Polillo."
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