We've noticed that the hair on Girls has become much chicer this season. Can you speak to how the styles have changed and what those changes signify?
"The four main characters are all on a journey of self-discovery. Their hairstyles reflect what and who they are trying to be. For starters, last season Hannah cut her hair off as part of an OCD fallout. Now she's consumed with her writing and just doesn't have time for her hair. I think this season, she realizes that short hair suits her better because of that.
What is it about hair that's so symbolic of emotional growth?
"When I was in my 20s, I wanted to say 'I'm an artist' — so I had every different 'do I could come up with. I think that when you're in your 20s you judge yourself much more harshly than any outsider would. Hair can make a big difference in conveying the image you want to project, as well as the way you feel about yourself. It's a big deal to state who you are and what you are trying to do with your life, especially in your 20s. The characters on Girls are all at that point."
What sort of direction do you receive when you create the looks for the show?
"When we started filming Season Three, I was told that the girls were growing up and finding adulthood. This was a contrast from the first season, when I received notes that the girls had to be messier and more 'real-looking.' It was against my instinct to make them so messy, as a hairstylist for film and television. Now that the characters are somewhat more evolved, I can produce more stylized looks for them."
Where do you find inspiration for their hair?
"I live in Brooklyn, like the girls on the show, so many of my ideas are from the styles I see girls trying in my neighborhood. The girls and women of NYC are creative with their hair. When I see great style, I file the image away and eventually mix it with the creative part of my brain — and then Girls is what you get."
What's your favorite hair moment from the show so far?
"I love episode three of this season, 'She Said Okay.' All the girls are dressed for Hannah's birthday party and they all have awesome 'party hair.' I established everyone's hair the first day we shot the episode, even down to the funky musicians on stage. I was able to put out a lot of inventive styles. It was so much fun doing all that hair! "
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