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4 Models Share Their Secrets for Crazy-Pretty Hair

via Refinery 29 / Courtesy of Adam Franzino; Illustrated by Shawna Huang

This article was written by Bryn Kenny and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.

Many of modeling’s most iconic moments have taken place during hair advertisements: Think the luscious locks of Breck girls, that classic “Does she…or doesn’t she?” Clairol campaign, and the (ahem) effusive reactions of the gals in Herbal Essences commercials. And anyone who’s recently flipped through a fashion magazine has, no doubt, come face-to-face with a model whose locks seem so impossibly long, shiny, and voluminous that it’s clear she doesn’t even know the meaning of “bad hair day.” Right?

Not quite. Hair models may be #blessed, but that doesn’t mean their strands sprouted glossy and mermaid-like from their scalps. Just like the rest of us spend (probably too much) time and energy getting our hair to look right, those gorgeous, photogenic women employ a host of methods, products, and experts to maintain their moneymakers.

Read on to find out how some of the industry’s top tress talent gets—and stays—camera ready.


via Refinery 29 / Courtesy of Adam Franzino; Illustrated by Shawna Huang

Ubah Hassan
Agency: Supreme Management

Somalia-born Ubah Hassan has modeled for some of the biggest brands in the world, including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, and Gucci. But one of her favorite on-the-job stories involves a hair-color brand.

“I shot a Dark and Lovely hair campaign and was told the pictures would be used in Paris, London, and maybe Africa,” say Hassan. “About a year later, I went to Kenya with Oxfam America for a charity trip, and when I was driving from the airport to my hotel, I saw more than 10 billboards of the campaign. I thought I was too jet-lagged; this can’t be. When my driver asked me if I was the girl on the billboards, I told him ‘no!'”

Hair Type
“My natural hair is super-dry,” she says. ‘I’ve learned that I need to style it with very low heat and no products while blow drying or straightening. I use products afterward for styling only.”

The Daily ‘Do
“Since I wash my hair almost every day, I’m huge on conditioner and oily products—I do a lot of hair masks,” she says. “Fekkai Technician Conditioner is one of my favorites; it’s great for detangling. I also love all of the Oribe products. They smell amazing, and every product does exactly what the bottle says! Phyto has great creams for dry hair—their products are amazing and very nurturing.”

Tress Tricks & Tips
“I admit that I could be better about this routine, but when I’m not too jet-lagged or tired, I use a scarf to keep my hair together during sleep,” says Hassan. “It definitely works to keep it nice and smooth. When I do this, I usually take a selfie in the morning with the caption, ‘I woke up like this!’ I’ve never slept on a silk or satin pillow, but I’m told I should all the time.”

Shoot Prep
“When I’m working with someone new, I make sure to arrive on set with strong and clean hair,” says Hassan. “I also try to eat as much salmon and avocados as possible, as well as nuts, sweet potato, and eggs. I’m not a huge fan of supplements: I tend to eat foods that are good for my hair and skin.”

On-Set Dish
“I worked with Bruce Weber for an Italian Vogue shoot a few years ago,” she says. “The story was called ‘Soul Kitchen,’ so I wore this huge Afro, and after three days of shooting everyone on set tried the Afro wig, even Bruce! It was so fun.”

Coiff Confession
“I know it’s not the best idea to wash your hair as often as I do, but when I go out to dance, I have to wash my hair before bed—I can’t go to bed with it smelling like an ashtray,” says Hassan. “Or after working out—I can’t go to lunch with my hair all sweaty. I make up for all of the washing by air-drying it, so I don’t damage it too much with heat.”

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