Get 'Girls'-Approved Hair Straight from the Show's Stylist
We partnered with Scunci to give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look on how to channel your favorite characters from the HBO series.
Just because you're at an uncertain stage of your life doesn't mean your hair should suffer the same fate. Week after week, we look to HBO's Girls for life lessons and comic relief—not to mention style inspiration. Since we've already tackled their unique wardrobes, we're moving on to hair. We got the scoop from the show's hair designer Sherry Heart, who is also a hair expert for Scunci, on different 'dos to help channel our favorite characters. See what she had to say—plus her exclusive step-by-step video for StyleBistro.
How do you communicate each of the Girls' personalities through their hair? "At the beginning of every season, I meet with Lena Dunham and [costume designer] Jenn Rogien; we go over the characters’ looks and discuss how the characters are evolving for the upcoming season. Every season, I try to come at the hair differently. I try to change things up to show how the girls are growing and maturing. I look at what the girls wear in every scene and do their hair appropriately while keeping in mind that the characters are supposed to look like they do their hair themselves."
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job? "My job is most challenging when I have to run two units at once—it gets hectic, but I have to stay organized and make sure the actors are getting done and getting to where they need to be. The most rewarding thing about what I do is seeing the finished product on screen and knowing I had a hand in making something that will last forever."
What is the difference between styling for on and off screen? "When styling for on screen, I try for a finished look while keeping the character’s personality in mind. When I style hair off screen, I take into consideration what the person is willing to do in the morning—how much time and effort she is willing to put into her hair—and I try to cut the hair accordingly."
Can you share some tips with our readers about how to find their signature hairstyles? "Know your limits and how much effort you’re willing to put into your hair each [day]. If you don't like to blow dry, then don't let your stylist talk you into a cut that requires you to blow dry every morning. Be realistic with yourself, and know your default setting."
Until the next new episode of Girls, which airs Sunday night at 9pm EST on HBO, tide yourself over with a step-by-step guide to achieving the stars' go-to 'dos: