A-list stylist shares hair secrets of Angie and Kate
You may know him as the man who partnered up with Kate Hudson and WildAid to launch a wildly popular hair care collection.
Or perhaps you know him as the stylist who coifs Angelina Jolie for movie premiers and award ceremonies as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few.
This week, we sat down with David Babaii to unearth a few things you didn’t know, including the hair coifing secrets he uses on his celebrity clientele, the products he swears by and the trade secrets he’s amassed.
Fall Flash Back
The '80s may be back in style but we asked Babaii about fall hair, he said it’s the look of '70s locks that are buzzworthy.
The Shag (the ‘do Farah Fawcett made famous), the Afro (once worn by a young Michael Jackson and now sported by Corbin Bleu of High School Musical), and perhaps a return to punk… all are Babaii’s list of inspirations for fall’s hautest hair styles.
For those who fear Farah’s feathered layers may not flatter or that Jimmie Walker’s “dyn-o-mite” ‘fro may not ‘do, Babaii says the modern interpretations of these looks are actually ultra wearable for all.
“Anyone woman, no matter what hair type or face shape can take from each style and adapt to her own," he said. "Nothing should ever be a complete cookie-cutter. Instead, consider doing longer or shorter versions of each look. This is totally acceptable.”
While Babaii swears by these flattering and modern throwback styles, he also warns women to work with what Mother Nature gave them, explaining that not working with their natural hair texture is the biggest mistake most women make with their hair.
“For instance if you hair is poker straight, don’t try to achieve a head of curls. You will be fighting gravity and only become frustrated. Instead, work with your straight hair so it is best featured.”
Even the A-listers on Babaii’s impressive client roster have to maintain healthy habits in order to keep their locks looking flawless, “We unfortunately are what we eat and that transfers to your skin and hair.”
Clean living aside, Babaii told us that keeping locks free from build-up is a little known secret for maintaining that best tressed look. He says that not thoroughly rinsing out shampoos and conditioners is an easy to fix mistake that many women make. Product residue can weigh down the hair making it appear flat and tired.
When Babaii and Kate Hudson collaborated to launch their hair care collection in 2008, the duo pledged to donate 10% of all profits to global wildlife conservation group, WildAid. The David Babaii for WildAid collection is never tested on animals and is free of sulfates, parabens, and petrochemicals.
We're also fans of the collection: our staples include The Hydrating Shampoo and The Hydrating Conditioner; both call upon globally sourced ingredients to hydrate my dry, curly hair. Babaii speaks highly of his entire line but when pressed to name names, he was able to pick a few styling stars.
“I have two favorites that I can’t be without." Babaii said. "The first is Bohemian Beach Spray. It is a multi-purpose styling product that I use both for texturizing hair naturally or when using a curling iron, I spray the strands with it and curl. Each curl shines and has amazing holding power. The next is Hair Polish. I believe no matter how short or long your hair is, you need a leave in treatment as the foundation for each hairstyle. I especially use it prior to flat ironing to get that mirror-like finish. It will not build up or create a greasy, heavy feel.”
Thanks to The David Babaii for WildAid collection, you can help protect endangered animals and still look foxy.