Ever since Friends exploded into one of the most popular sitcoms of our time, Jennifer Aniston has become somewhat of a hairstyle icon. Every new hairstyle is noted and catalogued, and used as reference by Find out how she’s able to get superb tresses straight from the man who’s been caring for them from the start. Chris McMillan, Aniston’s longtime stylist, share’s the stars secrets to Elle.
The Rachel hair and Friends Era
"I’ve been doing Jennifer’s hair forever. When I first met her, she had long, one-length hair with bangs, and she was like, "Don’t cut my hair-I want my hair long." But I’m a hairdresser, so I obviously cut her hair and told her she needed to grow her bangs out. I cut a couple inches off and layered it from her bangs down to the ends. Then I taught her how to pin the bangs over with a bobby pin and make them flat-remember how everyone was doing that on the first year of Friends? Six weeks later, she came back to the salon for another haircut-her bangs were longer, and we just cut a little bit more off her length. The next thing you know, her bangs were down to her chin, and the rest of her hair was at her shoulders in these long, loose layers that sort of flipped out-and that’s what we called the Rachel."
Jennifer Aniston’s Natural Hair Texture
Jennifer Aniston has naturally wavy, medium texture hair. She has what McMillan calls "good hair" – that is hair the easily curls if you scrunch, and remains straight – but with body – if you blow-dry it.
Jen’s hair and conditioner
McMillan revealed that the star likes having her hair "shampooed fresh and clean," and that she shampoos and conditions her hair practically everyday. McMillan says the star uses his shampoo and conditioner. "I used her and Courteney Cox as my guinea pigs. Jennifer uses the products every day. She also loves deep conditioners-I’ll do professional treatments at my salon using Shu Uemura products."
How Jennifer maintains her hair in-between salon visits
McMIllan shares that he cut the star’s hair "religiously every six weeks." But between salon visits, Aniston takes really good care of her hair. She brushes her hair carefully- she doesn’t rip through it when she brushes it after a shower, and lets it dry on its own when she’s not working. "She likes to wear her hair natural, and she’s good at styling it on her own."
Jennifer’s hair personality
McMillan says Jennifer likes to keep her hair style rather simple. "She’s not one to say, "Oh, I want something really funky." She likes pretty, sexy hair. "Pretty" to me is adding texture, and "sexy" is undone-looking hair. If you look at her hair, it looks like it grew out of her head like that-it doesn’t look like a curling iron touched it. Apparently, the star is really meticulous when it comes to caring for her hair. "We never use curling irons or flatirons on her hair. We always try to work with her natural texture and use round brushes to give a soft curl. The modern sleek look can be good for photo shoots, but when Jen’s walking the red carpet or doing press, she feels more comfortable with natural-looking hair."
Jennifer Aniston’s red carpet updos
When working the red carpet, you may notice that the star has one of the simplest, yet prettiest hairstyles. McMillan reveals that for her red carpet hair styles, Aniston also likes to keep it simple, but pretty and sexy. "She likes ponytails or really quick natural-looking buns-ones that look like she did them herself."
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