Laura Haley-McNeil

7/19/20, Hair Styling in the Movies


When you’re sitting in a theatre, or at home watching television, have you ever wondered  about hair styling in the movies? How these movie stars can always look so perfect? How do they wake up with every hair in place and no sheet wrinkles pressed into their faces?

There’s a Reason for That

Granted many of these actors are naturally beautiful which helps when setting up camera angles and lighting, but are they really just naturally blessed with flawless skin and mounds of hair? Here’s a secret I learned when I worked as an extra.

Hair Styling in the Movies

Producing a movie requires an enormous staff, but one of those very important members is the hairstylists. In fact, the hair department could be enormous depending on the production.

Hair Stylists Rush In

As an extra, I spent a lot of time standing around, but I loved to watch the cast and the crew. Between takes, the cast will often stay in place and that’s when wardrobe and hairstylists and makeup artists rush in. They fluff and puff every inch of an actor’s body. Hair is sprayed and teased and backcombed, all with the approval of the director. Then instantly the team vanishes and the next scene in shot.

Call It Love

When I wrote Call It Love, Book 3 of the Beaumont Brides Series, I drew on my experience as an extra. As the lead actress’ stand-in, Addison had expected to spend hours on the set while the crew adjusted the lights and camera angles, but it isn’t just the hairstylists and the makeup artists fussing over her that makes her drop her jaw. It staring into the vibrant blue eyes of megastar Spencer Kingsley. And when the director yells action? That was the cue she never expected especially for the kiss that turned her knees to jelly.

Thank you for spending time with me today. I hope your week is wonderful. Blessings to you and your loved ones.