Tips for Long-Lasting Styles on TV, Movie and Photo Shoot Sets

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A few things can be associated with print, commercial and TV shoots—long hours, sore feet and lots of hair product. But what really goes on behind the scenes? Kemi Cooks, department head stylist on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, shares her day-to-day routine and her go-to set styling tips to ensure long lasting styles no matter the type. 

A Typical Hair Day on Set

A typical day for a hairstylist on set starts two hours before crew call. Hair is typically styled according to the script. Once we are on set, each stylist is assigned an actor to watch throughout the day, which lasts 12-14 hours. 

Achieving Long-Lasting Waves on Set

If needed, I blow out the hair, and I always start my blowouts with a leave-in protector. I then use different sized curling irons to create the waves using modest amounts of setting sprays and texture sprays for waves to last 12 hours or more. A few of my favorites are R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray, ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, and White Sands Liquid Texture Thermal Styling Sprays. For leave ins, I like to use Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Protector and BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Serum.

Achieving Long-Lasting Straight Styles on Set

I typically start with a good blowout and a leave-in protector, using tension to create a smooth foundation. If I want it silky straight, I section and use a flat iron. For this look, I like to use Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray and CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray. I finish with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil.

Styling for HD Cameras 

Although HD television has a beautiful crisp picture, it can be a nightmare for hair and makeup stylists. You must create a solid foundation in your blow out and if possible, try to stay away from airy hairstyles. Create smooth based, stationary styles and use light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat those flyaways that HD unfortunately enhances.