Keeping the thousands of individual strands of hair on a highly paid star's head from a) going frizzy b) going fly-away c) looking dull d) getting flaky must be a constant challenge. Yet the industry's expert stylists regularly rise to the occasion (and rise before dawn on a regular basis), creating styles and looks that frequently become as famous, or nearly, as the films they appear in (we're still shuddering with delight and fear over Javier Bardem's bowl cut in "No Country for Old Men").
Meet the people behind the chair as they unhand their crimping irons for an evening to talk about how they work, their methods and stories from the set. Roy Helland of "The Devil Wears Prada" is appearing (we're dying to know how he got Meryl Streep's bob looking so severe), Gail Ryan ("Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), Kathy Blondell ("Cast Away") and Yolanda Toussieng ("Hairspray"). We love the variety on offer: bee hives and pony tails and whimsical top curls and Tom Hank's all-over, been-on-an-island-for-several-years unkemptness.
And we can't wait to hear from the people who lent their art to the heads of some cinema's most recognizable characters. We're also hoping they can tell us how to keep that flat-on-one-side thing from constantly happening to us. More mousse?
Note that this event is taking place at the Pickford Center on Vine, not the Academy's Wilshire location.
$30 (part three in a three-part series focusing on make-up and hair)
October 30, 7PM
Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood