Here’s how ColorProof’s CEO Jim Markham came to be involved in the Hollywood blockbuster, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Jay Sebring was considered one of Hollywood’s OG celebrity hairstylists. Due to his untimely passing, Jim Markham took over Sebring’s company, which included salons and a product line. A hairstylist himself, Markham had originally moved from New Mexico to Hollywood to work with Sebring, then established his career styling celebrities from Paul Newman to Steve McQueen to Johnny Carson.
Tell us how did your involvement in the movie in the movie come about?
We were excited to hear about the film, especially when I heard Tarantino was involved. One of the things they wanted from me was my paraphernalia, including Sebring products, tools and brushes. I also helped them get the shears that Jay used, and I gave them a shot list of the clients that came to his salon.
What were some of the trends that we see now that originated at that time?
In the ’70s we kept it full on the sides with a sideburn, and shorter on top. The perfect haircut for a man was one that didn’t have hard lines or blocking. We’ve now redeveloped the ’70s cut to keep it fuller on the sides, and our educators are teaching how to really give it a fresh look.
Why do you think it’s important for hairstylists to hear the stories from original celebrity hairstylists like yourself?
I think it’s important for stylists to know the beginning of Hollywood celebrity styling. Jay Sebring was big news—he was a fantastic hair cutter. His method of cutting the shape into the hair was really unique in how it framed the face. It would really create a superior look.