Dubbed as “The Man Who Changed Hollywood Hair”, British hairdresser Chris Appleton has created some of today’s hottest hairstyles for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians.
At his first-ever show in Canada, presented by Venus Beauty Supplies at Koerner Hall in Toronto on June 2, 2019, Appleton shared how he created four of his most iconic styles and opened up about his own journey in the hair industry.
“I put everything into my job. And I had to, to get to where I’m at,” he said on stage. “I had to push my boundaries. I had to push myself.”
Recreating the ’70s-inspired look he created for Katy Perry’s new music video, Appleton shared his unconventional way of braiding the hair—on coat hangers! “This technique has been around forever, especially at fashion shows. We used to do it on small pins, but then it would be really frizzy. I just wanted to use something bigger,” he said. A flat iron is used to apply heat to the braids before the braids are removed and hair is teased for extreme texture.
Wet and Wild
Seen at fashion week and at last month’s Met Gala, the wet-hair look hasn’t gone anywhere. Appleton says product is key, lathering in Color Wow’s Pop & Lock gloss treatment into the hair, along with the brand’s Cult Favorite hairspray to finish and lock the look in place.
Famously worn by Ariana Grande, this high pony is #fierce. Appleton’s tips? Ask your client to slightly lean back into her chair (keeping her head and neck straight) and tightly comb the hair up into a ponytail to prevent it from appearing saggy. In addition to adding a second ponytail on top of the first one, he attached a comb into the centre of the extension, and a piece of string on each side and tied it around the ponytail for extra volume.
As one of his most iconic looks, glass hair was made famous by Kim Kardashian and can be worn smooth or wavy. Appleton shared his hero products, Color Wow’s Dream Coat to prep and Pop & Lock to finish, for creating the ultra-shiny effect.
To take the look to the next level, Appleton applied extensions with glue, and used a waving iron to create those show-stopping long locks.