Even celebrity hairstylists like Gregory Patterson have had their fair share of bad hair. The kind that makes you run to Sally Beauty in a shiver of panic. During a recent interview with WrapWomen, Patterson recalled a time in beauty school when he dyed his hair an ombre effect of red, orange and yellow. “I looked like a match — that wasn’t cute,” he laughed.
Patterson – after a few attempts – finally passed the state board test and received his barber’s license. He landed a job at a salon with several celebrity clients, where he bonded with agents and Hollywood heavyweights. More importantly, he was able to develop his own “signature style” which became “big, expensive, luxurious hair”. Patterson was now the go-to guy to recreate this look.
Patterson then became the lead stylist for Heidi Klum’s “Project Runway” and eventually Tim Gunn’s “Under the Gun” series. Over the years, Patterson has worked with clients like Anne Hathaway, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Julianne Moore, to name a few.
As we head into the fall season, Gregory says the ’90s are back, baby, and “the Rachel haircut” from “Friends” — yes, the only stylist Chris McMillan made famous on Jennifer Aniston — is going making a comeback, but with a modern twist.
“I want to see [the Rachel hair] come back a bit stronger, but I want that to change a bit. Not so hardcore,” Patterson said. “I love those face-framing layers. I think they’re so incredibly flattering on so many face shapes, and the texture we’re playing with now has totally changed. It’s a lot softer, even as we go in in a larger volume, such as hair.
For more hair tips and styling updates from Patterson, check him out at Sally Beauty’s DIY Universitywhere he is a member of the Sally Beauty Crew, where he helps everyday people – like me – become beauty experts right at home.
See the full interview with Patterson above.
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