• Stephanie Fulton Trail, owner of Salon Nfuse, styled Twilight star (and CMA presenter) Kellan Lutz for the show
  • Stephanie used Foundation Mist, Creme for Style and Rough Luxury in Kellan's hair
  • Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, also a presenter, was styled by a member of the Salon Nfuse team
  • Kellan presenting with country music star Kellie Pickler
  • Stephanie backstage at the 2011 CMA Festival with singer Easton Corbin
  • Salon Nfuse
  • Salon Nfuse

Country Strong

Following Wednesday night’s CMA Awards—dubbed Country Music’s Biggest Night—we chatted with Nashville salon owner and stylist Stephanie Fulton Trail, who has styled celebrities backstage at the CMAs, the annual summer CMA Festival and the CMA Country Christmas special (airing December 1 on ABC).

What’s it like going backstage at the CMAs?

It’s really, really cool. It’s such a laid-back atmosphere where everyone just hangs out with each other and mingles. It’s great to see that the musicians and celebrity presenters are people just like us. I was part of the official backstage team from 2006 to 2010 and styled everyone from Blake Shelton and Dave Matthews to The Judds and Carrie Underwood’s crew. This year, my Salon Nfuse team members and I went to various hotels around Nashville to style celebrities such as Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family). I actually got to sit in the audience this year, which was amazing. It was fun to see the show from a different perspective.

You did Kellan’s hair. Which Oribe products did you use?

I prepped hair for the blow-dry with Foundation Mist and Crème for Style. Then I used Rough Luxury to get the shape and finish.

What other CMA-related activities have you been involved in?

Yesterday I was backstage at the taping of the CMA Country Christmas special, which features 10 or so acts singing holiday songs. I styled Vince Gill, Scott McCreery, the backup orchestra and dancers, and more. I used a lot of Superfine for touch-ups and to keep styles in place. I also used Supershine on some of the performer’s hands, arms and legs to give them a little sparkle for close-ups!

I also have done hair for the CMA Festival, a big outdoor concert, the past five years. In that time, I’ve worked with Melissa Peterman, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin…just to name a few. That’s always a blast because it’s out in the open and very relaxed.

How have the styles changed since you first got involved with the country music scene?

It’s gotten much more modern. There’s not as much teased up, bouffant-style hair, which is great. Those overdone looks just aren’t cool anymore.

Which celebs have changed their styles the most? Whose looks have stayed the same?

Wynona Judd has come a long way since the 80s! Haha. Kellie Pickler looks so much different than she did when she started out, as does Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Loretta Lynn rarely change it up.

Who has the best hair—male and female?

For women, Carrie Underwood. She is always trying new things while remaining classic at the same time. You can tell she’s very comfortable with who she is and likes to have fun with her style. For guys, it’s kind of hard to tell because they all wear hats!

Favorite Oribe products?

I use Crème for Style and Dry the most. Crème for Style can really be used on anyone…it’s just about the amount you put on the hair. I was using Dry a lot backstage at the CMAs last year and everyone was commenting on the smell. A lot of people actually recognized it!
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