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  • Jayson Medina, celebrity stylist<br />
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<b>You’ve been the personal stylist to Fergie for a while now. What’s your favorite style to do on her?</b><br />
I have two favorite hairstyles to do on Fergie. It’s impossible to pick just one because she really allows me to do such fun things. There is one look in particular we call the Desperately Seeking Susan look—it pays homage to Madonna’s character in the ‘80s film. It’s basically a really severe part over to one side with lots of texture and volume. It’s fun and really complements Fergie’s many different styles. My second favorite hair to do on Fergie is a really full Brigitte Bardot hairstyle. It’s a really beautiful blowout with lots of volume at the crown and a really nice ‘60s vibe to it. <br />
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<b>Favorite Oribe product to use on Fergie?</b> <br />
<a href='/index.php/page/view/2707/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Dry Texturizing Spray</a> and <a href='index.php/page/view/2700/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Royal Blowout</a>.<br />
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<b>What’s your favorite thing about working with Fergie?</b><br />
My favorite thing about working with Fergie is that she is tons of fun and always open to new ideas. I've gotten to try many different things on her in the past few years. I'm very grateful that she has allowed me to really flex my creative muscle at times. She is one of the most genuine people I have ever met and worked with, and she really has a heart of gold. Not to mention that she loves Halloween just as much as I do!<br />
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<b>Any stories you can share of working with Fergie?</b><br />
I will never forget my first day of being on tour with her—I was a nervous wreck. We were in Cologne, Germany, and we were just about to start Glam. It was my first time working in Europe, and I didn't realize that I should have had a blow dryer that was 220 V. Well, needless to say, I plugged my United States blow dryer in and, within seconds of my first blowdry with Fergie, it blew up in smoke! I was mortified, but she was so cool about it. We walked into the restroom and she grabbed the blow dryer that was attached to the wall and said 'Here you go! Don't stress, it’s all good.' Hotel blow dryers are the worst, but it was a lifesaver. At that moment, I knew she was cool and was so excited to embark on my two and a half year journey with her.
  • Holly Gowers, celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist<br />
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<b>Who are some musicians you have worked with?</b><br />
Pitbull was the first musician that I had the pleasure of working with—it was for a Pepsi commercial that was aired all over Latin America. Since then, I have worked with Michel Telo, Latin Grammy Award-winner Kany Garcia, Rev Run from Run DMC, Pharrell Williams and DJ Jessica Who, as well as many up-and-coming musicians. <br />
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<b>What was it like working with Pitbull?</b><br />
I didn't know what to expect with Pitbull. Several of my friends have major crushes on him, and I've never really seen that side of him until I was introduced; and it was all over. That man is charming! Not only is he charismatic, but he's a hard worker and extremely loyal to his team. It was a long shoot (around 20 hours), and he managed to keep his energy up the entire time. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. Since then, I've worked with him on a commercial for Dr. Pepper that was aired in Puerto Rico. Pitbull apparently really likes soda…<br />
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<b>What do you like about working with musicians?</b><br />
Musicians are a breath of fresh air for me. Several of my friends are musicians, and I've always been drawn to music. I have such respect for those who can express themselves in that manner. Musicians wear their hearts on their sleeves. <br />
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<b>How involved do the musicians get with the styling/grooming process?</b><br />
Musicians are extremely involved in the styling/grooming of their hair, as they should be. After all, their look is crucial to how the audience perceives them. Musicians are trend-setters. Their look is their brand.
  • Alberto Guzman, celebrity stylist<br />
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<b>Who are some musicians you have worked with?</b><br />
I've worked mainly with Pink, for about 11 years, but also Marina and the Diamonds, Sky Ferreira, Sheila E, Boy George, Mary J. Blige, Music Sound Factory and many more. <br />
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<b>What’s your favorite look that you’ve created for Pink?</b><br />
I created many looks for Pink, including dreadlocks, a shaved head with very long fringe, the choppy bob in the video 'Like a Pill,' and the head of curls on the 'Lady Marmalade' video.<br />
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<b>What are some of Pink’s favorite Oribe products?</b><br />
<a href='index.php/page/view/2671/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Après Beach</a>, <a href='index.php/page/view/2707/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Dry</a> and <a href='index.php/page/view/2708/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Soft Lacquer</a>. She also likes the <a href='index.php/page/view/2683/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Masque for Beautiful Color</a>.<br />
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<b>What do you most enjoy about working with Pink?</b><br />
She's very real and she knows what she wants, both professionally and aesthetically…and she's super talented!<br />
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<b>Do you have any fun stories of working with Pink? </b><br />
I have many fun memories! One time, when we were in Stockholm on a promo tour for Missunderstood, we were going out to a party and Pink was wearing a white princess dress. She accidently spilled red wine on the dress and got very upset. Her assistant and I laid her on the floor and we emptied the whole bottle of red wine all over her and told her now she looked perfect. She loved it, and that's how she went out that night. We danced and laughed about it all night long!
  • Marcy Harmon, celebrity stylist at Hairroin Salon in Los Angeles.<br />
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<b>Who are some musicians that you've had the opportunity to work with?</b><br />
Florence Welch, Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel and Hayley Williams.<br />
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<b>Do you have a favorite style/look that you've created for an artist?</b><br />
I liked the black to purple fade I did on Katy, but the blue wig got the most attention. I also liked the heavy fringe on Florence. Hayley just has rad hair all the way around. <br />
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<b>What Oribe products do you use on your clients to create their rocker styles?</b><br />
I mostly use <a href='index.php/page/view/2689/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Supershine Light</a> to add shine, and I like to mix it with <a href='index.php/page/view/2701/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Volumista</a> to add a bit of conflicting texture. If I’m doing any iron work, I like to set with <a href='index.php/page/view/2708/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Soft Lacquer</a>.<br />
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<b>What's your favorite thing about working with Katy Perry? </b><br />
She is just a cool person. She is really open to different ideas. I feel like you can bring crazy ideas to her and she will take them and make them her own. I appreciate how hard she works- it’s really inspiring. <br />
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<b>Katy Perry's look is always evolving. Where does the inspiration for her changing looks come from? </b><br />
She is always thinking of different looks that she wants, but she also surrounds herself with the most creative people and is fun enough to listen to and consider their ideas.<br />
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<b>How is styling a musician different than any other client?</b><br />
The cool thing about doing musicians is you usually get to see your work right away in a magazine or on TV. I really enjoy seeing the looks I have done and hearing what other people think. They are also usually really creative and fun people to start with.
  • Vaughn Acord, celebrity stylist and owner of Mizu Salon NYC.<br />
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<b>Who are some of the musicians that you have worked with?</b><br />
 I’ve worked with Bruce Springstein, Tony Bennett, Lenny Kravitz, Rufus Wainwright, Marc McGrath of Sugar Ray, Nick Waterhouse, Robbie Robertson and Paul McCartney.<br />
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<b>Are any of the musicians you’ve worked with fans of Oribe products? </b><br />
 Yes. <a href='index.php/page/view/2706/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Imperméable</a> is a favorite product. It’s great to use when performing to help with humidity. <br />
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<b>What is your favorite thing about working with musicians?</b><br />
 I’m a musician and have always been very passionate about music. I get to have really in-depth conversations with these musicians; I’m privileged to get to see these performers up close in a different way. <br />
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<b>When styling a major musician, is there room for experimentation or does the artist request a certain look? </b><br />
Most of the time these guys want to look like who they are. They’re not going to change up their look for a photoshoot…they want to be themselves. They don’t want to be pushed into a look. As a stylist, you have to feel it out. These guys want to look tough and stand behind the integrity of their music. You have to be another set of eyes for them and make sure they look their best. <br />
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<b>Do you have any fun stories you can share about any of the artists you’ve worked with?</b> <br />
When you work so closely with these musicians, you kind of forget how amazing it could be to see somebody like Bruce Springsteen step out in public. However, there was one time when I was working with Jimmy Paige that I had an out-of-body experience. I was grooming him for a Vanity Fair story, and his hands were going to be in the shot. I asked him if he’d let me put some cream on his hands because they were looking a little dry. And then I realized, here I was rubbing hand cream on the guy who wrote “Stairway to Heaven”! I got the heebie-jeebies for a second. For me, being a musician, that was a wow moment.
  • Chris McMillan, celebrity stylist and owner of Chris McMillan Salon in Los Angeles<br />
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<b>Who are some of the musicians you have worked with?</b><br />
Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jordin Sparks <br />
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<b>Do you have a favorite style/look that you’ve created for an artist?</b><br />
I really love short hair, like the look I recently gave Miley. <br />
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<b>You’ve been working a lot with Miley recently. What are your favorite Oribe products to use on her?</b><br />
<a href='index.php/page/view/2698/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Original Pomade</a> and <a href='index.php/page/view/2705/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Superfine Strong</a>.<br />
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<b>What’s your favorite thing about working with Miley?</b><br />
She trusts me, she always loves to play with her hair and she’s fun and daring.<br />
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<b>How is styling a musician different than any other client?</b><br />
Musicians are more willing to make big risks with their looks.<br />
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<b>Do you have any fun stories you can share about working with Miley?</b><br />
For the new look I gave Miley, I had cut and bleached her hair in a hotel room. The next morning, I was already being hounded by every 15-year-old girl because Miley had documented the whole thing on Twitter and Instagram! Lots of crying young girls.
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Hair That Rocks

To their fans, musicians can seem larger than life. But to their hairstylists, these rockers are just another client. Whether they are traveling on tour or working long hours on set, stylists get to share fun and intimate moments with these superstars that others can only dream of. We talked to several amazingly talented stylist—who have had the pleasure of working with everyone from Miley Cyrus to Paul McCartney—about what it’s like to style some of the most popular musicians in the world.

- JACKIE HYMAN
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