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July 12 2014

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Pamela Love: Visionary

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Pamela Love’s fantastical oeuvre has included gilded bird skulls, snake-charmer quartz pendants, and rings adorned with giant hearts—the organ, not the shape. Her jewelry, much like her appealingly unruly mane of twists and knots, is hard to miss. That’s likely why Sebastian chose her to be a visionary for its classic Re-Shaper hair spray, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year (past visionaries have included fashion insider types like Charlotte Ronson and Cory Kennedy). Love will appear in ads for the best-selling spray, and a limited-edition bottle inspired by her designs is now available. The jewelry maker and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee took a few minutes away from her pre-fashion week preparations to chat about her new hair-related gig.

Who are some of the people you consider visionaries?

I definitely consider some of my favorite artists to be visionaries. Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Patti Smith, Jennifer Herrema from Royal Trux, Anaïs Nin, and style visionaries like Veruschka, Anita Pallenberg, and of course Bianca Jagger. Her humanitarian work, plus the fact that she was married to Mick Jagger, she wears white tuxedoes…I mean, come on! All those women really blow my mind.

How would you describe your hair?

My hair has a very rough texture, wavy, borderline curly, and pretty long. Sometimes it can get really, really, really big and then other times it’s straighter; it all depends on the weather and how I sleep on it. It tends to get dreads and can be frizzy, but, honestly, I kinda like that.

Any regrettable or crazy hair moments in your past that you care to share?

I used to dye it pink and highlight it and do all kinds of weird colors, and I chemically straightened it twice. But I think the funniest story is that when I was younger, I had really long, ratty hair, actually much like what I still have now, and my grandmother could not stand it. She would always be scolding me to get my hair out of my face and comb it and so on. Then one day when I wasn’t paying attention, she took all of my hair in her hands and cut it off with a pair of kitchen scissors. She was a real tough, intense Czechoslovakian woman.

Are you into Sebastian’s Re-Shaper hair spray?

It’s funny because when Sebastian approached me, I was already really familiar with the brand. I’ve used their products, especially their conditioners, for years, and my mom always used the Potion No 9. I wasn’t ever really a big hair spray person, but I found that I like using this one because it keeps it kind of big and curly without getting stiff and gross. And I can put my fingers through it; there’s no combing happening here.

Do you have a hair icon?

Definitely Stevie Nicks. I love the texture, the length, the way she kind of just let it do its thing. I admire people who just accept the hair they have and go with it.

Sebastian Re-Shaper Hair Spray, $17, www.sebastianprofessional.com.

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