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How To Weather Short-Hair Grow-Out: From Michelle Williams’ Hairstylist, To You

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While the fashion set’s view is firmly fixed on Paris for the last leg of the Fall collections, one of its most celebrated darlings is covering international ground to promote Oz the Great and Powerful. We are of course referring to Michelle Williams, whose impeccable style frequently lands her at the top of best-dressed lists—and whose long love affair with the pixie cut has made her an enduring beauty icon. Williams mentioned that she was finally ready to grow out her short style, in an interview last week that went viral, and already you can see that she’s put the plan into action. For the U.K. premiere of the film last night in London, Williams’ hairstylist during the globe-trotting junket, Mark Townsend, was working with a bit more hair than usual. Inspired by Williams’ peacock-feather-covered, hourglass-shape Burberry dress, Townsend conjured up a look that was both timeless and cool. “I think she is this generation’s Grace Kelly,” he said of the starlet, “so I wanted her hair to be classic, hence the side part, yet very modern and slightly edgy at the same time, hence the exaggerated side part,” he continued of the extra length he prepped with Dove Whipped Cream Mousse and lifted at the roots with a blow-dryer before sweeping it over to the side. Oribe’s Original Pomade provided the cool, piece-y effect.

As for dealing with the “insufferable” grow-out as the tour continues, which Williams admits is why she’s stayed the short course for so long, Townsend has some tips for that, too. “When growing out a short haircut, patience and creativity are a must! I recommend vitamins like biotin, fish oil, and, most importantly, Viviscal. It is packed with marine proteins that speed up the growth process and make the hair so thick. When growing out bangs, headbands and hair accessories help disguise that awkward phase.”

Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic

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