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See a Sunnier Side of Kate; Get High-Fashion Fingertips; and More


Kate_MossMakeup artist and beauty editor of Line magazine, Francesca Tolot, released never-before-seen photos of the legendary Kate Moss, Bridget Hall, and Amber Valletta from a 1994 shoot with Herb Ritts. “She was like sunshine,” Tolot said of Moss, the model that ruled the grunge era. []

You can wear Balmain head to toe—literally. While the house already has a line of hair extensions and stylers, it is adding nail polish to its range of beauty offerings. The limited-edition set, including three classic shades (red, black, and beige) and a matte top coat, is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols starting October 20. And while you’ll have to eat the international shipping fee, you’re still guaranteed to spend far less on these colors than you would on couture.

According to, there are beauty benefits to living in space. Not only will you age .007 seconds slower among the stars than you will on earth, but shampooing becomes an entirely new and hair-raising experience.

If there is anyone that knows the power of undone hair, it’s an Olsen. Hence, the five-bobbies-only rule mane-master Mark Townsend is forced to abide by when styling Mary-Kate. But don’t think Ashley doesn’t have her quirks: The pro trims her ends while blow-drying so that she doesn’t see the scissors. [The Coveteur]

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Rachel McAdams Takes Top Honors


Rachel McAdams grabbed headlines a few days ago when she dyed her hair red, and at last night’s premiere of her new flick, To the Wonder, McAdams’ strands made news again. To walk the red carpet alongside costar Ben Affleck, the formerly blonde starlet had her hairstylist, Mark Townsend, create a towering topknot that he accented with a pretty black satin bow tied around her hairline—very Valentino Fall 2013. A pretty pink lip added a flirty touch to the easy style. Thoughts on McAdams’ upbeat updo?

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


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.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Talking Shop With Mary-Kate And Ashley’s Mane Man


“I was away for the weekend so I raced over to her apartment to see it this morning,” Mark Townsend told us last night, referring to the fresh brunette dye job that Mary-Kate Olsen debuted at the CFDA Awards. “I think she was just ready for a change,” Townsend surmised, gushing over the chocolaty brown shade Olsen chose with celebrity colorist Harry Josh. “I don’t think Mary-Kate or Ashley ever makes really rash decisions. They have really clear ideas. [No one] is more aware of their own sense of style. That’s why they’re nominated for a CFDA.”

Now they’re CFDA winners. The sister duo took home top honors at Lincoln Center, beating out Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler to snag the Womenswear Designer of the year prize—and they looked good doing it, thanks in part to Townsend, their longtime hairstylist. “They are blessed with some really good hair naturally. I can’t sit here and take credit for it,” Townsend said humbly. But it’s his well-trained hands that often help the girls realize their coiffing potential.

“I think this was the first time I’ve really pushed Mary-Kate,” Townsend determined of the pin-straight, middle-parted down do Olsen wore with her black The Row ensemble. “I wanted [her hair] to reflect the light,” he continued, explaining that he simply coated her strands with Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care, applied heat, and flat-ironed just the mid-lengths. The secret step to ensuring a super-sleek finish? A few spritzes of Dove Extra Hold Hairspray on a wooden toothbrush. “It takes out any flyaways around the part or hairline,” he says.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ashley And Mary-Kate, The Hair Breakdown


Last night, at Barneys’ launch party for The Row handbags, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen showed up armed with their own designs in matching aqua crocodile—and their go-to coiffeur, Mark Townsend. The sisters, who are blonder than usual for summer, wore similar hairstyles as well—long and languid, with identical middle parts. But there was one distinct difference: “I styled Ashley’s hair in a way I very rarely do,” Townsend reports. “Straight.” Coating Olsen’s damp locks with Dove Nourishing Oil, Townsend applied heat using a large round brush (“I swear by Spornette porcupine brushes,” he told us). Once moisture was removed, Townsend flat-ironed the bottom six inches of Ashley’s corn-silk strands, spritzing her roots with Suave Dry Shampoo to add texture and volume. As for Mary-Kate, who rocked her signature beachy waves, Townsend used the same Dove Nourishing Oil treatment, adding a dollop of Dove Body and Lift mousse during the blow-out phase. Next, he wrapped a one-inch curling iron with hairspray-doused sections before finger-combing for piece-y definition. The finishing touch came by way of scrunching from the ends to the mid-lengths with a hefty helping of dry shampoo and a halo of Oribe Soft Lacquer hair spray to “keep it frizz-free on a hot and humid Manhattan evening.”

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