Hanne Gaby Talks Hair Habits, Favorite Shows, And Beauty Tips
Last season, model Hanne Gaby Odiele did something bold; she let a camera crew follow her around the Fall shows in New York, chronicling the trials and tribulations she endured backstage in the name of high hair art. Walking 20 shows in seven days—including turns at Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung—Hanne was captured on film as she was exposed to 450-degree irons, 127 inches of hair extensions (which were glued onto and then ripped off of her scalp), and at least 25 blow-outs before the vignette resolves itself with the Belgian stunner making a visit to the experts at Kérastase Paris, who restore her parched, damaged locks with an in-salon treatment before giving her a regimen for follow-up maintenance at home. The short film just premiered online—and looks strikingly similar to the wear-and-tear we witnessed firsthand as we followed Hanne from New York to Paris. Here, somewhere between Ungaro, Chloé, and McQueen, the catwalker found time to chat with Style.com about the season that was and the routine she still sticks to pretty seriously to keep her flaxen locks long and lovely.
How many times a day would you say you get your hair done during fashion week?
A lot—about three to four times a day. It can be anything from a simple base and ponytail, or an intense crazy punk hairstyle (think: wax!).
Or an excess of mousse. We’ve spotted a lot of “wet looks” at the shows this season. How do you get all of that product out of your hair at the end of a long day?
Usually I wash my hair with the Resistance line from Kérastase. When it’s extra dry I use Kérastase’s Chronologiste. I always travel with its Fibre Architecte (a great reparative serum) and the Bain de Force Shampoo.
What else to you make sure comes with you when you’re hopping between New York, London, Milan, and Paris?
A universal adapter, a good cleanser and makeup remover (preferably Bioderma for the latter), and a good book.
What about makeup? Do you have a specific routine for removing five shows’ worth of foundation, eye shadow, and liner so your skin doesn’t get wrecked?
I do think that cleaning your skin after every show helps, and also drinking liters of water. I’m blessed with good genes, though, and almost never break out. But I do take fish oil supplements, which help with skin, hair—and the brain too!
You’ve been all over the globe for the Spring shows and have had your hair done by some of the best in the business. Do you have a favorite hair look from the bunch?
The hair at 3.1 Phillip Lim was great, partly because of [stylist] Odile Gilbert and also because I could wear my hair like that outside of fashion week. The hair from Narciso Rodriguez was amazing. We all had a beautiful do, but the colors that Eugene [Souleiman] added after the fact truly made the look complete. I came out of it with blue hair! That said, I loved it because it really suited the collection. And the hair from Jil Sander this season! It looked really complicated, but it also made me really happy when I looked in the mirror. It reminded me of Zira from Planet of the Apes. Also, the hair from Rochas was incredible. I doubt that I would be able to do either of those myself, though.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received backstage from the pros?
Put a spoon in the fridge at night so when you wake up for an early call time, you can put it under your eyes to prevent puffiness! Also, I was told to sleep with hair masks in and rinse them out in the morning for maximum effect.
Photo: Courtesy of Kerastase