Jennifer Aniston and Chris McMillan, August 2013 (@mrchrismcmillan)
The minute we hear anything about Jennifer Aniston’s hair, we’re filled with a wave of beauty hysteria, so So you can imagine our glee when we found The Cut had spoken to none other than Chris McMillan, aka: Jen’s actual hairstylist. California born and bred Chris is the official go-to for Hollywood’s best hair, having styled the likes of Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Williams. But he's most famous for creating one of the most iconic cuts EVER: The Rachel. We already know he was "stoned" when that look came about, but the interview reveals how he came to work with Jennifer as well as the actress' looks he wasn't so keen on. Read on for the new details we've learned from the chat...
1. Not everyone suits a fringe “Jen has a face that shouldn’t have bangs. Some people should have bangs, but she has a small forehead and it’s wider on the side.”
2. Consider your face shape before getting fringed “If you have a high forehead, you look great with bangs. If you have a little forehead, you’re better off without bangs. It’s really very simple.”
3. Plaits can make you look like a school girl The Grecian goddess look might look great during festival season or on the beach, but Chris reckons it’s a “fourth-grade hairstyle” and was a little reluctant to create the style when Jennifer recommended it for the Oscar Awards in 2009 [below].
4. Forget the too-perfect finish "I live in California and I work with actresses more than not," he says. "I want them to look the best that they can look, but I want them to have that modern edge, that cool factor to it, that rock-and-roll feel."
Chris' clients: Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Williams [Rex]
5. Get a good haircut “Spend the money on a great haircut, that’s really important to me," he says. "Because then you don’t need products or tools."
6. Ditch the mousse Arm yourself with Living Proof’s Prime, £17 one of Chris’ fave products. “You can use it on wet or dry hair; you can use it on guy’s hair, short or long hair. You can get fullness in a blow-dry; you can get texture after the hair is dry; you can get rid of frizz and flyaways after the blow-dry; you can put it in curly hair to smooth it out and get nice waves and curls. It kind of does everything!”
7. Stick to your guns Chris tells the story of working with Michelle Williams for the Met Ball when his plan got skewed due to the punky theme [above]. "I had an idea for Michelle Williams, like an amazing, great idea for the Met Ball, and I got influenced by the collaboration with the other creatives on the job," he explains. "So that can sometimes stunt your growth."
Check out Jennifer's top hair moments in the gallery below...