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She may not be a saint, but Olivia Pope’s hair looks as if Jesus and his disciples descended from above to whip her tresses into waves of glory. Her feathered flip is as cool as her shade of pinkish nude lipstick. Linda Villalobos, hairstylist for Kerry Washington on Scandal, recently joined Twitter. Tweeting from @layersofbeauty, here is what the hair pro shared with us about Olivia’s hair evolution on the show:
Olivia Pope’s Hair Regimen: Season 1
Please note that if the following narrative sounds discombobulated, it’s because I pieced this story together from Ms. Villalobos’s tweets.
The whole process takes 40 minutes to an hour. Villalobos preps Kerry’s natural hair with a heat protectant. Since Olivia’s natural hair pattern is wavy and curly instead of kinky, her strands are easy to straighten with low heat. Sometimes, she wears clip-ins for depth and more bounce. If you look closely, some of the clip-ins vary in tone and color to make the hair more interesting.
Villalobos broke down Olivia’s hair looks to The Cut through the seasons. She summarized:
When Olivia first started working with the president, her hair was curlier, fuller, and longer with bangs. She had a younger, fresher look. After all that’s happened with the president, her hair became straighter, reflecting that she was ready to start a new life. It was a freer look that’s still conservative, but more approachable.
Here, celebrity hairstylist Nadia Vassell shared a YouTube video in which she details what she uses to give her clients Olivia Pope’s scandalous hair. She prefers to use the Milani ThermaSmooth Thermal Smoothing System, which is an “in-salon service that is designed to repair, smooth and protect your hair from the shampooing stage to the finish.”
Here’s the magic behind the blowout in three steps:
First, Linda curls Washington’s hair. Depending on the style, she uses a BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Marcel Curling Iron. Other times, a plain flat iron (possibly a BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Straightening Iron) does the job. For the edges, Villalobos depends on a Cortex Professional Steamliner Vapor Iron Hair Straightener.
Next, to create Pope’s distinct style, she pin-curls Washington’s hair. Finally, she brushes the curls for bounce and volume. Paul Mitchell Super Clean Spray sets the style.
Olivia Pope’s Hair Regimen: Season 2
For glossy strands, the lead hairstylist uses Sebastian Cellophane In-Glossing Treatment in Espresso Brown. This treatment is, according to Aspiring Socialite, “only available in salons and has protein-rich infusers that illuminate every strand. This heat-activated formula enhances color without damaging hair and is both peroxide and ammonia-free.” However, you can buy it from Amazon.com.
Villalobos adds, “I try not to put too much product in her hair because I love for her hair to move. I like for her hair to bounce, be free and look shiny.” In addition, she uses the Rene Furterer Fioravanti line. She did not name the exact product, but I think Linda uses the Clarify and Shine Rinse. In season two, Olivia wears sleeker hair with a “slight bump for body and fullness.” When Kerry’s hair is straight, the hair vet uses Rene Furterer Myrrhea Anti-Frizz No Rinse Silkening Fluid to keep it smooth.
Olivia Pope’s Hair Regimen: Season 3
As for season three, Villalobos says, “We kept it straight, but she’s a little bit more active. And we don’t get too fancy with hair color because that’s not her character.” To protect her hair while swimming, Olivia opts for a Speedo Bubble Silicone Swim Cap.
Olivia Pope’s Hair Regimen: Season 4 (In progress)
So I have noticed since season 4 premiered, this post (and rightfully so) is my most popular for the multifaceted heroine. Unfortunately, Villalobos (still tweeting at @layersofbeauty) has not shared any new information (I might have to email her) about Olivia’s hair. However, based on the numerous tweets I’ve read, you all are still enamored with her espresso brown-tinted tresses, and I am too! Until then, watch this post!