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She may not be a saint, but Olivia Pope has hair that “looks like Jesus pressed it.” Her feathered flip is as cool as her shade of pink 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
The whole process takes 40 minutes to an hour. Villalobos says Kerry’s natural hair is prepped with a heat protectant. Her strands are easy to straighten with low heat. Sometimes, she wears clip-ons for depth and more bounce. If you look closely, some of the clip-ins vary in color.
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’s the magic behind the blowout in three steps:
First, Linda curls Washington’s hair. Depending on the style, she uses Marcel pro curling irons. Other times, a plain flat iron does the job. Next, to create Pope’s distinct style, she pin-curls Washington’s hair. Finally, she brushes the curls for bounce and volume. The coils are set with Paul Mitchell Super Clean Spray.
Olivia Pope’s Hair Regimen: Season 2
For glossy strands, the lead hairstylist uses Shell Sebastian Cellophane, “a conditioning clear coloring that seals it in, protects it from heat, and gives amazing shine.” She 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.”
**Just for fun, I was curious to read the responses about Olivia’s hair on Twitter. Here were some of my favorites: