Julianne Hough is a national treasure of hair inspiration. Countless people take her picture to the salon when they want to dye their hair pink, get a shaggy lob, or attempt to re-create that Olaplex beachy-wave perm she blew everyone’s minds with last month.
We caught up with Hough as she was promoting a social-media campaign she’s working with Sonic that aims to donate up to a million dollars to public-school systems across the country. “The reason why I wanted to get involved is because I have family members and friends who are teachers, and it’s a very underappreciated job,” says Hough. “They don’t make that much money, and yet they go into their own pockets, and they have to pay for school supplies and things that I think a lot of people don’t even realize. This whole campaign is designed so that when someone uses the hashtag #ThanksTeach and they talk about maybe their teacher who really inspired them when they were growing up, or even if someone just retweets the hashtag, Sonic is going to donate money.” And while we are ecstatic to spread the news about Hough’s involvement with this amazing project, we also had to ask her about her hair (especially how it’s doing after she got that perm).
“My hair is actually not doing so bad after I got the perm,” says Hough. “I feel like I got so much body out of it when I first did it. I think it’s been over a month now since I got it, and I’ve been in the pool a few times, so it’s kind of starting to wear off a little bit. But it still has that body right in the root, so it just feels thicker and fuller and fun. I really like it.”
Hough also told us she uses specific products to keep her hair the perfect shade of platinum blonde. “I love the Unite Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner. When I’m feeling like my hair is getting a little dingy, I usually use the blonder that Unite makes,” says Hough. “I also use Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee’s [of Nine Zero Salon] shower filter, called Raindrops. It’s really good for blondes that the water gets filtered through, because I feel like blondes sometimes get brassy, and it becomes orangey yellow hair after a while. So this filters it out so you don’t have to worry about that.” To keep her hair healthy, Hough also tries to use as little heat as possible when styling. “I don’t even own a blow-dryer, which is kind of hard to believe, but I really like it when my hair air-dries, and then I curl it,” she says. “It looks less polished and more effortless.”
When asked why she thinks she’s such a hair inspiration to so many people, Hough says she thinks it’s because she’s one of the few celebrities who likes to take risks. “I think that the only way to come up with new trends or new inspirations for new things is by taking risks. If it’s something that scares me, then it’s something I have to do,” says Hough. “When I wanted to get this perm, everyone was like, ‘Your hair is literally going to fall out if you do this because it’s blonde.’ But then they came out with the Olaplex thing, and I was like, You know what, if it falls out, I’m going to do a whole V for Vendetta thing, and it will grow back—who cares! I think taking risks with your hair says a lot about your personality. Stepping out of your comfort zone is really when you’re going to grow.”
Oh, and just because we know that this will make every drugstore-makeup fan happy, Hough is just as obsessed with that one drugstore mascara that every other celebrity is obsessed with. “My all-time favorite mascara is L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara,” says Hough. “I use it every single day.”
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