Typically, when I interview a celebrity, we talk about the products and techniques she relies on to look like, well, a celebrity. I love learning these tips and tricks, but I also find it fascinating when a star confesses to having real-people issues. Yesterday, when I spoke to Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minnillo), she confessed that after years of looking flawless (my words, not hers) she all of sudden, around the time she got married and turned 31, had to deal with thinning hair and adult acne. So she’s not perfect…how refreshing.
I interviewed Lachey at an event for Nioxin, a line of hair products formulated for use with thinning hair. Lachey’s friend and hairstylist, Betsy Reyes, is the line’s “Celebrity Hairstylist Ambassador.” (That’s Reyes, me, and Lachey below.) For her part, Lachey had first learned about the years ago, when she began dating her husband Nick. “I saw he had Nioxin products in his shower, and I said ‘But you aren’t losing your hair,'” says Lachey. “And he told me it was to prevent it from happening.” Fast forward a few years and the former TRL host started to notice that her own hair felt thinner. “I think it’s from all of the heat styling—the blowdryer and flat iron,” says Lachey. “Once, during a TV audition, the producer told me that I needed to wear my hair a different way because it looked like I had a bald spot.” She freaked out (who can blame her), but Reyes came to the rescue with a new treatment from Nioxin, the same line Vanessa’s hubby had been using for years. “You spray it on your roots and it coats each strand to plump it up,” says Lachey. “After using it, my hair’s finally back to where it was.” I can vouch for the fact the fact that Vanessa’s hair did indeed look voluminous and full. (The product—Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment, which contains niacinamide, panthenol, and caffeine is designed increase the diameter of each strand of existing hair and will be out in salons in February.)
And what are Lachey’s other beauty go-tos? “I love Make Up For Ever liquid foundation because it moves on my skin and doesn’t just sit there, and fake lashes from the drugstore—the ones with the clear strip because the black ones look too fake—I taught all of my girlfriends to put them on.” She steers clear of hair extensions and has never had a spray tan because she doesn’t want to worry about “people seeing tracks” or “being caught in the rain and getting streaky.” And what does her husband prefer on her? “Nick likes a pretty natural look—not no makeup, but natural. For our wedding, he said he loved that I looked like the girl he met and not like a celebrity going to an event. I wore my hair down for some of the day and messily pinned up for the rest with light makeup.”
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