Red, blonde, teased to oblivion—actress Kirsten Dunst has put her hair through the ringer for her roles. When I sat down with the face of L’Oréal Professionnel recently to discuss her beauty evolution, she told me just how intense two of these transformations in particular turned out to be.
The period film (above) called for period-appropriate hair—which meant teasing, extensions, and a whole lot of hair spray. “Hairstylist Odile Gilbert thought a wig would look stuffy,” says Dunst. “So instead, they would pile foam doughnuts on my head, pin them in place, add extensions, and spray it all with dry shampoo. By the end of the shoot, I just had a tuft of Barbie-doll hair. It was strawlike, crunchy, and fried. It eventually grew out, but the back of my head looked disgusting after that film.”
Mary-Jane red wasn’t an easy (or a single) process. “In the first film, they dyed the front of my head and did a half-wig. Then, in the second one, they did a wig, which I thought looked beautiful. And in the third one, we thought, Let’s just do it,” says Dunst. It wasn’t the easiest shade to wear on the red carpet. “My hair looks orangey here. I’m so pale—you need more of an olive skin tone to pull off that fiery color,” she says.
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