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JAN 2019

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68 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JANUARY 2019 BY JASMINE BROWN Since The Real Housewives of Orange County fi rst aired back in 2006, the reality powerhouse has spread to myriad cities—including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Dallas, and New York—and has spawned multiple spin-offs. And with each passing season, leading ladies like Erika Jayne and Teddi Mellencamp have made a name for themselves, not just for their larger-than-life personalities, but for their diverse styling as well. With The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's (RHOBH) highly anticipated ninth season approaching (season eight's Reunion Part 3 showdown drew in an astonishing 2.6 million viewers), there's certain to be more 'dos to view up-close in HD—but what goes in to styling coifs for the rigors and "realities" of reality television? CONSIDER ALL ANGLES It all starts with a plan of action—and taking into consideration how much detail viewers will be seeing. "Styling everyday hair can be easygoing and effortless, but when there are cameras capturing your client from each angle, it's important to remember three things: Does this style look good from all directions? Will the hairstyle hold up throughout the duration of the event? Is there movement?" notes celebrity stylist Castillo Bataille, who works on hair chameleon Erika Jayne. That goes double for any type of added wefts; one wrong head nod or hair fl ip could reveal what's best kept hidden. "I use extensions on Teddi's hair and make it a priority that the extensions don't show when her hair moves or when the wind blows," says Laura Rugetti, owner of The BeautyCan in Los Angeles and stylist to RHOBH rookie Teddi Mellencamp. "A special trick I do to hide her extensions is using a root spray." REAL CONSULTATIONS Similar to styling clients at a salon, when collaborating on looks for the hit show, each day begins with a consultation. "Teddi will show me and her makeup artist, Alix Taylor, photos of looks that she likes," explains Rugetti. "Then we discuss how we can tailor her suggestions to Teddi's own personal style." Jayne entrusts and invites help from those closest to her. "Erika loves to have every look be a special moment, so everyone on the team brings ideas to the table," says Bataille. "In the end, it comes down to what Mikey Minden—Erika's ride-or-die [creative director]—and she think are the best." THE STYLISTS BEHIND THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS STARS ERIKA JAYNE AND TEDDI MELLENCAMP GET REAL ABOUT THE RIGORS OF HAIR BUILT FOR REALITY TELEVISION, COLLABORATING ON LOOKS AND THEIR FAVORITE STYLES THEY DREAMT UP FOR TWO OF REALITY'S BEST- COIFFED STARS. REALITY CHECK Season eight of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. TOMMY GARCIA/BRAVO

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