Jennifer Aniston’s hair is almost as iconic as her acting career. Over the years, the Friends star has always managed to pull off effortless, luscious locks. From “The Rachel” to her 90s-esque blowout, Jen’s hairstyles always look fabulous. And the man behind her legendary hair: Chris McMillan, (who has been Aniston’s hairstylist since the early 90s when they worked together on the set of Friends).
One of her most famous hairstyles, without a doubt, is the silky blowout. You’ll find thousands of tutorials on YouTube and TikTok on how to get Aniston’s perfect blowout. But how can you really achieve that look with your own hair? Here’s how, according to Jennifer Aniston’s hairstylist Chris McMillan.
#1: Shampoo + Condition
According to McMillan, a good blowout starts with freshly washed hair. When your hair is clean and free of product, your blowout will last a lot longer. For best results, use a hydrating shampoo and condition infused with nourishing ingredients that nurture the hair, like coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter, and keratin. If you’ve got severely dry or damaged hair, you can swap out the conditioner for a hair mask instead. Just make sure you don’t use anything too rich and that you rinse all the product out so that you’re starting with a clean base.
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#2: Section the Hair
You might skip sectioning the hair because it’s too time consuming, but in the long run, it’ll actually save you a lot of time. By sectioning the hair, you’ll get a better, longer-lasting blowout, and it ensures you don’t miss any strands. On top of that, it prevents you from going over the same hair again and again, which can lead to breakage.
“I take one and a half sections, starting at the nape, and blowout from towel-dried, freshly-shampooed hair,” McMillan wrote in an Instagram post on August 11. He added that he doesn’t use any product on the hair, but will re-wet it if needed using a water bottle.
#3: Boost the Roots
Next, McMillan suggests pointing the nozzle of your hairdryer down and blowing out from the nape of the neck, then working your way up to the roots, using a round brush to create that signature swoop.
“The key is to really lift and dry the roots,” McMillan said. And that’s it! Best of all, he doesn’t use any fancy products or tools to get the job done. All he uses is a blowdryer and a large Ibiza Hair Tools Brush for those rounded edges.
#4: Or Switch Things Up With a “Bad Blowdry”
It turns out, even Jennifer Aniston has bad blowouts — but hers are actually intentional, created by her personal hairstylist. For her September 2009 Elle cover, McMillan left us all stumped when he revealed that he sometimes gives Aniston a “bad blowdry.” But it’s not what you think. The “bad blowdry” is just another blowdrying technique.
"I do what I call a 'bad blow-dry,' McMillan explained. "I vary the sizes of the round brushes—twisting the hair around them—so that I leave the hair halfway dry, halfway wet. This way, I pull the curl out but allow the hair to go into its natural form."
The queen of hair, Jennifer Aniston has some pretty neat tips when it comes to taking care of her locks.
Less is More
In an interview with Glamour, Aniston revealed the best hair care tip she’s been given from her long-term hairstylist.
“His big advice is the less you mess with your hair, the better,” said Aniston. “Less is more, don’t touch it, don’t wash it every day, and just let it be.” For that reason, she likes to do as less as possible to her hair when she’s not on set. She even admitted that she can last three or four days without washing her hair, relying on dry shampoo and night caps to keep her strands fresh, alive, and smelling good.
Well, Jennifer Aniston is living proof that you really don’t need to do that much to your hair in order for it to look GREAT!
Scalp and Hair Treatments
It takes love and care to get hair like Jen’s. That’s why she always makes time for a weekly deep conditioning treatment while getting her nails done and watching TV. She also loves a scalp scrub to keep her mane looking fresh, thick, and healthy.
"We do it once a month, beauty school-style," McMillan tells Vogue, who also incorporates "scientific brushing," a technique used to get rid of dead skin from the scalp to boost blood flow and promote hair growth. All you need is a hairbrush!
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In an interview with Prevention, Jennifer Aniston revealed her biggest hair tip. And it’s not as expensive as you think, honestly.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned over the years from my stylists is to protect!” says Aniston. “We put our hair through so much damage–dyeing your hair, straighteners, curling irons, everything over time has an effect. That’s why it’s essential to use products that protect every step of the way.”
Jennifer Aniston is one of those celebs who always seems to get it right in the hair department. Seriously though, have you ever seen Jen have a bad hair day? We can’t remember it! Turns out, achieving that perfect blowout we all know and love isn’t actually that difficult. All you need is a hairdryer and brush, and you’ll be done in no time!
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