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School's out and summer's here. Now what to do with that hair… Luckily for you, (and us) we spoke with celebrity hairstylist Anthony Pazos about the hottest summer hair trends, which are surprisingly easy (read: less than 10 minutes) and perfect for any on-the-go girl. Pazos also spoke to us about his new show on WE tv, L.A. Hair, which documents the intensity of working in a Hollywood hair salon. The salon's clientele includes high-profile stars like Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé and Shakira, and boy is there drama! (Pazos got his hair pulled in episode two of the show. Ouch!) You can tune in to L.A. Hair on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. to see all the drama, and read our interview with the quirky, outspoken stylist below to find out how to get rid of frizz, what products you need now, and how to style your hair this season. (Plus a hair secret about Khloe Kardashian that you DEFINITELY did not know.)
What made you want to pursue a career as a hairstylist?
I kind of fell into being a hairstylist. I've got two sisters and in the morning it was my job to basically do their hair before they went to preschool. That's kind of how I feel into it honestly. And at that time Britney Spears was really going for it, really hot, really popular, and I was always mimicking Britney Spears' hairstyles on my like 3-year-old sister. Like, at 3 years old my sister had extensions and individual braids, so I guess I can basically attribute it to that. And of course I was practicing on my friends in high school. So yeah, that's kind of what happened.
How did you get to start working with celebrities?
I realized that the only way to really fulfill my dreams was to do hair and make up on a grand scale, on a big level. And the only way to really fulfill that dream was to work with celebrities. I guess, you know, working with celebrities is -- it's a lot of stress. You have to be on point. You have to give 110 percent all of the time. There's never ever room for error. It's just -- it can be a pain sometimes, but you know, I love it. It's what I do. It's really awesome.
Have you ever received a weird request from a celebrity that you were working with?
Actually, yeah. I don't know if I should be giving away the secret but I think it will be OK. Working with Khloe, first of all she's just a doll, she's a sweetheart and I love her to death, but Khloe, a little secret that not everyone may know is that we paint on her part. She doesn't like any of her scalp to show for anything -- for any editorial shoot, for any on-camera appearance -- and so I think that's kind of a little secret that not everyone may know but it's kind of interesting. We usually use like an eyeshadow, like a dark eyeshadow, cause when you part the hair you get a very distinct white part and she does not like that.
What can you tell us about your show, L.A. Hair, on WE TV and what can we expect to see this season?
First of all, L.A. Hair -- there's so much drama. It's just absolutely ridiculous. There's just so much freaking drama between all of the stylists even though we love each other. We really do. But because we're all artist and we all have egos, sometimes we just don't get along. So you can expect to see more arguments and more celebrities, obviously. It's all real too. Everyone's always like, 'Reality television is bullshit. It's not real,' but what you're seeing, that's really happening. What I'm saying is really what I'm feeling at that time. I just want to make sure everyone knows that it's real. I mean, me getting my hair pulled wasn't fake. That was real. It's like somehow we all just can't keep it in and it kind of comes out. High stress -- it's just ridiculous sometimes. But at the same time it's gratifying. I wouldn't have my life any other way. It wouldn't be as exciting.
What are some of the hottest hair trends for the summer?
Right now summer hair is effortless. I'm loving a lot of girls like Whitney Port. It's basically loose waves that you're curling, really simple and easy, then pulling the waves to the side and braiding your hair and kind of leaving it a little disheveled. It's like a really easy way to look cute without trying too hard. Right now, I would say effortless, messy, chic looking hair with a braid is really in. Besides that side braid situation, loose waves are still really in right now. Those loose Hollywood waves aren't going to go out of style anytime soon. It's effortless and it's beautiful. I'm also still liking the ombre hair color technique. It's still hot, and if you're not loving the ombre right now -- any bright color. Blue hair is in right now. Pink hair is in right now. Obviously, it's on a different level, but color is really in.
Do you have any tips to deal with frizz?
First of all, frizzy hair is a number of things. It can be attributed to you growing new hair, like the little hairs growing, or it can be attributed to breakage from color or flat-ironing too much, or from over-processing your color. I'm really liking any keratin treatment or the Brazilian Blowout. Basically what those do is to fill the hair with protein, which makes the hair heavier and weighs the hair down basically to eliminate frizz, which is nice. That's more of a longer lasting solution. For a quick fix, there is this product by Living Proof. It's like a leave-in serum that's not silicone based. It has this ingredient that's called Poly Beta Amino Ester, which sounds ridiculous, but basically it's a smaller molecule that you put on your hair and it doesn't allow moisture to get into the hair. Moisture is what makes you have frizz, so if you can treat your hair with the Brazilian Blowout, the keratin treatment or the Living Proof serum, you'll eliminate frizz. It's the moisture that's doing it to you.
Are there any quick fixes for split ends?
For split ends, yes -- get a haircut! Sometimes it is ridiculous. Sometimes I have clients that wait. Some clients are really good and come every six to eight weeks, but then other clients come in every six months, and that's just not good for your hair. It makes your hair look dry. Haircuts are really important, and contrary to what people say, haircuts will actually make your hair grow.
Are there any products that we need to get our hands on right this minute?
I'm really loving this product by VoCe. It's a Warren-Tricomi product and I believe there's a salon in New York, actually. It's called surf mist and it's a great product. I love to use it on all of my clients. After you shampoo and condition, you spray this product on your wet hair. You're generous with it and you literally just scrunch and go. It's got a great scent and it's just so easy and the look is sexy beach waves, which I totally love right now.
What's next for you?
You can look out for my work on America's Next Top Model on the new season airing in the fall. It's the college edition, so look out for that. I also just had my work published in Italian Vogue, which was pretty great. And I will have my product line hitting shelves in the fall.