ABC’s hit Dancing with the Stars is all about glitz, glamour, and oh so gorgeous hair. Traveling across 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada, the Dancing with the Stars Tour proved no different with cascading curls and super star shine ruling the dance floor. As an action packed 2 and ½ hour live stage performance, Hair Department Head Russell Latham and Hairstylist Robert Wilson needed products with incredible staying power and style memory.
“With only 2 hairstylists and 2 makeup artists, you are rocking and rolling, cranking the hair out, and out, and out – and that’s where the White Sands products really help achieve those elaborate hairstyles for the tour quickly. AND the looks have to last for the entire show of heavy, full-out dancing. You have to lock-in those hairstyles for the tour, and they have to look good sideways and upside-down.”
Looking to copy the locks of your favorite DWTS beauty? Hair Department Head Russell Latham and Hairstylist Robert Wilson share their tips to achieve that star style with ease:
Clean hair was blown dry with a tiny spritz of White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold. Before setting with a curling iron, a tiny bit more Liquid Texture Medium Hold was applied, curling the dancers’ tresses in the desired pattern of the night and clipped. Upon returning from makeup, the clippies were removed and hair would be teased at the root. Curls were then fingered out into gorgeous waves, securing the look with White Sands Infinity Hair Spray. As each dancer arrived backstage before the show, White Sands Stuck Up was applied to lock in that hairstyle for the rest of the night.
Bone Straight Tresses
Clean wet hair was lightly sprayed with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold and blow dried straight. White Sands Infinity Hairspray was then applied, flat ironing this into the hair to remove frizz and create shine. Next, a dab of White Sands Smudge was rubbed between the hands and run through the hair to help keep it straight, shiny, and full of movement. Finally, on set, an application of White Sands Stuck Up was added to the front top of the dancer’s hair to keep it from falling in their face as they danced
The Making of Marilyn
For the Marilyn Monroe Wig Marlee Matlin wore in one number on tour, the Raquel Welch ‘Knock Out’ human hair wig was originally washed in White Sands Phase One Nourishing Shampoo and conditioned in White Sands Phase One Corrective Conditioner. The wig was then blocked and cut and shaped into the fashion of the hairdo to be created. The wig was wet-set with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium, drying under a bonnet hairdryer. The curlers were removed; the wig was lightly teased and styled into the Marilyn Monroe look, and finished with White Sands Infinity Hairspray. After each performance, the wig was just placed back in Velcro curlers and thanks to the White Sands products – it held its shape perfectly for 38 shows across the United States and Canada!