If the name Chris Appleton doesn’t ring a bell, the glam tresses he styles on the reg and the iconic looks he’s created definitely will. So, get ready for some serious name dropping – yes, we’re referring to the most talked about celeb on the planet, Kim Kardashian, who has Chris on speed dial.
If you haven’t seen his coveted snatched ponies on his reg clients Ariana Grande and J-Lo (are you even on Instagram?), then you’ve for sure seen his glass hair look on almost every celeb worth following! Now you know the guy behind Kim K’s sleekest hairstyles and the glossy straight hair that’s been everywhere, here’re all his tips, hacks, and fave products for hair perfection – if he’s J-Lo’s go-to guy, we wanna know errrythang!
Why Chris Appleton is the stylist to know:
1. Chris, like so many creatives, not only has major skills but he also labels himself, as “an obsessive perfectionist,” which makes total sense, glass hair take a lot of patience to perfect.
2. He doesn’t do anything in half measures! Chris said “It’s all about making a point of difference by going to extremes. Pushing the limits. Taking something beautiful to a whole new level that’s extended, exaggerated.”
3. To make trends you need to try new things, and that’s why Chris is big into new hair technology that allows him to create never-before-achieved hairstyles. Chris told us that “If it weren’t for the polymer technology in Color Wow Dream Coat, $28, this super lush, expensive, immaculately shiny hair – that’s completely humidity-proof – just wouldn’t be possible.” We’re buying ours now.
Chris’ favorite looks…
We honestly don’t know how Chris could pinpoint his favorite look of all time, because we definitely can’t – although Ariana’s silver pigtails are definitely up there with Kim’s pink hair. For Chris, he told us his top three hairstyles include “the incredibly glossy, swishy dream (my first glass hair look), J-Lo’s sky-high 50-inch pony, and Kim’s icy platinum blond look with dark roots” Touché.
His ride or die products…
The Dyson Hairdryer, $399: We’re pretty sure if you ask any Hollywood hairstylist, they’ll tell you this is an essential hair tool. Not only is it around six times faster than a regular hairdryer, but it also has an internal thermostat that monitors the temperature, so it never rises above 150 degrees, which could damage the hair. Check out our full review here.
Color Wow Dream Coat, $28: This anti-frizz, anti-humidity treatment will leave your hair looking super glossy and is THE styling cream for perfecting glass hair.
Mason Pearson Brush, $150: Another cult classic, the Mason Pearson brush has both nylon and boar bristles, which will gently detangle the hair while massaging the scalp, distributing the natural oils, leaving your hair looking shiny and soft.
Chris’ 3 golden rules…
Always use heat protection: If you’ve always assumed heat protection is useless and it’s really just a marketing ploy, then let us tell you why it’s so important. The silicones in heat protection sprays act as a barrier, protecting the hair from damage while sealing in moisture. They also help fight against the damaging UV rays of the sun – so it’s kinda like sunscreen, but for your hair. Most sprays also contain vitamins and oils that will hydrate and feed your hair, leaving it shiny and most importantly, PROTECTED.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase: Ok, so we know this may sound like a boujee AF sleeping habit that’s only reserved for A-listers, but in the words of Kim K herself, bible – it’s not. Because cotton isn’t as fine as silk, it effectively grabs and twists your hair as you sleep, causing frizz. By using a silk pillowcase, there’s no friction or damage to your hair, and therefore no frizz. For more deets, check out this post.
Never be afraid to express yourself through your hair: Now that’s a rule we can get behind. Feeling sassy? Try a snatched pony. Feeling extra? Glass hair. Feeling edgy? Wet hair is your look. Whatever vibe you’re feeling, your hair will set the mood. If you don’t believe us, check out these looks…
Stay tuned for Chris’ all new hair tutorial!