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Bella Interview: Kristin Ess, Part II

I recently had the chance to talk with Kristin Ess, a stylist at Warren-Tricomi salon in Los Angeles. (That's her in black, with models whose hair she styled.) Yesterday, I posted the first part of the interview, in which she talks about how she got started. Today, find out what she thinks about the lifespan of the bob, working on top fashion shows, and how she'd make over Britney's hair.

I know bobs have been big, but is there any hairstyle that you think is fresh — something that regular women can wear?
Some people think the Posh bob is fabulous, but a lot of people are growing it out right now. So it's a matter of customizing that cut to each person. Two people, even if they look completely different, can look great with that bob, but the grow-out period is very different. We're doing a lot of customizing with the grow-out process right now. Some people are styling it wavy, some people want to keep it short. That is definitely the haircut of the moment right now. There are still people coming in to get it.

Really? That surprises me.
They were too scared to do it in the beginning. This is definitely one of those "Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama" haircuts that's going to stick around for two years. We haven't had anything that exciting for a while. Everything has just been long hair, really pretty hair — which is exciting in its own way. But this is the first in a while to be a haircut phenomenon. That's definitely one that sticks out to me right now.

To find out who Kristin would love to work with,


Do you have a favorite way of doing hair — runway, editorial, red carpet, or every day?
I just like styling hair! [Laughs.] I get a total rush when we're backstage and there are 30 models, and I have 10 hairdressers with me, and we have two hours. It's go, go, go!, and there's hair flying everywhere. It's crazy, but it's so much fun. It's equally as fun to be on a shoot — you're sitting there and everything looks great, but then you see the actual photo on screen, and it's like magic. Red carpet is also great. Like when you see your client in Us Weekly voted for best beauty that week, it's a great feeling. They're equally good feelings, just very different. I can't pick a favorite, really.

I know you've worked with a lot of celebrities. Theoretically, if Britney came in with her extensions, what would you suggest doing with her hair?
You know, honestly, every time I see a picture of her, I don't understand why they keep putting in these extensions. I really thought from the day after she cut her hair, she'd be the cutest thing ever if she had a short, little haircut.

I totally agree.
A little Mia Farrow kind of haircut. And look how how short hair is right now! She's got some serious issues even without the extensions, but she's got that cute, little round face. There's no reason she couldn't pull off short hair. It would be amazing.

Is there any other celebrity you'd jump at the chance to work with?
Dita. It's so funny because there have been so many situations where they're like, her publicist called and they want to work with you. But there's always been something in the way. I'm so waiting for it to happen. She's the one that I haven't worked with that I really want to work with. She's amazing.

Join The Conversation
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I've gone back and forth between short and long, pixie to bob to long waves. The grow out is always HORRID. I have super thick hair and so there's nothing but awfulness for awhile. That's the main thing preventing me from cutting my hair.
Thiv04 Thiv04 9 years
I cut my hair short last summer and I will never do it again. My hairdresser was trying to convince me to get the bob, I would have killed myself if I let him talk me into it.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
I had short hair for a year and just spent years growing it back out... i couldnt stand the awkward periods after it would grow for a month and you couldnt do anything with it... when long hair gives you problems, you just throw it in a ponytail haha... I guess I just dont have the patience lol
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Great interview!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love Dita :)
subhuman-error subhuman-error 9 years
I love having short hair! Just had some more cut off today, in fact. It does take a more daring, cutting edge sort of female to lose the long hair, though!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Not even the bob being the "hairstyle of the moment" for eternity will convince me to cut my hair... and the growing-out bits would be awful. Truly horrendous.
Carri Carri 9 years
I don't think Dita has a do it yourself look. Not at all! She looks really really really hot, but geez. That hair has got to take hours!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I thought Dita did as well, and I know for years she did, but I think as her schedule has become crazier, she now brings in some help from time to time. Can't say I blame her. And yeah, Britney would look adorable with shorter hair. But like Kristin said, she's got bigger things to deal with these days...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
So true about the Britney thing! She should have kept it short!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I thought Dita did all her own hair and makeup. Am I wrong?
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