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Behind the Scenes Glimpse of Red Carpet Glamour with Jay Birmingham

November 09, 2022

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview, celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham reveals the thoughts and processes behind styling his superstar clients.

At the London Premiere of Black Panther last Thursday, Jay worked with TV personalities Maya Jama and Alex Scott to rock the red carpet with showstopping hairstyles. Jay talks us through the inspiration behind his looks…

Maya Jama:

‘Maya wore a stunning, floor-length, red gown with an eye-catching design – and a necklace that did all the talking – to complete her red carpet look. With this in mind, I wanted to create a soft, sultry and understated sexy-hair to compliment the dress style. The overall finish of her hair was undone and natural, which worked perfectly with her outfit. Firstly, I created a soft curl through Maya’s hair to give texture and movement to the pieces of hair that framed her face. I used the Babyliss Small Tong to create this, before constructing the shape of the up-do. I carefully secured the hair using grips, as well as teasing around her face and towards the back to create an effortless, chic feel. The key product for this look was the Living Proof Volume Blast to help give me height, definition and volume. I absolutely love this for red carpet looks!’ 


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Alex Scott: 

‘Alex wore an incredible, embellished jumpsuit for this red carpet. As it was sleeveless, we wanted to pair the outfit with a hair-up to ensure her collarbone popped, showing off her gorgeous décolletage. To prepare Alex’s hair, control the texture, and reduce flyaways, I applied the Color Wow Dream Coat. It glossed the hair beautifully, sealing the cuticles to create a super-sleek look. Next, I styled her hair with the Babyliss Straightening Iron. My top tip when straightening hair for an occasion like this is to ensure you don’t pass the hair through the iron too many times. Instead, it’s best to gloss over each piece lightly just once or twice to avoid creating unwanted lines in the hair. This method was especially important as we left out two significant pieces of hair at the front. To finish the look – and ensure her hair glistened under the flash of the paparazzi – I used the Living Proof Shine Spray. This is my top tip for finishing red carpet or special occasion hair, as it gives the hair that gorgeous, expensive look.’


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