Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Laura Jeanne Reese WitherspoonHOMETOWN
Nashville, Tennessee NOMINATIONS
2015 Oscar Award for Best Actress, Wild
2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Wild
2015 BAFTA Award for Leading Actress in a Film, Wild
2015 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Wild
2015 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress, Wild HAIR ESSENTIALS
To create Witherspoon’s natural, classic look, Abergel often begins with Leonor Greyl’s Masque Fleurs de Jasmin to prep hair for a smooth blowout, a few spritzes of Phyto Volumactif to lift her roots for added oomph, and a tiny dollop of Shu Uemura oil
(“super hydrating and delivers shine”) to finish the style.
Golden Globe Awards, 2015 / PHOTO BY STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE
HAIRSTYLE PHILOSOPHY: DECONSTRUCTED GLAMOUR
“This has been a very explorative year for Reese,” explains Abergel. “She’s gone from a more classic Hollywood look to one of lived-in effortlessness. At the Golden Globes her hair look was glamorous and a little more deconstructed.”
INHERENT VICE PREMIERE IN LOS ANGELES / PHOTO BY JEFFREY MEYER/WIREIMAGE
BIGGEST RISK OF THE YEAR: A BUMPED-UP PONY
“Initially, I was thinking that I would do a full Barbarella-style blowout,” remembers Abergel. “However, the moment I saw her dress I knew the hair had to be up.” His vision translated into a ’60s-inspired ponytail located just above the nape of her neck. To keep the look from appearing too dated, Abergel created a hint of volume at the crown of the head.
Expert Advice: To create the perfect side part, find the highest arch of the brow; using the handle of a teasing comb, gently drag it across your forehead and into the hairline for an exaggerated but elegant part.
Toronto premiere of Wild / Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
BEST LOOK OF 2014: SLEEK SIDE BANG
For the premiere of Wild in Toronto, Abergel created a Witherspoon signature, the deep side part. However, instead of loose and tousled, he opted for a sleek texture and heavy side bangs. “It felt very modern and clean with just a bit of an edge,” he notes, though for the future and perhaps even for the Oscars, Abergel dreams of whipping up a more architectural look for the nominated actress. “I would love to see some more up styles, off of her face,” he says. “Modern, chic and structural.”