SHARE THIS
A sought-after red carpet hairstylist's guide to achieving perfectly tousled hair.
Hair By ALEX POLILLO
Photography By DIEGO UCHITEL
Written By LEXY LEBSACK
Makeup By GEORGIE EISDELL
Alex Polillo's guide to achieving perfectly tousled hair on actress Alice Eve  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

– ACTRESS ALICE EVE / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIEGO UCHITEL

Mastering the art of effortlessly undone hair is, admittedly, anything but effortless. (Like "no-makeup makeup" or a "natural sunless glow," multiple steps are required.) However, with the correct cocktail of volumizing and texturizing products, along with a clever styling technique, anyone can create perfectly tousled locks. For instruction, we turned to in-demand hairstylist Alex Polillo (see his work here), whose skilled artistry has made him the go-to for stars like Kate Mara, Erin Wasson and Olivia Wilde. As it happens, he is also among the handful of top stylists who contributed to the VIOLET GREY hair curation (read more about the curation in the Letter From The Editor). 
The artist put his skills into practice on actress Alice Eve, giving the British starlet big, touchable, not-too-precious hair. Polillo’s foolproof method includes massaging mousse directly into the roots, using a diffuser attachment when blow-drying, and finishing with a texturizing spray.  

Polillo’s secrets to mastering the art of undone hair, as well as The Violet Code–approved products he used, outlined below. 

the
off-duty
HAIR
Tutorial

BY ALEX POLILLO
The hairstylist’s step-by-step guide to achieving Alice Eve’s perfectly tousled hair.
The Off-Duty Hair Tutorial by Alex Polillo  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

1

/

5

To begin, lightly mist freshly washed, damp hair with Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist from roots to tips, and comb through to ensure even distribution. This creates a desirable base for styling and activates any natural waves in the hair.

2

/

5

Next, apply a golf-ball-sized dollop of Leonor Greyl’s Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice. Massage the product directly into the roots of hair right before blow-drying. This creates volume without stickiness.

3

/

5

Flip hair upside down, and blow-dry using a diffuser attachment, a technique that promotes natural texture in the hair and creates long-lasting lift at the roots.

4

/

5

Once hair is dry, use a flat iron to add subtle waves and smooth any frizzy sections. Glide a one-inch iron over a one-inch horizontal section of hair to get it hot and ready to accept the texture, then quickly go over the section once more, rotating your hand like you are drawing the letter S. Repeat over random sections to ensure the hair has a non-uniform, natural look. 

5

/

5

Warm a pea-sized amount of Oribe’s Rough Luxury between your hands, and comb through the bottom half of the hair. This breaks up the waves and adds definition. Flip hair upside down, and spray Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray throughout hair for extra oomph. Then finish by lightly misting the hair with Leonor Greyl’s Laque Souple Hairspray for all-day hold.  

ARTIST
PROFILE

Seattle transplant Alex Polillo got his start working for legendary Hollywood stylists like Cervando Maldonado, Neil Weisberg, and Tracey Cunningham. “Cervando taught me how to cut hair, which is the best gift he could have given me,” Polillo told VIOLET GREY. Now he calls Rooney and Kate Mara, Erin Wasson, Rashida Jones, and Olivia Wilde his clients. For Polillo, hair is also a family affair. He married hairstylist Mara Roszak in 2010 (she is the hairstylist of choice for Emma Stone, Lily Collins, and Zoe Saldana), a match that mutual friends predicted long before the two had their first date. “Four people tried to set us up before it finally happened,” he says. “Now we’re inseparable.”
ARTIST PROFILE: ALEX POLILLO  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

I never want

my clients

to look overdone,

I want everyone to look CHIC

and sophisticated.

— ALEX POLILLO, HAIRSTYLIST
Tweet This

in the makeup
chair with
alice eve

See the full shoot with the British actress, including the rest of the transformative looks created by Alex Polillo.