Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen… it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot-ify my hair

Sally Hershberger lounge Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Forget the celebs, parties, premieres and free swag. Possibly the most exciting thing to happen to me during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was getting Sally Hershberger-ized by her her right-hand men, James Vides and Mike Viggue.

Both are hairstylists from Sally’s downtown NYC salon. Both are cute. Both are straight. In the words of my friend Jill (from the website 29 Secrets), “it’s like finding two unicorns.”

Sally, of course, was in town for TIFF too. (Some might say I’ve been working WAY too long in beauty, because I actually found it more thrilling to see/meet her than to come within a couple feet of Clive Owen. Others, such as Janine, might disagree, of course. Her and Clive-O are tight. If it were a contest between Sally and Jon Hamm, well, that’s another story…)

Anyway! Sally and her team—who, if you’ll recall, were in T.O. back in the spring—were here to talk up her new-to-Canada Salon line, available exclusively at Murale:

Sally Hershberger Salon line Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

And lucky, lucky members of the media like moi got complimentary hairstyling—from Mike and James AT THE SAME TIME. Gawd, my job is great sometimes.

(What—you think Sally works these types of events? Ah… no. She charges something like $800 per haircut. Media peeps get spoiled sometimes, but not THAT spoiled.)

I DID, however, get Sally’s thoughts on how my hair should be styled for the red carpet. She declared that I should have Brigitte Bardot hair—and so James and Mike made it happen…

First, they wet my hair, applied Shagg Style Primer all over “to give the hair guts” and Shape Up at the roots for volume, and blew it dry:

Mike and James TIFF 2010 Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

Oh! And if you identified with my whinge about all hairdressers wanting to layer even fine, straight hair, THIS will make you happy. I asked James for his opinion on my non-layered ‘do and surprisingly—because Sally is the QUEEN of layers—he said a plain old blunt cut was ideal for my hair type. Validation! YES! There’s just something about New York hairdressers… they get it.

Anyway, once my hair was dry, they proceeded to tease my hair at the roots (with a trusty Mason Pearson brush), spray it with Soft Rock Hairspray, and pin it up all the way around my head:

Mike and James TIFF 2010 2 Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

Et voilà:

Sally Hershberger lounge TIFF 2010 Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

Then I had to let this set, so in the meantime I wandered over to the Joe Fresh lounge for a lovely mani in Storm—a dead ringer for Particulière and only $4! I also had my makeup done, courtesy of Murale, using my fave Chanel eyeshadow palette.

At this point—with my hair in rollers like a crazy person—I also had my encounter with Clive Owen, so you can see why I wasn’t really over the moon. Figures.

I also watched James and Mike transform Jill’s tresses from this:

Jill Sally Hershberger lounge 2 Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

to this:

Jill Sally Hershberger lounge Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

HAWT.

My ‘do took a bit more time—once they took it out of the pin curls, they had to spray each section, tease all the way from the tips to the root, and then brush it all out to “shape” the waves.

And now for the big reveal…

Sally Hershberger hair TIFF 2010 Film fest highlight? No, not seeing Clive Owen... it was having two (cute, straight) men Brigitte Bardot ify my hair

My dress was screaming out for red lipstick so I switched up the makeup a bit and also pinned back the hair for a slightly more ’50s vibe. I hope the boys would approve!

And that completes my Sally Hershberg-ification.

Ever tried her products?
Ever attempted to Brigitte Bardot-ify your hair? (It’s honestly not that hard—I’ll post a more detailed how-to on this soon.)
Ever had a tag-team beauty service? I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it.

9 Comments

Heather
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 4:22 pm

Va-va-va voom! I love the vintage look. Gorgeous!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 4:48 pm

Thanks! :-)

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Jane
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 5:19 pm

You both look stunning! That silky tousled hair is a gorgeous look! Now can you please share what nailpolish you are wearing in the last pic? From the secksie hair to the red lippy, the polka dots to that sweet mani, you are smokin’ hot.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Jane!

The nail polish is Joe Fresh – the shade is Storm. It’s a really nice taupe, not too brown and not too light. And only $4!

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Arianne
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 6:47 pm

Gosh you look incredible! I am loving the whole look. :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 7:04 pm

Thanks lady! :-)

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Jill D.(29secrets.com)
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 11:06 pm

just saw this now! Geez, I could do with a few blotting papers in those shots. haha. Footnote: I can’t take full credit for coining “unicorn”. I believe that honour goes to Juliette from a few years back :) But it’s a permanent addition to my beauty vocab now. Love your dress too!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 17/2010 at 5:09 pm

No you look great! I think your skin looks amazing. (And hair of course)

My dress was an H&M find from later that afternoon… it’s not very Brigitte Bardot though…

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Bárbara
Saturday, April 27/2013 at 9:49 pm

You looked great! Did you ever do the how-to for Brigitte Bardot hair?

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