Helping A-listers like Renée Zellweger and Scarlett Johansson get dolled up for an awards show is a claim few can make. But this Sunday, celeb hairstylist and MoroccanOil expert Robert Vetica will do just that as he preps the two stars for the Golden Globes. We sat down with the pro to get the inside scoop of what’s ahead of him for the big night.
What is it like when you show up to do hair for Scarlett Johansson and Renée Zellweger?
I’ll probably start with one at 12, and another at 2:30. They’ll be at a hotel. They’ll already be showered and in a robe or in their jeans. I’ll have about an hour and a half to two hours to do each. With those two in particular, it will be a very relaxed situation. We’ll be talking about what we’ve been doing because we haven’t seen each other in a while. Of course, we’ll talk about the work first. We’ll discuss what we’re going to do.
How do you decide what kind of hairstyle you’d like to do?
For me, it’s all about being fabulous and glamorous. What I do has everything to do with the dress. If the dress is big, I don’t want big hair. It’s about proportion.
What is it like working with Scarlett Johansson?
She’s really cool and fun to be around. Plus, she’s adventurous with her look.
What about Renée Zellweger?
She’s like a sister. I’ve known her for a very, very long time so there’s a comfort.
What is the biggest challenge of doing a celebrity’s hair for an award show?
The timing. Making sure that all the pieces go together in the amount of time we have to do it. It’s not like the old days when you could sit under a dryer and set your hair, and have four or five hours to get ready. We have like two hours to do everything.
How do you make sure that the hair lasts from the red carpet till the end of the show?
Setting the foundation [of a hairstyle] is really important. It has to be done in a way that looks good when shot at every angle. So you use the right product to build the right foundation.
What will be your go-to product this Sunday?
MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray. I’ve got to have hairspray. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t.
What’s your favourite highlight from your 15 years experience of doing red-carpet hair?
The night that Marion [Cotillard] won the Oscar [for Best Actress in 2008]. It was amazing. That day I did her and Hilary Swank, so I was running back and forth. I had started with Marion and it was funny because they didn’t think they were going to win, so she was chill. All of her friends were there from Paris. It was great.