In high fashion, there’s almost no such thing as effortless beauty. From facial treatments that leave your complexion dewy and luminous to the perfect winged eyeliner, experts reveal their most-trusted, insider hacks for CR‘s series, Beauty Secrets.
Australian-turned-Parisian hair stylist David Mallett cites shooting the 2009 Pirelli calendar with photographer Peter Beard as one of the most remarkable moments of his career. “With Daria Werbowy, Mariacarla Boscono, and all of these beautiful girls and going to work every morning on an elephant, that was mind-blowing,” he tells CR.
After winning Newcomer of the Year and Hairdresser of the Year at the Schwarzkopf Awards in Australia at the age of 21, Mallett packed his bags and decamped for London, where he freelanced for different fashion glossies. Then came a phone call asking if Mallett would fly out to Paris to work on a shoot with Lenny Kravitz and acclaimed photographer Jean-Baptist Mondino. He remained there for the next decade or so, working with A-list clientele including Penelope Cruz, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Natalie Portman, as well as mastering the art of perfectly undone French girl hair, but these days, Mallett’s empire is expanding beyond just France (in January, Mallett opened his first stateside salon in SoHo in New York.) Ahead, Mallett spoke with CR about his favorite hair products and his fondest memory with Karl Lagerfeld.
Do you have a favorite hair look you’ve done over the years?
“One of the most iconic looks that I ever did was with Karl Lagerfeld. We did a campaign [in 2008] very quickly with Christy Turlington, where he asked me to braid her hair and put camellias in it. And we did it. Several months later, I traveled the world and the hairstyle was used for the campaign for Chanel. It was in every shop window that had Chanel all over the world and it was really incredible for me to be in Bangkok, Sydney, and Los Angeles, and see that hairstyle I did at four o’clock in the morning. That was something that really moved me and made me realize how important a hairdresser’s work is. Not just my own, but all hairdressers. We have an influence on people.”
Favorite memory with Lagerfeld?
“Oh god. He made me laugh so many times. I think one of my favorite memories would have been doing couture with him and Karlie Kloss, and shooting covers with him. To be with a remarkable woman like her and a remarkable man like him, it was a pretty amazing moment, but really, you cannot define that man as one experience. Every experience with him was remarkable. He would always work until such ungodly hours, and sometimes we would finish at four or five in the morning.”
What are your five favorite hair products?
“My all-time favorite hairspray is the L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairpray, because it’s a product that you can use, use, use. When I’m on shoots, it’s super light and incredibly strong, and you never get residue from it. My second favorite is my Volume Powder from my own range. I really like it because it’s a way of getting immediate volume in your hair without back-combing. When I go for a really slick look, I always use the Discostar Gel’lac. I use it to do a tight ponytail, a tight slicked back chignon, and it’s something that doesn’t move. It’s very old school and incredible, and it’s something I don’t leave town without. When I want to put a bit of sparkle into people’s hair, I go for Gold Dust. It’s like a spray of tiny gold sprinkles, and I use it to get a party effect when I wanna go for something super quick and instantaneous. It’s like having a disco ball sparkling in your hair. My other all-time favorite is the Klorane Dry Shampoo. I use that when I want to get a slightly mystified figure or to remove any yellow effect. It’s really cheap, you can buy it in French pharmacies, and it’s suitable for everybody.”
What’s your skincare routine like?
“In the morning, I use a cream called La Roche Posay Hydranorme. It’s really brilliant for very sensitive skin. I keep it extremely basic; I’m so low maintenance. I use La Mer on my body. For night time, it’s usually the La Roche Posay spray for the face. It’s mineral water in a can, and then I put on a bit of Hydranorme. I use the mini spray when I travel on airplanes.”
There has always been this mystique surrounding French women and idea of their effortless routines. What’s your best tip for “French girl hair”?
“The French look is always less done. The biggest difference between French women and any other women in the world is that they wash their hair less often, and they tend to use their fingers instead of brushing it so they have looser, messy hair. They carry that bedroom look around a whole lot more. I have a lot of clients who only wash their hair once a week; they use volume powders, they use dry shampoos, their color fades less, and their hair looks less dry. Towards the end of the week, they pin it up and do a ponytail. What they have is impeccable skin, slightly messy hair, very little makeup, and the look is perfect. They allow accidents to happen to their hair and it’s not over controlled. A lot of French women have their hair blow dried in the beginning of the week, and let it slowly gradually come to life during the week.”
Any hair trends you’re loving?
“The really big trend that women are going towards is the soft wave. The mid-length shoulder bob, the waves, it’s really applicable to everyone. There’s a real return to prettiness, hair that moves, and hair that makes women look good. There’s nothing ugly about hair at the moment. The colors are soft, haircuts are soft, everything’s nice. It’s a time when women want to look good.”
What trend are you tired of?
“Poker straight, flat ironed hair that doesn’t move. I hate it. I hate hair that doesn’t move, have expression, or is over-straightened.”
Do you think your Australian roots has any influence on how you do hair?
“Definitely my energy and my approach about being easy-going and having a laugh and not taking it too seriously. That definitely comes from my Australian background and keeping my approach light. Australians are very hard-working, and they have a sense of humor. That’s very much something that I bring into my work. It’s more of my attitude than the way I do hair.”
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