German with actress Brittany Snow.
The origin of
Jesse Germanís career as a celebrity hairstylist can be traced back
to a receptionist job in high school at a salon and beauty store at
Bayshore Mall (now Bayshore Town Center).
fascinated watching the stylists," says German, who grew up in
Whitefish Bay and is a 1998 graduate of Milwaukee High School of the
Arts. "I would pull from their techniques and (help) my friends
with (their) hair."
and a stint as an entertainment publicist, German decided he needed a
more creative profession. He commuted daily 90 minutes ó each way
ó for one year to attend the Paul Mitchell The School in Orange
Now he makes his
living as a stylist at Jeffrey-Kara Salon in West Hollywood, and is
becoming increasingly well-known for his work with celebrities. He
vividly remembers the first time he worked with actress Tara Reid in
German with actress Brittany Snow and actress Zoey Deutch.
"I drove to
her house in Marina del Rey and my hands were shaking I was so
nervous," German says with a smile. "It turned out
Then there was
the time he worked with pop star Katy Perry. When Perry learned that
it was his birthday, she insisted on opening a bottle of champagne.
"It was the best birthday present ever," German says.
memorable client was Jessica Pare, who came in before auditioning for
a three-episode arc on "Mad Men." Pare was considering dying
her hair dark brown. Germanís response? "Absolutely, you should
do it. You can always put in extensions and lighten it."
"Mad Men" fans now know Pare as Megan Calvet, the second
wife of lead character Don Draper.
German is often
asked to help celebrities prepare for red carpet events such as the
Golden Globes. This year, he did the hair for a producer of the
award-winning film "American Hustle."
"As a hair
stylist, it is so exciting to see people looking at your work on the
red carpet," he says. "I love the opportunity (to help) tell
a fashion story."
and trends from Jesse German
Yourself: Itís important to pick a hairstyle you are
comfortable in. Something thatís "you."
always like waves for spring/summer. Itís a more relaxed and
laid-back look that appears as if your hair is effortless.
Ponytails are going to be big this year. Whether high or low,
they are sexy but still sophisticated. Windswept may be a big
thing this year. Kate Beckinsale had a great one at the Golden
Globes. It almost looked like she just took her messy tousled
hair and stuck a couple pins in it to make a last-minute
chignon. It was playful and effortless but still very chic. Big
waves will be in. Make sure to wrap the hair but donít clamp
it at the ends, instead hold the ends so they look a bit undone.
This style can be a great base for a second-day textured high
pony. To give it something different, try a leather shoestring
around the elastic ó this will add to the bohemian look.
Knots: I love a good top knot. It ties in with this undone and
effortless look. However, I think there is a time and a place
for a top knot. I think it can be great for an everyday look or
even a cocktail event, but I think a proper bun is more suitable
for a formal event. The top knot is a great casual updo.
Inspiration: YouTube has some great do-it-yourself videos. I
really love Johnny Lavoyís how-to videos because he re-creates
some of the looks we see on the red carpet, and shows you the
simplest way to re-create it. Some of his updos only take
Must-haves: UNITE volumizing Root Spray, Kerastase Volumizing
Mousse (people think mousse ended in the í80s but itís one
of the best foundations for a killer blow-out), Unite Aragan
Oil, Redken 23 Hairspray (a life-changer; holds, but can easily
be brushed back out or touched throughout the day), Pureology
Gloss Spray, Unite Gloss Drops and Redken Quick Tease gives
anyone amazing volume without having to tease the hair; if you
tease the hair, the volume holds for days.