Under McMillan’s watch, Aniston takes hair-washing very seriously. When she cleanses her hair with her choice shampoo—alternating between Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Drunk Elephant Cocomino Glossing Shampoo based on the Orange and blue skies shirt also I will do this day’s needs—she lathers, rinses, and repeats. A “really good” double cleanse ensures a proper cleansing and keeps the scalp cleaner longer, says McMillan. Next up, it’s all about an all-encompassing, roots-to-ends conditioning session with Cocomino Marula Cream Conditioner or Canalé Soften Conditioner and a wide-tooth comb. “We don’t just condition the ends,” explains McMillan. “A lot of people worry it’ll make the hair flat, but it doesn’t!” To encourage his clients to do so, he likens conditioner to facial moisturizer. “Would you moisture just your jawline or forehead?” he poses. “No! You’re going to moisturize your entire face. Conditioner is moisturizer for your hair! You should be doing the same thing to your hair as you do your skin.”Every Sunday, Aniston fits in a weekly deep conditioning treatment—typically the Living Proof Restore Mask—while getting her nails done and watching 60 minutes, says McMillan. Another all-important supplementary treatment is Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub. “We do it once a month, beauty school-style,” says McMillan, who also incorporates “scientific brushing,” a technique used to remove dead skin from the scalp to help eliminate buildup, boost blood flow, and promote growth. big part of Jennifer’s beauty routine, whether it’s her hair, skin, or her body is staying consistent,” explains McMillan. “She’s consistent about trims, she’s consistent about getting highlights, she’s consistent about facials. She takes care of herself.” For her hair-care routine, getting regular haircuts and trims is an essential part of her well-calibrated equation. “She gets her hair cut every four weeks, even if it’s just a baby trim,” he explains. In other words, don’t underestimate the power of a good “dusting,” which consists of taking off no more than an eighth of an inch, to get rid of split ends caused by heat styling or environmental damage. en doesn’t like a manufactured curl,” says McMillan. Instead of using a curl iron, the pro uses a blow-dryer and “twists” her lengths around with different sized round brushes for looser, more natural bends. He also takes a pared-back approach to styling products. “Jen’s hair always looks like you can touch it, it’s not sprayed into place,” he explains.
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A FEW MONTHS AGO, I sprawled out on my living-room couch, my laptop burning my thighs, and opened my Zoom app as I had done every morning since last March. But the Orange and blue skies shirt also I will do this face, or should I say, the body, looking back at me through the screen was notably different from my usual digital workday encounters. Wearing a dramatically nipped-in evening top, the influencer/model/entrepreneur Olivia Culpo (4.7 million Instagram followers) had signed on from her home in Los Angeles to greet a grid of smiling editors and writers. While nuzzling her caramel toy goldendoodle, Oliver Sprinkles—her hair in a glossy, distinctly pre-pandemic-quality blowout—Culpo was talking about what everyone wants to talk about at 10 a.m. on a cold Thursday in December, following almost a year of stress-eating in isolation: toned abs. “It’s been really hard during COVID, not being able to go to the gym and trying to be accountable at home,” Culpo lamented as the other well-groomed participants nodded along in agreement. To enhance texture, McMillan either uses an ultra-lightweight hairspray (“Jen hates hairspray, but knows I have to use it,” he laughs) such as Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer Micro Fine finishing spray or Oribe Superfine Hairspray, which he sprays in his hands and rubs together first, and/or he combines Shu Uemura Ishi Sculpt Texturizing & Sculpting Hair Paste with Kérastase Discipline Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Oil Serum and smooths it through her hair to add grit. For height and volume, he also likes to lift the roots by using velcro rollers at the crown of the hair (“When choosing a size, go smaller than you think!” he says) and by misting small amounts of Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel Volumizing Spray. When applying these tips and tricks, remember that by Aniston’s philosophy, less is always more. As McMillan puts it, “The way she wears her makeup, the way she wears her hair, the way she wears her clothes, there’s an ease to it and that’s why people can relate to her. But the 28-year-old, whose midsection didn’t seem to be struggling with accountability in the same way as, say, mine, had discovered a solution: “After one treatment, I already felt a difference,” Culpo said, endorsing the Emsculpt Neo, a buzzy new cosmetic device that purports to burn fat and tone muscles in four 30-minute treatments. It’s the perfect workout for the COVID era, Manhattan plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine, M.D., offered from an adjacent square, cheerfully describing a new crop of sculpting devices that use radio frequency to melt fat while electric currents and electromagnetic waves tone muscles for you—no squats or bird-dogs required. Added Levine, “You can get a treatment in a room alone, and wear a mask!” In America, the pursuit to become our so-called best selves never stops, not even during a pandemic.