Alex Polillo, Hair Stylist: A tFS Exclusive Interview

He may be new on the scene, but hair stylist Alex Polillo is making waves in Hollywood.

With clients like Anna Paquin, Katie Holmes and Elizabeth Reaser, it’s not surprising that Alex has become a major player in the hair game. Red carpet, beware!

Here, Sarah Howard asks Alex her three favorite beauty-related questions.

Sarah Howard: how did you break into the hair industry?

Alex Polillo: Immediately following beauty school in Seattle, I was offered a really great opportunity to come and assist at an uber-popular LA salon.

I moved right away, and was really lucky to have great people to learn from.

SH: 5 most coveted products, and why?

AP: Leonor Greyl Hairspray: strong enough to hold anything, but can be brushed away for soft hold, too.

Moroccan Oil: Makes life easier.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: Great for texture.

Leonor Greyl Dry Hair Creme: My favorite finishing product  – it’s really versatile.

Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo: It add serious volume and texture, and also can stretch a blow-dry out a couple more days.

SH: favorite look you’ve ever created?

AP:  The look I’m loving right now is romantic and organic, and with enhanced natural texture. It’s an obvious choice when hair is easy to manage, and I like that effortless look ala this image of Anna Paquin (above) that I styled.

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