Celebrity Hairstylist Kevin Mancuso: A tFS Exclusive Interview

Kevin Mancuso hair - Natalie Portman

Celebrity hairstylist Kevin Mancuso is best recognized for his red carpet work. With A-list ladies like Natalie Portman, Kristen Bell, Rebecca Hall, Julianna Margulies, Rachel Weisz, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Naomi Watts, and Anne Hathaway as clients, Kevin’s resume reads like a Hollywood’s who’s who. Most recently, Mancuso joined forces with Nexxus Hair Care as their creative director.

Taylor Swift by Kevin MancusoTaylor Swift’s hair done by Kevin Mancuso

I was so honored to ask Kevin three beauty questions. Here are his answers:

INDUSTRY BREAK: I was lucky enough to be living in New York City where there are many opportunities in my business. I dove right in, worked in a salon, and assisted a freelance makeup and hair stylist. I even assisted photographers to get an understanding of both sides of the business. My big break came when I did a string of magazines covers.  By the end of that year, I had magazine covers and inside page credits with Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatia Patitz, Iman, and Paulina Porizkova.



  1. Sienna MillerNexxus Lavish Body Volumizing Spray Gel– A unique, lightweight volume/styling spray gel that provides lasting hold for styles. Don’t let the term ‘gel’ scare you, this gel is so light that your brush will glide through hair and help your blow out last all night. I really enjoyed developing this product with Nexxus. Through their commitment to quality and my hands-on collaboration, we worked to deliver a professional salon quality product that’s available to all.
  2. Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo – I’ve been using this product for years. It works amazingly well for emergency situations like pre-red carpet time crunches when a celebrity hasn’t had time to wash her hair. Works every time!
  3. Kiehl’s Creative Cream Wax – a unique formula that controls and holds without compromising your style. It can be used for controlling fly-away hair, personalizing your style by defining and separating hair, or for all-over control and hold.  
  4. FUDGE Hair Putty – another grooming aid that I love. It adds amazing texture to a style and offers a nice, light hold.
  5. Denman brush and De Fabulous curling iron – For styling, I like to use these tools to create gorgeous volume and the soft loose-waved look seen on many celebrities at the moment. For that kind of look, I love to prep hair with Nexxus THERMAL VOLUME Volumizing Heat Protection Mousse. It creates incredibly full, healthy looking hair while guarding against heat damage.


FAVORITE LOOK YOU’VE EVER CREATED: My favorite look that I’ve created is Natalie Portman’s style for the Oscars. Natalie trusted me to create my own vision for the big night. It was intricate, elegant and feminine–a total knockout!

Natalie Portman's Hair at the 2010 Oscars