Her name is Stefania Capovilla, and while you may not know her by name, you’re almost certainly familiar with her work. That’s because she’s the woman behind the hair of Canada’s 23rd prime minister, Justin Trudeau, whose ‘do has been made quite famous, thanks to Stephen Harper‘s attack ads (“He’s just not ready. Nice hair, though”) and Twitter.
So, we thought we’d talk to the country’s most important stylist to find out how to get wavy, frizz-free locks with minimal effort, just like JT. According to Capovilla, the same rules apply to men and women, so everyone can have “The Justin.” And she should know: She’s cut his hair for six years, long before he created a gender-neutral cabinet or promised to withdraw fighter jets from Syria and Iraq.
So, here’s the step-by-step on how to achieve the carefree, handsome and effortlessly flowy vibe of a parliamentarian with sexy, sexy roots:
Step 1) Start with a good foundation
“The same rules apply to women with this type of hair,” she says. “It is relatively easy to maintain as long as you work with [your hair’s] natural texture and let it do what it wants to.” This means that you shouldn’t be overly fussy with your hair – let it follow its own direction in life, like Justin, who was a teacher, and a made-for-TV-movie actor, before he became Canada’s 23rd leader. But, first things first: You’re going to need get the cut you want, then work on your wave later. So, pick a look, any look, and if you’ve got something specific in mind, Capovilla urges you to bring a photo to your hairstylist so there’s no confusion.
Step 2) Maintain and texturize
Capovilla says that to get a professional wave that’s perfectly shaped, there are two things your stylist needs to do: “When I cut [Justin’s hair], I would texturize the ends to remove any bulk, while encouraging the natural wave.” But if you don’t have a natural wave to work with, you can cheat it by grabbing and twisting sections of your hair until you’re holding most of your hair in twisted bundles on top of your head. Then spray with a sea-salt spray and gather the whole mess up in a bun. The longer you keep the bun in place, the better the waves will come out, so why not watch Justin’s swearing in on repeat?
One word of caution: Don’t blow dry your hair if you want Justin-worthy results. Bringing the heat will leave this ‘do looking puffy. Remember when Stephen Harper brought a lot of heat to his campaign? Didn’t work out so well, did it?
Step 3) ‘Do you
“He has been blessed with perfect hair genes,” she says. “Thick and wavy but not frizzy.” So, while getting a version of “The Justin” might be attainable, you’ll never have Justin Trudeau’s exact hair unless you come from the same gene pool. Such is life.
Step 4) Go easy on the product
For women, Capovilla recommends a styling cream from the Curvaceous line by Redken. She says to be mindful of each product’s benefits, as they are made for specific hair types; don’t buy a product for straight hair if your hair is indeed not straight at all (even if it’s on sale). And because all hair is different, it may take you a bit of testing to find your perfect wave cream. For men, she recommends Get Groomed by Redken. In both cases, she says it is absolutely key that hair not be too wet, so let your locks air dry before applying any product.
Step Five: Repeat
“This type of hair is quite forgiving because with the right cut, it still looks great as it grows out,” she says. “If it is short, you might go four to six weeks between touch-ups, and for longer hair, up to 12 weeks.”
Capovilla knows her stuff, so bring her advice to your stylist if you want a similar cut. Could it be the next “Rachel”? It’s too soon to tell. But we’re pretty envious of the woman behind the hair. “I have many parliamentarians as clients,” she says. “Too many to name, and from all three parties.” So many secrets…