Not surprisingly, Justine Marjan has become the favorite stylist of Hollywood A-List actresses. With long experience as a stylist, having Jen Atkin as a mentor and an innate talent for creating beautiful hair looks, Marjan has become the “it” stylist of the moment. Her famous clientele includes celebrities such as the Kardashians, Olivia Culpo, Chrissy Teigen, and Kerry Washington.to name a few. Now she has also earned the admiration of the hair tools brand GHD having recently been named as an ambassador. How cool! We sat down with the stylist to tell us about her fabulous work and give us some tips to keep our hair healthy, especially when we are used to using many heat tools.
How does one choose the right tool for their hair? Does it depend on the thickness or length of the hair?
I think it depends more on the length. If you have short to medium hair then a small flat iron will surely be better for you, and if you have long to medium hair then a large flat iron will be better. Then, depending on the density of your hair, you will work with smaller or longer sections. If you have fine hair then you can work with very large sections, and if you have thicker hair then you will use smaller ones.
And in terms of technology, what should people look at?
I like the GHD one because it has tri-zone technology that makes [the tool) heat up in three different zones so that the heat is evenly distributed throughout the plate. Most irons are only heated in one place, which is why it can be difficult to achieve an even curl. It is important to take that into account, that and the temperature. Many people use too high temperatures. 365 [F] is the optimal temperature for each type of hair.
During wet months it can be very difficult to manage hair. What do you recommend doing to achieve a flawless look?
I know it's counterintuitive, but don't use [tools with] high temperatures. You should use good shampoos and conditioners to prepare your hair so that you have a good foundation. I also recommend sleeping with a pillowcase made of silk because cotton ones cause friction. And finally take vitamins for hair to maintain [its] integrity.
Is there a vitamin that you recommend?
Yes, lately I really like Olly's that are made of jelly beans. You can eat a handful and nothing bad will happen to you. You will only see fabulous hair as a result.
What is a look you've recently done that you really loved?
I did a twisted rope ponytail to Shay Mitchell recently for fashion week, and it was really cool because it was different and something she had never done. To create the look, I dried her hair with the GHD dryer and put the TRESemme Beauty Full mousse to create a lot of volume from the roots, and while I was drying her hair, I ran my fingers through her mane to create more texture. In the end I collected everything in a high ponytail and put the Ouai texturizing spray to achieve those separations. Then I added synthetic hair and ponytail.
How many times a week do you recommend using a tool to keep hair healthy? Is there a limit?
I don't think there is a limit. While taking precautions and taking care of your hair then I don't think you have to worry about things like this, especially if you are using high quality tools that will not harm your hair.
What are the beauty products that you cannot live without?
The GHD platinum flat iron because it has rounded corners, it is easy to achieve wavy curls and since the heat does not reach the outside I do not have to worry about burning my fingers. It has a spring that makes it easy to hold on the wrist. I like the GHD blow dryer because it dries hair very quickly and makes no noise and I also love TRESemme's Mousse Beauty Bow and Ouai's Texturizing Spray.