Exclusive: Olivia Palermo’s Bob – We Got The Lowdown
Celeb hairstylist Andre Davis dishes about Olivia’s haircut, Katie Holmes, Mary J. Blige and more.
BY BROOKE SAGER
During New York Fashion Week, Olivia Palermo caused quite a stir when her long, luscious locks were cut off! The City star snuck over to her fave hairstylist, Andre Davis of the Roy Teeluck Salon between shows. A few hours later, she showed off her new look – a mid-length bob.
Some call it a hit, others a miss. Betty caught up with her stylist, Andre Davis, to get the scoop behind her cut. “Olivia wanted to make a statement,” he tells BettyConfidential. He kindly explained the continuing hotness of the bob and more juicy news.
BettyConfidential: Why did Olivia want to cut her hair?
Andre Davis: Basically, this is something we talked about doing for almost eight months. It was September and New York Fashion Week, so it was a great time for a change. She’s had long hair for a good amount of time, and just wanted a change. I told her a mid-length bob would look great on her. We were on the same page the entire time. I gave her a clean cut with a little angling, a lot of movement, and a classic middle part. It really frames her face. She told me a lot of people were commenting on it at Fashion Week. After that, tons of people were asking me to cut their hair (in that same style)!
BettyConfidential: Which celebrities are currently sporting bobs that you like?
Andre Davis: I like Katie Holmes’ bob. But I liked the one before she got the bangs. I also like Victoria Beckham’s tapered-in-the-back bob—it’s nice how it angles above her chin. I like Michelle Obama’s bob, too. It works for her.
BC: Why is the bob is still so popular?
AD: The bob has been popular for years—people have been wearing it for decades. Over the years, I do think the style of the bob has changed and evolved, but I don’t think it’s ever gone out of style.
BC: When someone comes in asking for a bob, what are the first things that are discussed?
AD: With any haircut, I like to look at the client’s features and face shape. You really have to take that into consideration. A haircut really has to compliment the person’s features. Their personality and their lifestyle as well. I also evaluate if a client’s hair is dry or color treated. After that, I’ll give my professional opinion—how long, how short, what style. But it’s truly a collaboration between the two of us. And then we go on from there.
BC: Which face shapes work best for the bob?
AD: Oval is the perfect shape for the bob. But honestly, oval shapes can wear any style. I think that any face shape can wear a bob, but it depends how the hair falls and how it is cut. If someone has a round face, you would do an extreme bob above the chin. You’d want to give them something softer, or their face will look even rounder.
BC: What other celebs’ hair have you cut?
AD: So many, I can’t think of them now! Let’s see—Mary J. Blige, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Anika Noni Rose. I’ve cut Naomi Campbell’s hair for a while. That’s just to name a few.
BC: Is it different cutting a celeb’s hair than cutting a non-celeb’s hair? Do you feel more pressure?
AD: I put pressure on myself with any cut. I guess you could say I’m a perfectionist. You have to have technique and know-how first. Whether the client is a celeb or not, your name is still on that cut. If someone says to my client, “Oh, who did your hair, it looks great!” I’d want them to say, “Oh, Andre Davis!” But if the cut looks crappy, your name is on that too. Cutting celebrity’s hair—whether it’s Kim Kardashian or Olivia Palermo – they are in the public eye. So yes, you want them to look good too!
BC: How many types of bobs are there?
AD: Oh gosh, I would say there are at least twenty different bob styles and types. There are graduated bobs that are short-short. There are also long bobs; there are ones that are even longer than Olivia’s. Most people think of bobs as only being above the shoulder. A bob has a clean-shaped line. If there are layers, they also must be clean. The style has to be very precise.
BC: What type of hair works for a bob, and what type of hair doesn’t work for a bob?
AD: Classically, straighter hair is easier, but I wouldn’t say better. There are curly bobs too. Hair comes in many different types and textures, and you can make it work for a bob. If a client has curly or wavy hair, you have to cut it with that in mind. If it’s not done right, it will flare out and get poofy. As I said, everything has to be clean. I’d say a bob takes longer than any type of haircut because you must be sure the lines are perfect. Otherwise, it won’t look good.
BC: How do you take care of a bob?
AD: The best way to take care of any cut is to start with the basics. Get the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair—whether it’s dry, damaged, etc. I love L’Oreal products. Then keep up with your haircuts. This is especially important with the bob: cut your hair every six to eight weeks. It’s key to keeping the shape of your cut.