You in all probability acknowledge Brittany O’Grady from HBO’s hit collection White Lotus, wherein she performs the extremely disinterested and secretive Paula reverse Sydney Sweeney. Whereas on-screen she comes throughout as chilly and passive, the 26-year-old actress is sort of the alternative in individual. She was heat, bubbly, and continuously smiling once we caught up on the Bumble and bumble Meatpacking flagship salon to rejoice her partnership with the model. She’s the face of bumble’s latest campaign selling the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. Whereas seemingly completely totally different from Paula, O’Grady has one factor in widespread along with her White Lotus character: her lovely tight curls bounce every time she giggles or turns her head.
O’Grady says studying how you can deal with her curly hair has been a journey. Her mother would model her and her siblings’ hair day by day as youngsters. Over time, the actress has discovered to embrace her curls, selecting up suggestions and methods from her curly-haired siblings and hairstylists on set. Right here, O’Grady shares extra on her hair journey, her suggestions and methods for curly strands, and a few of her must-have merchandise from Bumble and bumble.
What was it like rising up with curly hair, and the way has your expertise with it developed as you’ve gotten older?
Rising up, my siblings and I had actually curly hair. As I began to become older and take a look at TV exhibits, magazines, and sure eras of time the place a selected look of hair was most popular, I had just a little inner wrestle with embracing my hair. I feel all of us all the time need one thing that we won’t have.
As I’ve gotten older and began to work within the enterprise, I’ve embraced my hair extra, working with professionals and individuals who noticed its uniqueness. I’m beginning to see far more illustration for biracial curly hair and extra illustration for Black hair and totally different textures. That’s one thing that I really feel actually enthusiastic about. So it’s been preventing these urges to straighten or match what I believed was a magnificence normal rising up. I really feel prefer it planted seeds, and I’m simply beginning to embrace who I’m and my hair.
Individuals oftentimes have distinct recollections of their dad and mom doing their hair. Do you keep in mind any of the merchandise or methods your mother used when doing all your hair?
We’d use just a little mushy brush, and once I would go to auditions, she would do half-up-half-down. All I keep in mind is the comb and the odor of the spray she’d use.
What did the spray odor like?
It smelled fruity; it smelled tremendous fruity. It’s very nostalgic. I keep in mind the L’Oréal No Tears shampoo, too.
Yeah! We didn’t actually know how you can model our ringlets. It was normally simply brushed right into a bushy ponytail, and off we’d go to high school. It’s been thrilling now as an grownup; my siblings and I discover merchandise that match and embrace our hair to have longevity and keep away from frizz once we need to. It’s been a journey to begin having management over your identification and your hair versus your childhood.
Is there something you’ve discovered from being on set, whether or not or not it’s a product or method?
Defending your hair in opposition to warmth. We battle so much with warmth within the business. Carrying wigs will be actually essential to guard your hair and having an incredible stylist who understands your hair. Particularly for ladies of shade and Black ladies, it’s actually essential that now we have any person that understands and nurtures our hair and makes certain that we really feel lovely and empowered as our characters. I feel the business nonetheless has a protracted solution to go, however there’s unimaginable change taking place. I’ve been fortunate to work with unimaginable stylists who perceive my hair texture and shield it. I really feel very spoiled in that method.
How do you prep your hair for a day on set?
With Bumble and bumble, their merchandise depart me feeling like I’ve all of the filth, oil, shampoo, and conditioner out of my hair, however to not the purpose the place my scalp is tremendous dry, making it a simple template for once I go to work. I like to have a preparation course of like that.
How did you shield your hair from the warmth and the weather in Hawaii whereas filming White Lotus?
Numerous moisturizing hair merchandise, and we didn’t use warmth on my hair. That’s in all probability the primary job I’ve ever had the place we by no means used warmth. I used to be even considering that I used to be going to straighten my hair. I envisioned the character of Paula in a sure method, however they had been like, “no, we need to hold her curly, particularly with the surroundings.” I’m glad we went within the curly course as a result of it will have been nearly not possible to maintain it straight.
What does your hair care routine seem like these days?
I genuinely love Bumble and bumble. Within the bathe, I’ll shampoo, put in conditioner, comb my hair with it, after which rinse it out. It’s very hydrating and cleaning. As soon as I get out of the bathe, I’ll put the Light Defining Curl Cream in my hair and the gel that holds the curl collectively. I’ll diffuse it or let it air dry. Typically I’ll put just a little oil in my hair simply to make sure that it has some moisture and retains it tremendous mushy. If I’m in a rush and my curls didn’t outline within the entrance as a lot as I would like them to, I’ll use the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer and curl the entrance items and go.
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This interview has been flippantly edited and condensed for readability.
Emily Burns is the assistant magnificence editor at ELLE Journal. When she’s not writing, she’s in all probability ingesting an Aperol spritz and cuddling along with her cat Wednesday….or scheming how you can date Pete Davidson.