Struggling for hair inspiration? From voluminous waves to fuss-free ponytails, Jane the Virgin has you covered. The hit series returned to our screens on Monday night where Jane—who’s played by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez—kept her hair game going strong, as usual. Eager to copy her signature style, we reached out to the pros on set for some backstage secrets.
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“Gina’s character Jane is very natural, busy, no fuss and full of life,” says Michelle Rene Elam, the department head hair. “So we keep her style true to that essence—alive and fun.” Because long hours on set can take its toll on any hair type, Elam always begins with a thermal protectant spray to maintain the star's healthy shine prior to heat styling. To achieve those perfect waves, she uses Paul Mitchell’s Pro Tools Neuro Unclipped 1.25 Inch Styling Cone ($110; paulmitchell.com for salon locations), but if you’re working with a thick mane like Rodriguez, Elam suggests passing a flat iron over the roots (she loves T3's Singlepass Styling Iron, $160; sephora.com) to keep the hair close to the head.
“Maintaining her hair through the day requires different options depending on the humid or dry weather, how long the day of work is, and how many hair changes we have,” Elam adds. To keep flyaways at bay, she recommends White Sands Orchids Oil ($26; whitesandproducts.com) as well as Oribe’s Supershine Light Moisturizing Crème ($49; oribe.com) to replenish moisture as needed.
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