The Secret to Seema’s Sleek Blowouts on “And Just Like That”
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The stars on “And Just Like That” are like walking, talking Pinterest boards. From their luxurious outfits to their polished hairstyles, the New York women — Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Lisa (Nicole Ari Parker), Seema (Sarita Choudhury), and Dr. Nya Wallace (Karen Pittman) — are always looking their best. It’s expected at this point, but even we’ve found ourselves marveling at Seema’s bouncy, ultra-shiny blowouts, itching to know the secret.
Luckily, Mandy Lyons, the HBO series’s hair department head and the sole person responsible for said hairstyle, is sharing her wealth of knowledge. On the show, Seema is a regular at a salon — which, fun fact, is actually Rob Peetoom Williamsburg. She even jokes that her union with her hairstylist Juan (played by Ricardo Rojas, a celebrity stylist in real life) is her longest relationship to date. She’s made to look like she gets weekly blowouts, and the key is hot rollers.
“The hot rollers go in and then whatever happens, happens when you take them out,” Lyons tells POPSUGAR. “That’s where we got a lot of the real, high shine.” She specifically used the T3 Hot Rollers ($140). “They’re black and they have velvet on — they’re very different from the ’70s hot rollers that people used to use.” She uses the medium and large sizes all over the head and places them strategically depending on the style she wants to create that day.
It only made sense to use the retro hair tool — which has recently made a strong comeback — seeing as the inspiration for Seema is 1970s glamour. “My inspiration just went to Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall,” she says. “It was like rocker chic, but also I wanted to get in a little bit of French actress, where she’s glamorous but also effortless.”
“I would put them in and then she’d go and sit in makeup and then when she came back, I’d take them out and brush her hair through with a Mason Pearson Brush ($175),” Lyons says. If any creases happen, which they so often do when working with hot rollers, Lyons uses “a little bit of heat [to] take that out,” she says. “I would just spray a little of the root lift spray from Living Proof onto a round brush and then go through the section again.”