Earl Simms – Hair Stylist – Brief Resume
Celebrity hair stylist – Earl Simms – has worked with some of the world’s best-known celebrities.celebrity hairdresser Earl Simms about how to achieve Sienna Miller’s latest red carpet looks. Earl was the mastermind behind her red carpet hairstyles in Cannes just recently.At the moment it’s all about the dishevelled, messy, effortless wave. Nothing too perfect or strict or slick – just easy, sexy, fun hair.Hairstylist to the likes of Beyonce, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, Earl Simms takes LMB behind the scenes to give us the lowdown on how he creates Sienna’s signature look and to tell us about life across the pond… Earl on styling Sienna’s boho look –
The most important thing is to give the hair a great blow-dry to create body and movement. When completely dry I use a medium curling tong to give Sienna’s hair that tousled look. I don’t use the tongs in a uniform way, just in key places to give a more natural, unstructured feel.
Products that I use to get the look -
Clynol Moisture Dream Leave In Conditioner , Windle & Moodie Cream Sheen & Windle & Moodie Shine & Smoothing Oil, Windle & Moodie Light Satin Hairspray.
The key to dealing with thick and frizzy or fine, limp hair is in the prep, using the right products in small amounts before you begin to dry the hair.
For thick, dry and frizzy hair – Use a great shampoo and conditioner to really give frizzy hair a helping hand – try Moisture Hydrate Shampoo by Clynol. After washing, apply Clynol Leave in conditioner and comb all the way through the hair. Then apply a small amount of Windle & Moodie Shine & Smoothing Oil from root to tip to take away frizz. Finally a little Windle & Moodie Invisible Day & Night cream which will smooth the hair.
For fine, limp, straight hair -
Use Hydrating Detangling Shampoo by Keracare. No need to condition but if you do want to, then use a leave-in conditioner.
Apply Windle & Moodie Foundation spray and then Massive Volume & Restructure Spray by Clynol.
1. Describe a typical day in the life of Earl Simms
I travel constantly, it is the nature of my job. I have homes in London and New York and spend time between the 2 cities, grabbing some precious time at home when I am not away on a shoot somewhere. Mornings are my favourite part of the day. In NY I get up early and go for a run, it is a great way to start for me and sets me up for the day. Then it’s a large glass of carrot, apple and ginger juice and a bowl of porridge before I get ready to go to whatever shoot I am working on that day.
After work I would either go and meet my PA for dinner to go through my diary and talk about upcoming projects and anything that needs to be done or meet friends for drinks or supper.
Once I am home I always take some time to quietly reflect on the day, to make sure that I end the day with a calm state of mind . I work in a very sociable and hectic environment, silence is important to me at home. I always have a cup of roiboos tea before I go to bed, it has so many health benefits, far too many to list !
When I am in London there are certain things I simply have to do. It’s a great place to walk around and I get very inspired by people in the street. I love to visit my favourite markets and shops that are off the beaten track for hair products and useful things for my kit. I always visit PAM in Shepherds Bush, they stock the best bags and pouches for all the many different things I need in my kit bag.
I also stock up on bottles of Lavandin Essence Spray from Summerill and Bishop– it’s a must and I carry it everywhere when I am travelling.
And I always try and find time for a fish and chip supper at Claridges.
2. You are regularly jetting back and forth across the pond – how do the hair requests of UK and US women differ? Which trends do you introduce to your US clients and vice versa
American women on the whole like to be a bit more polished and “done” when it comes to beauty. I like to challenge that and encourage them to let that go a little, to bring some cool into it, to look outside the usual boundaries and be more individual.
It is often the reverse with British women and they can ooze cool but might need a bit more “finish”, those special touches that bring a bit more polish to the look to keep it cool and sophisticated at the same time.
I don’t follow trends, its not the way I work. I like to look at each woman individually, to look at face-shape, features and most importantly the type of hair they have and suggest what would work best with this in mind.
3. You’ve just washed a client’s hair before a big event and there’s a power cut – what do you do?! Tell us your favourite hair styling hacks!
I would go and find a building where there is power ! It happened to me once in London, we left the studio and went in search of power. Found a hair salon near-by and they kindly let me do the hair there.
If there was no access at all you should dry hair out with a towel as best you can and then do something sleek and slick – an up do or a ponytail for long hair and just slick back short hair.
If the hair is dry but needs styling and there is no power – dry shampoo is a great product for putting body into the hair and giving it that just washed blow-dried look without the bother. Or you can apply Hair spray and then brush it through – give body and volume and dries out any greasiness. Then it will be easier to style.
4. Regular trims, taking multivitamins and using scalp massagers are all said to help your hair grow faster… What are the most common hair myths you’d like to dispel?
Plucking a Grey Hair will mean more will grow back – leave grey hairs ! Don’t pull them out, all that will happen is that you will get a new one to replace the one you have plucked.
Afro hair is super strong and coarse – No ! Afro hair is very delicate , don’t over process it – it will not cope with as much intervention as European hair
Any myth about hair growing slower or faster if you do things – Every head of hair has its maximum limit of growth, once reached it will not grow any longer. This is in the genes and you can’t change it
Shampoo twice – You only need 1 thorough shampoo – 2 shampoos over cleans the hair, stripping more goodness out.
Always comb from roots to ends – Start at ends and work up towards the roots. This is much kinder to the hair and prevents tearing. It will takes out any knots better too.
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There’s no two ways about it: Sienna Miller has been looking utterly sensational recently. From her dreamy new bob to her radiant complexion and flawless makeup, she’s been nailing that whole done-but-undone vibe we’ve been striving for perfectly. With all the red carpet events going on at the moment, our hair/makeup/life envy was reaching fever pitch, so we reached out to the people behind her look to get the inside scoop on what REALLY goes down in the dressing room. We spoke exclusively to Sienna’s makeup artist, Wendy Rowe, and her hairstylist, Earl Simms, to get some insider tips…
I want to announce that today on the Windle and Moodie Salon Blog we’re starting a 3 day, 3 part ‘How To” series from my dear friend Earl Simms, who styled Sienna Miller’s hair though out the Cannes 2015 Film Festival. Earl created 6 looks in total on Sienna and over the next 3 days we’ll be giving you 2 of the looks per day and which Windle And Moodie products Earl used to create each of the looks.
5. What’s next for Earl?
I am lucky as with my job I get to travel to some amazing places and have visited many countries. But I might only be somewhere for a couple of days and shoot days are long, so I plan to travel and spend more time in interesting places, to gain more knowledge about beauty. There are historic and cultural techniques and products that I want to learn more about. We can be quite caught up in being dictated to by big brands or the media about what we should and should not be using, doing etc.
I want to explore things in a more natural way – to strip back the layers and re-discover more simple and perhaps forgotten methods, styles and products.
Earl on styling Sienna’s boho look –
The most important thing is to give the hair a great blow-dry to create body and movement and then I use a medium curling tong to give Sienna’s hair that tousled look.
I don’t use the tongs in a uniform way, just in key places to give a more natural, unstructured feel.
For big events I always start to prep Sienna’s hair with a great blow dry. Then depending on what she might be wearing I use a combination of Windle & Moodie products, working them through the hair from roots to ends and then leave the hair to rest to allow the products to settle and be absorbed before styling.
Catching the eye of the most reputable hairstylists in the industry, Earl accepted the offer to open a new salon in Florence, Italy where he mastered his style and craftsmanship. After two years, Earl then returned to the U.K to gear his talent towards publications.
With his friendly attitude and attention to detail, Earl Simms has been appointed to tend to the likes of Beyonce. Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Eva Herzigova, Reese Whiterspoon, Jamelia, Anna Calvi, Chloe Sevigny, Emma Watson, Arizona Muse to name a few.
In addition, Earl has recently been working with various Victoria’s Secret models including : Candice Swanepoel, Mirte Maas, Toni Garrn, Behati Prinsloo,
GD: We’re obsessed with Sienna’s new bob! How did the chop come about?
Earl Simms: “Sienna’s new hair cut came about because of a role in a film which needed her to have shorter hair.”
PERSONALITIES / SUPERMODELS featuring in portfolio
Alessandra Ambrose, Amy Poehler, Arlenis Sosa, Beyonce, Behati Prinsloo, Bjork, Candice Swainpoel, Chanel Iman, Chloe Sevigny, Crystal Renn, Emma Watson, Erin O’Connor, Frida Gustavsson, GabbySidibe, Jac Jagaciak, Jamelia, Javier Bardem, Jerry Hall, Jessica Hart. Jourdan Dunn, Juliette Lewis, Helena Christensen, Karlie Kloss Kimmora Lee Simmons, Lias Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Morcheeba, Ms. Dynamite, Naomi Campbell, Naomie Harris, Nate James, Paul Weller, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Ashcroft, Robert Carlyle, Sarah Ferguson, Sienna Miller, Sophia Bush, Terri Walker, Toni Garn, Yasmin Le Bon.
EDITORIAL work in Portfolio
Allure, Amica, Anthem Magazine, Black Book, British Marie Claire , Composite, D Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Donna, Dutch, Elle, Flaunt, French Glamour, German Marie Claire, German Vogue, Glamour, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar Germany, Harpers Bazaar US Harpers Bazaar UK, i-D, Instyle UK, Instyle US,Interview, Italian Elle ,Italian Grazia, Guardian, Italian Vogue, Italian Glamour, Jalouse, Marie Claire US, Numero, Nylon, Observer, Oyster, Plastique, Red ,Russian Vogue, Stella, Stitch, Sunday Times Style, V Magazine, Vogue US, W Magazine, West East Magazine.
COMMERCIAL CLIENTS featured in Portfolio
Ann Taylor, Avon, BHS, Boden ,Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, DSW, Esprit, Gossard, H&M, Hermes, Levis, Marks & Spencer, Max & Co, MIX Australia, Model Me ,Mulberry, Neiman Marcus, Nescafe, Next, Oroton, Patrick Cox Fragrance, Paul Smith, Puma Reebok, Rimmel, Shock, Skin so Soft , Super Drug, Toni & Guy, Ungaro,,Watter’s Bridal, Victoria’s Secret,
PHOTOGRAPHERS work featured in Portfolio –
Anthony Edwin, Amber Rowlands, Barnaby Roper, Chloe Mallett, Chadwick Tyler, Christoph Kutner, Christoph Sillem, Colin Lane ,Collette DeBarros, Corrine Day, Dan Burton, David Burton, David Slijper, Donald Christie, , Elizabeth Hoff, Frederic Auerbach, Fred Pinet, Gavin Bond, Greg Kadel, Guy Isherwood, Heather Favell, Hiroshi Kutomi, James Macari, Jason Kibbler, John Midgley, John Nyueng, Jonathan West, Jonty Davies, Julian Broad, Kayt Jones, Keith Henderson, Kim Andreolli, Kelly Klein, Koto Bolofo, Marc Baptiste, Marcelo Krasilcic, Mark Alesky, Matthew Donaldson, Matthew Hive, Nick Haddow, Patrick Demarchelier, Sir Paul Smith ,Pete Drinkell, Phil Sinden, Pamela Hansen, Rick Guest, Rick Truscott, Roland Bello,Sandro Sodano, Sophie Delaporte, Simon Emmett, Thierry le Goues, Thomas Schenk ,Walter Chin, Warren du Preez, William Garrett.