The Man Behind Miley's Do

By Modern Salon | 10/27/2009 5:00:00 AM


Joico's George Papanikolas has quite the growing fan base among the young Hollywood elite. He's a quickly-rising star within the hair industry, having gained work experience at some of the top salons in Southern California–including Sally Hershberger at John Frieda Salon and the Chris McMillan Salon–before taking up residence at the Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood.

He also has stars like Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere and Megan Fox fawning all over his natural-looking, sun-kissed color. And now one of America's most famous teens, Miley Cyrus, has turned to George for an update. Here, he gives us the scoop on creating Miley's look, plus tips on how to do the same for your clients.

Modern Salon: How did you first meet Miley?
George Papanikolas: I was recommended by Scott Cunha, who works with me at the Andy Lecompte Salon. He is Miley's tour hairstylist.

MS: Pictures of Miley with her new, beautiful fall color have been everywhere. How did you create it?
GP: I richened up Miley's hair to a deeper auburn shade with golden-copper overtones. To warm up her natural light ash brown, I used Joico's Chrome Color to deposit the warmer color and give her hair more shine. Using a light golden brown (G6), with a touch of copper intensifier (RO) under heat we created the beautiful auburn base color.  I followed up with a few baliaged highlights to give the hair some dimension, and finally finished it all off with light golden blonde glaze with Joico's Chrome color (8G + RO). 

MS: I'm sure this is an in-demand look for tweens and teens. Any tips for stylists on recreating the look for their clients?
GP: If you're trying to achieve this look for a client with darker hair, use permanent hair color and adjust the amount of gold and copper intensifiers. Darker hair will pull more red from its underlying pigments. For clients with lighter hair, add more gold and copper, as their hair won't pull as much warmth.

MS: For you, is there anything different about working with teenagers?
GP: Teenage clients usually show up with a bunch of pictures and celebrity hair styles that they pulled from online. Teens also tend to want to change their hair colors and styles more often because they are trying to find what looks best for them, and are usually more open to change and suggestions.

MS: Any advice on working with these younger clients?
GP: I think it's important to teach younger people how to care for their hair properly, especially when they start doing chemical treatments. I always recommend a weekly conditioning treatment with Joico's K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. It's also important to help them find a look that is most flattering, not always giving into their whims of being blond one day, black the next, and red the week after. Too often you see that, and they end up with really damaged hair.






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