What do you do when you hire a long-haired guy to play a 1920s private detective? Knowing that men in the 1920s, especially private detectives, didn't have long hair, you send him to see the hairdresser, who will cut and style his hair so he looks as if he just stepped out of a 1922 advertisement for hair cream. If the filming takes several months, he will need to make repeated trips to the hairdresser.

But that's not all. Sure, a hairdresser needs to be certified as a hairdresser, which means passing the state's exams and more than likely a few years in beauty school, but that only covers actual hair. On a film, the hairdresser is also responsible for any wigs an actor wears. Being responsible means not only purchasing them or having them built but also maintaining and styling them as needed. Anything special done to the hair, such as braids or ponytails, is the hairdresser's responsibility. Even carrying around a pocket comb and a bottle of hairspray so you can touch up an actor's hair for a second take of a fight scene is part of the daily grind.

As with all the design departments, the hairdresser needs to know the period and be able to re-create it in a trailer on location. A lot of hairdressers are specifically requested by actors or directors they've worked with before. Loyalty counts. As in the real world, people will tell things to their hairdressers they won't tell anyone else. Just imagine what kinds of secrets the stars you work with might tell.

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