Cut­ting Edge

As one of the busiest celebrity hair­styl­ists, Adir Abergel brings an en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of hair his­tory and an eye for in­di­vid­u­al­ity to the Hol­ly­wood glit­terati.

Fashion (Canada) - - People - By Lesa Han­nah

It’s five days into the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF), and hairstylist Adir Abergel is run­ning late. “Blame Si­enna,” he says when he fi­nally ar­rives, sliding into a booth at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal’s Sig­na­tures Restau­rant. That would be Miller, whom Abergel just left af­ter giv­ing the ac­tress a “quick, sim­ple chignon” for a press day pro­mot­ing her film Amer­i­can Woman. Even if you aren’t fa­mil­iar with Abergel’s name, you’ve seen his work, which pop­u­lates red car­pets at this time of year. In ad­di­tion to craft­ing clas­sic Hol­ly­wood looks, the Is­raeli-born, Los An­ge­les-based coif­feur is equally re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing some un­ex­pected au­dac­ity to awards sea­son. “To me, ev­ery­one is equal but ev­ery­one is an in­di­vid­ual,” he says of his tai­lored ap­proach. “I guess I’m a good judge of char­ac­ter.” The re­sult is hair that’s cool and youth­ful, like the blunt cut he gave Saoirse Ro­nan the day be­fore the Lady Bird nom­i­nee walked the Os­cars red car­pet or the pixie he gave Kris­ten Ste­wart. Or the hyper-fem­i­nine looks he cre­ates for Jen­nifer Garner (one of his long-stand­ing clients) and Jes­sica Biel. Then there’s the el­e­gant and edgy styles he does for Mar­ion Cotil­lard and Rooney Mara. “Hair is such a re­flec­tion of who you are as a per­son,” he says. “When I’m with Kris­ten, I can feel she has this amaz­ing, kind soul, but there’s a punk re­bel­lion in­ter­mixed,” he says. “Jen is sweet and lov­ing, so you want to cre­ate some­thing soft and beau­ti­ful.”

Abergel’s abil­ity to cre­ate for­ward and di­verse looks is, in part, be­cause of his vast reper­toire of ref­er­ences that comes from his years of re­search­ing things like hair his­tory, other cul­tures and pho­tog­ra­phy. So when some­one men­tions early Ave­don, a Vi­dal Sas­soon five­point cut or Hel­mut Lang in the early ’90s, he im­me­di­ately gets it. “If you don’t know, how are you able to have con­ver­sa­tions with art di­rec­tors and pho­tog­ra­phers? To rein­ter­pret it into what you do?” he says. But he’s also hum­ble enough to want to keep learn­ing, even tech­nique-wise. “If I wasn’t as busy as I am, I’d maybe go work with geishas for a cou­ple of months,” he says. “I’d go work in an African-Amer­i­can salon, where they just do braid­ing, and get dif­fer­ent dex­ter­i­ties hap­pen­ing in my fin­gers.” For now, his sched­ule re­mains jam-packed with flights to catch, clients to jeuje, skills to sharpen and prod­ucts to ideate with the hair-care line Virtue as the brand’s cre­ative di­rec­tor. And de­spite his jet­set life, he makes time to ac­knowl­edge peo­ple be­hind the scenes. To wit: When he sent Garner hair prod­ucts, he in­cluded some for her clean­ing woman. “She texted me and said, ‘Adir, I hope to be you some­day,’” he says. “I love Jen like a sis­ter. You’re tak­ing care of my love? I’m tak­ing care of you!”

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