Mandy Moore’s Ponytail for the 2019 SAG Awards Had the Prettiest Little Detail You Might Have Missed
Mandy Moore has great hair. There’s no denying it. (Although, she’ll be the first to remind you that it wasn’t always the case with throwback pictures from her teen pop star days). Part of Moore’s secret comes down to genetics, but part of it is also thanks to her longtime friend and hairstylist Ashley Streicher. Case in point: the simple-yet-beautiful low ponytail that Streicher created for the This Is Us star at the 2019 SAG Awards. And lucky for us, Streicher, who owns STRIIIKE salon in Los Angeles with her sisters Jenn and Kristie, offered to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the hairstyle came together.
“Mandy wore a custom Jason Wu that was black and off the shoulder,” Streicher told Allure, just minutes after Moore got into the car to head to the event. “It’s a gown, it has a long train, but it reminds me a bit of a tuxedo, so that was my inspiration. Then between all of us — Jason, her stylist Christina, makeup artist Kindra Mann, and I — we decided that Mandy’s hair should be sleek and the top should be open, so I gave her a strong side part and pulled her hair back tightly into a really low, sleek ponytail to give it a bit of an androgynous feel.”
“I started Mandy with clean, wet hair fresh from being shampooed,” said Streicher. She spritzed the Garnier Pure Clean Detangler throughout Moore’s hair and brushed it through with the Tangle Teezer Ultimate Detangler to keep the hair smooth and soft. “Then, I applied a bit of blow-dry balm to her ends and also brushed that through with the Tangle Teezer.”
“Once Mandy’s hair was 80 percent dry, I gave her a clean side part with a rat-tail comb and began taking sections to smooth out with the blow dryer and the large round brush,” Streicher said.
“Next, I took my T3 SinglePass Luxe flat iron and ironed out her front hairline to ensure I got the smoothest, cleanest front of her hair and side part as possible. I sprayed this front section with Garnier Flexible Control Hairspray and brushed it out with a soft, full-bristled brush to keep the hair back and smooth behind her ears and off the face. Then, I created a small, low ponytail right at the nape of her neck and tied it tight with a small, clear elastic. This is the section I added hair extensions to.”