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Official Hairstylist for the U.S. Open, Julien Farel, Shares His Sporty Style Tips

Written on September 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm , by

Just before the U.S. Open wraps today with the men’s final match between Djokovic and Nadal, we snuck in some time with the official hairstylist for the tournament, Julien Farel. For seven years, Farel and his team have been offering their services in the official player salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Here, he shares with us his tricks for keeping the players looking like aces through grueling, multiple-hour matches.

Julien Farel cutting Ana Ivanovic’s hair in the salon.

So you set up a salon on site for the players. What kind of services do you offer?
“There are over 500 players and they all have access to any kind of services that they want. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, we cannot do any color or chemical treatments but if they need any kind of other services: hair cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow waxing, tweezing or makeup, they can come in and get it done.”

And how does the styling work? Do the players tell you what they want or do they let you have some creativity with it?
“It depends. If they go on camera, they will come to get a quick braid or ponytail and sometimes a touchup for makeup. If they are playing, they usually skip the makeup. If not, sometimes we reopen the salon just for the biggest players. Sometimes you have to drop what you’re doing to just go and take care of them, especially the well-ranked players.”

Donna Vekic sporting a braided style at Julien Farel salon.

We’ve noticed a lot of braided hairstylists on the women this year. Are braids a big trend right now and what’s the trick to getting the look right?
“It is a very good style for tennis because it locks all the hair into place. For the U.S. Open, we use our anti-aging hair care technology and our styling products, which have UV-protection [Farel launched a 21 SKU product line back in 2011 available at dermstore.com]. So for a braid, we often apply some products on the hair before they go into the game to protect their hair. After the game, they sometimes come in because they get sunburned and we apply Julien Farel Haircare Vitamin Calm ($43, dermstore.com), which is a great product to repair sunburn because it immediately nourishes the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients, like algae extract and vitamin E to help replenish vital nutrients and combat harmful UV-rays. But because of the humidity and the heat, a lot of them are coming into get some gel or gloss to lock the hair in place, so in that case we do a ponytail or a braid out of the ponytail.”

It has been awfully humid for most of the Open. What’s your best tip for blocking humidity out of your hair?
“Yea, we use an anti-frizz balm [Julien Farel Haircare Zero Frizz Relaxing Balm ($32, dermstore.com)]. We offer that to make sure we can help to protect the hair. For me, it’s really about protecting the hair in every way we can so by moisturizing, making sure the hair feels better, to be moisturized from the end to the root or by having something where the hair is going to be protected from the sun.”

These matches can last for hours so what’s your secret for getting the styles to last?
“Well, if it’s a case of someone like Nadal who is wearing a bandana, or others are wearing bobby pins and some hair bands, or some ponytails and some braids and the reason is because these things help to lock the hair into place. So if you’re winning, you go on camera right away and you still look good because after the players finish the match, they’re not going to come to the salon to get their hair done because the people, especially the press, want them to comment right as they are on the moment. They don’t want you to wait to think about it. They want to feel the emotion.”

The U.S. Open’s Hot Hairstyle

Written on September 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm , by

For the 5th year in a row, hairstylist Julien Farel, owner of Julien Farel Salons in New York City and Cabo San Lucas, is courtside styling the hair of the U.S. Open athletes. Farel has managed to give the female players glamorous yet practical hairstyles for their matches. We got the scoop on this year’s most-requested look:

FITNESS: What’s the hottest hairstyle for female players at this year’s US Open?
Julien Farel: “Long braids, either  loose or fishtail. Braids allow you to have a ‘look’ without trying too hard. They are very popular with the players from Eastern Europe because it allows them to have a great hairstyle—soft waves full of body compared to their normally fine hair—for interviews after matches.”

FITNESS: How can we do the styles at home?
JF: “For the loose braid, take three separate sections and braid from side-to-side down the back of your neck.”

FITNESS: What makes this style great for playing sports?
JF: “It gives you a great style that is still tight and out of your face. It also protects your hair from the sun.”

FITNESS: Does this style translate to the gym and everyday exercise?
JF: “Absolutely! Braids are more attractive than the average ponytail; they are more glamorous. If you aren’t running heavily, you can allow your braids to be looser and softer. They are also perfect for going out after the gym because once you take your braids out you have perfect beach waves.”

FITNESS: What players have you done this style on?
JF: “Jelena Jankovic, but others will follow.”

Channel your inner athlete and spice up your workout hair by ditching the pony and sporting a stylish-yet-functional braid!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Hot Style Without the Heat

Written on June 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm , by

Celebrity hairstylist Donna Fumoso shows us how straight-haired girls can get loose waves without using a single plug-in. Yup, you heard it–NO hot tools. Watch and learn!