INSTYLE: You and Jennifer have worked together forever. Are you like siblings at this point?
CHRIS MCMILLAN: We can think like each other, for sure. One day I’ll wind up being her hairdresser and her personal assistant. I’ll just quit everything and take care of her. I’ve gotten to a point with Jen where I’m at this happy medium between making her feel comfortable and creating modern, current looks with her.
IS: How do you stay up-to-date?
CM: What really helps is travelling. Going to London or Tokyo. Anywhere. Paris is very influential for me too. I love that French girls do single-coloured hair—long, short or bobs. You don’t see ombre hair in the streets of Paris. You go to LA, you see ombre hair.
IS: What makes you smile? CM: No ombre hair in Paris.
IS: I’m getting the sense you’re anti-ombre.
CM: I’m not, but I do love what’s fresh and new. I love that there’s short hair on girls again. I love bleached hair on girls. I love that everyone has a living-out-of-their grandma’s-house look. Like Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums. Like they grabbed coats out of their grandma’s closet. You know, like the look at Gucci.
IS: What kind of hair do you rock with that?
CM: I love a redhead. You’re seeing hippie hair and a ’70s vibe. I call it “Marcia Brady babysitter hair”. Jen’s always like, “Just do ’70s babysitter hair today.”
IS: What’s trending right now in hair colour?
CM: Bronde hair. B-R-O-N-D-E. Brown-haired girls with just a touch of sun-kissed hair. Brown hair doesn’t have to be flat. You can do lowlights and highlights. Bleaching your hair is so popular now. I love these new bleachedout icy blue, lavender, greyish looks. It’s like your hair is part of your wardrobe. But you don’t want to go too blue or too purple.
IS: Do you ever do hair colour anymore?
CM: I don’t, but I have an opinion
“For super-damaged hair, this is unbelievable. It’s great for the ombre girls.”
When blowing major curls straight, McMillan mixes this with gel for the ends and along the hairline.
Thick, healthy hair reigns in LA. McMillan likes supplements for boosting natural volume.