US Open Hair Guru Julien Farel On Primping Tennis Pros and Creating Court-Worthy Styles

Farel poses with tennis superstar Ana Ivanovic.

As the US Open's official hair guru, you've also styled some pretty major off-court stars: Kate Moss, Salma Hayek and more. What's the biggest difference between styling a celeb and prepping a tennis player? Is one more challenging than the other?

Your hair is your costar in life, no matter who you are! There is no real difference between styling a celeb's hair and a tennis player's, because our mission is to give everyone their competitive edge—to help them become the best version of who they are. I feel privileged that I’ve had the chance to style famous tresses because it's an incredible feeling to see a client leaving feeling beautiful, and beauty derived from confidence is the most sexy. As for female tennis players, their hair is generally more stressed from all the sun, sweat and tight ponytails. Their look must incorporate style and performance to survive the fierce tennis matches. It’s about giving players that “power look” that suits their personality.

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The style set may be buzzing about New York Fashion Week—but it's a pretty important time of year for tennis, too! The US Open kicked off just last week and runs through September 9, and for the past seven years, celeb hairstylist Julien Farel has been prepping and primping the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka for their big on-court appearances. With his very own pop-up salon located right by Arthur Ashe Stadium, Farel's the Open's official hair guru—and I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes with him for a Q&A. Click through above for more on Farel's insane US Open schedule (he still manages to squeeze in early-morning workouts!), tips for reviving your hair post-exercise and to learn how to create his signature Braided Ponytail at home.


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