Jared Leto’s beauty secret: His Oscars hair was all about the second-day style

Jared Leto hair oscars 2014
Jared Leto hair oscars 2014
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If you’re looking for volume or planning on styling an updo, chances are you know that second-day hair is the way to go. Freshly washed hair can look too squeaky-clean and doesn’t hold its shape as well, plus there’s also a gritty, cool-girl factor that only second-day hair can provide. However, should you think this is a hair secret only used by women, think again. According to Vidal Sassoon hairstylist Chase Kusero, Jared Leto’s winning hair at the 2014 Oscars was all about the second-day style.

Should you want to copy the look (hey, those beachy waves would look just as good on a lady as they do on Leto) or get your guy on the edgy, long hair train, here’s how it was done. The night before the Academy Awards, Chase prepped Leto’s wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Primer Spray and Pro Series Waves Pomade. This helped define curls and enhance the natural wave—which clearly he has quite a bit of, as no heat tools were used. Leto’s hair air-dried and was left to do its thing overnight. The next day, Chase refreshed the style by spraying dry shampoo at the root, followed by a spritz of Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray at the ends. A few sections were smoothed out with a flat-iron but that’s really all there is Leto’s look—it really is the definition of effortlessly cool.

(And while we’re on the subject of Jared Leto’s natural beauty, can we put out an official request for his—and his mother’s and brother’s—skin care routine? Is it possible to bottle up their anti-aging genes, asap?)