Growing up with a mother who was an artist, it’s no surprise that L’Oréal Paris‘ celebrity hair stylist Mara Roszak enjoyed creative freedom from an early age. Roszak, who got her big break at seventeen styling Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hair, now works with fashion and beauty icons, including Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, and Diane Kruger. We got the scoop from Mara on how she got to where she is now as well as some insider tips for getting great hair:
How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
Shortly after graduating from beauty school, I got a call for a job from a family friend who happened to be a celebrity publicist. Her client was Sarah Michelle Gellar! I did her hair for an event, it went really well, and I was then hired to travel with her during the promotion of a movie.
How do you think growing up with a mother who was an artist influenced your career path?
My mom hugely influenced and inspired me to become a hairstylist. She is a creative soul, a true artist, and I was fortunate to grow up in a very open, creative space, watching her paint, craft, and create. I had real creative freedom from a young age. My mother recognized my passion and helped cultivate my art. She always was, and still is, my number one supporter and has helped guide me to where I am today.
Who or what inspires you? Who are you beauty icons?
So many things inspire me — my mom, my sister, and all the women in my family are strong, independent, and artistic and inspire me every day. I also find inspiration from books, movies, art, and the people around me. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy is my beauty icon. She was so elegant, perfectly accessorized and simplistically beautiful.
Do you have any tips for caring for hair in the summer?
Moisture is key. The pool, ocean, and sun can all be really drying on hair. I recommend using hydrating masks–my favorite ones for the summer are L’Oreal Paris’ OleoTherapy Deep Recovery Mask, Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Moisture Rush Mask, and Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm.
What are some of your must-have hair products and tools?
My must-haves include L’Oreal Paris’ OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil Essence, Elnett Satin Hairspray, Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray along with my Parlux hairdryer, and curling irons in every size.
Any tricks for preventing frizz?
Dry hair tends to get frizzier, so use moisturizing hair care products. Also, if you blow-dry, use a nozzle to reduce frizziness.
What hairstyles are you currently obsessed with?
Still obsessed with the bob.
Any fashion, beauty, or hairstyle don’ts?
You should always have a certain level of comfort. If you’re not comfortable or confident, it can show. Wear your hairstyle and don’t let it wear you.