Body glitter, heavy blush, skinny brows, perms — when individuals say the ’90s are again, they have an inclination to neglect about just a few cringeworthy tendencies. But that does not make them any much less entertaining to relive, as confirmed by Margot Robbie’s fascinating flip as Olympic determine skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
The groundbreaking movie is already producing Oscar buzz, and we might prefer to throw in our nomination for finest Makeup and Hairstyling, particularly contemplating the distinctive challenges the group confronted when recreating the sparkly villain.
“It was tough because a hairdresser wants to make hair look good, to make it look shiny and healthy, and we had to do the opposite of all that to get Tonya Harding’s authentic look,” hairstylist Adruitha Lee informed Refinery29. “We had to tell the story, and correctly interpret the hair. So many people have tried to get the look and have missed, but I wanted to get it right because I didn’t want anything to distract from the story, or distract Margot from trying to become Tonya.”
On Saving Margot Robbie’s Real Hair
The I, Tonya solid needed to movie all the film, greater than 250 scenes, in a brief 31 days. So every day of taking pictures, the group was reworking Robbie to a special stage of Tonya’s life — and Tonya’s hair. Because Lee did not need to fry Robbie’s pure strands, she used wigs… a lot of wigs. “Her real hair wouldn’t have survived it,” Lee stated. “Just dealing with the wigs, that was a challenge in itself. I would perm and color the wigs over and over again to get the texture, that permed crunchy look that we had back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. That look was very popular at the time, but Tonya Harding took it to a whole new level — so we had to really fry the wigs.”
The Unexpected Styling Product They Relied On
After making an attempt tons of sprays and mousses, Lee’s group could not discover a product that gave the hair the best crunch. So they bought artistic — and cracked open a chilly one. “To set the hair, we did not use setting lotions or mousse — we used beer — as loopy as that sounds,” Lee informed us. “Beer gives the hair that texture that you see when you flash back to ’80s music videos. So we’d take a can of beer, let it sit out so it went flat, pour it over the hair, let the hair air-dry, and that was the look. There’s no way that we could’ve gotten the bangs to stand up the way that we did, or the way they used to, with just a regular mousse.”
The One Accessory Margot Robbie Kept After Filming
According to Lee, the nearer the group bought to recreating Tonya’s hair, the higher Robbie might channel her character on display screen. And, surprisingly sufficient, Robbie began sporting Tonya’s equipment off set, too. “I remember when Margot was leaving set and just wanted to pull her hair back, we’d give her one of the ‘Tonya’ scrunchies and she fell in love with them,” Lee stated. “We actually gave her a bunch by the end of the movie because she liked them so much.” Maybe one pattern will make a comeback in spite of everything…
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