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A TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE SCREENING, JUNE 2010
Kristen Stewart is fearless when it comes to red carpet prep; after all, how many stars would dye their hair from brown to red just hours before a major premiere? “There are girls who would be freaked out about changing their hair color before a big night. But Kristen wasn’t. She’s just not scared to experience something new,” says her pro Adir Abergel, who chose a “romantic” braid to complement her new hue.
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MET GALA, MAY 2011
“Kristen is really wonderful because she's collaborative,” says Abergel, adding that details like the center part for this Met Gala style are often Stewart’s suggestion. “She definitely has her own voice and her own tone. And that's what’s so amazing about working with her."
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MTV MOVIE AWARDS, JUNE 2011
To ensure Stewart’s sexy look had a rock-n'-roll edge to go with her safety pin Balmain dress, the pro cut choppy layers that day, then applied a volumizing mousse and spray (among his faves: Bumble and bumble mousse and Kusco-Murphy setting lotion) before blowing out her hair. "I really wanted to do a cool, simple look that felt really natural,” says Abergel.
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ON THE ROAD SCREENING, NOVEMBER 2012
Abergel recalls that “at this point Kristen wasn't really doing a lot of structured stuff, but I was really inspired that day to create something that was." And his client was more than willing to step outside her comfort zone. "She doesn't play it safe. If she likes something, she wears it, and makes it her own."
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MET GALA MAY 2013
“When I saw Kristen's Stella McCartney outfit, I immediately started pulling references of men’s slicked back hair from the 1960s. But for her, I did the part on a bit of an angle to keep it more feminine," says Abergel, who explains that this mane moment marked a shift in their style M.O., "from really, beautiful soft and romantic [hair] to her being open to really strong, androgynous styles.”
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MET GALA MAY 2014
Even the fashion-forward actress has to have an old-Hollywood moment every once in a while. So Abergel accessorized her Chanel outfit with a glamorous curl in the front, while in the back, he created a cascading braid. “It's always really fun when I'm working with her because I just walk in there and I go with the feeling of the moment."
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18th ANNUAL ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS, NOVEMBER 2014
Shortly after joining the "short hair, don’t care" club, Stewart showed off just how versatile her cropped style could be. "Hair really is such an incredible accessory," says Abergel, who curled Stewart’s crown, then let it cool, before manipulating the look with pomade for more movement and hold (he swears by Baxter of California’s options).
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AMERICAN ULTRA L.A. PREMIERE, AUGUST 2015
"Kristen's hair was still shorter at this point, but I wanted to make it seem like it was longer," Abergel says. “Creating that texture in the front and pulling the hair into a lower bun created that illusion." Adds the stylist of his longtime client and friend’s influential looks: “What I love about Kristen is she really has created these great moments that have impacted the generation of people that follow her, and not because she's trying but just because she's being who she is.”
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CAFÉ SOCIETY PHOTOCALL, MAY 2016
Not only did Abergel tweak Stewart’s hair color to a lighter blonde ahead of this event, he cut her hair that morning after being inspired by the effortless “French girl” bob. “The beautiful thing about hair is that it grows out. Changing it up can really truly make you feel like somebody completely different."
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PERSONAL SHOPPER CANNES PREMIERE, MAY 2016
"I wanted to play with duality and texture to create something that felt ethereal, almost angelic,” says Abergel, who applied a combination of Gorilla Snot gel and Leonor Greyl mousse, then diffused the crown while keeping the ends refined. To complete the look, he “painted” the roots with Madison Reed Root Touch Up to create more contrast.
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EQUALS L.A. PREMIERE, JULY 2016
Says Abergel, "For a long time she was like the queen of the undone wave. It was always down and deconstructed but romantic — but now there’s definitely lot more of a punk influence. We've definitely gone into the late '80s, more '90s vibe" Specifically, Abergel was feeling a "'90s, Kurt Cobain-inspired” look to complement Stewart’s textured dress. "I used Philip B Maui Wowie salt spray and just diffused the hair until it was completely dry.” Then Abergel used about a dozen pins that were a darker tone than her hair to pin the side back while making a statement at the same time.
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AT A CHANEL DINNER, SEPTEMBER 2016
For their own unique take on the trendy "wet look," Abergel pulled David Bowie references, which resulted in him dyeing her hair more more yellow (you guessed it, the day of the event). After applying mousse and diffusing her hair, he relied on high-shine products like Bumble and bumble’s Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo mask, which he raked through her hair before setting the look with hairspray.
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