by Alyssa Reeder
It doesn't take much to keep the boys of One Direction looking good-the Brit band's longtime groomer can attest! Even when they're caught by a photographer, rolling out of bed and into the recording studio, they appear impossibly dashing-and with better hair than most dudes could possibly dream of.
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But despite the low maintenance upkeep of the heartthrobs' famed coiffures, Lou Teasdale, the often candy-color-haired beauty expert-and frequent Vine costar-is an invaluable member of Team 1D. When she's not working Liam's locks into a flawless faux-hawk or (on the rare occasion) taking her shears to Harry's dapper mane, she's manning the DJ booth (or the iTunes on her laptop, if you want to get technical) to set the right mood for all the 1D shoots.
We stole a few minutes with the go-to beauty girl to find out what it's really like to work her magic on our September cover stars.
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How long have you been working with One Direction?
They had just finished X Factor, and I went on tour with them to do their hair and makeup every day for two months, then stayed with them after that. Now I go on tour with them all over the world. I do their hair and makeup, I cut their hair-I do everything!
What's it like to tour with them?
It's really great. Everyone on the team-vocal coach, management, stylist, and me-has been together since we first started. We're friends. It's a nice world.
As a groomer, how do you keep the boys from looking too groomed?
I put as little makeup as possible on them. Sometimes boys like a plucked brow, but I refuse to do that. They need to look like me, not girls. If you start grooming eyebrows or putting on too much makeup, they start looking feminine.
Who's the most adventurous when it comes to beauty?
Zayn's the craziest about hair. He lets me do whatever I want, which is why he has the best hair! They should all do that, but they don't. Harry's hair has been the same since the day I met him. He'll never let me cut it. He lets me give him a bit more of a coiff and pull it away from his face. He wears hats a lot now, too. Most of the boys are really great about accessorizing themselves, and they're really good at knowing what their own style is. They look so cool in what they just put on themselves, and they all have their own little thing going on. They're cool guys, so it doesn't take a lot to make them look cool.
What was the inspiration for the September cover shoot, as far as hair goes?
The stylist dressed them in leather trousers and knit jumpers and because the clothes were punky, I went with that for the hair, too-Zayn's hair was in a mohawk!
What kind of music did the boys play on the shoot?
The music is my laptop- they all put music on my iTunes-so it's my responsibility to set up music before we start anything. We listen to rock bands, and Eminem-they love it. We all know all the words...it's embarrassing. But they like good music!
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by Alyssa Reeder