Talking Hair with Naomi Watts, Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths Ambassador
Fri, 16 November 2012 12:11PM
Naomi Watts has come along way since her beachside days on Home & Away. As has her hair. The Australian (albeit British-born) actress might still be a natural-loving, beachy-haired babe at heart (more on that in a mo), but the mega-watt star can do glamorous Hollywood hair like few others. No wonder she scored herself a Pantene contract along the way to international fame.
Image: courtesy of Pantene
Naomi Watts has been in Sydney the past few days, to help celebrate Pantene Beautiful Lengths National Donate Your Hair Week. And that’s why I found myself sitting across from the glamorous star yesterday, with 8.59 minutes in which to talk all things hair.
Although I did manage to quickly slip in a personal question, about how she makes bringing up two boys seem so glamorous (for me, I feel like I live in a constant cycle of picking trucks up off the floor and mopping various bits of goo off my beloved Stella McCartney bag). “Do I?”’ Naomi asked incredulously. “It’s not always glamorous, believe me!”
I don’t believe her, you know. Naomi is a star of the classic, old-Hollywood variety. She wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1950s, alongside Grace and Marilyn and all the Hitchcock blondes. She radiates pure glamour. Not to mention glow. The lady positively beams, from her shiny, chic nails to her dewy skin to her lustrous hair.
Speaking of hair, let’s get down to business, shall we?
PRIMPED: You’re the ambassador for Pantene Beautiful Lengths – why is this campaign so close to your heart?
Naomi Watts: Originally it came to me as a hair endorsement, which is always very flattering, and then they asked me if I wanted to get involved in the Beautiful Lengths campaign. It made a lot of sense to me to be supportive in some way, and was a great opportunity, because for women who are undergoing cancer treatments, it’s not a great feeling as it is, but to be then told you’re going to lose your hair… So Pantene can provide you with a real-hair wig and help you feel more like yourself again. I got to see it today firsthand, in a room full of women at St Vincent’s Hospital at a Look Good…Feel Better workshop. We passed over the wigs and you could just feel the spirits being lifted. It was such a great group of women. Collectively when women come together for any subject, it’s always a great atmosphere to be a part of, but even women who are dealing with something as difficult as this disease … it was just wonderful to see how their spirits were lifted.
P: We often talk about having a good hair day, but knowing you have a nice ‘do really does make you feel a little better, doesn’t it?
NW: Well, hair is such a part of a woman’s identity and it starts as early as, you know, when you’re six in the playground and playing around with each other’s hair.
P: Can I ask you about your own hair now … You’ve had a similar length for a while now. After this week, do you have any temptation to go shorter?
NW: Yes definitely! I’ve actually gone up and down quite a bit but Pantene need me to keep my hair at a certain length, so I’ve been trying to keep it as healthy and as long as possible. Unfortunately my hair stops growing at a certain point. It’s very fine. I’d love to be able to donate 20 centimetres but I don’t have it!
(PRIMPED note: you also can’t donate hair that has been treated with permanent colour).
P: What has been your favourite shorter ‘do?
NW: I’ve always liked a short bob. I had it in Mulholland Drive, but I did once have a really short hair cut, back in my late teens or early twenties.
Naomi in 2009
P: You’re playing Princess Diana, who inspired a generation of women to cut their hair. Do you think the Diana ‘do is ripe for a comeback?
NW: Her ‘do was more about the ’90s … And it seems that the ’90s are really right back with fashion: the shoulder pads, the double-breasted jackets …
P: So watch this space! In the meantime, what are some great tips and techniques you’ve picked up in your time on set, working with top stylists?
NW: I’m always better with not too much product because I’ve got fine hair. I’ve never learned how to do my hair – I don’t even know how to blow-dry my hair! I love having someone do my hair, so I don’t have to do it!
P: So what would be your go-to style for a weekend?
NW: A ponytail. Or fresh out of the shower and a rough-dry. I also love it when you’ve been to the beach and the salt has gotten into your hair – even if you haven’t swum, you get that salty mist and it gives your hair body.
P: If we peeked into your bathroom, what hair products would we find?
NW: I love the Pantene oil (Intensive Damage Repair Oil, $9.99, from pharmacies) because I get quite dry. I just work it through the ends, on dry hair, as needed.
P: Do you eat anything in particular for hair health, or take any supplements?
NW: Lots of water and I keep a fairly healthy diet, like fish and vegetables … but I’m not fanatical about it. I do like pizza!
P: We’re almost out of time … can I finish off by showing you some of our favourite looks from the past and from this year?
P: This was at the Oscars in 2009. It’s so romantic and pretty …
NW: I love the middle part. I always thought I couldn’t wear a middle parting until this day. I love how it’s quite a simple look.
P: This is another all-time favourite of ours, from about ten years ago … It’s kind of that beachy look you were just talking about …
NW: That was also at the Oscars. I had a black fairly simple dress so we wanted to make the hair look wild. I don’t like big updos. I like hair to look like I’ve done it myself.
P: So from this year, one highlight has been this vintage-looking ‘do, which had the fabric flowers pinned at the back with a little twirly bun.
NW: They’re finger waves. But again, it was actually quite simple.
P: And this was another great look from this year, with the long sleek faux-pony …
NW: Oh yes, I added a bit of length there! I often do add a little extra length for the red carpet.
P: And finally, this one. You just look so drop-dead glamorous …
NW: This has actually been one of my favourite looks because it’s a tribute to the old-Hollywood hairdo, but it’s not too tight or serious or severe.
P: And just to end up, do you have any final words of hair wisdom you’d like to leave us with?
NW: Use the right shampoo, but don’t wash every day. I wash every other day.
And with that, I was off. While über-hairstylist Renya Xydis jumped in to make sure Naomi’s hair was perfectly in place for her next interview.
Oh to have an on-call hair guru… But isn’t it nice to know Naomi’s still a salty-haired Aussie beach girl at heart?
What about you, Primpers? Beachy waves or Hollywood glamour?
Which Naomi hairstyle of recent times has been your favourite?
And do you think the Princess Diana ‘do will come back?