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The Secret Behind The Olsens' Fabulous "Done/Undone" Hair

The twins' longtime hairstylist reveals how they get that perfectly mussed look

Mark Townsend, not unlike the rest of America, has watched Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen grow up. But, unlike the rest of us, he's been their hair guru.

Since joining their sizeable payroll in 2002 on the set of "When in Rome" (remember that wacky, fun-filled escapade?) Townsend has broadened his knowledge base considerably. That's right, he says that he has gleaned a bunch from working with the dynamic duo.

"Everything I know about hair texture, I learned from Mary-Kate and Ashley, or, more appropriately, I have such an incredible appreciation of hair texture because of them. They are blessed with having great texture and natural wave in their hair, so we don't have to spend a lot of time to get that perfectly tousled look. The biggest secret is the dry shampoo -- it gives the hair such amazing texture."

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Another thing he learned (perhaps the hard way)? Mary-Kate has a 5-hairpin limit. Want to put in 6? Too bad. You're maxed out. "Her biggest rule: no more than 5 hairpins ever and I MOSTLY stick to that," Townsend says.

As for the styles they're loving these days, Townsend says that, "Lately Mary-Kate has been into wearing her hair up in a top knot or in a low ponytail which I couldn't love more on her, and we keep as much of her natural texture and wave as possible. I usually add a few drops of Dove Nourishing Oils Anti-Frizz Serum to her hair and let it dry naturally. [I then] spray dry shampoo on the roots for volume and texture and I'll use a one-inch curler to touch up any waves that aren't falling into place."

As for her sister, "Ashley has been letting her hair grow for a couple of years now. I just 'dust' off the ends every eight months or so, but I do it while blowdrying her hair so she doesn't see the scissors! Ashley has been into wearing her hair down lately, which thrills me because it's so long and beautiful. Ashley really takes great care of her hair so I don't need to use a lot of products in it."

Maybe not, but Townsend recently concocted an all-natural hair conditioner for them to use while sojourning in the sun and they loved it.

"I recently made up a conditioner for the girls to take with them on their vacations and told them to put it in their hair before swimming and while in the sun; it was coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. All things I picked up at the health food store!" Townsend recounts. "When they got back, they both asked me for more and I could feel a huge difference in their hair. They use it a couple times a week and leave it in for up to an hour."

We can see it now. The Row Organic Conditioning Treatment: Only $475 per ounce.

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[Source: The Coveteur]


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