The most recognizable trait about Lili Reinhart‘s Riverdale character Betty Cooper is, of course, her signature power pony. Her slicked, back perky ‘do makes an appearance in every episode, and it’s even the subject of one of the best Kevin Keller quotes of Season 2 – “Betty’s ponytail is iconic. And beyond reproach.”
And it’s true. However, it doesn’t come easy. In fact, Lili revealed in a recent interview that styling her hair everyday for the show has taken a toll on her locks. While it’s not the pontyail itself that causes damage, it’s the heat styling that puts some wear and tear on her hair.
“It’s definitely a process that’s two or three seasons in the making. We just started adding extensions to my ponytail, because my hair has gotten so damaged and fried, quite frankly, from being heat styled every day. That takes the brunt out of heat styling to my own hair,” she explained in an interview with Popsugar. “But adding extensions to a ponytail is incredibly difficult and hard to do. I hold the top of my hair in place while the stylist ties it up. A tail comb is your best friend for a perfect pony — I go in with it to make the top of my hair the perfect shape.”
You wouldn’t know she has damage though because her tresses are always looking silky, bouncy and super healthy. Hey, who doesn’t deal with some hair troubles now and then? Of course, Cole Sprouse doesn’t have this problem since he’s wearing that one beanie the whole time.
“I don’t like to use a lot of hairspray, so we mostly use water to get the flyaways down. For the really tricky ones, we use Bumble & Bumble Finishing Spray and then Oribe Superfine Hair Spray. Then we curl the ends and use texture spray on the actual pony itself,” she continued.
Noted. Brb, going on a hair care shopping spree so we can be flyaway-free like the Lili.
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