Serving up hairstyle goals, everywhere he goes.
by Nora Maloney
If there’s any one way to best describe L.A.-based hairstylist-to-the-stars Adir Abergel, it’s “committed.” For one, he started in hair when he was just 16 (he is now 39, for perspective). Just this month, he not only launched a stunning hair-accessory collaboration with Lelet NY designer Sara Bieler Sasson, but he became creative director of new to the market-hair-care line Virtue. He has been in a long-distance marriage for five years (with a Harvard scientist, no less). And, when we spoke to him, he was running on all of four hours of sleep, having spent the night before testing and prepping styles for an upcoming project with Chanel.
Need we say more? Yes, because it’s important to at least try to get a handle on how a young boy from Israel comes to Hollywood at the age of eight, and, within a decade, is styling the hair of Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, and Diahann Carroll, under the direction of the well-known West Coast stylist Arthur John.
“At that point, I didn’t really know, or understand, what celebrity was,” says Abergel. “I just fell in love with the craft of sculpting hair and making women feel beautiful.” This raw love and dedication to the art is the foundation upon which he built his career—well, that, trust, and a whole lot of faith, of course.
Abergel’s crop of clientele spans half of Hollywood, from classics such as Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwyneth Paltrow to edgier starlets like Rooney Mara and his self-proclaimed “daughter,” Kristen Stewart, whom he’s been working with since she was only 13. It’s some of these same lovely ladies who have helped to make the red-carpet debut of the Adir x Lelet NY collection in their gold and silver adorned tresses!
Abergel was first introduced to Lelet when Sasson sent him pieces from the collection, which he ultimately used on Anne Hathaway. Naturally, Lelet came to mind once he began sketching ideas for an accessory line of his own. “For me, relationships are incredibly important in life, and I don’t want to be collaborating or working with anybody that I don’t believe in and that I don’t have a relationship with, because it becomes shorthand once you do.”
The Adir x Lelet NY collection is all sorts of ethereal bad girl with mixed-metal headbands, barrettes, combs, and hairpins. Every piece is handcrafted by artisans in New York City using hammering techniques to create, as Abergel so poetically puts it, the illusion of moving water.
To top off the month of February, as if he didn’t already have enough on his plate (cough, resume, cough), Abergel recently signed on as the creative director of Virtue. After working with Fekkai for nearly 10 years, he was understandably apprehensive to sign on to another brand without a true belief in its results. Well, results are exactly what he saw in Virtue. “Melisse Shaban, the founder and C.E.O., sent me the products, and so I used them on my assistant and, hand to god, in one time of using the shampoo-conditioner on her fried, bleached hair, it felt like 16-year-old-virgin hair.”
All this excitement, and we haven’t even finished with February yet? It’s impossible not to ask what’s next. “Who knows what’s next? I just know that I am always going to push myself, I’m always going to think big, never get comfortable in what I am doing at the moment, and push myself to new levels of creativity.” Well, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we’ll look no further than this Sunday, when we’re sure to see extreme levels of creativity with his Oscars red-carpet looks (psst, keep an eye out for Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Maria Sharapova, and Rooney Mara). Don’t know about you, but we can’t wait!