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by Cindy Crawford
Can I just start out by saying how proud I am of my friend Kevin for doing this book? Having dabbled in the literary world myself (yes, that is a joke), I do know how much goes into actually putting a book together clearing the photos, arranging the shoots, doing the writing, selling the concept, not to mention meeting after meeting. Hooray, Kevin you've done it. This kind of thing is really the best part of where I am in my career watching my friends (and myself) grow up and do our own thing.
I've been working with Kevin for years. In fact, we started working together pretty much at the beginning of my introduction to the "fabulous world of fashion." One spring night, over dinner at my house, we were discussing this foreword and I asked him if he remembered when we first met. We're not 100% sure, but we think it was at Eric Bowman's studio, where we were shooting an ad for some eyewear campaign. Kevin's memory is clearer about this day than mine. Heres why: He had set my hair in Velcro rollers and was going for that eighties "bigger-is-better" look (that I still can't help loving). Apparently, it was a typical New York City summer day, 95 degrees and lots of humidity. Unfortunately, there was no air-conditioning in the studio and all that hot, muggy air was blowing through the windows and into my hair. Well, as if you didn't already know, hair and humidity don't mix, and Kevin was, understandably, quite frustrated. Nothing he did could keep the curl or fullness in my hair. Our first job together turned out to be a disaster. It just goes to show you that even hair magicians like KevinMancuso have bad hair days, even if it's not their hair!
Cut to over a decade later. I've done more jobs that I can remember with Kevin. Everything from magazine covers (Cosmopoliton, Allure, Vogue, et al.) to Revlon ads. I love working with Kevin for two reasons. One, he's extremely funny, and we always laugh and laugh and laugh, and that makes the day just slip by. Two, I totally trust his sense of style and technique, and believe me, that takes a lot off my mind. My hair is literally putty in his hands.
I'm sure you could figure out on your own that I'm a bit picky about my hair. Professionally, it is a big part of my trademark. That's why it's crucial that it look right and that I feel good about it. I'm a girl (okay, maybe at thirty-two that's pushing it) and I want my hair to feel sexy and pretty, and for my husband to be able to get his hands through it. One of the advantages to my line of work is the chance to work with the most gifted artists in the business, and I do mean artists. And if you have half a brain (and that isn't saying we all do), you can't help but pick up a thing or two, even if it's just by osmosis. (Two hours in hair and makeup is a lot of time to read "Page Six.") One of the many things I've learned from Kevin is understanding how important the texture of hair is. For him, hairstyles come and go, but the basis of hair care is all about texture. First thing in the morning, he'll take his time with my hair, layering in the texture with different products and appliances. Once the texture is set, my hair looks great all day, even if I'm outside, in front of a wind fan, or flipping my head up and down for those hair commercials you've probably seen. Now I know it might sound a bit complicated or radical not talking in terms of "beehives," "shags," or "pageboys," but relax, Kevin's going to walk you right through it. And it won't hurt a bit.
Kevin, thanks for all the great times and for giving such good head! I love you!