A couple of nights ago, Jennifer Aniston came out for a very special appearance at the InStyle Awards. Jennifer wasn’t receiving an award for anything – she was actually presenting an award to her longtime BFF and longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan. When I first read the headlines, I was like “oh God, she’s talking about her hair AGAIN,” but the actual text of her speech about McMillan was pretty good. He received the Hairstylist of the Year Award – because apparently it’s 1995?? – for what amounts to “lifetime achievement.” He also does a lot of charity work, which is really cool. Jennifer was given the honor of presenting the award to him because they truly are best friends, and Chris is probably her longest (and most substantive?) relationship with a man. Some highlights from her speech:
On ‘The Rachel’ haircut: “I got that haircut and was like, ‘Wow this is amazing,’ and then I was totally left with this frizzy mop on my head, because I had no idea how to do what he did. Nobody seems to know how to do what Chris does. And I figured out that’s called creating job security.”
Ooh, a Friends reference: “Aside from all of the amazing work that we’ve done, the jobs, the trends, the hair styles that we’ve created, the things that always meant the most to me is how much you’ve always been there for me and I’ve been there for you. We literally saved each other lives and hearts many, many, many times, and I mean that literally and figuratively.”
Chris is a good guy: “I sometimes wonder if Chris is more of an undercover healer than a hairdresser. He just makes everyone feel better as much as look better,” she said before revealing he donates haircuts to teachers and cuts wigs for cancer patients. “The beautiful thing, and this really says it all, is that he makes everyone feel as important as the next person, no matter who you are.”
It was nice. It may sound stupid now, but The Rachel haircut really was iconic and “of its time,” aka the ‘90s. What bugs me is that Chris hasn’t been able to move Jennifer out of her preferred late-’90s look for the past two decades. She’s still obsessed with the hairstyle that nearly every celebrity woman had in 1999: flat-ironed, center-part, below-the-shoulders loose. Chris would be more deserving of the award if he could get his star client out of this hair rut. Please, Chris, convince her to do a side part!! Steal her flat-iron and never give it back!
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