You already know the secret to Ashley and Mary-Kate's lived-in makeup is a matte lip and eye pencils applied next to dewy skin, and the inspiration behind theirВ Elizabeth and James fragrances is a play on gender, so now it's time to talk about their hair routine. How, exactly, do the twins get their beach-meets-city waves? We had to ask.
Forget any notion you have of the Olsens using curling irons or fancy texture spray. We sat down with Mary-Kate and Ashley and their mane man, Mark Townsend, and found out it's actually a cocktail of a drugstore dry shampoo and a unique waving iron.Getty
The Olsens have had their locks every which way-Ashley says she won't ever go back to brunette, Mary-Kate is more adventurous-but it's their tight waves that have become their signature.Getty Images
The secret to Ashley's healthy locks? вЂњI wash my hair every other day and never blow-dry it,вЂќ she told us. вЂњI go out with wet hair and just let it dry naturally.вЂќ Townsend approves. вЂњI love that Ashley has embraced her natural texture,вЂќ he says.
As it turns out, air-dried hair is the foundation of the twins' signature waves. вЂњI rarely ever pick up a blow-dryer,вЂќ Townsend confirms. Instead, he reaches for Rsession Tools Nalu Waver ($179, currently unavailable). вЂњAll I do is grab random chunks of hair here and there and wrap them in a figure-eight shape around the barrel,вЂќ he says. Don't hold for too long, he notes; gently shake the curl out before it sets, for a loose feeling.Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo $4Shop
Once Ashley and Mary-Kate have waves in their hair, it's time to add texture. Townsend's secret weapon? Dove Dry Shampoo ($4), used like a texture spray, not a traditional dry cleanser. вЂњIt gives their hair the best texture,вЂќ he says. вЂњIt has starch instead of powder, which literally builds layers, creating a piecey look, and locks in the volume. Plus, it delivers a matte finish.вЂќ Townsend suggests spraying the formula in small sections from root to tip until you reach your desired texture.
The Olsens are well aware of the obsession over their locks. Their thoughts on the subject? вЂњAt the end of the day, I think that our fans appreciate how natural we are,вЂќ Mary-Kate told us. вЂњFor us, it's all about what makes us feel good. We don't really overdo it, and maybe that's where it stems from.вЂќ
The finishing touch to the Olsens' signature waves? To balance the texture created by the dry shampoo, Townsend reaches for Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($24) next. вЂњI only apply it on their ends, to make the hair a little more piecey and close the cuticle of the hair,вЂќ he says.Getty Images
вЂњAshley's been growing her hair out for a few years now,вЂќ Townsend says.Getty Images
вЂњI recently chopped off all my hair because it was so dead,вЂќ Mary-Kate told us. вЂњI'm still trying to get used to it.вЂќ
Getting accustomed to her shorter 'do means trying new styles. Her new go-to is slicked back and sleek. вЂњThey're always the first to try things,вЂќ Townsend told us. вЂњWe're seeing the slicked-back look all over the runway.вЂќOribe Rock Hard Gel $42Shop
To get Mary-Kate's new sleek look, Townsend reaches for gel. вЂњI'll do the opposite of what I normally do,вЂќ he says. вЂњIt's meant to look wet, meant to look greasy. I just put a ton of Oribe Rock Hard Gel ($36) on her roots, then I pin it back and let it dry in place.вЂќ Once it's dry, he blasts the ends with Dove's dry shampoo.Getty Images
On a day off, Mary-Kate keeps the sleek look going. вЂњFor the most part, I've just been wearing a good old ponytail,вЂќ she says.Getty Images
The best beauty advice the twins ever received? вЂњOur dad always told us to wear our hair off of our faces,вЂќ Ashley says. вЂњI always thought that was pretty good advice.вЂќ
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.