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Celebrities Really Need to Stop Using Sharpies As Beauty Tools

Angelina Jolie confessed she used a marker to color her hair.


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Celebrities have been known for trying extreme treatments in the name of beauty. Beyond lifts and tucks there are vampire facials, cryotherapy…the list goes on and on. But some celebrity beauty tricks just don’t make any sense. One such example is the Sharpie.

In a recent interview with Instyle to promote her role as the face of Guerlain’s fragrance, the actress, director, and philanthropist Angelina Jolie revealed that, growing up, she used Sharpies to color her hair.

“I was a bit of a tomboy. And then I was a bit of a punk,” she recalled. “Nowadays it’s very popular to dye your hair blue, for example. In my day you bleached it and used a Sharpie [for color].”

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Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Playing God in New York, New York, October 1997. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, California, March 1999. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Original Sin in Los Angeles, California, July 2001. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Beyond Borders in New York, New York, October 2003. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow in Hollywood, California, September 2004. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Los Angeles, California, June 2005. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Ocean’s Thirteen at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the Salt premiere in London, England, August 2010. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the 84th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2012. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Maleficent in Hollywood, California, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 in Hollywood, California, January 2016. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie arrives to the The Breadwinner premiere at 2017 TIFF held on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends a Service of Commemoration and Dedication marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 28, 2018 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of Disney’s Dumbo at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Now, experts certainly do not recommend using Sharpies on your hair or skin, but Jolie is not alone. Back in 2010, the very un-punk Taylor Swift told Style Caster that she used a Sharpie as a makeup substitute while traveling. “I was on a plane to Japan about two years ago and I had no makeup with me, so I went into the bathroom and I used a Sharpie to line my eyes,” she explained. “From that point on I started using liquid liner because I realized it was obviously pretty easy for me to do! I definitely don’t recommend drawing on your eyes with a Sharpie, though.”

Fortunately, today’s market is overflowing with products that can serve the purpose of a Sharpie—when it comes to both hair and makeup—so you shouldn’t have to dip into your desk before looking red-carpet ready.

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For model Karlie Kloss it’s all about starting with clean hair. “My favorite hair day starts with washing it at night, going to bed with it air-dried, slightly damp and then waking up the next morning with really good bed head texture,” she says. “A bit messed up, not too perfect, but kind of sexy texture; it feels very French. I love a good sea salt spray or dry shampoo, and I love to do a French braid. I do a mean French braid!”

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On a good hair day, Frozen actress Kristen Bell relies on Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, and Ibiza hair brush. But when she’s on the go she loves dry shampoo. “Klorane Dry Shampoo when I don’t have time to wash my hair.”

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The trick to Burberry model Iris Law‘s healthy hair is a minimalist routine. “Sometimes I do coconut oil over night, but generally I don’t do anything,” she says. “Sometimes I prefer my hair when I have a shower and put it up in a towel and leave it so I goes a bit wavy, but I think my hair just does it’s own thing.”

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For actress Lucy Hale, “A day old hair wash, Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo and Dry Finish Working Texture Spray when needed” is the key to her effortless waves.

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The secret to keeping actress Ashley Benson‘s hair fresh is dry shampoo. “I love Oribe, especially the dry shampoo if you don’t have time to wash your hair. It really works well for me, because I have extensions from time to time so it helps make everything look really fresh.”

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Nicole Richie‘s routine consists of “washing my hair with Kevin Murphy’s Young.Again.Wash shampoo & conditioner and Honest Beauty’s Truly Restored Leave-In Conditioner.”

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Actress and model Andie MacDowell protects her color by using “a moisturizing mask or balm at least once a week.”

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Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves an at home blowout if she has time. If not, it’s all about a headband. “A good hair for me would start with having washed it the night before,” she says. “Right now I’m using shampoo from Sachajuan, and then I’ll blow dry my hair and flip my head upside down and take a big round brush and blow it out. You can do a very mini version of a hairdressing salon blow out that way. If I’ve got time, I’ll run a tong through my hair, it’s called the Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa and that’s just foolproof, and I use the new Dyson hairdryer, which is an investment hairdryer, but it’s amazing product and so easy to use. If not, one my favorite things is these Michel Maison headbands, and you stick them on top of your head and you roll your hair into it and you get this beautiful Grecian look. It’s great if just need that quick, easy up do.”

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Italian beauty Bianca Balti shares her go to product revealing that, “L’Oréal Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Strength Source is my favorite product. I apply a few drops on my hair strips to protect from daily stress that it goes through when I am working.”

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For Victoria’s Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes, good hair starts with clean hair, adding, “I use Moroccanoil Treatment when I get out of the shower.”

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