After digging up an previous phase of The Dinah Shore Present, on which Martha appeared as a visitor, on YouTube, Owen realized of Martha’s love — and frequent use — of wigs. It was tidbits like this, precise moments in historical past, that helped the hairstylist design correct and detailed designs for the larger-than-life character.
Regardless of having an impressive resume of Hollywood hairstyling to her title, together with work on Jennifer Lopez‘s hair in Selena and Kristen Bell‘s hair for The Girl within the Home Throughout the Avenue from the Lady within the Window, Owen says she felt a large amount of stress when taking over this explicit job.
“The hair was going to inform the entire story… the make-up can be minimal within the model of Martha,” she explains. With a view to make Roberts seem extra like her character, the director gave Owen “free reign” when it got here to hair design. Alongside Roberts, Owen helped select probably the most iconic kinds to recreate, together with updo kinds for extra formal scenes and a traditional chin-length bob for Martha’s on a regular basis appears. “Martha Mitchell was identified for her lavish hairstyles. And I replicated them to suit Roberts’s facial options,” Owen explains.
Working intently with the costume designer, Owen paired hairstyles Martha really wore within the early ’70s with every of Roberts’s outfits to take care of the historic accuracy of the present. All in all, Owen crafted 4 wigs and had them pre-set utilizing an “old-school approach” referred to as a moist set. Owen explains this method was frequent for girls of that period and that they usually went to the hair salon for a weekly moist set, which entails styling the hair with rollers instantly after washing it (it is the identical approach used on the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).