We recently chatted with Jennifer Aniston’s longtime colorist and co-creator of the iconic “Rachel,” Michael Canalé, on everything from his product line Canalé (find it here), to the secret behind Jen’s shiny strands (a hand-made hair gloss launching to the public in 2018). But, what really sparked our Southern interest was what the master of manes had to say about aging—in particular, the one mistake women make with their hair that instantly ages them.
“No cut looks bad with good color,” says Canalé. Just like the forever-popular (people are still requesting it) “Rachel,” it wasn’t just the cut that made us want to emulate Rachel Green’s look, it was the entire package. It was the rich auburn color, the impossibly shiny strands, and the expertly placed face-framing highlights that became a pop culture phenomenon. It was fresh and easy but perhaps most importantly, it was youthful. Yes, Aniston was young and the character she played was utterly vivacious, but this was a different kind of youthful, the kind that seemed to render our favorite Friend ageless. The secret, Canalé says, was in the color.
“People get way over zealous with color,” Canalé explains. “The more natural the color is, the younger the person is going to look.” When clients come into his salon looking to update their color for a more youthful appearance the first thing Canalé asks them is to describe what their natural hair color was at 15. Getting back to that natural, youthful color will take years off your face and tends to do less damage, which can also improve texture and shine.
If you’re worried a pared-down color will dull your features, Canalé has one more trick up his sleeve. With this concern in mind, he developed a technique for Aniston that’s become her signature throughout the years. He frames her face with color that’s just one shade darker than her overall color. It sets her eyes aglow, and imparts that coveted twinkle. We’ll most assuredly have our stylist try a few plays from Canalé’s book but, that sparkle, we got that from Mama.