How Lily James Transformed Into Pamela Anderson for ‘Pam & Tommy’

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“Whether she was protecting herself with a huge mane of voluminous curls to portray strength and confidence, or revealing her softer side with an effortless top knot for intimate moments with Tommy at home, she utilized her hair whenever possible and made it feel natural,” explains Moe of Anderson’s bottle blonde shield. To craft Anderson’s hair looks for the series, Moe worked with Beverly Hills-based wigmaker Rob Pickens on a quartet of custom lace front wigs for James.

“Pam was known for her bright, reflective platinum blonde hair,” says Moe. “It was extremely important to get the color right.” In his research, Moe came across interviews where Pam revealed that she’d been coloring her own hair for years using drugstore box color, which ultimately found him using four different shades of blonde to dye James’s wig for a DIY effect. Of course, a dark, shadowed root, achieved with help from Goldwell’s Topchic color line, was also an essential part of the color equation. 

For styling, Anderson’s mainstay style hinged on height and an extended cascade of waves. “Pam always had the perfect, ultra textured, long-layer haircut with a dreamy curtain bang,” says Moe. “It’s a versatile cut that can be styled in a variety of ways.” The layers helped to support both the voluminous, “supermodel curls” for her iconic bombshell look, while enhancing and defining the texture for Pam’s beachier Baywatch look. To create Anderson’s Baywatch waves, Moe added texture to damp lengths with Unite Beach Day in tandem with Blonda Oil for heat protection/shine before diffusing with a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. Once fully dry, he enhanced and defined the waves with the GHD Platinum Styler & the Hot Tools 24K Gold 1” Marcel Iron.

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