The secret to Karen Sirko's Brigitte Bardot-inspired '70s blowout

With wisdom straight from Daisy Jones & The Six's Hair Department Head

Editor / April 25 2023

Daisy Jones & The Six's Karen Sirko may be the queen of the keys (and Graham Dunne’s heart; BRB crying), but ever since Suki Waterhouse's first pics in character dropped, it became clear that she also happens to have one of the greatest heads of hair in the (hypothetical) biz.

'70s hair was always bound to be great, but Waterhouse with a larger-than-life retro blowout? Epic. So while our Karen-inspired piano practice is still at ‘beginner’ level, we’re determined to make bigger strides in the ‘70s styling stakes.

We went straight to the source to find out exactly how to replicate Karen’s signature style. Yep, BEAUTYcrew spoke to Daisy Jones & The Six Hair Department Head MaryAnn Jennings and we got all the intel…

The inspiration behind Karen Sirko's hair

“My inspiration for Karen was Brigitte Bardot. [Her vibe is] curtain bangs, big hot rollers, and [heavily] teased hair with an ‘I don’t give a crap’ sexy look," Hennings shares, also breaking down the transformation Karen's hair sees throughout the series.

“Karen was a young female in an unsuccessful band when talked into joining Billy and Graham's band [but] she was cool from day on,” she explains. But while the cool-factor stayed consistent, her aesthetic goes from DIY to professionally done as the band's fame grows. “Her look went from a girl that went from styling her own hair into a rock star," Hennings confirms.

The inspiration: Brigitte Bardot

The result: Karen Sirko

How to get Suki Waterhouse's 'Karen Sirko' hair

Here's how Hennings locked in Karen's look on the set. “Karen’s hair required a lot of anti-humidity [prep] and products for volume to keep it from going flat,” she notes, sharing her five-part prep routine for building height and enhancing longevity.

“I used Lolavie [Glossing] Detangler ($26 at 
Lola Vie) and Perfecting Leave-In ($29 at Lola Vie) followed by Living Proof Anti Humidity ($40 at MECCA) [and] Bumble and Bumble [Surf] Spray ($50 at MECCA) for [Karen's] everyday look."

Lolavie Glossing Detangler

Lolavie Perfecting Leave-In

Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

“For performance hair [I prepped with] IGK [No Limit Dry] Volume [And Thickening Spray] ($44 at Sephora), 1970s hot rollers and plain rollers. Her look [often] fell during shooting performances, so I was always on set with my Dyson Air[Wrap Multi-Styler] wand ($849 at Dyson) and Dyson [Supersonic] Hair Dryer ($549 at Dyson) to quickly bring her back to match the scene.”

Hennings didn't drop the identity of her specific roller sets, but the VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter Heated Rollers ($49.95 at Harvey Norman) and URCHUZE 24 Pcs Hair Rollers ($15.99 at Amazon) will definitely deliver a solid '70s vibe.

IGK No Limit Dry Volume and Thickening Spray

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter Heated Rollers

URCHUZE 24 Pcs Hair Rollers

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Main image credit: Prime Video/Daisy Jones & The Six

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.