Hair Secrets: Backstage with The Vampire Diaries

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Nov.2009 · 12 comments

Every Thursday night, I eagerly await the start of a new Vampire Diaries episode (8pm ET on The CW). The cast has good eye candy (woo hoo!) and the story lines are even better than it’s book series namesake (in my opinion, anyhow). While watching, I couldn’t help wondering how they kept all the gals’ hair bouncy and non-frizzy during the heat of an Atlanta summer. Well it turns out, that some of my favorite hair care products are working their tails off behind-the-fangs… White Sands to the rescue!

Vampire Diaries series hairstylist, Randa Squillacote, shares her secrets to creating the beautiful hair looks we see each week.

Hair styling tips from The Vampire Diaries TV Show - Candice Accola as Caroline

Actress Candice Accola as "Caroline"

Candice (who plays Elena’s slightly shallow, sometimes plotting, sometimes friend Caroline on the show) has thick, naturally wavy hair. To achieve her look Randa follows these steps…

  1. Shampoo and condition hair with White Sands Vegan Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to thoroughly cleanse, while infusing a vital moisture balance back into each strand.
  2. Blow dry hair with a medium round brush for fullness.
  3. Spray entire head with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold. Section off 1-inch partings starting at the nape area. Take these 1-inch sections and using a 1-inch barrel curling iron, curl hair from ends to scalp (like a roller). Remove iron and clip into place until entire head is set. Wait until cooled.
  4. Remove clips and brush out for a soft, sexy, wavy style. Spray with White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray for a flexible hold that repels outside moisture, while providing a long lasting style: a must on set!

Hair styling tips from The Vampire Diaries TV Show - Nina Dobrev as Elena

Actress Nina Dobrev as "Elena"

Nina (who plays Elena Gilbert) has medium thickness and a natural wavy pattern to start. To achieve this look…

  1. Shampoo and condition hair with White Sands Vegan Volumizing Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner for a clean canvas.
  2. Blow dry hair with a large round brush, spraying sections with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold for its thermal protection and color enhancers. This technique creates volume and shine with just a round brush in hand.
  3. Using White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold, flat iron hair in sections starting at the crown and lift straight up. Turn iron slightly at the middle of each hair strand to the ends for a slight bend and beautiful wave. Iron all hair sections in the same direction and let hair cool.
  4. Brush and finger comb in place and spray with White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray.
Hair styling tips from The Vampire Diaries TV Show - Katerina Graham as Bonnie

Actress Katerina Graham as "Bonnie"

Katerina has medium thick and relaxed curly hair to start. Katerina’s character, Bonnie, just discovered she’s descended from a long line of witches.

  1. Shampoo and condition hair with White Sands Vegan Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner to improve hydration levels and stand strength.
  2. Spray on White Sands Porosity the Fix and apply Curl up in Silk Medium Mousse to define texture and remove frizz, drying tresses under a hairdryer.
  3. Spray entire head with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold. Take 1-inch partings, starting at nape. Gather each 1-inch section and hold a 1 ½ inch curling iron vertical and wrap hair around barrel from scalp to ends.
  4. Let curls drop and separate with White Sands Smudge Texture Creme for a soft relaxed curl look.

Don’t miss any of my previous reviews of White Sands hair products!

Want some good news? White Sands’s products are now available on their website And even better news is you can now check out my absolute hair must-haves: Porosity the Fix and the new 24/7 The Cure!

All photographs are credited to: Andrew Eccles, The CW ©2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


1 Steven Gibbons November 10, 2009 at 12:42 am

You did a great job of laying out the images and style of the post but I gotta wonder, any affiliation with white sands? The girls mentioned do look fabulous though. Thanks for actually adding content

2 Bionic Beauty November 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

Hi Steven, Thanks for stopping by and reading Bionic Beauty! Thanks for the compliments on the styling/layout. I try to keep things clean and easy to read here. And no, I’m not affiliated with White Sands at all. They’ve sent me a few products to test in the past, but I don’t make ANY money by posting about the hair products, reviewing them, or mentioning them in any way. I just thought this article would help some fans of the show out there. I really do have White Sands products sitting on my bathroom counter & in my shower. 🙂

I hope to continue to see you around the website!
Jami (aka Bionic Beauty)

3 chris May 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm

hi i was just wondering would you know how to style stefan salvatore’s hair (paul wesley) and what products he uses?

4 Bionic Beauty May 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

Hi Chris, Welcome to Bionic Beauty! Paul Wesley’s hair is styled in a similar way to the other popular vampire actor (i.e. Robert Pattinson). The top is cut a bit longer than the sides. In order to get the disheveled, bed-head look use something like a pomade or paste. David Babaii’s pastes or styling mud works really well (here are some articles on the David Babaii line including where to find them); TiGi’s BedHead is also popular. Axe also has a full line of products at your local drugstore. However, the Clean-Cut Look Pomade is WAY too thick and goopy in my opinion.

Rub a small amount between your fingers, until it is warm. You should see “strings” when you pull your palms apart. Use the tips of your fingers to apply a bit of the paste to the top sections of your hair- pulling up and to points, creating soft “spikes” and volume. The key is to really not make your hair look too done.

Another note- your hair will hold texture better if it’s not freshly washed. Usually 1 or 2 days without washing works best. Plus your hair will be in *much* better condition if you don’t wash it daily.

I hope this helps Chris. Let me know if you have any questions!

5 chris August 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

if i were to go to a salon, how would i explain it to them,what are the things i should say if i want his hairstyle. because whenever i show them a picture they get confused on what to do and it looks nothing like the picture.

6 Corey August 4, 2010 at 12:30 am

I was wondering how you style Steven McQueen’s hair. I’m referring to the longer hair he sports in the later episodes. I just recently grew my hair out and I really would love to know what type of products used and how it’s styled. Thanks a lot. You do great work.

7 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2010 at 1:31 am

Hi Corey, Welcome to the Bionic Beauty blog & website! Unfortunately, I’m not the hair stylist for the actors on The Vampire Diaries, however I would suggest some sort of paste such as one by David Babaii for Wild Aid (now available at most Target stores and many local salons). Here are some of my reviews of David Babaii’s products:
Plus try to wash your hair only every other day- it will keep it in much better condition, especially since it’s longer now. Good luck and I hope this helps a bit. Feel free to comment back with any questions.

I hope to see you around the Bionic Beauty blog in the future!
Best regards,
Editor & Founder

8 Ari September 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

Hi, I was wondering as for Elena’s hair style for straight what would yall recommend for a straight sleek products and for the non friz etc.?Thankz!

9 Bionic Beauty September 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Hi Ari, First… welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to see you around the blog in the future. As for sleekness, I would recommend a hair serum such as one from John Frieda’s Frizz Ease line, or one such as Alagio’s (here’s my review:, or Earthly Body’s hair elixir (review: I also have GREAT luck with my hair being more frizz free when I am careful towel drying (don’t rumple & twist the towel through you hair, or wring it… just pat and gently squeeze), follow with a deep conditioner, and then a de-frizzing leave-in conditioner. We’ve been discussing our hair care routines over at the current Bionic Asks feature article if you want to read up on what other Bionic Beauties are using in their hair care routines:

I hope this helps!
Stay Bionic,

10 margaret leybourne December 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

hey, i wondering do you have any tips as i’m trying to do katherine’s hair and i’m using rollers but my hair does tend to get frizzy plus it doesn’t hold for long any product you recommend that aren’t expensive but can do the trick?

11 Max r. May 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

How do i explain my barber to cut my hair for the Stephen style? My hair is now Longer And i usually use my hair waxed to the right side. Can i Take Wax or should i use Gel?

Thank you!

12 Kris February 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

The forum is a brigethr place thanks to your posts. Thanks!

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