Successful people around the world have their morning routines down to a fine art. So just how does celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood start his day? Savoir Flair gets a peek into his morning rituals, from his go-to grooming products to his penchant for pajamas and how he has mastered the art of ‘multi-masking’.
Every day is different because I travel a lot and my schedule is never the same, but generally, I wake up around 8 a.m. I’d love to be one of those people who gets up earlier, like when you read those interviews with CEOs who say things like, “If you don’t wake up at 5 a.m., you don’t do anything for the day!” If I’m up at 8 a.m., that’s a good start because I’m such a staller – I’ll do anything to lie in bed. If you give me three hours to get ready, I’ll take it!
The first thing I do is make my bed, which takes me a solid 10 minutes. I’m very OCD about my bed. It’s so time-consuming, and people walk into my house and say, “I can’t believe you make your bed like this!” It’s a giant king-size bed with like 25 pillows and a silk throw, and it all has to be perfect – like in a hotel. If I don’t do it, it’s like a mental block for me for the rest of the day. It’s a discipline. It should only take two minutes, but I like to take my time and karate chop different pillows. It’s almost therapeutic for me! I like to come back into my apartment and see it looking perfect. I don’t care if I’m late for work because I know when I get home, I’m happy to be there.
I have two dogs, so once I’m up, I’m out with them at home in New York. Sometimes, I literally go out in my silk pajamas and Ugg boots to walk them. It’s great because it instantly wakes me up! Having said that, sometimes I’ll get home after and get straight back into bed, and normally that’s to scroll through Instagram for 15 minutes. And that’s the worst start to the day because if you see something you don’t like, you’re like, “My life sucks!” Normally, that’s when I see someone waking up in Greece or somewhere, and I’m New York about to start a press day. I’ll check my emails while I walk the dogs, just to make sure no emergencies happened throughout the night! And WhatsApp – that’s the biggest thing for me because I travel so much.
Generally, though, I try not to look at my phone first thing – I’ll at least wash my face, have a shower, put on a mask, and then check my phone. I’m a guy with a beard, so masks don’t stick very well. I have to lie down when it’s on, and that’s when I’ll go on Instagram. I love a meme and funny things, but that’s more later in the evening.
First thing, I love following my friends and colleagues, like Mario Dedivianovic who’s one of my best friends. I always check his posts in the morning and see what everyone else in the industry is up to. I follow everything from magazines to food accounts – I love food – and I find that a bit more rewarding than just looking at work. I follow a few holiday accounts and interiors, too, like Architectural Digest. I find that really inspiring to look at in the morning.
I absolutely get inspired by Instagram, it’s my number one source. I’d love to say I still go and buy magazines, but I don’t.
I also follow hashtags, not just accounts – for example, #countryhouse as I really want to buy a house in the country. I’m so inspired and motivated every morning because that makes me get up and work hard, so that one day, I can afford the house I want! It is a struggle, though, as if you see the wrong thing at the wrong time, you can really spiral out of control. But, generally, I find it a positive thing.
I absolutely get inspired by Instagram, it’s my number one source. I’d love to say I still go and buy magazines, but I don’t. I couldn’t even tell you where to buy one nowadays! I used to have walls and shelves full of them, but now, I love how it’s so quick and easy and accessible to go online.
Once I’m back from walking the dogs, it’s straight into the kitchen for breakfast. That’s when I’ll take any vitamins or beauty supplements, which I’ve really gotten into. I’ll then make a shake with lots of different powders and ingredients. There’ll be some sort of protein powder, green powder, and collagen. I just got sent some stuff from Olly as a friend collaborated with them, and they have some supplements you can mix in.
That, for me, is the best way to start the day. And if I don’t do it, I definitely feel like my skin feels and looks different a few hours later. I do all the usual things like, drink hot water and lemon, too. I’m not sure if it actually does anything, but I like to think it does!
Then it’s straight onto skincare, but that really depends on my day – I try to do a mask every other morning. I’ll start with an iS Clinical exfoliating mask, which I’ll rub on and leave for five minutes before I wash it off and shave. I’ll then use my favorite mask from 111Skin. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll either do the ‘Black Diamond Mask’, which is like a full sheet mask that goes down your neck and chest and is left on for 20 minutes, or I’ll just do its eye patches. But whatever happens, I use the eye ones every day.
My undereye area is definitely my weak area so, for me, they’re the best. I put them on just before I leave the house and wear them in the car on the way to work with sunglasses on over the top. I sit with them on for about 30 minutes, hoping that by the time I get there, they’ll have worked some sort of miracle under my eyes! Sometimes, I like to wear this ice mask that I bought on Amazon, which has this blue gel inside. I put it on over my mask.
Where I live is quite quiet, so sometimes in the morning, I wear that to walk the dogs! I look a bit like Hannibal Lecter and, sometimes, people cross the road when they see me! I have my 111Skin mask on underneath, and those two mixed together make me feel like I’ve had a 30-minute facelift! I might swap in some other masks and use a couple if I have time. Origins has a charcoal one that I’ve been using since I was 12, and I’m now 35 – and I still think it’s the best ever! I find that I get a lot of fluid build-up when I fly, and it really depuffs my face if I use it for 15 minutes.
One of my favorite brands at the moment is iS Clinical. I started using it about a year ago, and it has completely changed my skin. I used to have so many problems because I travel so much and had zero consistency with my routine. The water’s different, the pollution, my diet – everything! And that’s the one brand I’ve used that has been really life-changing. Its ‘Cleansing Complex’ is so good. Since I’ve been using it, I’ve had only five pimples in six months and, normally, I’d be breaking out a lot more because I’m on a plane so much! So, I use that every day, morning and night. iS Clinical also has a ‘Super Serum’ that I use to help protect my skin.
Depending on how dry my skin is, I’ll then use the 111Skin ‘Black Diamond Cream’, which is amazing – it just smells expensive when you put it on! I feel like a rich Upper East Side housewife when I use it, and the packaging is so chic. But if I’m in New York and it’s summer, I won’t use it because it’s a little bit too heavy – I’ll use the iS Clinical everyday moisturizer, which is super light, instead. Sometimes, I’ll mix that with the 111Skin ‘Aqua Booster’. You just add a few drops to any moisturizer, and it adds an extra boost of hydration. That’s an amazing product because I can use any moisturizer and have the added hydration without having to use a heavier cream.
Then, of course, it’s about SPF. I’ve tried a thousand SPFs, and they either made me look really white or give me breakouts, and the Obagi ‘Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50’ is the only one I love. It goes on like a foundation and it adapts to your skin tone, and people comment on how good my skin looks whenever I wear it – so much so that I actually wear it a night as it gives such a good glow. It lasts all day and I never have any problems when I use it. My grooming routine is slightly different every day, but those are my usual go-tos!
If I’ve done a mask, I’ll finish with my SPF. If I’m working or filming, I’ll use a tiny bit of concealer around my nose and under my eyes. At the moment, I’m using one from Laura Mercier – they’re the best concealers and last the longest. Chanel brought out a ‘Boy’ range, which was sent to me – I really love that, too. The foundation is great as it gives a little bit of warmth.
I always curl my lashes. I have quite heavy and hooded eyes, so that really opens them up. I’ll groom my brows, too, and I’ll only use hairspray. I hate all brow gels, I think they’re clumpy and weird. Maybe they’re better on women, but they look awful on me, so I use the Wella ‘Stay Firm’ hairspray. Whenever I’m on set, every makeup artist always steals it off me because it’s so amazing for brows! Once it’s on, it doesn’t move.
I always travel with shampoo and conditioner – especially when I’m working with girls because they never bring them. Every friend or client of mine says, “My hair’s a nightmare!” And I’m like, “Stop washing your hair with Fairy Liquid hotel shampoos then.” They’re rubbish! So, I always pack them, especially the Wella purple shampoo and conditioner. Blondes and brunettes can use them, and they help get rid of the brassiness that you often get with sun and different water.
I love a dry texture spray or a dry shampoo; you can refresh any style, wherever you are in the world. Also, a good thickening product like a mousse before you blow-dry is great for adding texture. Then, once you’ve finished, a quick mist of hairspray. I love a good shine spray or oil, too. Wella has this light-reflecting luminous oil, which is basically like a dry oil. Most people are terrified of oils because they think it will make their hair greasy, but it honestly changes your hair. You can use a few pumps when your hair’s wet or dry, and it instantly changes your hair and makes it glossy and smooth.
I go through my phases when it comes to working out. I’ve been in Europe for the past six weeks, so I definitely haven’t been, but normally, I try to work out three days a week when I’m in America. I’ll either go to Pilates or work out with my trainer, who comes to the gym in my building. It’s a really important part of getting through a week, and it’s great for your skin, mental health, and well-being – just taking that time for yourself. I feel the older you get, the more important that is.
I actually started working with a spiritualist, who reached out to me on Instagram a few months ago. She saw a post of mine and was like, “You need some help with some certain areas of your life.” And I thought, “Oh, here we go, I’m going to get conned!” But I’ve actually been speaking to her on the phone every few days, and she tells me things she has seen or felt, talks me through it, and then apparently clears the negative energy. She has been beyond accurate – like, shockingly so.
I think the older you get, the more in tune you are with your emotions, and the more you can delve into that calmness.
There was a day recently when I was planning everything for coming back to America, and I woke up with the worst anxiety, which I never get. She phoned me within the hour and said, “I’m sensing you’re having a lot of anxiety today.” I just couldn’t believe it! It was amazing. It’s never negative, it’s always positive. It feels so hippy-dippy, but I love it. It interests me and I’m fascinated by it. I think the older you get, the more in tune you are with your emotions, and the more you can delve into that calmness. Sometimes, we’ll meditate for 10 minutes together – she’ll call me, and I put my phone on loudspeaker. Otherwise, I won’t do it. I’ll find anything else to do other than meditate! I do love noise apps when I go to sleep, though, like beach sounds. I can put that on at any time of the day when I need a quiet moment.
I listen to music in the morning sometimes, but it’s only ever opera or classical – something like Maria Callas. It’s the only thing that makes me calm. If I listen to current music, it makes me anxious in the morning! I save that for nighttime. I never watch TV. I can’t do the news, it makes me depressed. And then I have this worry all day about something I’ve watched on it. I try to live in this bubble as much as I can. You know as soon as you open your front door that the world’s in chaos, so I don’t want to worry about that in the morning.
At the moment, I’m really into silk pajama shirts, even though they’re all made for girls. I love the ones from Olivia Von Hale or Asceno. I’m literally obsessed. I actually went to a friend’s wedding recently, and I wore a full pajama set as a suit! I had a few curious looks, but I never feel more happy or comfortable than when I’m in silk PJs. I wear them over T-shirts with shorts or jeans, so it’s not too over the top, and it makes me so happy. They’re so comfortable, I can wear them on a plane or in a meeting, and you can dress them up or down.
I have an amazing agent Dana, who’s with the Wall Group, and she’s literally my lifeline. I’m a very organized person when it comes to my house and my products, but in terms of scheduling for work, I have like zero interest, so I’m very lucky that she and my business manager are such a big part of my life. Basically, I have as many people as I can to help me do things, so I can focus on other things that I actually like and want to do – and are important.