Talking Style and Hair Care with the Sisters of Haim

We caught up with sisters behind Haim while they were “quietly freaking out” before their set at Lollapalooza on Saturday--one of the biggest shows of their career--to chat about the important stuff, like hair care, wardrobe malfunctions, and of course, Clueless.
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We caught up with sisters behind Haim while they were “quietly freaking out” before their set at Lollapalooza on Saturday--one of the biggest shows of their career--to chat about the important stuff, like hair care, wardrobe malfunctions, and of course, Clueless.
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The Internet has a collective girl crush on Haim, the lovable sister trio hailing from the San Fernando Valley in California. With only a catchy EP, a few high-profile gigs, and some really great hair to their name, the sisters seem like they've shot to fame overnight--but that’s not exactly the case. After releasing some songs on Facebook for their friends a few years back, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim first garnered national attention after a standout performance at SXSW in 2012.

Fast-forward to today, and the girls are among the newest signees on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. With their debut album “Days Are Gone” due out on September 30, Haim has spent the summer bringing their infectious folk rock-meets-R&B sound to the international festival circuit. We caught up with the ladies while they were “quietly freaking out” before their set at Lollapalooza on Saturday--one of the biggest shows of their career--to chat about the important stuff, like hair care, wardrobe malfunctions, and of course, Clueless.

You guys have been in one band or another together pretty much your whole lives--can you briefly explain how your style has evolved as a group? Este: Oh my god--there are photos of me in a tie-dye button-up nylon shirt with knee socks. Alana: Super Clueless. Este: And on her first day of school, Alana carried her water bottle in a sock. That was super cool. Alana: We’ve literally gone through every awkward stage. Every weird trend, cliché…we’ve done it. Este: JNCO jeans--that was a weird time. Alana: Shell toe Adidas. Still rock ‘em!

Now that you’ve come into your own, do you think each of you has a signature look that you bring to the band? Alana: I think it’s just what we wake up and put on. With fashion it’s kind of what’s comfortable and what covers your bits.

So it’s function over form when you’re planning your stage looks? Alana: Pretty much. We can’t have any nip-slips--no Janet Jacksons in this family.

Are there any festival trends that you’ve seen over and over again that you wish you could never see again? Or trends that you’d like to try out for yourself? Danielle: I’m into overalls. I don’t think I’d ever wear them myself, but when I see someone in them at a festival, I think that’s a good look. Este: I don’t think we see anything ever and say that’s a no-no. I think if you wear it and you’re confident in it and feel good in it, that’s all that matters. Alana: Do you, boo.

Are there any ladies whose style you’ve admired since you were young? Danielle: I’ve always been a fan of Amelia Earhart. Whenever I see photos of her in her leather pants and her aviator gear… that’s tight. Este: I look at pictures of my grandparents and my mom and that kind of inspires me. We love leather in this family! I also would say Drew Barrymore in the ‘90s had style on lock. Danielle: Winona Ryder was amazing in the ‘90s, too. Alana: I always wish like I could dress like Cher from Clueless but I would look f*cking weird if I did. Este: I want to be Dionne! Alana: I feel like everyone wants to have a Cher moment--from the movie and Cher the singer, too.

How do you keep your hair looking so lustrous while on tour? Este: Moroccan Oil! And anything by Davines.

Is it hard to play with your hair hanging in your face all the time? Alana: Yeah, but you get used to it. I’ve coughed up so many hairballs. Este: It’s true. Alana’s like a cat.