BRIDGET BRAGER

BRIDGET BRAGER

UP TO THE MOUNTAIN

Hairstylist Bridget Brager on discovering her mane passion — seen here on Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka — at 13,000 feet.

I started dating my now husband, Michael, in 2005, while I was preparing to apply to dental school.

He’s a model and has traveled the world for work, but back then, I didn’t quite understand what he did — and honestly thought it was pretty silly.

Three months into dating, Michael asked me to join him on the set of an Izod job in Utah. I had no idea what ‘on set’ meant — I was so naive — but I said yes.

When I arrived, the New York-based crew drove me to the location: the summit of the state’s tallest mountain.

The setting was so glamorous, and while Michael modeled, I sat back with the hair and makeup teams. I was really impressed [watching everything happen], and thought,

‘How do people do this as a career?’

At one point, a helicopter appeared and flew everyone to the peak to continue shooting.

Afterward, I thought I would never have an experience like that again.

A month later, Michael’s billboards and print advertisements came out. That’s when I saw the whole artistic vision come alive — and when decided I wanted to do hair.

— as told to The Thick

Did you see? Manicurist Geraldine Holford meets her first “client,” Richard Parrott, CEO and president of Ricky’s NYC, takes The Thick Questionnaire.

Kiernan Shipka photographed by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, August 2013, hair by Bridget Brager