Even “Insecure” star Jay Ellis has gotten lazy with his looks this year.
“I spent most of my time getting up at 5, 6, 7 in the morning getting a haircut every single day on set. So I was like, ‘Wow, this is freedom, not having to deal with my grooming,” the actor, 38, told Page Six Style during a promotional event for Grey Goose Vodka.
“My beard got crazy long, and then I trimmed it because people came on Zoom like, ‘Yo, bro,’” he continued. “I didn’t comb it, I didn’t brush it, I just let it go.”
Luckily, Ellis is now back on track, thanks to a little help from his mother.
“I’m not gonna lie, I went to the the beauty supply store in Inglewood with my mom,” he said. “They don’t have the stuff I need in Hollywood; I have to go to the hood.”
Ellis’ favorites include Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner ($34) — “That’s a game changer, it gives you a little texture and makes your hair really soft,” he said — and SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk ($9.97).
“My hair is mad long right now. I was actually thinking about cornrowing it,” he told us. “I can probably braid it by New Year’s.”
When it comes to skincare, Ellis relies on Kiehl’s Age Defender Moisturizer ($52) and HeTime face masks ($8), which are made to accommodate facial hair.
“That was my problem before, because masks weren’t made for people with beards. I probably do it every 10 days,” he said.
“Now I’m trimmed up, I got my beard oil game up, and I’ve been doing masks. I’m ready for post-COVID — just out here glowing.”