It List Editorial Stylist 2023 Darcie Harvey lets us dive into her kitbag to find out what essentials items she reaches for on set
Fresh off the back of Fashion Weeks in London and Paris and travelling for jobs around Europe and the UK, our It List Editorial Stylist 2023 Darcie Harvey is taking us on a tour around her kitbag, from essential items to just-in-case bits and bobs, let’s find out what’s in the bag…
I am a huge fan of an Eastpak kitbag. I don’t know if it’s true or psychological, but because it’s material I feel like it has a little more give for squeezing more items in, as opposed to a hard-shell case.
Hairdryer, heat styling tools and most importantly an extension lead (which I always recommend writing your name on as they all look the same). I’m not 100 per cent loyal to a single brand, I love Cloud Nine, ghd and BaByliss, they all serve their purpose in my kit. If I am trying to travel light, I love an interchangeable head tong – these are great as they can usually all fit into one small bag, so it prevents tangled wires at your workstation.
Brushes and combs
My favourites are round brushes and combs by YS Park, primp brush from Session Kit and the all-time classic Mason Pearson.
Pins and grips
I use a fisherman’s bait box as my big pin box, it’s so spacious! I also have a mini one with a strap from Session Kit, great for condensed kit on set or on location. I get all my pins and grips from either Session Kit or Delorme in Paris.
This is great for ponytails and tying off tight. I usually get my reels of elastic from fabric shops as there is a large range of thicknesses and colours available.
Tool belt/set bag
I love my leather ghd tool belt. The leather makes it easy to clean, and the pockets make it easy to reach my equipment. A clear set bag is great for being able to easily see products you need and great for shoots on location.
At home I have a hair cupboard full of product, yet I never have enough! Some of my on set essentials are L’Oréal Professionnel Paris TECNI.ART Pli and L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Volume Lift Mousse, as well as Cool Girl Texture Spray, Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo and Modern Hairspray by Sam McKnight, amongst MANY more.
Diffusers and nets
These are my go-to items when I need to sculpt hair, it also helps me to create interesting and flattering shapes.
Razors, thinners, my good scissors – I love Joewell scissors, and another pair of scissors for wigs and cutting other bits.
I think every hairdresser who’s been to Pak Cosmetic Centre in Finsbury Park will know it is a hairdresser’s heaven for affordable hair extensions.
It’s always when you don’t bring it that you wish you did! You never know when you might need a ribbon or any hair accessories or embellishment on set. It’s these small things that can really elevate a look – it’s better to be safe than sorry.