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Shay Mitchell Burned Her Hair Off

24 Mar 2016

The star suffered quite the mishap in her pre-teens

There are two things that come to mind when we think of Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, great legs and great hair! The star, who plays Emily on the hit show, has been seen flipping her mane both on and off screen over the past few years, but she hasn't always had that enviable head of hair,

Shay had what can only be referred to as a complete hair nightmare as a pre-teen. "When I was about 12 years old, my best friend and I tried to straighten my hair with a clothing iron," she told PeopleStyle. "I was like, 'Wow, let's really get it straight!'

"I didn't have all the fancy straightening irons that I have now, so I went and used a good ol’ clothing iron. I told her (friend) to press harder because she wasn’t getting it straight enough. Suddenly there was this horrible smell. It was my burnt hair that was half on the iron in a knot!

"I was traumatised. After that, I’m crazy about what I do to my hair."

At present, Shay uses another common household item for her haircare needs. She reaches for the coconut oil whenever she needs to add a little heat to her tangled tresses, adding, "I like to use a lot of coconut oil, and let it just sit overnight. When I come out of the shower, I put my hair in a braid sometimes and I just let it air dry."

And the actress also likes to make sure her hair smells as good as it looks: "Beach sprays are something that I love. Jen Atkin has a new line out, Ouai, and I was so excited by it. It smells so nice that (it) doubles as a perfume. And it just gives it that great texture to hair. I keep telling her, 'Thank you for coming out with these products, they smell so great!'"

Nowadays, Shay has an entire glam squad to make sure she always looks amazing, the latest addition to which is none other than the Kardashians' go-to guru Patrick Ta, who is now her personal makeup artist.

"I was trying to find people who get makeup the way I like mine to be done - there is a certain technique," she told PeopleStyle. "I was looking at the faces that he did and although all of these girls were so naturally beautiful before he started doing their makeup, he enhanced their features and that’s what I loved." 

What we wouldn't give for a make-up tutorial with Patrick!