Michael reitz

Michael P Reitz is a critically acclaimed Film and TV hair stylist. He currently occupies the position of Department Head Hair Stylist at Star Request Film and Television where he has worked on a number of high profile productions.

He was nominated for five consecutive years (2001–2006) to receive an Emmy Award in recognition of his ground breaking hair design, hair extension design and lacefront wig work on the hit TV series Alias which ran on ABC for over five years. Michael was reported to have a collection of wigs in all shades and variations crafted specially for the Sydney Bristow character. This fabulous wig wardrobe, reported to contain over 75 wigs.[1]


In addition to this Reitz has worked with series star Jennifer Garner on several features including Elektra where he took Jennifer Garner from beautiful girl-next-door to sexy assassin.[2] Reitz was also recognized by his peers in 2003, when won a Hollywood Makeup Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Award for his work in Alias.

More recently Michael has worked with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the CBS show Ghost Whisperer for the last three years.[3]

Other notable celebrity clients have included; Claudia Schiffer, John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Winter and Kylie Minogue.

Michael in the media

Michaels work has appeared on several magazine features including:

  • TV GUIDE COVER: Feb 8-14 2003.[4]
  • TV GUIDE COVER September 21–27, 2003.[5]
  • MOVIELINE - October 1999 Sarah Wynter article pg 18.[6]
  • ALLURE April 2007 images pgs 202 – 203.[7]
  • Newsweek September 6, pg 64 "Coast to Coast" ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT[9]
  • THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER "Anatomy of a Hit" COVER featuring the looks of Michael P. Reitz - April 26, 2006[10]
  • OK Magazine - October 2, 2006 pg 62-67 Jennifer Love Hewitt[11]
  • Marie Claire May 2004 Presented by Neutrogena - 13 Going On 30 poster -

Jennifer Garner pgs 41, 42[12]

  • AMERICAN SALON January 2005 pg 44.[13]

Quotes on Michael Reitz

"What isn’t done digitally or with body doubles can be done with costumes and makeup. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Jennifer Garner is the star of the show Alias, in which she plays a female James Bond. I think Garner is incredibly beautiful and one of the proofs of that for me has been that she can wear every style and color of wig imaginable and still look drop-dead gorgeous. Who can pull that off, except someone who’s naturally really beautiful? I recently watched an episode from the first season, which is out on DVD, and I listened to the audio commentary. Garner’s hair and wig designer, Michael Reitz, was mentioned several times; it turns out that he has to carefully cut and style every wig she wears so that it looks flattering on her, and sometimes the color makes her skin look so awful that they have to use specially-colored makeup in order to cover up her natural color. Reitz, it turns out, is so good at what he does that he’s been nominated for Emmys three years in a row and won a Hollywood Guild Award. Those that are in the industry can look at Garner’s costumes and identify a master working behind the scenes to create the illusion that she looks great in everything. Most of us are not quick to see the illusion, but we should cultivate the ability to do so."[14]

Awards and nominations

Nominated for Emmy Award for Alias

  • 2006 Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series
  • 2005 Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series
  • 2004 Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series
  • 2003 Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series
  • 2002 Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series

2004 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award

  • Nominated
    • Best Character Hair Styling - Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)
    • Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)

2003 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award

  • Winner
    • Best Character Hair Styling - Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)
  • Nominated
    • Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)


Make-Up Department:

  • "Ghost Whisperer" (hair stylist: Jennifer Love Hewitt) (18 episodes, 2006–2007)
  • Catch and Release (2006/II) (hair stylist: Ms. Garner)
  • "Alias" (hair stylist) (105 episodes, 2001–2006) (wig designer: Jennifer Garner) (61 episodes, 2001–2006)
  • Elektra (2005) (hair stylist: Jennifer Garner) (as Michael Peter Reitz)
  • 13 Going on 30 (2004) (hair stylist: Jennifer Garner)
  • Daredevil (2003) (hair stylist: Jennifer Garner)
  • Lucky Numbers (2000) (hair stylist) (as Michael P. Reitz)
  • "Action" (1999) TV series (hair designer: Illeana Douglas) (unknown episodes)
  • Stigmata (1999) (hair stylist)
  • Friends & Lovers (1999) (hair stylist)
  • Desperate But Not Serious (1999) (hair designer: Claudia Schiffer) (as Michael P. Reitz)
  • "Brimstone" (1998) TV series (key hair stylist) (unknown episodes)
  • "Sweet Valley High" (1994) TV series (hair department head) (unknown episodes, 1994–1998)
  • Blindfold: Acts of Obsession (1994) (TV) (hair stylist) (as Michael P. Reitz)[15]



  • Allure, April 2007, p 202 – 203
  • AMERICAN SALON January 2005 p 44
  • Hair Boutique
  • The Hollywood Reporter, front cover, April 26 2006
  • IMDb
  • Konkle, M.;
  • Levin, J. American Salon, January 2005 page 44
  • TV Guide
  • TV Guide, front cover, Feb 8-14 2003
  • TV Guide, front cover, Sept 21-27 2003
  • Marie Claire, "The Hair Issue – 2004, 10 BEST TV HAIR STYLES TO STEAL"
  • Marie Claire, May, 13 Going On 30 poster, Jennifer Garner p 41, 42
  • Movieline, p18, S Wynter, October 1999
  • Newsweek, Arts & Entertainment, September 6, pg 64 "Coast to Coast"
  • OK Magazine - October 2, 2006 p 62-67

External links

  • The Make Up Gallery
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