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From floral headbands to Kool-Aid-colored strands, the hairstyles seen at the music festival of the year are always worth talking about. But, my favorite looks from this year’s Coachella are on the more conservative side. Fun, but totally wearable even outside of a two-weekend-long party.
Lea Michele’s subtle cornrow braid is a great way to add interest to an otherwise basic down ‘do. Create an extreme deep side part and separate out a two-inch section of hair just opposite your part. Create a very tight inside out French braid, securing it with a tiny clear elastic just below your ear. (more…)
Since we just rang in the new year I wanted look back on our favorite hair of 2012. I copied many of these looks — did you?
I’ve always had a fantasy of going platinum and Rita Ora pulls it off so well, I just might.
What was your favorite hair look of 2012?
This gorgeous wavy swept-to-the-side hairstyle is a staple on the red carpet and the perfect go-to do’ for any holiday party. Slight changes can make the style lean towards classic or read more edgy (the difference is in what you do to the slick side). If clean and simple is what you’re going for, follow Amanda Seyfried’s lead and pull one side of your hair back and secure with bobby pins, sweeping the rest of your hair over your shoulder. For something a little more daring, copy Scarlett Johansson’s faux-undercut and French braid a few strands from the ear to the crown in a diagonal pattern. Either way, spray the hell out of it with a strong-hold hairspray like Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $17 and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the night. Here are more pretty versions. Which do you like best?
This month Emma Stone has been killing it with both her hair and makeup while on a globetrotting press tour for The Amazing Spider Man (BTW, it opens July 3rd). I couldn’t wait to share my favorite looks. Dying to see what she comes up with next.
Which look do you like best?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
Just as I was about to declare that Kate Middleton seemed to be in a bit of a hair rut, she went out and got herself a fabulous braided updo. Kudos to her for being brave enough to try something new. She should do it more often. And, so should the rest of us. If you’re one of those women who always wears her hair down, try a half-up ‘do, a braided bang or even a full updo like Middleton’s. Or, if you’re a ponytail addict (like me), try wearing your hair down once a week. You can copy Middleton’s go-to style. The compliments are sure to roll in and the much-need change might just help you love your hair again.
To create a braided updo similar to Middleton’s, follow these steps:
Step 1: Create a side part and clip your bang area (opposite your part) out of the way.
Step 2: Starting at the temple on the same side as your part, French braid that side section of hair. Secure the end of the braid with a tiny clear elastic.
Step 3: French braid the opposite side (excluding the clipped bang section), but start this braid just above your ear. Secure with a tiny clear elastic. At this point you should have two side braids, a hanging section of hair at the bottom and your clipped bangs.
Step 4: Crisscross the braids at the back of your head, tuck in the ends then secure the braid to your scalp with bobby pins.
Step 5: Roll up the hanging hair at the back of your head into a chignon shape and secure it just below the braids with bobby pins.
Step 6: Finish the look by removing the clip in your bang area and sweeping the section back toward the braids. Secure it by tucking and pinning the section into the braids.
At the Valentino 50th anniversary party and Beverly Hills flagship store opening this week, not only did Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe both show off equally fabulous black and white dresses, but they also both wore their hair in wrapped ponytails. But, Kardashian went with a perkier high wrapped pony while Zoe went with a more ’70s-inspired, middle-parted low wrapped pony.
This just proves that tweaking your part and the placement of your ponytail can make all the difference in your look. If you’re going for a flirty, girl-next-door vibe, try Kardashian’s style. But, if you are going for a look that’s a little bit more laid back and cool, stick with Zoe’s look.
I’m sure you’ve all got the basic ponytail down by now, but wrapping a section of hair around your elastic and actually getting it to stay in place is a bit trickier. Here’s how I do it:
After securing your hair into a ponytail, grab a quarter-inch section of hair from one side of your ponytail. Spritz that section with a generous amount of hairspray to give it some grip and to smooth frizz and flyaways. Then, wrap it tightly around your elastic stopping it under your tail. Secure the tiny section under your tail with a bobby pin, then slip a second pin in from the other side of your head so that it crosses over the first pin. This will really help lock that section into place so that it doesn’t slip free.
So, which ponytail do you prefer?
I had major hair envy the minute I spotted Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain on the Oscar red carpet tonight. Not only is her hair a fabulous shade of red, but it is also super shiny, thick and healthy looking. And, the romantic hairstyle that Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist, created really showed off how truly gorgeous her hair is. Though most of us might not be blessed with hair that’s equally as dreamy, we can still create this style. Here’s the breakdown on how Cho did the look:
Step 1: Spray root lifting hairspray (Cho used Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray) at the roots of your hair then layer on a dollop of leave-in conditioner (she used Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Leave-in Conditioner) to smooth hair and protect it from heat damage.
Step 2: Blow dry strands with a round brush for added volume.
Step 3: Starting from the nape of your neck, separate hair into five or six sections. Spray each portion with a flexible-hold hairspray (she used Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray) and curl with a large two-inch curling iron. When curling strands near the face, curl the sections away from your face.
Step 4: Next, tease the crown of your hair for height and spray with the same hairspray you used in Step 2 for lasting hold. Smooth over the very top layer of your hair with a brush for a polished finish.
Step 5: Bring each side of your hair (from the top of your ears up) back one at a time to create a half-up french twist at the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 6: Loosen up the hanging curls by fingercombing through them with a drop of shine serum (Cho used Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum). Complete the look by misting it with hairspray for hold.
Now tell me — which celebrity do you think looked the most fabulous on the red carpet?
Kirsten Dunst was spotted wearing a super cute inside out braided updo at the Sundance Film Festival. I love that it isn’t perfect — the lived-in look makes it more edgy, less Heidi.
Here’s how I plan to recreate it:
Step 1: Create this style on dirty hair. Spritz a bit of sea salt spray like John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender, $16.50 on your strands to add a bit of texture if your hair is smooth and fine.
Step 2: Create a deep side part.
Step 3: Starting at your part (with the hair on the side opposite your part), begin braiding the front two inches of hair. You want to create an inside out French braid, which means that you’ll need to create the braid by moving each side section UNDER the middle section. With normal braids, you move one side section OVER the middle section to replace it and continue the braid. The inside out braid is what makes the braid look like it’s sitting on top of the other hair instead of being woven into the hair.
Step 4: Continue picking up hair and creating the inside out braid — moving each section under the next until you have braided the front two inches of your hairline, and reach the back of your head.
Step 5: Secure the braid and the hanging hair from the other side of your head into a ponytail at the back of your head.
Step 6: Twist your ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins.
Not sure you’re up for a style this complicated? Master the French braid first by watching this how-to braiding video.
Nicole Richie is a style chameleon, which is why we totally love her. But of her ever-changing looks, this updo is definitely one of our favorites. Channeling Bridget Bardot, her teased ponytail-but-not-a-ponytail is as unique as it is elegant. Suave Professionals Stylist, Jenny Cho shares how to get Nicole’s red carpet look, so get out your backcombing brush and get styling.
Step 1: Spray a dry shampoo, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo, $4.49 directly at the root, crown and front of your hair, then brush through your strands. This gives your hair some volume and texture, which is what makes this style work.
Step 2: Pick up the section of hair around your crown and sides and tease it to create more volume. Use a brush to smooth the hair on the sides and ends.
Step 3: Pull the remaining section of hair in the back of your head (the underneath section) into a ponytail, and secure with an elastic.
Step 4: Pick up one side section and wrap it around the base of the ponytail, securing with a bobby pin. Then take the opposite side and wrap it around the pony, securing with a bobby pin. Finally, take the teased crown section and lightly smooth and brush it back over the ponytail to hide the bobby pins.
Step 5: Work a dime-size amount of shine serum like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum, $4.49 into the palms of your hands, and delicately smooth over the ponytail strands to eliminate flyaways.
Now that you know how to get this look, will you try it?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
In my opinion Julianne Hough was one of the most stunning stars to walk the red carpet at this week’s People’s Choice Awards. This was actually surprising because she’s made a few worst-dressed lists during previous awards seasons. One of the reasons she looked so fabulous in that fabulous metallic, back-exposing dress (besides her insanely perfect body, of course) is that she chose a hairstyle that really balanced out her look. The full, bouncy waves perfectly complemented her sleek dress by making her whole appearance softer and sexier. A sleek hairstyle would have totally changed her vibe — making it more serious or simply chic, less fun. If you want to copy this hairstyle, follow these steps courtesy of stylist Vanessa Fernandez of the Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City:
Step 1: Start with clean, towel-dried hair.
Step 2: Apply volumizing mousse like Kerastase Mousse Substantive, $39 then blow dry your hair with a one-and-a-half-inch round brush to create a bouncy finish.
Step 3: Use a one-and-a-half or one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to curl one-inch vertical sections of hair. Curl them by rolling the iron away from your face.
Step 4: Once your hair is all curled, shake your hair out with your hands from underneath to create a sexy bounce.
Step 5: Finish with a medium-hold hairspray like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray, $38 to finish.
Did you have a different favorite from the People’s Choice Awards? Who was it?