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11.01.13 Beauty, Hair

People’s Choice Awards Trend Spotting: Braided Updos

Braided Updos Trend People's Choice Awards

Heidi came out to play during last night’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards, hosted at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in California—or at least her braid did. Trendsetting starlets the likes of Lea Michele, Rumer Willis, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lawrence all worked a braided updo to brilliant effect for the show.

What made the style so compelling was its contemporary spin on the traditional hair plait, translated in slightly messy and perfectly imperfect variations. Woven locks seamlessly punched through swept-back ‘dos for a fresh and edgy look.

Rumer and Jennifer allowed a few short, curled layers to fall down from their updos, framing their faces with additional softness, while Lea kept her brunette locks bound back for a sleeker vibe.

Katy took it one step further by embellishing her hair with a sparkling gold Jennifer Behr headband.

This probably won’t be the last time we see braids dominating the young Hollywood set.

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13.11.12 Beauty, Hair

Cameron Diaz’ Ageless Look

She may have just turned 40, but Cameron Diaz somehow continues to look ageless. At last week’s UK premiere of her new film, ‘Gambit,’ the star looked stunning in a Stella McCartney dress with flawless skin, a nude lip and classic lined black eye.

Hairstylist George Northwood spoke to us about how he achieved Cameron’s girlish bun on the night.

‘My inspiration was something soft, girly and modern for the red carpet,’ he said. ‘First I rough dried the hair, scrunching for texture and volume using a Parlux dryer.’

‘I blow dried the fringe forward with a small round brush, rounding at the end to create a soft edge – part it where desired.’

‘Next I sprayed Redken Quick Tease, a backcombing lift finishing spray, throughout the roots excluding the fringe which I kept flat. I backcombed the hair at the roots all over, again excluding the fringe, using a carbon comb which keeps the hair static free.’

‘To copy this style, hold the hair into a pony then twist on itself and wrap into a bun. Then grip and pin it into place around the outside of the bun.’

‘Pull some bits out around the face and tong lightly for texture and wave definition. I recommend T3 tongs.’

‘Finally spray with Pureology Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hair Spray and rough up the style a bit for a fresh, young tousled look.’

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25.09.12 Beauty, Hair

Natalie Portman Goes Blonde

Natalie Portman has hit the bottle and gone blonde for an upcoming film role and there was only one woman she trusted with the job: Hollywood’s go-to colourist Tracey Cunningham.

Tracey’s client list reads like an Oscar nominations announcement with names like Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone (she turned her from blonde to red and back again), Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore, to name just a few.

Tracey spoke to us about how she achieved Natalie’s drastic hair transformation which she debuted on the red carpet this week at a dinner for her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles.

‘Natalie makes a beautiful Blonde!’ Tracey said. ‘She needed to make the change for an upcoming movie role, and using Redken’s Blonde Dimensions we achieved a gorgeous, multi-dimensional Golden Blonde.’

A big change like this requires a lot of commitment, however, and Tracey recommends sitting on it for a while before making the leap. If you do go for it, here’s her advice.

‘I always recommend colouring every six to eight weeks, but for a single-process colour, you should really do four to six weeks. Two months is just too long,’ she says.

‘You should treat your hair like you would a fine garment—you wouldn’t throw a cashmere sweater into the wash! I love sulfate-free shampoos for gentle cleansing and I recommend Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner to all my clients. It does an amazing job to keep your hair healthy and vibrant’

‘I’m also really into Redken’s Real Control Slim Supreme right now, which I use pre- and post-blow-out for nourishment. It’s just a really good blow-dry serum. It does everything—it gives shine and life to the hair.’

Tracey also says to invest in some styling tools: ‘Buy some hot rollers—big, big hot rollers are awesome. Everybody looks good with a blow-out.’

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15.09.12 Beauty, Hair

Gemma Arterton’s ‘Byzantium’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere Hair

Gemma Arterton attended the premiere of her new movie, Byzantium at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday in an old school Hollywood Antonio Berardi gown.

And while the Bond actress kept her makeup classic too, with a glamorous cat’s eye and Bordeaux lips, hairstylist Alex Polillo took a more relaxed approach to her hair, opting for a gorgeous beachy wave.

He spoke to us about how he achieved this laid back look:

‘To start I misted her hair with a saltwater spray (try Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair) and split it into four equal sections. I then braided each section loosely and secured the braids at the bottom.’

‘Next I used a hairdryer to dry the braids and also to give some heat to set the waves. After the hair was completely dry and had cooled down, I unbraided the sections and shook out her hair.’

‘I touched up the super crazy pieces with a large barrel curling iron to give it more of a languid look and then used some Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel styling cream to piece out the texture.’

‘I finished off the look with some Frederik Fekkai Sheer Hold hairspray.’

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15.09.12 Beauty, Hair, Makeup

Hailee Steinfeld’s Hair & Beauty Secrets

She’s only fifteen years old, but she’s already a favourite with the fashion set.

And Hailee Steinfeld’s secret to success is her stylist and hair and make-up team who keep her looking chic while always keeping her tender years in mind.

Make-up artist Nina Park described how she achieved Hailee’s red-carpet look to us for the Erin by Erin Fetherston Spring 2012 presentation: ‘We decided to go for a bronzy, smoky look on Hailee.’

‘For the eyes we used Dior 5 Couleurs Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette in Leather, MAC Fluidline eyeline in Blacktrack on the eyelids and I also used some Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif in Basic Black on the waterline.’

‘On her cheeks I used both Vincent Longo La Riviera Sun Bronzer and a Laura Geller Ombre Baked Blush in Pink Blossom and finally some Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Pravella on her lips.’

Hairstylist Charley Brown said: ‘When working with Hailee we wanted to create a style with a lot of texture, but nothing too forced or coiffed.’

‘To begin I used the Nalu iron by R Session Tools and Topstyler curlers by InStyler to give a natural texture having each curl roll in its own shape to give healthy effortless fresh texture.’

‘I prepped the hair with Hamadi Shea Spray along with Nourishing Dry Ends Serum from Dove Style+Care collection. To hold and finish we spritzed on some Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.’

‘The look turned out age-appropriate yet sophisticated and gorgeous – Just like Hailee!’

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06.09.12 Beauty, Hair

Kate Hudson’s ‘Venetian Goddess’ Venice Film Festival Hair

Kate Hudson made a triumphant return to the red carpet last week at the Venice Film Festival. We spoke to her long-time hair stylist David Babaii about the behind-the-scenes preparation that went into her ‘Venetian Goddess’ inspired looks.

‘The Venice Film Festival was a lot of fun and it also marked my 10 year anniversary working with Kate. She’s my boho princess, she’s just so cool and sexy but also down to earth so the hair was all about keeping it effortless. For all her looks we went for something real women could do at home – something loose and approachable.’

‘First I washed Kate’s hair and blew it out using a few drops of IT&LY’s Pure Water Drops Serum for a bit of polish. Kate has really curly hair so I blowdry it to get it smooth and then I put the waves that I want back in using a curling iron with a two inch barrel..It’s more of a bend than a wave.’

‘Then I like to use a bit of IT&LY’s Pure Definition Hair Spray for that day old look. While I like a bit of chaos in the hair, I always want the roots to be perfect so my trick is to spray a bit more hairspray onto a toothbrush and smooth it along the roots.’

‘My favourite look for Kate was when we put it up – but not perfectly up. I put a lot of texture through it (try IT&LY’s Pure Volumizing and moisturizing texturizer) and then pinned it up in the back using only five pins. Again it was loose and kind of chaotic.’

The IT&LY’s Purity line is cruelty free and contains a unique Desert Blend containing vegetable extracts and protein from Agave, Yucca and Prickly Pears plants to hydrate protect against UV rays.

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