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How to Achieve the Classic Blowout

While deep side parts and old Hollywood waves are right on-trend this season, the perfect, classic blowout never goes out of style.

Case in point? Chloe Moretz’s flawless mane at the Billboard Music Awards. Parted in the middle, just the right amount of volume, and barely bent at the ends. Jennifer Lopez also walked down the Billboard Music Awards with a smooth blowout, and model Doutzen Kroes had a modified version at the red carpet premiere of ‘Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)’ in Cannes.

While the length of her hair was full of body and smooth, she parted it to the side, and tucked it behind her ears for a slightly sleeker look on top.

To get the classic blown-out look at home, you just need some patience and the right tools.

Clean hair blows out the best, so use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner like Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Shampoo and Conditioner.

Then, towel dry the hair, comb it out, and apply a mousse like Bumble and bumble. Thickening Full Form Mousse to add body. Then, an important product tip you’ll be thanking me for: Apply a small dollop of Living proof. Prime Style Extender–it literally doubles the life of your blowout! So if you usually have to wash after two days, this will give you four.

It’s time to dry. The higher powered the hair dryer, the easier it is to get your hair dry without frizz. Using large alligator jaw clips like Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips, section the hair into small, two-inch sections, and dry using a ceramic round brush.

Be sure to start at the roots, and as you pull the brush down through the length of the hair, follow it with the dryer, making sure the nozzle is pointing downward onto the hair to help eliminate frizz. Once you’re at the front, top layer, be sure to dry away from the face on each side.

When the hair is completely dry, tame any stray frizz with a glossing serum like Phyto Phtolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum. Then, voila! A little time and patience, and you’ve got the perfect, classic blowout.

Blow Out

Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Shampoo
Drybar Happy Hour Weightless Conditioner
Bumble and bumble. Thickening Full Form Mousse
Living proof. Prime Style Extender
Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips
Jilbere Round Brush
Phyto Phtolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum

Beautiful Braided Updos at Cannes

Although braids have been a fun hair trend for some time now, most people still think of plaits as a more casual hairstyle. Not so said some of the beautiful actresses at Cannes Film Festival.

French actress Berenice Bejo, Freido Pinto and Fan Bingbing all chose braided looks that wrapped across their hairlines.

Berenice went for a more classic ‘milkmaid’ look, with a single, loosely plaited braid wrapped around her crown, which is certainly the most casual of the three looks, but still completely red carpet appropriate.

Freido’s braid was finished asymmetrically with the various pieces fastened into a rosette-inspired cluster on the left side of her head.

Fan’s look was accomplished by making several French braids down the back of her head, the entire length of her hair. The braids were then wound together into a bun, which was fastened at the nape of her neck.

Each of these looks is achievable at home with just a little practice!

To make your own plaited creations, it’s best to use dirty hair. If your hair is clean, apply Big Sexy Hair Voluminizing Dry Shampoo to add texture to your hair. Use clear hair elastics to hold the braids in place undetected–Goody’s Clear Hair Rubber Bands variety pack is a great option, as there are various sizes for various sized braids. And when you are pinning the braids into place, match the bobby pins to your hair. Goody Colour Collection Metallic Bobby Pins come in blonde, brunette and black.

Braid Post

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Goody Clear Hair Rubber Bands
Goody Colour Collection Metallic Bobby Pins

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Trend Alert Brunette To Blonde

Anne Hathaway turned heads at the Met Gala last Monday by debuting a new blonde hair color, but she’s not the first natural brunette to embrace the bleach recently.

Drew Barrymore didn’t jump straight from a deep brunette to ultra blonde like Anne, rather the star has been taking baby steps–going from the dark chocolate shade she rocked for some time, to a light auburn to a honey blonde, and then finally going to a light strawberry blonde. Of course Drew is no newbie to light locks–the color chameleon has been blonde many times in the past, and I’m excited to see her rock her blonde locks out and about this summer.

Another star who regularly mixes it up is Demi Lovato, but the natural brunette had been wearing her hair long and dark for quite a few months–until this week! Demi stepped out with a blonder, shorter ‘do, and while it’s not the blondest we’ve ever seen her, it may be the most natural looking blonde shade we’ve seen the singer wear.

As for Anne, this is her first time going blonde (though she did wear a platinum wig for the film Alice in Wonderland), and so far, I think she’s wearing the dramatic change well! She said at the Met Gala that Debbie Harry was her inspiration, making her Monday debut fitting, and I’m really loving her as a ‘blondie’!

Whether it’s natural or enhanced, to keep blonde hair its brightest, protect it while you shampoo:

Blonde Shampoo

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo
Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo

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Bejeweled Hair

Actresses attending the awards ceremonies are always dripping in millions of dollars worth of diamonds, but a surprising amount of jewelry has been appearing in the stars’ hair this year.

Ellie Kemper and Morena Baccarin kicked off the trend at the SAG Awards last month when they both wore diamond brooches in their up dos, and at 2013 Oscars Sandra Bullock sported a platinum and diamond Harry Winston brooch pinned above her left ear and Salma Hayek tied up her oversized bun with a gold Cindy Chao choker.

Stylists were doubtless taking inspiration from the catwalk where tiaras, headbands and brooches worn as hair accessories have been popping up at Dolce & Gabbana, Rodarte and Meadham Kirchoff.

Hair stylist Mara Roszak, who worked with Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards this year, told us: ‘Wearing jewels in the hair can be a really fresh addition to a look. It takes accessorizing to another level. The most important part is finding the right piece to use. It has to make sense. I like pieces to be more subtle and not take away from the hairstyle, but add a nice feminine touch.’

‘In Nicole’s hair I used an antique brooch that matched her beautiful Fred Leighton earrings. They were picked out by her stylist, and the brooch was perfect for the hair.’ ‘I like to place hair accessories on one side of a hairstyle, not symmetrical in any way. Kind of like a hidden treasure.’

The good news is that anyone can try this look  – even if Neil Lane is not prepared to loan you an 18k piece from his collection. Any brooch can be adapted with the help of a few bobby pins or try Tarina Tarantino for a selection of beautiful hair crystal, lucite and tulle accessories that won’t break the bank.

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Superbowl 2013 Hair

The Super Bowl hit a new high this year with stunning appearances by Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, along with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

But while all the ladies’ performances were pitch perfect, not all hit the right notes in the hair department. Kelly Rowland’s overgrown extensions and heavy fringe looked wig-like and Michelle Williams also looked like she needed a trim with her too long waves.

Los Angeles based stylist Shin An was on hand in the NFL Experience Lounge Gifting Suite in New Orleans this year to style attending celebrities and players’ wives for the big event. Shin, whose salon was recently named among the Best 100 in the US by ELLE magazine, gave us her verdict on which of the divas scored a touchdown with their coiffure.

‘Beyonce’s hair looked great but predictable. She went for the same big, beachy, sexy hair,’ said Shin.

‘Alicia’s hair was overly done, lacked style and height and did not compliment her face.’

‘Jennifer Hudson was my favourite. Her loose, messy chignon with the full bangs was hot and looked much more current and interesting.’

‘To copy Jennifer’s look start with dry, brushed hair and, starting about 10cm down from the roots, spray on some Sachajuan Volume Powder. This is a powder-based spray that creates volume and provides structure with a matte finish. Work it through with your fingers.’

‘Next, pull the hair to a low side ponytail. Separate the hair into two parts and then twist them around each other. Starting at the bottom, pull out some random pieces to loosed the coil and create texture. Wrap the coil into a bun-like shape and pin into place with bobby pins.’

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