Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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.

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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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SAG Awards Hair

The forties influence was still very much in evidence at the Screen Actors Guild Awards over the weekend. But while Jessica Chastain (aka Jessica Rabbit), Naomi Watts and Naya Rivera stuck to a conventional Veronica Lake side-parting with loose waves,  Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence added a twist to the look, pinning one side of the hair back completely.

Stylist Mark Townsend, whose clients include all of the Olsen sisters, Nicole Richie and Lea Michele, talked to us about how he achieved Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet style for the event.

‘For the Screen Actors Guild Awards I was inspired by old Hollywood glamour, so I wanted Jennifer’s hair to show that influence and inspiration,’ Mark said. ‘But I wanted it to be young and very modern as well.’

‘To get her side swept waves, I started by applying a nickel-sized amount of Dove Color Care Leave On Conditioner into Jennifer’s damp hair – she’s colored her hair so much lately so her hair needs added moisture and protection.’

‘Next, I loaded her hair with the Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and blow dried with a large round brush. To give her hair a loose wave, I wrapped sections of hair varying from 2 to 5 inches around a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, leaving the ends out.’

‘I took a small amount of Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands, rubbed my hands together and then raked my fingers through the waves to break them up and give the hair amazing shine, then took the hair from the right side, twisted it and then pinned it in the back with a few bobby pins.

‘To give the hair a cool, lived-in texture, I sprayed Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray from mid-length to ends and scrunched with my hands. I finished by spraying Dove Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray liberally all over to keep her hair in place all night and give the hair even more shine.’

It will be interesting to see how this red carpet trend evolves this month with the BATFA’s, Grammy’s and Academy Awards still to go.

Jennifer Lawrence SAG Awards Hair

Dove STYLE+care Nourishing Curls, Whipped Cream Mousse
Dove STYLE+care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Dove STYLE+care Hairspray, Strength & Shine, Extra Hold

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Michelle Obama’s Second Term Bangs

While there was plenty of buzz surrounding the First Lady’s outfit choices for President Obama’s swearing in, inauguration and the ball that followed, it was Michelle’s newly cut fringe that caused the most stir over the weekend.

Chicago based Johnny Wright, her exclusive hairstylist since 2008 and the force behind her new look, explained: ‘It was a collaborative effort… she was ready for a change.’

‘Sometimes all we need is a little change in our appearance to give us the extra oomph. Cutting bangs is one of those go-to styles that can immediately change your appearance,’ he said. ‘And the great thing about bangs is I think they work for all face shapes. The thing is you need to get it cut properly for your face shape and that why I say you should always consult a professional and see what works best for you. Should they be shorter? Should they be longer? Should they be swept to one side?’

But that is the hardest part according to Wright. ‘The only trick with maintaining bangs is just keeping them trimmed,’ he says. ‘A lot of salons offer free bang trims so you go in and keep the fresh look you want.’

‘Bangs are so cool because they can make you look really sexy and youthful and at the same time really change up your look. It’s a new year and I think it’s a great opportunity for women to adopt a new look.’

Here are Wright’s tips for achieving a presidential head of hair:

‘You should be deep conditioning to soften and nourish the hair shaft every time you shampoo. There is no such thing as too much deep conditioning.’ He recommends SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment which strengthens hair with a blend of shea butter and green tea.

‘My biggest complaint from clients is that they have thin hair that doesn’t have any volume.’ He swears by Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum.  ‘A little goes a long way and it gives you a noticeably thicker, fuller look.’


SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment
Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum

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