05.04.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Taylor Swift’s Lush (But Cute) Curls

In the illustrious words of Charlie Sheen, Taylor Swift is #WINNING. Not only does the 21-year old country music phenom win award after award after award, we have yet to see her have a bad hair day. Granted, she pretty much sticks with the same look (she has flirted with straight hair once or twice), but hey if it ain’t broke… Here’s how to sculpt beautiful bouncy ringlets like Swift’s:

Wrap large sections of your hair around the barrel of your curling iron, taking care to intertwine your strands in-between the spiral hair guide. We love Rsession Tools 4-in-1 Tapered Curling Iron, $49.99 at Folica.com—constructing perfect curls has never been easier.

Using your fingers, rake through your hair to loosen curls, and mist with a holding spray to set. We love Hold Please Volume Shine Hairspray, $10 at VictoriasSecret.com—in addition to flexible hold, it also adds a bit of gloss and an ounce of oomph.

23.03.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Thandie Newton’s Avant Garde Top Knot

It’s a rather daring look for someone who’s style is more sophisticated and subdued; absolutely a risk, but we think it paid off—majorly.

At the Louis Vuitton party for Sam Taylor-Wood, English actress Thandie Newton went for whimsical with this kooky top knot chignon that sat slightly off-center, right atop her forehead. One part ‘Grey Gardens‘ granny, two parts ‘laissez-faire’ hair, we think Thandie’s on to something. We’re guessing it won’t be long before other stars start pushing their ponys a bit more forward as well—here’s how to get the look before everyone else jumps on the high bun bandwagon:

Step #1: Using a boar bristle brush (helps tame pesky flyaways), sweep hair into a very high position, like 4-to-5 inches off of your forehead;

Step #2: Tautly secure ponytail using a snag-less rubber band, and slip hair through a chignon pillow and push it to the base;

Step #3: Twist the hair around the pillow, and secure with bobby pins;

Step #4: Mist with hairspray to set.

Tela Beauty Organics Boar Bristle Hairbrush, $72 at Nordstrom.com | Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics, $3.50 at Sephora.com | Hair Stylers Mesh Chignon, $3.69 at SallyBeauty.com | Conair Brush Styling Essentials Matte Minis Bobby Pins, $1.29 at Drugstore.com | L’Oreal Elnett Extra Stong Hold Hairspray, $14 at WalMart.com.

Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton