Vintage Hollywood glamour came to mind the moment Reese Witherspoon stepped onto the SAG Awards red carpet this past Sunday.
The Big Little Lies actress stunned in a form-fitting, emerald toned Zac Posen gown that hinted at the classic styles of old Hollywood movie stars. The timeless off-the-shoulder silhouette of the dress beautifully framed her soft, side swept curled hair style.
Hairstylist Lona Vigi wanted to create a timeless hair look that felt Old Hollywood yet modern, much like the dramatic chevron print dress Reese wore for the evening’s event. The inspiration for the look came from a conversation with fashion stylist Petra Flannery where they both worked on a campaign for Elizabeth Arden. The final look was all about touchable curls that elegantly fell to her shoulders without losing shape. It was a fresh take on what Lona described as “total movie star hair.” Here’s how you can recreate this beautiful look yourself:
PREP: Starting with freshly washed hair, work in a heat protective leave in conditioner to damp hair. Using your fingers, apply the conditioner from the roots to tips and evenly distribute throughout the hair.
STYLE (Part 1): Once the priming layer of heat protectant is applied, Lona sections the hair and focuses on styling the front, face-framing sections of the hair. She applies gel to the front sections of hair and gathers each into a wave. To promote hold and to further develop the wave shape, she secures each section with flat clips. Once these front sections are dry, Lona sprays each with hairspray to set the desired wave.
STYLE (Part 2): Moving to the bottom sections of the hair, she uses a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and meticulously blow dries each section with an Ibiza Hair Round Brush. Using Dyson’s high powered dryer not only cut down styling time but left Reese’s hair smooth with a healthy sheen. Once dried, Lona parted the hair to the side, grabbed a curling iron and curled each freshly blown out section in vertical curls.
FINISH: When the hair is fully curled and the pins are let out, gently brush the hair to blend while focusing on preserving the sexy, modern Old Hollywood waved shape of the hair. To lock in the look and add an extra touch of body, back comb various sections of the hair once in a swift motion. To tame those pesky fly-aways or baby hairs along the face, Lona’s favorite red carpet trip is to sprtiz a toothbrush with hairspray and brush down these troubling hairs.