Monday, December 12, 2011
SOFT AND SHINY
Separate your hair into three-inch sections and use a large round brush to give yourself a smooth blowout that's slightly curled at the ends. "Create a deep side part, throw all your hair to one side, and let it evolve throughout the night," says hairstylist Matt Fugate of Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City. Add a silicone-based shine serum (like Sally Hershberger Star Shine) to the ends. "Mist from far away so it just barely lands on your hair and makes it sparkle," says Fugate.
To get Stewart's roughed-up look, "drive around in a convertible for a half-hour," says Fugate. A more practical alternative: Flip your head over and blast your roots with your favorite volumizing product (try John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster). Once it's as big as you can get it, wrap random sections (but not the ends) around a one-and-a-half-inch-barrel curling iron, then shake it all out. Finish with a light-hold hair spray, such as Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray Lightweight Hold.
Apply mousse to wet hair, blow it completely dry, then set with medium-size hot rollers, starting at your ends and working up toward your scalp. When the rollers cool, take them out and add a deep side part. "Use your finger or the tip of a wide-tooth comb to separate the curls so they're not piecey, but don't look too done," says hairstylist Tommy Buckett of the Marie Robinson salon in New York City. Finish with a light finishing spray, like Oribe Hair Care Superfine Hair Spray.
SEXY STARLET WAVES
"Day-old hair is best to start with when you want soft, cascading waves," says hairstylist Adir Abergel, who created this Veronica Lake–esque look for Banks. Spray two-inch sections of hair with a light-hold hair spray (Abergel likes Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray), wrap each section around a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron, and pin each rolled section into place. Once the entire head is set, let the sections cool before removing the pins, then use a nylon-and-boar-bristle brush (like a Mason Pearson or a Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush) to brush it into place, letting it fall into perfectly cascading waves. "Make sure one side is totally clean so it has a more modern vibe," says Abergel. Finish with a shine spray, like Sebastian Professional Trilliant.
To get Stone's sexy retro look, "Create a deep side part, apply mousse, and blow-dry hair with a small round brush," says Mara Roszak, Stone's hairstylist. "Then pin-curl small sections and set the entire head with volumizing hair spray." Let it cool for five minutes, brush out curls with a soft boar-bristle brush (like a Mason Pearson or a Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush), then gently mold hair to form a classic soft wave. Finish with a shot of hair spray, such as Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode.
Prepping your hair is key to this look, says hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. He suggests starting with a straightening balm for curly hair (like Shu Uemura Satin Design), or a volumizing spray for straight hair (Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray). Blow hair dry with a medium-size, round, boar-bristle brush, like the Spornette G-36XL Porcupine Brush—this will create a full, finished look that's straight with a good bend on the ends.
For Nikki Reed, hairstylist Kristin Ess premade a fishtail braid from a hair extension and pinned it in from ear to ear to make it look like a headband. "This allows you to do a blowout or a chignon and then pop it in as an option, but there's no commitment," says Ess. To finish the look, wrap two-inch sections of hair around a one-inch-barrel curling iron, gather and twist it into a low chignon, and separate the front pieces so they frame your face.
To make a chunky three-strand braid look as fat as possible, Fugate suggests pushing the bottom elastic up toward the top of the braid. "This diffuses the end and opens up the rest of the braid," he says.
Loosely curl your entire head with a large-barrel curling iron. Create a low side ponytail, then braid half of it and wrap it around your crown so it looks like a headband. Pin it into place, and twist the other half of the ponytail into a bun. Finish with a light hair spray, such as Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.
"This seems like it would be difficult because it looks so cool, but it's just two French braids pulled straight back into a twisted bun," says Fugate. Start with a light pomade or wax, such as Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste—anything that's too sticky like a gel or hair spray will be harder to style.
PINNED-BACK, PIECEY TEXTURE
Roughly blow-dry hair with hands, then create waves with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron from your ears down, leaving the last two inches of your hair uncurled. Back-comb the hair at the crown, then smooth and pull back loosely, using the top of your ears as your guide. Let the face-framing pieces hang loose. "Pull out pieces around the front hairline as desired to create softness," says Maciques.
Nina Ricci, Fall 2011
Hairstylist Guido wound hair into large pin curls for soft volume. After releasing them, he teased the roots at the crown "for a feminine feeling," he said. He pulled back a section above each ear, crisscrossed the two, and fastened them behind the head with pins.
TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT
Hoang's tips for getting this sexy side-swept ponytail: Apply a light styling cream to wet hair before blowing it completely dry. Roll the ends under with a medium-size round brush, and create a deep side part. Using a one-and-a-half-barrel curling iron, set hair on the top with pins, let them cool, and brush out with a soft-bristle brush. Using the brush and your hands, also mist with Oribe Hair Care Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray to shape the S wave in the front. Secure a low ponytail on one side with an elastic or a silk ribbon. Finish with a light spray, like Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray.
ROUGHED UP AND HIGH
Start with a salt spray on damp hair, says Roszak. (Try Oribe Après Beach Spray.) Tease the crown slightly, and pull hair back into a mid-height pony. Use an elastic band to secure the ponytail and wrap hair around the elastic to conceal it. Take a one-inch-barrel curling iron and gather random sections of hair, waving the hair around the barrel gently, then break up the pony with fingers for a naturally piecey look. Spray all over with a light spray, such as Leonor Greyl Voluform Hairspray.
POLISHED SIDE PART
Ralph Lauren, Fall 2011
Apply a styling spray, such as Redken Fashion Work 12, then blow hair out and pull it into a low ponytail at the very nape of the neck. "This creates hold and some texture," says hairstylist Guido. Finish with a shine spray, like Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist.
Tease hair from the front of the hairline to the crown, using the outer corners of each eye as a guide for the width. Finger-brush hair into a ponytail, then smooth the teased section into it and secure with an elastic. Wrap a small section of hair around the ponytail to cover the band, and pin it into place. As a final step, curl random sections of the ponytail so it doesn't fall into a big clump but instead has more separation, says Maciques.
Apply gel to damp hair and gently sculpt into an S shape. Let the hair dry completely. Comb it out to loosen it up, gather it to one side, and tuck it under to create a low bun. Spray all over with a light hair spray to keep the wave around the face, says Roszak.
"Topknots look more current with a little texture," says Ess. Build it up with a spray, like Oribe Texture Spray, then flip your head over and wrap hair with a thick ponytail holder around the base. Tease and back-comb the ponytail in sections, then roll and wrap each section, pinning it into the base to form the topknot.
Tips for getting this look from Mark Townsend of Sally Hershberger Los Angeles and New York: Loosely gather your hair at the nape of your neck, braid it, and then loop the braid back up and pin it at the nape in a messy chignon. Allow some face-framing layers to fall out for a soft, romantic feel. Use Sally Hershberger Star Shine Spray to give your hair incredible shine before finishing with Dove Extra Hold Hairspray all over to keep your hair in place all night.
Maciques suggests blow-drying hair smooth and then adding texture by wrapping two-inch sections around a large-barrel curling iron. Gather a section of hair just behind one ear, place it into a loose ponytail, and wrap it into a soft bun, pinning it into place. Take the remaining front portion of hair and gently brush into the existing bun, pinning pieces into place. Finish with a firm hair spray, like L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. Twist and turn the loose strands and tuck them into place.