hair how-to

Get Miranda Lambert’s Side-Swept Vintage Curls

January 30, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

While most people can’t stop talking about Miranda Lambert’s rockin’ new bod (girlfriend looks amazing), we can’t stop talking about her gorgeous retro look at the Grammy Awards last weekend! This side-swept hair and red lip combo is vintage perfection. Here’s how to copy her look.

Start by plugging in a set of hot rollers so that they heat up while you blow dry (we love Remington Ionic Protective Hot Rollers). While it might seem counterintuitive to give yourself a blowout when you’re going to be curling your hair, heat styling is key when creating the deep-side part we see in Miranda’s look. Blow dry your bottom layers as usual, but as you move towards the top and the part you’ve created, use a round brush to dry your hair in the direction you want your curls to fall in.

Once you’ve finished drying, divide your hair into sections so that you can begin curling the bottom layers first. Take 1-1/2-inch sections and spritz them with a medium hold hair spray (try Herbal Essences Set Me Up Stylers hairspray in medium hold) then wrap the hair around the roller and curl it in toward your face pinning it in place at the scalp. Continue this process throughout your entire head. When the rollers cool, you’ll know it’s time to begin unraveling. Begin taking each roller out individually, resisting the urge to mess with the shape of the curls (you won’t look like Shirley Temple for long — we promise!). Once your hair is roller-free, take a paddle brush and gently comb through the curls, sweeping them all to one side. Lightly mist your hair again with hairspray to set, but don’t go overboard, this style is meant to look soft and romantic.

Not feeling the hot rollers? Check out our step-by-step retro waves tutorial with a standard curling iron here!

For more on Miranda’s glamorous look check out:

Self-Tanning Made Easy

How to Apply Flawless Red Lips

Bling It On: Gorgeous Statement Jewelry

 


How to Create Sandra Bullock’s Messy Romantic Hairstyle

January 23, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

If we can put forth just one prediction for the most popular hairstyles of spring, we’ve got a pretty good front-runner: Messy, romantic updos. Sandra Bullock is just one example of a celeb hopping on the messy-pretty hair train, as many leading ladies are ditching their flat irons and opting for a more undone take on classic romantic hairstyles. We’ll teach you how to get in on the trend.

If your hair is naturally curly, let it air dry and embrace it’s messy texture. For straighter hair, you want to curl your whole head with a 1-inch curling iron (we love this one by Conair), wrapping hair so that it curls back, away from your face. Once you’ve finished, run your fingers through your hair from the crown to mid-length, de-structuring some of the curls. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear about 2-inches or so from the crown, sectioning off the front part with a clip (you’ll work more delicately with this section later) and teasing the hair behind the part. Once you’ve created a heightened foundation, return to those front pieces that you sectioned off and lightly comb them back from your hairline to blend in with the heavily teased section. Here you can loosely concentrate around your natural part to create some direction like we see in Sandra’s style. When you’re satisfied with the volume, loosely twist your hair into a bun or ponytail and secure with an elastic (or bobby pins, if you’re rocking a shorter style). Take the pointy end of your teasing comb and gently lift random sections of hair at the crown to create more piecey-ness. Mist your entire head with a flexible-hold hairspray (try Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Hairspray) to set the style.

 Not sure which curling iron to use? Check out our foolproof guide here

Channel the rest of Sandra’s gorgeous look with:

Our Favorite Flawless Foundations

 Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

 


Beauty Coach: Bardot-inspired hair

December 21, 2009 at 11:54 am , by

ss_100420039I was recently at the launch of Phyto’s new hair styling products, which were tested by the uber-stylist Andy Lecompte. He’s worked with fabulous ladies as Madonna, Selma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, all of whomsport nearly perfect hair. The simple trick he taught me takes about five minutes and gives me full hair with controlled waves. Andy called it the new Brigitte Bardot—a style that looks appropriate for any occasion.

Five simple steps to Brigitte-worthy hair:

  1. On dry hair, use a small squirt of hair cream to coat strands. This helps calm static, frizz and hold the style. I like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti Frizz Cream.
  2. Twist hair starting at the nape and pin with a duckbill clip. These ensure that you won’t have any dents in your hair–important when you want a smooth style.
  3. Blow dry hair completely until hair is warm to the touch. The heat is what sets waves and creates volume. Keep the clips in until hair is completely cool.
  4. Remove clips and fluff hair. You may want to spray with a light working hairspray. My favorite: L’Oreal Elnett.
  5. Create a small puff at the top of your head for extra volume. Use a small comb for backcombing (gently, please!) and hairspray to hold in place. Use a bobby pin or two to hold hair.

Photo courtesy lhj.com


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