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By Lauren Sigmon

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We’re right in the middle of the most competitive season of the year – awards season! Celebs gather with their glam squads for none other than the Globes, the SAG’s and of course, the creme de la creme – the Academy Awards – each hoping to emerge with the prettiest dress, brightest jewels, and of course, a glamorous ‘do.

Feeling a little jealous? We can’t help you score any of those precious gems, but we can help with your hair. Top stylists share how they achieved some of the most popular red carpet looks so you can rock them, too!

Do the Updo

Classic, elegant, and fun, celebs like Julie Bowen, Nancy O’Dell, Amy Poehler, and Nina Dobrev all wore stylish updos at the Golden Globes.

According to Nina’s stylist Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood, Nina’s look is surprisingly easy to replicate at home.

Here’s how he created the look:
1. To smooth Nina’s hair and add shine, her hair was first prepped with UNITE LUXURY Shampoo and Conditioner and then followed with UNITE 7SECONDS Conditioner to detangle and protect the hair.
2. Hair was then blow dried using the UNITE 9-Row Denman brush to smooth the cuticle of the hair
3. Once dried, Nina flipped her head upside down while Riawna completed a classic braid from the nape of Nina’s neck to the crown of her head.

4. The remaining hair was pulled into a ponytail and spritzed with UNITE BEACH DAY spray to add density to the hair before being wrapped and pinned into a classic bun.
5. The final look was held in place using UNITE GO365 Hairspray and polished off with UNITE SHINA-Mist.

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Making Waves

Isla Fisher, Gabrielle Union, Rachel Weisz, and Jessica Alba all channeled old Hollywood glamour on the red carpet this season with soft, iconic waves.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Celebrity Stylist Ben Skervin shared how he achieved Rachel’s look, which complemented her oh-so-memorable polka-dotted, sheer dress:

1. Starting with damp hair, Ben applied Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray and blow-dried the hair straight.
2. Once the hair was dry, he tucked tuck hair behind Rachel’s left ear. On that same side, he took small sections and curled hair down a 1-inch barrel curling iron. After 20 seconds, he removed the iron and pinned the section in a roll while it cooled. This process was repeated until the whole head was curled.
3. On the untucked side, Ben repeated the same process but with a ½-inch curling iron to give a stronger wave around Rachel’s face. Once all the hair cooled, he removed the pinned sections and brushed hair into a soft, sexy wave.
4. To keep hair tucked behind her ear, he applied a small amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel.
5. Lastly, Ben covered Rachel’s hair with a light mist of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray to hold the style in place, leaving it with a sleek, finished look.

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Looking Ahead

What can we expect to see on the red carpet at upcoming award shows? Kim Vo, Schwarzkopf Professional Blonding Ambassador and master colorist to Hollywood’s elite predicts more waves, but with a “tryst.”

“Waves are definitely still in, but the new twist on the red carpet trend is the braid,” he said. “From fine to fishtail, braids create incredible texture when added to waves and curls…My name for the wave and braid combo is ‘Tryst,’ – a rendezvous with two types of textured hair.”
Need more inspiration? See who rocks a ‘do with a twist (or a “tryst”) at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24th.

Originally published February 2013



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