Red Carpet Inspired: Turn Celeb Looks into Holiday Hair

The near-perfect (oh, who are we kidding, perfect) hairdos rocked by celebrities at award shows this past season the can either depress or inspire us at-home viewers. This year, rather than take the self-loathing route (“Why can’t my hair ever look even half as good as Jennifer Aniston’s no matter HOW she wears it? WHY?!”), take the high-road and get inspired.

Elegance Plus Coiffured Punk

Who better to emulate when dressing up these days than Katy Perry. (“What about Gaga?!” you say. But we argue the Lady is for another, far more risqué dress-up fête – one where you need not worry about Grandma or your boss.) At the American Music Awards (AMA’s), Ms. Katy donned a beehive that looked anything but outdated or old-fashioned, thanks to Katy’s lavender-colored hair and decorative flower accents. Frederic Fekkai celebrity stylist Renato Campora created the look, which was inspired by a French twist and Katy’s dress. To get it:

– Begin with Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel to wet hair in order to give it a firm base.
– Blow-dry the hair while brushing it through with a flat brush. Use a one-inch curling iron throughout the hair to create body while giving it a sturdy foundation.
– Next, you’ll want to heavily tease the hair.
– To create the final up-do, push the front of the hair forward and wrap the rest into a French twist, securing it with hairpins.
– Finish off the look by adding an accessory like the one Renato used for Katy (which was made by Vivienne Westwood) by weaving it into the hair with your fingers.
– Secure the whole style by spraying hair with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Down but Certainly NOT Out

If you often take your cues from the CMA’s over the AMA’s (Country Music Awards, that is), you’re probably a member of the big-hair-rules school. Totally OK, but this year even the country-singing ladies of the CMA’s were understated, expressing elegant styles and Hollywood glam. The event’s leading ladies wore their hair down, which is good for us as it’s one of the easiest styles to replicate. For Reese Witherspoon’s look, celeb stylist David Babaii advises:

– Begin with IT&LY HAIRFASHION‘s Pure Shampoo enriched with a Desert Blend to moisturize the hair, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt and oil. Inside tip: Use the RESCU-HUE Water Purification System to wash your hair and remove chlorine and damaging chemicals your tap water releases. The purification system also helps to preserve hair color while hydrating the skin and hair.
– Towel dry hair gently to remove all excess water and apply a small amount of Couture Colour Pequi Oil throughout for added shine and moisture.
– Apply IT&LY HAIRFASHION’s Pure Style Mousse Strong for hold and style control.
– Divide hair into four sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Taking small sections starting at the nape, use your blow dryer with the nozzle attachment and finish the drying process with a medium round brush to smooth hair straight.
– After head is dry, take large sections and wrap ¾ of each around the brush. With the nozzle blowing hot air, hold it for about 10 seconds then hit the cool button to give that section a blast of cool air. Carefully release each piece from the brush and continue until the whole head has been styled.
– To finish, spray IT&LY HAIRFASHION’s Pure Definition Hair Spray for long lasting hold.

Sexy, Undone Updo


Some of the best celeb hair looks are those that appear effortless. Surely they never are, but no matter; we can recreate the same illusion of carefree style. For one red carpet event NYC-stylist, Ric Pipino, dressed up Padma Lakshimi’s do in a natural, sexy style that looked as if she’d done it herself. Since we probably won’t have Ric visiting our homes and will have to actually do this look ourselves for holiday parties and dates, he generously provided tips for how to use Wella Professionals products to get the look:

– Start with Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner. Then while hair is still wet, follow with a priming product like the line’s Velvet Amplifier. Also use some Extra Volume Mousse to pump up volume.
– Blow dry the hair and lift the root. Once the hair is dry, spray Wella’s Thermal Image to help smooth out frizz and protect from heat styling.
– Set the hair in big rollers or use a 1.5-inch curling iron.
– Section hair and twirl it around a flat iron almost as if you were using a curling iron so you will achieve a mixed curl result throughout the hair.
– Tease the root at the front to create volume around the face and lift at the top of the head. Pull back the rest of the hair in a loose, natural piece-y chignon and pin it with a mixture of bobby and T pins.
– Finally, spray the finished look with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray to set.

Side-Swept Curly Cue

Rihanna’s rocking a new curly do, as seen in her latest video, ‘We Found Love’

Rihanna’s hair changes faster than you can put yours in a ponytail. Some of her looks are better than others, and we’re loving the current one – a side-swept curly style that is natural and carefree, yet “done enough” to be party appropriate. She sported this look in her video cameo at this year’s AMA’s (she couldn’t be there in the flesh) and we adored its flirty fun. To achieve Rihanna’s curly, free flowing look, stylist Larry Simms suggests:

– Prep hair with göt2b fat-tastic dry shampoo to absorb oil and give limp strands “incredible volume that will last all night long.”
– Set hair with jumbo-size hot rollers.
– Once hair has been set, use your fingertips to break up the texture while keeping your side fringe heavy at the brow of your face.
– Spray the finished look with göt2b rockin’ it encore hold hairspray.

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