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Hot New Celebrity Hairstyles You’ll Want to Try This Weekend
Fri, 10 August 2012 12:26PM
For those in the northern hemisphere it’s time to farewell summer, and we couldn’t think of better way to celebrate the season’s end than US InStyle‘s annual soirée. Gordon Ramsay did the food, Ben & Jerry served up the ice cream, and the Hollywood elite, namely Jaime King, Sophia Bush and Mena Suvari, brought their hairstyle A-game to the London Rooftop Hotel in LA.
My number-one hair crush from the event – and not just because I’m an avid watcher with Hart of Dixie – was Jaime King. I mean, partly because I was so glad to see her ditch those wretched blue-slash-violet-slash-blonde dip-dyed ends she had going on for a while. At the event, however, she’s gone back to blonde, pulling her hair back into a 1950s-Barbie-esque ponytail. It’s all very pretty and feminine, in fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her with similar styles playing a southern belle on HOD. It was a wise move to keep her hair up and away, as it would have taken away from the ruffled detailing on her Marchesa dress. Best part about it is that it’s so easy to recreate. I’m even wearing it today.
It definitely works well on second-day hair, provided that it’s relatively straight. If you have freshly washed hair, apply a straightening balm like Garnier’s Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Straightening Balm, $9.95, from supermarkets, before blow-drying to minimise flyaways.
Part your hair on your chosen side in line with the peak of your eyebrow, then, backcomb at the roots to get a little extra body. On the smaller side of the part, use your comb to slick it back, adding a bobby pin to hold it in place for the time being if needed. Do the same on the larger side of your part, pulling your hair directly to the back. Then, gather all of your hair into a ponytail at mid-head height, leaving a glimpse of your part showing. To finish, spritz a little hairspray or finishing spray to keep flyaways at bay and keep the style in place.
Then there was Mena Suvari, who has also had a few, um, shall we say interesting hairstyles in the past. But I love this perky bob. So much so in fact, that I’m taking this picture to my hairdresser when it’s next time for a cut. If you’re looking to try a style like this, it’s all about the centre part with the longer fringe-slash-layers at the front. See how it works to make her cheekbones look that much more defined? If you’re looking to get a little more height at the crown, blow-dry all of your hair forward using a round brush, before separating it into a centre part. Sprinkle a little hair powder at the roots of your part – Joico’s Structure Matte Hair Powder, $23.95, 1300 764 437, is a goodie – and pinch either side of your part together to create extra lift.
Lastly, for Sophia Bush it was all about contrasting textures, keeping it sleek ‘n straight with a centre part tucked behind her ears before falling into flat waves. And, of course, a little balayage. It’s along the same vein as the style Eugene Souleiman created for the Peter Som A/W ’12 show. The key to copying this look is to start with a straight centre part, smoothing it down on the sides and securing it behind your ears. Smooth on a little gel for extra-shine and hold. Then, use your ghd or curling iron to create soft, loose waves from the mid-lengths down, brushing them out for a soft and undefined finish.
So Primpettes, a little bit of hair-spiration for the weekend.
Do you have a favourite style here?
How gorgeous is Jaime’s ponytail?
And how do you feel about contrasting textures? Is it a trend you would try?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett