Emmy Hair Review:
8 Red Carpet How-Tos
The biggest names on the small screen strutted their stuff on the Emmy red carpet recently, and we watched and waited to find out which ‘dos stole the spotlight. There was a lot to love, from ‘40s-inspired waves to romantic cascades of curls. Thinking about “borrowing” some of these styles for your own clients? Here are eight stunning red carpet how-tos.
But first, let’s review the major trends top hair honchos spotted at the show. According to celebrity colorist Aura Friedman, the red carpet was all about the blondes, with an emphasis on more golden, buttery tones. “Some even were showing a bit of pastel traces,” she notes. “Overall, the shades were very shiny and warm for the light-haired ladies. Claire Danes and Gwyneth Paltrow are great examples.” When it came to the styles, celebrity stylist Andy LeCompte, several prominent styles stole the spotlight, including ‘40s retro glam, deep side parts, and the always popular ponytail.
Recreate these looks on your clients; here are the Emmy red carpet style how-tos:
Hair by: David Gardner | SoloArtists
“My hair for Aubrey was inspired by her gorgeous dress,” says David. “I wanted to do a throwback to the Golden Era film studio Hollywood glamour and was channeling Marlene Dietrich and Carole Lombard, and to complement the dress’s amazing neckline and Aubrey's beautiful shoulders, I felt the hair should have volume but not too much length to balance her overall red carpet silhouette.”
1. Apply a styling mousse to the whole head while the hair is still damp, then blow dry loosely with your fingers to create texture and movement.
2. Blow dry the top and front sections using a large round brush to create a sleeker finish around the face for a more contemporary feeling.
3. Starting at the nape of the neck, curl the hair tightly on a 1-inch iron from root to tip. Curl the hair in a corkscrew fashion rather than rolling it under. Leave the ends of the hair out to keep them straight for a modern look.
4. Once all the hair is curled and cooled, run your fingers through to break it up.
5. Style the front over one eye and finish with a shine-enhancing, strong-hold hairspray.
Hair by: Laini Reeves
“We wanted to balance the complexity of the dress with a simple, modern hairdo,” Laini explains.
1. Wash hair using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner to maximize volume and shine.
2. Power dry hair in different directions for a nice lift at the root.
3. Using a 2inch barrel curling iron, create spiral curls all over and work through fingers.
4. At the base of the neck, create a ponytail tease the ponytail and split it in two then twist and wrap the hair like a ballerina bun at the nape of the neck with a nice messy texture.
5. Finish with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.
Hair by: Paul Norton
“Emmys are the biggest night in television!” says Paul. “When styling hair, you must take into account the girl’s personality and her dress, but it’s important to show your own creative edge. Heather is not necessarily super ‘Hollywood’ and it was so great working with her because she let me do whatever I wanted with her hair!” Paul’s idea was based off of a French-twist style. “Once I got involved, it turned into a lot more of a polished look,” he says. “It’s a mix between rough and polished.”
1. Start by applying Wella Professionals Curl Craft Wax Mousse to give hair tons of texture and a lot of body.
2. Blow out hair after applying Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Hair Primer with a round brush and then curl the hair away from the face with a 1 ½ barrel curling iron.
3. Pin a Mohawk section from the hair up and out of the way, then divide the remainder of the hair into three sections.
4. From left to right, use a boar bristle brush to smooth hair upwards as if putting into a ponytail, start twisting hair sections inward and secure with bobby pins, repeat on right hand side and secure in same spot, the center section will be left creating what looks like a small ponytail.
5. Once bottom part is secured, use 3 inch section around the face, spritz with Wella Professionals Create Character Texturizing Spray and back-comb hair for extra volume and pin down as a slight pompadour.
6. Roll the remaining back section under, and secure with bobby pins.
7. Keep the look playful by pulling some pieces out so the look has a bit of edge, so as not to look overdone.
8. Secure look with an all-over spray of Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray.
Hair by: Nathaniel Hawkins
The beautiful, simple L’Wren Scott dress made her look all about the hair and makeup. “I wanted her hair to look loose, modern, and a little messed up,” says Nathaniel, “but still beautiful and elegant with an overall feeling of ultimate glamour.”
1. Evenly coat damp hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier.
2. Apply Wella Professionals Extra Volume Styling Mousse directly to a vent brush and comb from the root to the end for thorough application.
3. Blow dry roots of the hair up and away from face with medium heat – high heat can cause hair to soften too much for a sturdy updo –and then scrunch hair dry at mid-shaft until hair is 100% dry.
4. Spray hair evenly with light application of Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray and then curl sections of hair starting from front top hairline with a 1 ¼ inch barrel curling iron.
5. Brush sections out and immediately, while hair is still warm, pin in purple Velcro curlers, repeat for entire head.
6. Allow hair to cool for 20 minutes, which is important for the hair to set, then remove curlers and brush out roots to get rid of set marks.
7. Spray hair with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray to create matte texture to create the loose, slightly undone look.
8. Aerate hair with fingers then set with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray to control fly-aways.
Hair by: Theodore Leaf | SoloArtists
“I had so much fun creating Jenna's major ponytail for the 2011 Emmy Awards!” says Theodore. “The look was certainly inspired by her dramatic gown. When we were testing it out we kept going higher and higher until we got the perfect drama, and she was loving all that height and hair!
1. Apply an anti-frizz cream to damp hair and blow dry smooth in sections.
2. Once the hair is completely dry, brush the hair up and back from the top of the ear, pulling it into a super high ponytail.
3. Secure with an elastic hair tie that matches your client’s haircolor. Do not pull the ponytail tighter or it will mess up the smoothness of the look.
4. Apply a very small amount of gel to the sides and back and use a comb to smooth down the fly-aways. The drama of this look is all in the finishing.
5. Finally, spray the length of the ponytail with a shine-enhancing hairspray and press with a hot flat iron to the lengths to finish.
6. If you need some extra length or fullness attach an extension with a few bobby pins at the base.
Hair by: Riawna Capri | Nine Zero One Salon, SoloArtists
“Nina's red Donna Karan dress basically chose this effortless look itself,” says Riawna. “The dress was so beautifully powerful so we wanted something not too done, loose, soft and romantic.”
1. Blow out hair with Wella Professionals Flowing Form Smoothing Balm to create lots of body and lift, and then set hair in Velcro rollers.
2. Take a 1 ¼ inch curling iron and curled and pin hair in horizontal sections.
3. Let hair set for about 20 minutes and then brush hair off to one side with a boar bristle brush.
4. Lift bang area with a rattail comb and spray with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.
5. Spritz the hair with Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray for an all over radiant glow.
Hair by: David Babaii
According to celebrity stylist David Babaii, Gwyneth’s look was titled “straight edgy”—taking a straight look and disheveling it to create soft texture.
1. Apply a small amount of Couture Colour Pequi Oil and massage it into damp hair prior to blow drying.
2. After the hair is completely dry, part the hair down the middle and divide strands into four sections (sides, crown and nape).
3. Straighten the hair using a 1-inch flat iron, beginning at the nape and working up toward the crown and sides.
4. To finish and create movement, add an additional amount of Pequi Oil to your hands and run it through the hair, scrunching it in to create a slightly lived-in texture.
Hair by: Campbell McAuley
“For Julianne’s hair, I wanted a look that was chic and classic, but also natural, to complement her beautiful 1950’s-inspired form-fitting dress.”
1. Prep wet hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer, then blow-dry the hair with a large round brush.
2. Use Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Spray to add extra natural shine to the hair.
3. Create a center part in the hair and lightly brush her hair down, then back into a low, natural ponytail.
4. Circle hair into a bun and secure with an elastic.
5. Spritz hair with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray to set the look.
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