Whether you're planning a wedding or it's your bestie who's walking down the aisle, we've got the perfect wedding hair inspiration. If you liked Kate Middleton's look but it just wasn't your thing, don't fret, we've looked back at the red carpet for some style inspiration so you're sure to find something you like here! So whether you're the bride-to-be, bridesmaid, have a wedding to attend in the near future, or are just looking for a hairstyle with a little extra somethin' somethin', you've come to the right place . . .
Hands up how many of you have had a hairstyle overhaul in the past year? Past five years? Past ten years?! It's funny how quickly we can grow attached to a signature style, only having the minimum trimmed off the ends every 6-8 weeks, but then easily end up being in a bit of style rut. Well, not on our watch. We're here to hold your hand and gently encourage you to try something new. It needn't be drastic, but you'd be surprised how a subtle change of style can boost your mood and make you feel like a new woman. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up some celebrity styles for you to take lead from. Whether you have or would like cropped hair, short hair, medium hair or long hair, they're all there just waiting to inspire! Take a look now.
This season, there's a new crop of tousled, stylish braids that are worlds away from the more stylized milkmaid styles we saw so much of last year. Instead, braids of late are long, undone, and incredibly romantic, not to mention favoured by an eclectic mix of celebs and models alike. Take note and see which style will bring out the storybook heroine in you.
When creating Blake Lively's look for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, celebrity stylist Rod Ortega wanted to do something appropriate for the warm-weathered season: a long, sleek ponytail. "It is a fresh, chic style; a staple suitable to any occasion, from the red carpet to the beaches of Saint-Tropez," Ortega said. You may not be able to get your hands on all of the products unless your OS, but we thought you'd what to know what this Gossip Girl star loves to use on her hair anyway . . .
Ortega started by prepping Blake's wet hair with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue oil, mixed with the brand's Depsea Smoothing Foundation mist, to give shine and softness.
Michael Dueñas, founder of Hair Room Service, an exclusive agency that brings professional stylists to clients, shares with us a gorgeous way to update Veronica Lake's perfectly soft waves. The original look is a classic, but Dueñas has a few tips for making it a bit more wearable for modern times. Although he loves classic Lake waves, he notes that her style is frizzier and flatter than we'd want today. "I'd create more volume and more wave, but also make the look cleaner and more polished," he explains. To see how he would create the look, read more.
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Liv Tyler looks soft and lovely even when she's wearing a hard-edged look, and nowhere is that more apparent than her hairstyle at this week's Target GO Designer Collective launch. On the left side of her head, it looked like she was wearing her hair in long, soft waves, but on the right side, she had a wraparound braid. It was an interesting hybrid of two pretty looks, but do you think it worked on Liv? And would you try this style out yourself?
Half-up styles are lovely but can often be overcomplicated or look dated, which is why we were elated at the sight of this pretty, easy half-bouffant at the Nina Ricci show. Guido, the show's hair creative consultant, says he was "inspired by the '60s, actresses like Brigitte Bardot or a little like a woman in a David Hamilton photo." To get the look, first dampen hair and apply Redken aerate 08 bodifying cream-mousse to the crown and Redken velvet gelatine 07 cushioning blow dry gel to the mid-length through to the ends and blow dry. Then, create a two-inch centre part. Pull a few front pieces down and behind the ears, and secure them at the occipital bone (the little bump right above the nape of the neck).
Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend had quite the busy awards season, working with Lea Michele for the Grammys and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence for the Academy Awards. He said that Jennifer has been working on getting healthy hair. "It's in great shape," he explained. "So I wanted to show it off." He brought Jennifer images of models from '80s fashion mags with thick, healthy hair to give her some ideas.
To create volume and shine, Mark blew Jennifer's hair out and added a drop of Dove Nourishing Oil Leave-In Smoothing Cream. Then, he set her hair in hot rollers. Once the rollers were cool, Mark took them out, sprayed a flexible hairspray on a flat brush and then brushed her hair out. Simple. As. That.
We're used to seeing Kristen Stewart with a slightly punky style, but what about vintage styled and classically lovely? At the People's Choice Awards last night, Kristen arrived with her hair fluffed into pretty, retro waves. We've got the inside goss on how her stylist, Adir Abergel, created the look.
Evangeline Lilly looks every bit the fit and fabulous actress that she is at The Princess of Montpensier premiere. Her long, thick hair allows her countless options for these star-studded events. Here, her half-up/half-down style frames her face and her neckline to perfection. The pulled-back sections are braided and then twisted into the cascading waves at the back. It all appears effortless, which most likely lends to the ease in her gestures. And her makeup: all about the eyes and accentuating her healthy complexion. Is she ready or not for the A-list?