Now the dust has settled on the 2014 Oscars, let’s take a look at the hairstyles and how to achieve them.
Natural Texture Dressed Down
“The big hair story from this year’s red carpet was natural texture and easy dressed down styles,” says award-winning hairdresser and Shu Uemura/L’Oreal Professionnel Ambassador Ken Picton. “High shine sleek styles were mostly eschewed for movement and a more matte finish. For example, Angelina Jolie’s relaxed long lengths is the sort of healthy looking style that anyone can achieve at home via a good blow dry. Use a moisturising product before blow drying such as Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue and a ghd Air gives a brilliant, healthy finish. Naomi Watts did the same, hair is blow dried with a little volume in the front as hair is pushed backwards away from the face. This puts the emphasis on her killer make-up – the smoky eye and red lip are the focal point against the white of her dress, which also works fantastically with the blonde.”
Jennifer Lawrence: “This short style is perfect for girls with a bit of natural movement – simply style by blow drying using your fingers away from the face and finish with a crème to banish frizz – a good spritz of hairspray should hold the front back without the need for pins or grips. Portia de Rossi goes for a similar look but instead of sleeking back, the ends are flicked out.” Ken Picton
Sandra Bullock – “Sandra’s gorgeous multi tonal brunette hair looks stunning in these classic waves. Start by applying Shu Uemura Essence Absolue for this shine, and a heat protection product, then using a large barrelled tong, work through the hair from around chin length. Clip the curls in place as you go so that they can cool without dropping. At the last moment, remove all the clips and spray to keep the shape. To get extra length and volume for this look use an Effortless Extension (£74.95, www.effortlessextensions.co.uk), it’s a hair piece on a wire that slips into place without damaging hair and can be heat styled as you would your own hair.”
Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchett – “Both Kate and Cate’s Hollywood waves are super glam without being too rigid” says organic colour specialist and former London hairdresser of the year Karine Jackson . “Spritz with a heat protection spray and then work in Organic Colour Systems no plastic Volume Mousse (www.organiccoloursystems.com). Part hair down the side and start curling from the fringe section around the head using barrel tongs. Slick the side down with a small amount of gel and push that hair over the shoulder.”
Emma Watson – “Emma’s always so sophisticated and this dual textured look is a really modern red carpet look: smoother on the side and more textured through the front. Take a deep side parting and smooth the hair back into a ponytail, leaving a large section out at the front. To get a bit more height and texture in the front, tap in some Aveda Pure Abundance Thickening Potion and ruffle with your fingers. Loosely bring this back to join the rest of the ponytail.” Gina Conway, Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salons and Spas.
Anne Hathaway – “Anne’s crop is longer through the front which gives the style more versatility. It’s so quick to style; simply dry on a small barrel brush and finish with a crème for gentle definition and to banish frizz.” Darren Ambrose, multi award winning hairdresser
Charlize Theron – “Charlize as ever looks uber glamorous and sophisticated with an understated do that relies on the show stopping blonde hue and it’s sleek neat finish, although this isn’t a mirror shine finish, it’s retaining a natural texture. When using irons for the finish go gently, you don’t want poker straight locks, and smooth back using a small amount of paste with a spritz of light hairspray to finish.” Kai Wan, P.Kai Hair and Wella Guest Artist
Kristen Bell and Amy Adams are both working updos: Amy’s takes all the hair off the face in a sleek style that pulls back into a voluminous bun set to one side. Kristen opts for height in the crown and a centre parted fringe that softens the face. As well as working on the red carpet these are both great bridal styles.” Darren Ambrose, D&J Ambrose
Penelope Cruz – “Penelope has embraced one of the most traditional red carpet looks of the night, a sleek updo with a large bun visible at the back. You need plenty of hair for this one so bulk up with added wefts, a doughnut or a hair piece and twist into place securing with plenty of pins, this is not a style that you want to come adrift.” Gina Conway, Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salons and Spas.
Lady Gaga – “Lady Gaga’s super blonde sleek quiff manages to be show-stopping yet sophisticated. This is one for the salon, don’t attempt this sort of clean, creamy blonde yourself. To style, blow dry hair off the face with a volumising product in the front, then sleek down with a crème, smoothing with your brush as you go.” Karine Jackson, organic colour expert.
Liza Minnelli – “Liza’s gone with the trend for brights with a blue streak through the front which we like in theory although in practice, it might have looked better without being matched to the outfit. It’s quite a difficult look to work for the red carpet but if you want to embrace a bright streak your options are a semi permanent colour on blonde hair, or on dark hair like Liza’s, lightening up before adding the blue tone. Alternatively, a hair weft in a contrasting colour is a no commitment way to try it, or pat an eyeshadow on the hair before fixing with hairspray.” Karine Jackson, organic colour expert.Images (c) Getty Images “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”