- salon pro
Chris Rock may have kept us laughing throughout this year’s Academy Awards, but the parade of ultra-glam hair also rocked; and we’re thrilled to take you backstage to show you how the hottest ‘dos were done. With our favorite Hollywood pros on hand—colorist-to-the-stars, Denis De Souza, and mega-stylist, Paul Norton—we got the scoop, the step-by-steps, and some red-carpet commentary so you can “rock” these dazzling looks in the real world. The glamour begins right here….
Diversity may have been the target of opening-monologue jokes this year, but there was plenty of color in attendance when it came to Oscar-winning hair. Among the scores of paparazzi-worthy looks, three actresses caught the meticulous eye of colorist, Denis De Souza, who was ready to hand over some statues for hair-color extraordinaire. The winners in his book…
Naomi Watts: This blonde bombshell took a classic color to new heights with a technique that Denis coins “babylights”—the bright but real-looking blonde-on-blonde highlights that call to mind the natural glints in a baby’s hair.
Charlize Theron: Golden statues and golden strands went hand in hand when the statuesque actress took to the stage with a beautiful, buttery-blonde coif. Set off perfectly against what may well have been the gown of the night—a red Christian Dior stunner—the new shade knocked regular blonde right out of the ballpark.
Julianne Moore: Vibrant, glossy, and artfully amped-up with copper, the ginger beauty made us see red on the red carpet…in the best possible way.
We put superstar stylist, Paul Norton, on the trail of trendsetting hair at the Oscars and what he saw will have every Hollywood OUT-sider jumping for joi: The very best coifs of the night had nothing to do with elaborately styled, impossible-to-pull-off hairdos…but rather, super feminine, startlingly easy looks that anyone—including rookies–can replicate with ease.
Alicia Vikander: She took home the award for Best Supporting Actress and might as well have taken home the award for Best Supporting Hair—a charming half-up/half-down look that had some commentators likening her to Beauty and the Beast’s Belle. (The yellow strapless gown didn’t hurt, either.) To create your own belle-of-the-ball ‘do…
· Apply a generous amount of Joico’s Heat Set to damp hair and tousle dry fully with a blow-dryer.
· Using a large-barrel curling iron, gently create bends (not full curls) throughout the hair, avoiding several inches from the ends.
· Spray the “bends” with Hair Shake to amp up volume and hold.
· Separate the top hair (from the ear up), creating a center part and gathering hair into a high ponytail. Secure with an elastic.
· Twist the pony into a bun shape and hold it in place with discreet bobby pins.
· Give the look a good dose of Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray.
Rooney Mara: Showing a brilliant display of contrasts, this Oscar-nominated actress paired a delicate, blush-lace dress with an elegantly stark triple bun in the darkest, deepest brunette. To copy-cat her coif…
· Separate hair into three sections (bottom, middle, top). Emulsify a bit of Joico Crème Wax into the palms of your hand, then gather each section into individual ponytails, securing with elastics. Zap any flyaways with an extra dab of Crème Wax where needed.
· Create a small knot with the top pony, wrapping an elastic around it to secure; then connect any excess hair to the next section, repeating the same step. Continue to the bottom knot, spritzing this last section with Hair Shake before wrapping into a knot and securing with bobby pins.
· Finish the look with Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray to tame flyaways and add a doze of texture and hold.
Get the how-to’s on last year’s hair winners.
*Use of any Joico product(s) on or by any individual(s) does not constitute any endorsement except by official brand spokespersons and representatives.