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10 Red-Carpet Hair Secrets to Steal

Jan 16 2012 - 12:21pm

When celebrities hit the red carpet at the Golden Globes, they've usually had the help of at least one stylist, and hair professionals have a whole slew of tricks up their sleeves. You may not have a styling guru on hand for the next time you go out, but you can still steal their tricks to use at home. Check out the pro tips from this year's Golden Globes and find out how to get done up like the stars.

Secret 1: Stay Soft

Nothing dresses up a casual hairstyle like a beautiful headband, and Charlize Theron's mane man, stylist Enzo Angileri, says that softness is the key to bringing everything together.

"When you have such an important piece of jewelry," he says of this Cartier [1] headband, "it can become too much, almost old-fashioned, if you have slick, over-styled hair." To create shimmer to match the jewelry, he sprayed Charlize's hair with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray before she hit the red carpet.

Secret 2: Use Extensions

Most of us work with what we have when we're styling our hair, but in Hollywood, hair gurus like Salma Hayek's stylist, Robert Vetica, aren't afraid to give their clients a little boost with temporary extensions. In fact, for the Golden Globes, he added a few inches to complement the "Hollywood noir" look of Salma's Gucci [2] gown.

Secret 3: Dry Shampoo

Slipping hair accessories can be a thing of the past with this simple idea. "My new favorite trick with updos is to spray my hair pins with Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo before placing them in the hair," says stylist Mark Townsend. This helps pins stay in place for clients like Lea Michele [3].

Secret 4: Braiding

Ever wondered how even super straight-haired stars get that perfect tousled updo texture? Stylist Adir Abergel uses braids to create the look. On Dianna Agron, he put a little Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream in her semi-dry hair, then braided it. Once her hair was dry, Abergel simply took the braids apart and raked through her hair with his hands.

Secret 5: Go Halfway

Most of us know that pulling a few tendrils out of an updo softens the look, but to maximize that effect, stylists turn to half-up looks. Stylist Theodore Leaf created this look for Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz. "I gave her crown a light tease and pulled the hair off of her face," Leaf explains. "Then tucked it into the back using small bobby pins." A misting of Suave Professionals Extra Hold hair spray kept things in place.

Secret 6: Preshow Hair Treatments

Celebrities don't just show up for their styling appointments; they actually work with their hair teams weeks in advance to get their hair in red-carpet condition. Marcus Francis, who styled Evan Rachel Wood's hair for the Globes, gave the star an at-home regimen one week before the show. Every other day, she applied Rene Furterer Karite Intense Nourishing Oil before shampooing, and she applied Karite Intense Nourishing Mask after the shampoo. "This helped illuminate her new creamy blond hair when on the red carpet at the Golden Globes," he explains.

Secret 7: Sectioning

When you're creating a style as complex as Kate Beckinsale's Golden Globes tripartite chignon, working in small sections is the only way to succeed. Stylist Renato Campora separated Kate's hair into three sections: two low pigtails and a ponytail in the middle. Then, he wove the three pieces into a high bun and secured it with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray. So what looks like one big, complicated bun is actually just three small ponytails wound around one another.

Secret 8: Hairspray

OK, everyone knows that hair spray keeps styles in place, but the professionals use way, way more of it than you probably think you need. For Tina Fey's Golden Globes look, stylist Richard Marin used plenty of hair spray on top, but that's not all. "To finish," he says, "I flipped the hair upside down and sprayed Oribe [4] Impermeable Spray, flipped hair back into place, and off she went!"

Secret 9: Backcombing

Red-carpet hair rarely goes flat, and that's thanks to plenty of backcombing. Even on pulled-back styles like Paula Patton's, stylists enhance the look with teasing. Paula's hair pro, Robert Steinken, backcombed the star's hair at the crown for height, starting three to four inches from the hairline. "To keep the backcomb in place and to style the hair more easily without losing volume," he says, "I sprayed it with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray."

Secret 10: Hot Rollers

When you see hair with tons of body on the red carpet, more likely than not the star's stylist used hot rollers. For Freida Pinto, stylist Giannandrea Marongiu blasted her hair with high heat before putting in Velcro rollers. Then, he sprayed all over with L'Oréal Elnett hair spray and let her hair sit in the rollers while she got her makeup done. After her makeup was applied, he took out the rollers and brushed through the curls to break them up.


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