Herbal Essences stylist Charles Baker Strahan has been working with the brand's global ambassador, Leighton Meester, creating her soft, sexy red carpet styles. Now he's breaking down exactly what he does to get her hair looking so fabulous. So to find out how you can get the style Leighton is rocking, just keep reading.
- Charles starts by working Herbal Essences Body Envy Mousse ($3) through Leighton's wet hair.
- Then, he blow-dries her hair with a round brush to keep her roots smooth.
- Once dry, he goes through her hair with a large barrel curling iron, and tucks the ends of her hair under to create a fuller shape, securing the ends with pins.
- To keep everything in place, he finishes the look with Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray ($3).
Celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan has been sharing his tips for making our hair look its best during warmer-weather months, from avoiding naughty locks to his suggestion for a fresh Spring haircut to making your ponytail less boring. Now he's offering up his tips on creating a simple office-to-party hairstyle in a flash. He said:
One style that I think is very versatile is loose, tousled waves. You can start with your hair down, and the soft tousles can be pulled up into a messy bun with braided moments throughout to add a different texture. Because the waves are already there, it will look more dressed up than just an average bun.
Once you've got your tousled style all set, check out tips from Napoleon Perdis on how to go from day to night with your makeup for a more dramatic look, reminiscent of Jessica Alba's soft, tossed-back waves. Be prepared to watch heads turn.
There are many times when tossing that hair back into a ponytail is just the easiest option, particularly during the warmer months. But, do you ever get bored by the same old, same old?
Herbal Essences stylist to the stars, Charles Baker Strahan has already shared with us a fresh haircut idea for Spring, and now, he's got some ideas on making your ponytail stand out. "Ponytails can be very chic. It is all about where you place them and the texture you have in the hair," he says.
"Stick-straight hair begs for a very high pony or a very low one, whereas I like a middle placement for more natural or wavy textures," says Strahan. Feeling more adventurous? "I enjoy seeing small braids or twists (in an odd number) on someone with a natural/wavy texture because it adds romance to a midrange pony," he added.
As far as high ponytails are concerned, Strahan likes adding three cornrows above the brow for an edgier feel. What's your favorite option for this go-to style?
Have you noticed? The sun is sticking around a little longer these days and the temperatures are steadily rising. Does that mean we should be doing anything differently to take care of our delicate tresses? To find out, I've asked the advice of Herbal Essences stylist Charles Baker Strahan, who has styled the likes of Leighton Meester and Lindsay Price, to name a few.
"Hydration is key as we walk towards warmer weather," advised Strahan. The combination of being out in the sun, flat-ironing, blow-drying, and/or curling, robs hair of moisture, therefore causing hair to react more to the dryness and humidity in the air. "Healthy, well-hydrated hair responds better to heat styling and allows styling agents to do their job more effectively," he said.
To put moisture back into weak locks, Strahan recommends Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.30 each). "There are three versions so regardless of your hair type, you can get the hydrated base you need," he added. So long, misbehaved manes.
Celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan has styled the likes of Molly Sims and Leighton Meester. And now, working in conjunction with the Herbal Essences brand, he's sharing hair tips for the warm months ahead. Over the next few days, I'll be bringing you a few of his expert tidbits, but first, let's get to the long and short of it.
According to Strahan, the length that feels the chicest and most current right now is a mid-shoulder-blade cut with long, face-framing layers that start below the chin. "It’s the healthy haircut from the long tresses that may have been taxed from over styling and growing out," he said. "This length, look, and shape is fabulous for the modern girl because waves and curls still drop below the shoulder as opposed to 'lamp shading' at the shoulder."
But if you're worried about sacrificing length, don't. According to Strahan, the blunt base of this hairstyle carries with it a line that still looks long, but polished.