— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards
The undercut is not a new trend. In fact, it's a revival: versions of it date back to the Edwardian era, as well as the jazz age of the '20s and '30s. The undercut involves keeping the hair long on top but shaved underneath, and after peaking in popularity in the '80s, we're now seeing a slew of celebrities showing off the look as of late. Think: Rosario Dawson's side-buzzed style and Miley Cyrus's tightly shorn look. Because we've seen a slew of celebrities showing off the coif recently, we wanted to explore the less drastic version — the braided faux undercut — sported on the likes of Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, and Cara Delevingne.
Get your daily dose of beauty inspiration with our full breakdown, and decide for yourself if this is a trend you'd try. On Kirbie: BCBG Max Azria dress.
Hairstylists from all over Canada and the US descended upon Las Vegas last weekend for Wella Professionals' 2013 North America Trend Vision Awards (NATVAs) at The Mirage Hotel and Casino. Outside, a flash flood caused a bit of a frenzy in this typically arid local, but inside, talented hairstylists caused a storm of their own. Celebrity stylists Jennifer J (who has worked with the likes of Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett, and January Jones) and Andy Lecompte (who has styled the strands of stars such as Madonna and Nicole Richie), among others, judged finalists competing in the student, young talent, and color categories.
Competitors showcased looks based on the latest Trend Vision collection, which was presented and conceptualized by Wella Professionals Global Creative Directors Josh Wood and Eugene Souleiman in Madrid last year. Gold, silver, and bronze prizes were awarded accordingly by country; two of these winners will be chosen to represent North America at the International Trend Vision Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, next May.
Teams from other Procter & Gamble professional salon brands, including Sebastian, Clairol, and Sassoon Professional, also had the crowd captivated with their own runway shows. Check out those highlights now. It's a virtual front-row seat of all the action . . . minus the rain.
Full disclosure: Wella Professionals flew me to Las Vegas for one night to attend the 2013 North America Trend Vision Awards.
It's official: the faux-undercut braid trend is sweeping the nation. The sideswept style, which features one or more french braids woven tightly against the head, is set in such a way it appears the wearer is donning a daring undercut. Spotted on stars like Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, Khloé Kardashian, and Jennifer Aniston, this faux-undercut look is the perfect way to try an edgy coif without going under the scissors.
To get the look, spritz hair with a beach-wave spray, like Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Texture Hair Mist ($22), for maximum tousle and texture. Create a deep side part and begin braiding on the less heavy side. Start the braid right above the temple at your hairline, braiding back to behind the ear. Secure your plait with an elastic and bobby pins, and you've got yourself one of Summer's hottest beauty looks.
Warm weather means you might be considering taking your hair a few shades lighter. So if you're looking for inspiration, Real Beauty gives you the top four color trends in Hollywood right now.
Bored with those same old strands? We talked to Joel Warren, co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons and L'Oréal Professionnel Haircolor Ambassador, to find out how to upgrade our current color.
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- Traditional with a twist: These little accessories are the perfect blend of functional and stylish, as Nicole showcased at the Cannes Film Festival. Style the top of your hair with plenty of volume, slick the sides toward the back, and secure with an embellished barrette or two.
- In alignment: Two barrettes stacked on top of each other make for an interesting (and functional) look, like Cara's accented sideswept style. Stacking also looks gorgeous with a handful of bobby pins.
- Classic with curls: Zooey displayed the easiest and most classic way to wear your barrette: in a chic half-updo. Add some loose curls to your hair before teasing around the crown. Gather the hair from your ears up at the back of your head and secure with your barrette. The bolder the better.
Need instant inspiration to give yourself the perfect Spring makeover? We took notes from the runway and came up with this fresh, gorgeous look, incorporating soft waves and a pop of color on the lips. Plus, who knew a little dab of Vaseline could make your eyes light up? On Kirbie: Club Monaco dress.
The lob is the hottest new hair trend for Spring, but now it seems Alice Eve and Nicole Richie are already giving the look an update. Both ladies were spotted recently with full-on fringe to accompany their long bob haircuts. Alice pulled out her brow-grazing bangs to promote Star Trek Into Darkness in Berlin, where she paired the look with a bright red lipstick. Last night at the AOL 2013 Digital Content NewFront, Nicole debuted thick blunt bangs that sweep deep down to her lashes. A long bob plus a long bang equals a stylish match for Spring.
If your hair needs an update for Spring, who better than Living Proof stylists Chris McMillan (Jennifer Aniston's go-to man) and Tim Rogers to give tips on how to revive your warm-weather look? Discover which new haircut they recommend trying and how you can refresh the look you already have. Watch now for more!
If you're a fan of a five-minute style, then the knotted hair trend will be your favorite this Spring. Celebrities have been spotted out and about with quick and carefree topknots that are easy to get at home. Whitney Port kept her half-up hairstyle casual by whipping it up into a precarious knot at the crown. Ashlee Simpson's topknot was constructed by twisting hair around and securing it front and center, and Julianne Hough opted for a simple yet unexpected knot along her fringe line. Sometimes the best styles are left undone.