Move over, milkmaid-style braids, because there's a new kind of braid in town. In lieu of this traditional style of braiding, which wraps around the front of the hair much like a headband, people are wearing parted-to-the-side, braided-on-the-side updos. While out and about in LA, Gwen Stefani funkified the style with chunky braids casually swept to the back, while Emily Blunt opted for a more structured take on the trend, and Diane Kruger went for a softly tousled version. Will you be wearing this look, too?
Editor's note: The following post is written by our new guest writer, Tabatha Coffey, star of Shear Genius and Tabatha's Salon Takeover, and author of the new book It's Not Really About the Hair.
It's not often that I feel inspired by celebrity hair trends. Let's be honest: Most play it safe and B-O-R-I-N-G, but I do have to admit that there are a few brave ones out there who are taking some well-calculated risks that are paying off beautifully. And they are: drum roll, please . . .
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Emily Blunt's been hitting the red carpet frequently as of late, and as usual, her hair has been styled to perfection. Upon closer inspection, however, it appears she's gradually lightened her hair over the past few weeks with the addition of lighter, warmer highlights. Yesterday at the Gnomeo and Juliet premiere, Emily showed off an even lighter-hued style accentuated with reverse French braids. Plaits are the perfect way to showcase tonal variances in the hair and even a way to make visible roots look trendy. What do you think? Are you a fan of Emily's newly lightened hair, or do you prefer her with a darker, chocolate brown shade?
Sage found an image on Tumblr with a French braid done in a "S" shape. I duplicated it for her for school:
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BellaSugar reader (and bride-to-be) Leann won our Ken Paves Makeover giveaway, so we flew her out to Los Angeles for an unforgettable beauty experience. Celebrity stylist Ken Paves showed her how to get a beautiful hairstyle inspired by his client Jennifer Lopez. In just a few easy steps, you can also get a modern take on Hollywood pin curls. Watch now!
More than 90 percent of you were gaga for Anne Hathaway's Golden Globes hair and makeup, so here's how you can get the look at home. To create Anne's retro waves, Frederic Fekkai Stylist Adir Abergel applied Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Styling Whip ($23) and sprayed Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel ($23) from her roots to the ends of her hair. Next, he blow-dried her hair lightly with his hands, letting her natural wave surface. With a one inch barrel curling iron, he curled the hair away from her face, placing it into pin curls. Adir let her hair cool, and as he took the pin curls out, let the hair fall naturally into place with a messy center part.
For Anne's makeup, Chanel makeup artist Kate Lee used Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Sand ($32) on her eyes, and on her lips she used Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Mademoiselle ($32) topped with Coco Shine in Bel Ami (available in April).
Readers absolutely adored Amy Adams's hair and makeup at the Golden Globes, so we got the lowdown on how it was done. For her hair, Essensuals London owner Laini Reeves created a low, tousled bun. She rough-dried Amy's hair for volume and went in with a curling iron to create messy texture. She pulled all of Amy’s hair together in a loose braid, and then rolled it up and pinned it to the nape of her neck. To finish off, she pulled a few strands out and curled them with a curling iron.
For Amy's eyes, makeup artist Molly Stern used Lancôme Color Design Five Pan Palette in Taupe Craze, out in February, and Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Minuit ($25.50). For her lips, she used Color Design Matte Lipcolor in Stylista ($22) topped with Le Absolu Nu in Evening Lace, which is available in March.
Sure, ponytails may be your go-to style when you hit the gym. They may even be your staple in the morning on days when you've imbibed a bit too much the night before. But they can also be sophisticated. The ladies on the 2011 Golden Globes red carpet know what I'm talking about (that's right, Kyra Sedgwick), and now you can, too. Check out these chic celebrity ponytails for inspiration.
For Mila Kunis's Golden Globes look, Lancôme makeup artist Tracey Levy created a pretty palette to complement her emerald green dress. For Mila's eyes, Tracey used Lancôme Color Design Five Pan Palette in Coral Crush and Color Design Five Pan Palette in Teal Fury (both out next month). On her cheeks she used Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose ($30), and for her lips she used L'Absolu Nu in Coral Ribbon, which will be out in March.
For her hair, Tresemmé celebrity stylist Mara Roszak gave Mila a French twist. To find out how she did it, just keep reading.