Best Hairstyles From The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

September sure makes for a fashion-packed month, doesn’t it? What with the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and the Emmys on Sunday, we’ve got our hands –and our Pinterest boards- full with styling inspiration.

I love the Toronto International Film Festival because the celebs turn out looks that are Red Carpet-appropriate, but also a lot more fun as compared to what we see at the more formal events such as the Oscars. I like to think of it as the ‘business casual of the film world’.

Lots of great ideas for formal events, dates and even dressy looks for the workplace. Let’s get to it! 

Emma Stone

Headbands can make for tricky hair accessories because they do tend to run a bit twee, but take a cue out of Emma Stone’s look from the premiere for La La Land and wear them right and you just might have a Red Carpet-worthy look on your hands. The trick to making headbands work for adult women is:

·      Either to work with an overall theme, like Emma here does with a vintage-style dress and a modern cat eye.

·      Or to really play down the rest of the look, which makes more sense for ‘regular’ style off the Red Carpet.

If you do go with the first option, don’t put very strong, statement-y pieces together. You don’t want to look like you’re in costume, even if you are playing to a theme.

Haley Bennett

If you want to go all-out, nothing like a braided updo. Haley Bennett’s braids are one of the most talked-about hairstyles from TIFF 2016 and it’s easy to see why. Here are the basics of recreating the look at home:

·      Draw your bangs out to the front and secure out of the way. If you don’t have bangs, you can keep a few strands loose to frame the face or just work without them.

·      Create a middle parting.

·      Starting high on one side, create a French braid at the hairline, moving from the part down the side of your head, to the nape of the neck.  When you reach the neck, continue onto a regular three-strand braid and secure with an elastic band.

·      Repeat this step on the other side.

·      Now, pick one of the braids, curve upwards and start arranging it onto your head, pinning as you go along.

·      Do the same with the other braid as well and create a large halo of braids on your head.

·      This technique works best on medium-long hair.

If you have VERY long hair or want a super dramatic updo like Haley here and are using extensions, do the first two steps and then:

·      Separate 2-3 inches of hair at the front on either side and pin the rest back.

·      Style the front sections into French braids. Continue into regular 3-strand braids once you reach the ears/ neck and secure with elastic bands. Keep them out of the way for now.

·      Undo the pinned-away hair and divide into 2 horizontal layers. Divide each layer into sections. If you want thick, chunky braids, divide this hair into 2 sections. If you want thinner, more intricate braids, go for 3-4 sections.

·      Braid each of these sections. You’ll end up with 2-4 braids ‘sprouting’ out of your crown!

·      Start laying them flat on the head, arranging into a desired shape and pinning as you go along.

·      Take the two French braids from the front and use them to ‘border’ the braided center. Pin in place.

·      Add extra bobby pins for good measure.

Finish the look by loosening and arranging the bangs.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts attended the TIFF events in support of Live Schreiber’s The Bleeder. As always, when Naomi hits the Red Carpet, you can be assured of some fantastic styling. If you’ve shied away from bobs and lobs till now because they seem intimidating, take heart in Naomi’s curly, messy cut. If the ultra-polished, asymmetrical, angular bobs seem like a lot of work, why not opt for the relaxed, boho bob instead?

Parker Posey

In town for the Mascots premiere, Parker Posey’s layered long-pixie is sheer perfection. Brow-skimming, side-swept bangs are a great way to rock this particular haircut if you’ve got a long face and tend to shy away from short hairstyles. Create a soft side part and brush hair over to the other side to add volume and height at the crown. The haircut can work beautifully with business suits and double up for a 70s hippie vibe with the right accessories!

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji attended a photo call for the film Hidden Figures at Toronto and these new lightened locks have got everyone talking. The angular lob continues to make for a powerful style statement and works beautifully in straightened as well as curly hair. The buttery-platinum tones are a great example of how light colors can work for women with deeper skin tones; use dark roots to transition to the paler colors for a more balanced impact. Also, ask your stylist to work with several shades to create a tonal, multi-dimensional effect that doesn’t fall flat.

Watch this space for my favorite hairstyles from the 2016 Emmy Awards.