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Hair Pride Shines For Bloggers In Dubai

Hair Pride shines for bloggers in Dubai

I’m excited to be back in sunny Dubai, but even more excited about what I’m doing here.  What am I up to this time?  My favourite things:  teaching, demonstrating, giving away the secrets!

This week, I’ll be hosting three top fashion experts, beauty & hair bloggers from Dubai, Karachi and Jeddah, taking each of these ladies on a “hair journey” to show them how to achieve the hottest red-carpet looks with the glossy, luxurious hair that Middle Eastern women are so thrilled to show off as part of Braun’s Hair Pride Movement.

We’re also putting together a trend presentation with some stunning models, showing off the latest celebrity & catwalk trends for 2014.

I’m sure these great bloggers, Diala Makki, Nilo Haq and Alaa Hashim Balkhy, will have just as much to teach me as I’m bringing to share with them.  I’m looking forward to using Braun’s hair-safe tools and letting myself get carried away by the best of Middle Eastern culture along with the latest styles from the red carpet season and the global hair trends from the Fashion weeks that only finished 3 days ago, to build international collaboration of the very best kind.

Elisabeth Moss: Making waves at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The Vanity Fair party is the top A-list Oscar-night party, and this year, Elisabeth Moss capped off a season of glitz and red carpets spotlights by stepping out in a deceptively simple cascade of glossy waves, proving once and for all that short brown hair doesn’t have to be mousey. After seeing Elisabeth’s gorgeous floor-length black dress, with its polka-dotted peek-a-boo bodice, I decided to keep her look sexy and sophisticated, yet youthful and lively: a projection of the kind of vivacious energy that’s become her trademark.

 

I opted for dressing her hair in sexy bouncy curls that flowed down past her shoulders. To play up the style, we added a low side parting and brushed one side behind the ear to enhance the cinematic feel of this look.

Vanity Fair has dominated the Oscar scene since the Mad Men era, but this year was its first in a parking lot on West Hollywood chosen to hold a bigger crowd than the usual 1000+ … of whom Elisabeth was among the most fabulous, bringing classy styles of the 1960s thoroughly up-to-date for 2014.  And the great news is – this is a very easy look that you can recreate at home without any fuss.

Sexy tumbling iconic waves – get the look

After washing and conditioning, gently towel-dry your hair and apply Wella Elastic Energy Mousse through the hair, using a wide toothed comb to give this look staying power.  Spread the product right through to the tips of the hair to boost the energy of your curls with irresistible definition and virtually frizz-free shine.

Blow-dry using a large round brush. Direct the nozzle upwards for added root-lift. Ensure the hairdryer isn’t too hot, which can cause it to dry out and break, giving you frizz.

Once the hair is completely dry, create a low side parting for added glam and section the hair into manageable pieces.

Use a medium size curling iron to create lush, tumbling waves.  Tong each section, working around the head, and turning the tongs one way and then the other to roll as you work round. It is important to set the temperature of your iron according to the needs of your hair to avoid heat damage. A great one is the Braun Satin hair curler.

Starting at the front and working backwards, wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized heated curling iron and secure each curled section with pins or clips. I would recommend that you use a curling iron that allows you to adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair. ( Love the one from the Braun satin hair range )

Spray the pinned hair lightly with Wella Stay Essential Hairspray and leave to cool.

When the hair is completely cool, release the curled sections, remove all the grips and smooth through with your hands to loosen the ringlets.

Using a large soft brush, gently brush through the curls to create smooth soft waves.

Don’t be tempted to over-brush or the hair will become frizzy and loose its smoothness. A few drops of Wella Oil Reflections will work wonders to add the right level of smoothness and glossy shine to your hair.

To finish use Wella Stay Essential Hairspray for added hold that’s lasting but flexible. It will keep your style with sophisticated sheen full of shine and bounce.

Short hair? – no problem!

If you have shorter hair, you can still get the look, thanks to today’s new clip-in extensions.  They’re a great way to get an instant long-haired look like this, as long as you follow my guidelines for safe extensions.

Karolina Kurkova At Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

Kurkova goes angelic at Elton John Oscar Vanity Fair viewing party  

When it comes to model-actress Karolína Kurková, we expect the unexpected.  From rogue to vogue, she loves to surprise and looks terrific in any style.  For the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party, I got more than a coveted sneak peek – I got to help create the latest look for this natural blonde, a slightly loose take on the popular updo that seemed to lift her into the ethereal realm, thanks to her lacy, almost-translucent white lace gown by Elie Saab.

Karolína  was recently featured in Stylist Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Special, appearing as “Every Woman,” in eight styles that ranged from punk to pin-up to showgirl, sporting spikes, glossy curls, wigs and a range of hot labels to match.  Needless to say, all eight looks were stunning, as was her angelic appearance at the Oscar viewing party.  Though between the blaze of bright orangey-red in Karolína’s lipstick and the sharp point of her Christian Louboutin shoes, maybe she’s not such an angel after all!

It’s always a delight to work with someone open-minded and versatile enough to continually inspire and delight her admirers and I can’t wait to see what look Karolína reveals to the world next.

Michelle Dockery Attends The Premiere Her Of ‘Non-Stop’ Movie

Michelle Dockery joined Julianne MooreLupita Nyong'o & Liam Neeson on the red carpet for the LA premiere of ‘Non-Stop’ held at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday (February 24) in Westwood, California. The British beauty looked divine wearing a figure-flattering Christian Dior Spring 2014 shimmering lurex dress with colourful floral embroidery.

She kept the look ultra-modern – and tres lady-like – with a pair of black Louboutin pumps featuring a pink PVC asymmetrical insert, a silver Edie Parker clutch and Cartier jewels.

We decided to style her hair in a slightly more dischevelled way,  giving  her jaw length bob a messy wavy texture...

 

Michelle Dockery Heads-Up For Golden Globes 2014

Guess who’s all caught up in Golden Globes excitement?  Today, I got up early to style British brunette Michelle Dockery. The Downtown Abbey star chose a sexy bouncy and curly style to frame and flatter her legendary cheekbones. She’s been teasing Hollywood reporters all weekend leading up to the Globes, hinting at her choice of dress.  I was one of the lucky few who got a sneak peek, and after seeing her gorgeous embroidered cream-colored Oscar de la Renta gown, I chose to keep it modern with a looser, more playful, slightly disheveled take on the often-rigidly Edwardian styles she wears in her role as Lady Mary.

And while Lady Mary may have been coming slightly unraveled due to personal tragedies in this season’s spotline, I’m thrilled to have been behind the scenes helping Michelle herself look just as great as ever.

You can easily recreate this look at home. Just follow these steps:

1.     Apply some volumizing  spray to the root area of your towel-dried hair, then blow-dry using a round brush to create the perfect foundation and loose volume that this style needs.

2.     Once your hair is completely dry, divide it into smaller sub sections (roughly 1 by 1 inch) and and curl each section individually, starting from the back. I would recommend using a 1 or 1 1/2-inch curling iron that lets you adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair and work on a low / medium heat setting.

3.     Work your way in horizontal sections until all hair is curled.

4.     Apply a small drop of a hair oil or shine serum into your hands and run your fingers gently through your hair to break up the curls, leaving a few loose strands around the face to create a slightly messy texture so it has a “lived in,” unforced  feeling.

5.     Once you are happy with your shape & texture, mist with a flexible hairspray to ensure that your style will last.

Kate Beckinsale Presents In Style At The Golden Globes 2014

This has been quite the day for British lovelies.  It’s always a highlight when I get the chance to work with Kate Beckinsale, and today was no exception. It’s easy to see why she’s consistently ranked one of the world’s most desirable women.  With her wholesome English rose good looks, Kate can get away with quite a bit of edginess in her hairstyle, so we went with a slightly punk-inspired  look.

In her Zuhair Murad gown, Kate sailed down the red carpet in classic style, turning heads all the way up to the stage. I’m just so thrilled to have been part of the glitz and can’t wait to style this fabled brunette again. 

Start by spraying a volumizing root spray directly on to the roots of damp hair. The spray will help add body and hold and it’s a great way to set the style in. It’ll also make hair more pliable and easier to work with.

Start blow drying your hair using a skeleton brush; use your fingers to create texture and additional volume. Once the hair is fully dry, separate into a horseshoe shaped section (the part between both temples & your crown area) and clip the top section away.

Pull the bottom section into a low, side ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Then coil & wrap the tail into a messy bun.  You can even tug a few strands out to create naturally falling bits and to loosen the bun. Secure it with bobby pins.

Take the hair from the top section and backcomb the roots using Boar Bristle Teasing Brush to maximize the volume at the crown and create a slightly disheveled texture.

Secure the top section into the existing, loose bun with bobby pins.

Mist the hair with Hairspray  to add shine and long-lasting hold. Spray a little on finger tips and work it into the single strands to help define. Secure the final look with a few more pins. You’re good to go!

Elisabeth Moss At The Audi Globes Kick Off Party

Elisabeth Moss  was definitely the centre of attention at an Audi party to celebrate the start of Golden Globes weekend in West Hollywood last night. Her black jumpsuit  was accessorized with a black Edie Parker clutch with a green punk safety-pin detail, Jennifer Meyer jewels, and black satin Rupert Sanderson ‘Elba’ pumps. We decided to style her hair in a loose, sexy (un)done style.  

 

To get such a look you need to curl a lot but not all of your hair. Use a straightener or a medium sized curling iron that allows you to set the heat to according to the needs of your hair. Braun's Satin hair range has been designed for that. To get a perfectly messy bob, follow the scheme: curl one large section, leave one small section curl-free. However, you should apply a heat-protect spray on all of your hair, so that all its sections have the same texture. Wella Thermal Image Heat protection Spray works great for that.

Work your way around your head, and once you are done, run your fingers through your hair to mix and mess up the curls and curl-free tresses. If naturally your hair is absolutely straight, make the “uncurled” locks a bit wavy with the help of curling tools, but draw it mild! To finish the style, fix your hair with flexible hairspray, such as Wellaflex.

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar for People Choice Awards

You’ve probably heard already that Sarah Michelle Gellar won her first People’s Choice Award last night for her show The Crazy Ones (if not, read about it here).  I was there, too – behind the scenes, creating her new bouffant look and color, an almost-platinum blonde that Perez Hilton called “Gorge!... flawless with just the right amount of dazzle.”

All of Hollywood is abuzz about her grand entrance.  Glamour magazine is even wondering if, along with Britney Spears’ new lighter look, this is going to trigger a widespread mad dash into the ashy-blonde shades in the months to come.

Receiving her award, Sarah was thankful to all her old Buffy cast and crew for being a big part of her success.  It was a delight to work with her, and always a pleasure to be a small part of such a great team.

 

 

 

Interview For Beauty Launch Pad

I had a great time a few months ago chatting with Alyson from the hairdressing industry magazine Beauty Launch Pad. Talking to her reminded me of everything I love about this job – travelling to wonderful places, meeting terrific people, and showing some of the wonderful looks I’ve created for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Isla Fisher.Click on the link to visit the online version. Hope you enjoy it!

x

 

Kate Beckinsale for LACMA Art & Film Gala 2013

Kate Beckinsale sparkled on the red carpet while attending the third annual LACMA Art + Film Gala held at LACMA in California this weekend honouring filmmaker Martin Scorcese and artist David Hockney. We decided to go for a modern take of Veronica Lake’s iconic style to compliment her crystallised pale-blue strapless Gucci gown with a nipped-in embroidered waist that was  accessorised it with a silver Jimmy Choo ‘Cosma’ clutch and shimmering nude sandals. Softer, very touchable, less set, yet very polished and sophisticated.

Sexy tumbling iconic waves – get the look:

After washing and conditioning gently towel dry your hair and apply Wella Elastic Energy Mousse through the hair, using a wide toothed comb to give this look staying power. Ensure that you spread the product right through to the tips of the hair to boost the energy of your curls with irresistible definition and virtually frizz-free shine. Blow-dry using a large round brush. Direct the nozzle upwards for added root-lift. Ensure the hairdryer isn’t too hot, which can cause it to dry out and break, giving you frizz.Once the hair is completely dry, create a low side parting for added glam and section the hair into manageable pieces.

Use a medium size curling iron to create lush, tumbling waves.Tong each section working around the head turning the tongs one way and then the other to roll as you work round. It is important to set the temperature of your iron according to the needs of your hair to avoid heat damage. A great one is the Braun Satin hair curler.

Starting at the front and working backwards, wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized heated curling iron and secure each curled section with pins or clips. I would recommend that you use a curling iron that allows you to adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair. ( Love the one from the Braun satin hair range )

Spray the pinned hair lightly with Wella Stay Essential Hairspray and leave to cool.When the hair is completely cool, release the curled sections, remove all the grips and smooth through with your hands to loosen the ringlets.

Use a large soft brush gently brush through the curls to create smooth soft waves. Don’t be attempted to over brush or the hair will become frizzy and loose its smoothness. A few drops of Wella Oil Reflections will work wonders to add the right level of smoothness and glossy shine to your hair.To finish use Wella Stay Essential Hairspray for added lasting but flexible hold. It will keep your style with sophisticated sheen full of shine and bounce.

Paz Vega

  I recently had the pleasure of working  with the beautiful Paz Vega. She attended the opening ceremony of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts last week. After seeing the dress we  both agreed that it would be a good idea to keep her hair super sleek, shiny & bouncy...

 

A few days later she attended the Pink Party where I styled her hair in a very relaxed, loose, delicate,  low sitting bun that perfectly complimented her gorgeous dress and added a effortless feel.