A black head band, whether elastic, satin or leather can be the perfect finishing touch to a simple hairstyle that needs a little somethn’ somethin’. Case in point, Amy Adams’ gorgeous shiny chignon. The elastic band takes it from ordinary to striking — and gives it a touch of fun. It’s adorable to pop on to a ponytail or updo, but it’s just as gorgeous with loose locks or in a braid.
The ultra-shiny side braid from Valentino’s Fall 2013 fashion show is another amazing go-to style. When hairstylist Guido, Redken creative consultant, wove the simple plaits adorned with a leather band, he was aiming for a luxe style that’s wearable. To get the look yourself, blow-dry hair smooth using a blow-dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion, $18, then create a center part and comb hair to one side. Tuck that side behind your ear and braid (not too tightly), then smooth on a few drops of shine serum like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40. Finally, add a leather headband to recreate the runway look, then mist on a finishing spray like Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, $16.
If you’re like me and your hairbands slip off the back of your head, try one with a silicone strip on the back, like Scünci No Slip Grip Head Wraps, $4.
Smooth, and sleek, with a wet-finish, the hair at the CFDA Fashion Awards stood out almost as much as the fashion (in my beauty-centric opinion, at least). With a deep part to the side, like Rooney Mara (above) or no part at all, like Nicole Richie (below), there is no question that the hot hair trend for the summer involves slicking it back. To fight frizz, instead of grabbing gel, go for hairspray — a lot of hairspray (try Living Proof Hold Firm Hairspray, $24) and comb straight back. This keeps the look clean. I’ll definitely be sporting this look as the summer wears on. Here are some other edgy sleek looks from the evening:
Nicole Richie looks as elegant as a ballerina, but ultra-cool.
Like Nicole, Kerry Washington goes classic and chic.
Karlie Kloss rocks the wet look.
Adriana Lima’s center part is simple and beautiful.
Will you be wearing this look?
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I love when something unexpected brings out the drama — case in point, Jessica Biel. She gives us a double whammy with this amazing diamond-and-emerald serpent necklace (dreamy!) and also a gorgeous rosy cheek that looks stunning. The necklace, I can’t help you with, but the blush? Definitely. This one is actually super easy to replicate. It’s strikingly similar to the Zero + Maria Cornejo look created by makeup artist Romy Soleimani during Fall 2013 New York fashion week.
I was instantly obsessed, and luckily, backstage to get the scoop. Soleimani created the natural flush on the apples of the cheeks using a mixture of Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Patrice, $24 and Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Mystere, $24.
Using her fingers, she applied the cream to the apples of the cheeks to get the look of just coming in from the wind. Beautiful! And easy! Totally drama-free.
Would you wear bold blush?
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When it comes to rock-star-chic, a dressy ponytail is just what the doctor ordered at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Ke$ha all sported a clean and sleek pony with slight variations — it couldn’t be more perfect for the red carpet or a big night out. Love it. The key to keeping this sequened-dress-appropriate is lots of volume at the crown of your head. If you’re not very adept with teasing (like, ahem, me), try using a teasing spray like Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Lift Finishing Spray, $18. When you spray it right at your roots, it creates lift and gives hair a nice matte finish. When it comes to where you place the pony, really anything goes, but I love how these ladies opted positioned it just in the middle of their head, in line with their ear. It’s young and very hip. Just like most rockstars.
Who rocked the ponytail best?