How to Get Olivia Wilde’s Sofia Loren-Inspired Updo

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I totally love the sweet, but sexy ’60s-inspired updo Oliva Wilde wore to the Glamour Reel Moments event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. It had the perfect blend of volume and a messy texture that gave it a more romantic (less stuffy) feel. And, lucky for you, I got the scoop on how to recreate the look from David Babaii, the hairstylist who created it. Here’s the breakdown:

Step 1: Babaii prepped Wilde’s wet hair by applying a dime-sized drop of a hair-strengthening and shine-enhancing oil. He used Couture Colour Pequi Oil, $32.

Step 2: He blow dried her hair for a shiny smooth finish.

Step 3: To add height at the roots, he sprayed them with a texturizing spray (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray, $28 for 4.2oz) before curling random sections of hair all over using a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create soft, bouncy waves.

Step 4: After curling the entire head, Babaii used a medium-sized paddle brush to gently backcomb the hair in large sections for added volume and height.

Step 5: He secured all of the hair back into a ponytail and then created a loose bun shape by pinning large sections of hair into loops and twists. He allowed some of the ends and thin strands to hang free to add a more lived-in texture.

Step 6: To finish, he swept Wilde’s bangs to the side and pulled out a few thin face-framing sections of hair to soften the look before setting the updo with hairspray.

Are you as into ’60s inspired hairstyles as I am? Or are you more into sleek, modern looks like Rachael Taylor’s smokin’ bob haircut?


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