I've Aged Out of the VMAs, but I Love This Hairstyle

Image: Perez Hilton

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I aged out of the VMAs. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen a music video since Beyonce released her video album in 2014 or maybe it’s simply because I’m old. My friend and former CosmoGIRL! colleague Lauren put it best yesterday. On Facebook she posted, “2 years ago I was in the audience at the VMAs. Tonight I turned it off because I quite honestly couldn’t take it for one more minute. ‪#‎nolongerwantmymtv‬‪ #‎kidsdontgetthatreference‬.” I feel her pain. But, that didn’t keep me from perusing the red carpet photos from the event. Out of them, along with a lot of crazy, came this whimsical Vanessa Hudgens hairstyle. One part beachy, one part bohemian goddess, this look is totally achievable and stunning. Here’s how Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist, Richard Collins created the look:

Step 1: Spritz heat protecting spray on dry hair.

Step 2: Create soft waves all over using a one-inch curling iron skipping a few thick sections of hair around your face. Spritz waves with hairspray for hold.

Step 3: Create two braids along both sides of your hairline (using the sections of hair you didn’t curl in the previous step) and secure with tiny, clear hair elastics. Wrap each braid to the opposite side of your head, and secure above your ears with bobby pins. This will created a braided headband or crown look. Finish with shine spray.

Products used: Schwarzkopf styliste Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine SpraySchwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume & Texture H2O-Free Hair SpraySchwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Laminating Shine Hair Spray, $6.95 each at Walmart.


Twisted Tuesday: 4-Braid Halo

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While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.

Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.

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Twisted Tuesday: Braided Coil


For today’s braided hairstyle, I wanted to try a new take on the braided bang look. It’s a little bit more daring than the classic braided style you’ve seen on almost every A-list celebrity, but still wearable (in my opinion). Here’s how I did it…

Step 1: Style your hair as usual.

Step 2: Create a deep(ish) side part.

Step 3: French braid the front inch of your hair — but instead of adding hair on both sides of the braid, you’ll only add hair from the side closest to your hairline. The braid should start at your part and end at your temple. Once you reach your temple, regular braid the length of the hair in that section. Secure the ends with an elastic.

Step 4: Wrap the tail of the little braid around into a coil shape and secure it with a couple of bobby pins. That’s it!

Did you miss last week’s braid? It’s not too late to check out the halo braid how-to.

How To Recreate Rachel Zoe’s Braided Side Ponytail

I love, love the braided hairstyle Rachel Zoe wore last week for her Zoe Media Group launch event. So much so that I recreated it myself on Friday. Unfortunately I didn’t have anyone around to snap a picture of it, but I figured I’d share the steps I took to get the look anyway. Basically it’s two side French braids that come together to create a low side ponytail. Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Part your hair on the side then secure the side opposite your part with a hair elastic to keep it out of the way.

Step 2: You’ll start French braiding the side your part is on. Not sure how to French braid your own hair? Watch this hair braiding tutorial.

Step 3: French braid your hair from your temple down to the nape of your neck. Secure the end of the braid with a small clear elastic.

Step 4: Release the elastic that’s holding the hair opposite your part. Now it’s time to French braid that side. Start up at the top of your head and  braid it all the way down until it meets the end of your other braid.

Step 5: Take a second elastic and secure the end of the second braid to the first one.

Step 6: Take a one-inch section of hair and wrap it around the hair elastics. Secure the section under your ponytail with a bobby pin (or two).

Step 7: Add texture to your ponytail — if you choose — by wrapping two-inch sections of hair around a curling wand. Finish with hairspray for hold and to help ditch any flyaways.

Will you try this look? I think I’ll be wearing it again this week.