Good news, ladies. You can stop washing your hair as often. Well, that’s if you want to organically achieve the tousled, lived-in styles that are all the rage in Hollywood.
In fact, many experts recommend you don’t wash your hair everyday, and today’s styles support that recommendation. Whether you want to go with a cute little pixie cut like Halle Berry or a long, full, sexy look like Kim Kardashian, the looks are loose, unstructured and lived-in.
We chose some of Hollywood’s favorite and most glamorous actresses and asked local hairstylists how to achieve the looks. We talked to Adrian Crawford, color director and manager at DK Salon, and LaShanda Willis and Erika Henderson, stylists at JC’s Funky Hair Ranch in Edmond.
“All these styles look lived in,” Crawford said. “Nothing is perfect, nothing is fixed. It’s all very natural, very relaxed. So if you have some frizz, if you have something disconnected, that’s almost encouraged, because it looks more lived in, more like, ‘I just got out of the beach and I’m glamorous and this is awesome.’”
Halle Berry has long had short locks, but this season, she’s dumped the angular cut for a softer, more natural look. Willis said first give the hair a blowout, completely straight, using a relaxing serum and a moisturizer. Using a round-edge iron, pull sections into smooth, long curls all the way to the ends. Finish the look with a high-shine wax to separate the curls and hold them in place.
The Lob, or long bob, is super popular in Hollywood, high schools and business offices this fall because it’s put together without looking too fussy. It’s an easy style to maintain and has a bit of edge when you go asymmetrical, with “dropouts” that add accent and interest.
Crawford said this style is very popular among women with long hair who want to go shorter but don’t want to take the plunge and go pixie.
Try a salt or sugar spray and some root-boosting mousse with this look.
Chin-length lob cuts are perfect for a heart-shape face like Reese Witherspoon’s, but if you have a more round or square face, let the lob be a little longer to keep from over-accentuating your chin.
Going to lengths
For longer hair, a new version of the shag may be just your groove. Jessica Biel is rocking a new method of ombre color called balayage. Balayage, Henderson explained, is a way of adding bright highlights, similar to ombre coloring, but more artistically painted on, for a softer effect.
Jennifer Garner (on the cover) is taking advantage of her own gentle curl pattern with her lived-in look. Her full fringe (bangs) is side-swept, for versatility. She could part her hair in the center, and her long bangs would act as face-framing layers (see Kim Kardashian’s style).
For these lived-in looks, back combing and root boosting is key. Salt and sugar sprays are helpful (unless your hair is naturally dry, then opt for a moisturizing styling wax).
Emma Watson rocks her medium-length beachy waves in a classic half-up style with her ends blunt-cut. To gain height, Henderson recommends using large hot rollers at the crown. To achieve the next-day texture, dry shampoo is your ticket.
“Dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend,” Crawford said.
Is that real?
And if you desire extra-long hair, try waiting for years, or slip on some extensions. It’s almost certain that Kim Kardashian’s inhumanly thick hair is partly thanks to long extensions worn under her natural hair, or permanently attached.
Clip-in hair extensions are a fun way to change up your hair style on a daily basis. They’re also easy to twist and finagle into an updo for a special occasion.
And bucking the mussed-up trend, Taylor Swift, with her masses of perfect curls, could be the poster girl for curly hair extensions. If you are gifted with hair this long, then a 1-inch barrel curling iron, a thermal protectant, mousse for hold and volume, and about an hour’s work may yield results like these.