Golden Globes 2011

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“The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills where The Social Network and Glee cleaned up. A big well done to Colin Firth for representing the Brits; I loved his performance in ‘The King’s Speech’.

Along with Ricky Gervais’ latest failed attempt to endear himself to the American public, Hair was a big topic coming out of the awards. Scarlett Johansson split the opinions of journos, bloggers and the public with her updo. January Jones elegantly looked the starlet she is fast becoming with her 1960’s wave and Sandra Bullock dropped a new blunt fringe to re invent her hair style.

I noticed there were two distinct trends dominating the red carpet. The Ponytail and the French Pleat. Both finished with an air of individualism but the same old school techniques were used to create finesse and substance to the style.


A key trend on the runway for Autumn Winter 2010/2011, the Ponytail seems to be carrying on into Spring Summer 2011 on the Red Carpet as it is on the runway. Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Kaley Cuoco and nominee Piper Perabo all dropped a variation of a pony tail.

French Pleat

The French Pleat has stood the test of time largely due to its versatility. It’s just essentially a vertical role but it can be styled in many different ways and can create different textures, shapes, profiles, height at the top, partings… all ways of adding variation.

Best Actress winner Natalie Portman backcombed the back of her hair to create a full oversized roll with a little volume at the crown and on off centre parting; all ideal for creating a wonderful side profile. It was Mila Kunis though whose French pleat I leaned towards. The height at the top said formal, elegance and let her tiny gorgeous face speak for itself! The look was kept contemporary by the disheveled texture created by rubbing your finger over it at the end to loosen up the style.”


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On the Red Carpet Scarlett Johansson personifies Hollywood glamour. Would it be absurd to liken her to a Modern day Marilyn Monroe? There certainly is a resemblance. Scarlett is at her most powerful when she is elegantly made up: decadent, elegant, voluptuous and endearing are all names I would use to describe her. From her Louis Vuitton campaign to her recent appearance at the Golden Globes she has turned up the tempo in my opinion. She does try different Hair styles which I like.  Here she sports a look nodding to the 1940’s. It’s about drama, freeness and shape.

With a small tong curl the back and pin in to set. Take larger sections at the sides and top, making sure to curl all in the same direction. Pull the back out and grip curls in an upward direction to create a large bun. Brush the sides and top out, backcomb the roots and brush backwards. Add hair pieces as seen in the picture.

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How cool is Helena Bonham Carter? I lived two doors down from her in Belsize Park, London, for 2 years and even when she nipped over to the local shop she looked cool as! You can’t not admire her individualism, courage and invention when it comes to her appearance. I’ve cut Tim Burton’s hair (her husband) before and he is the same; a real creative. Helena’s style – some would say – is better suited to London and that may be so but you have to admire the way she just rocked up and did her thing. Her acting speaks for itself and having spoken with her; she just wears what she wants and has fun. That’s why I’m putting her in the Top Five.

I love the vale to accessorise her hair. It’s really important that the curls are pulled out to frame the face. One side was pulled over the shoulder so remember to balance out the look by pulling out some fine soft tendrils around the ear.

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I really enjoyed Eva Longoria’s take on the Beehive, which has had so much press recently. If not for its originality but for its execution. There was no hair style of the night that better accompanied a look as a whole. Her Zac Posen dress and body shape were perfectly complimented by her Beehive hair style to create the perfect silhouette.

When creating this style, prepping the hair with volumising products with hold are really important so the backcombing will have some substance to it. Lookout for ingredients such as wheat proteins, panthenol, polyquaternium 10 and almino acids.

Eva Longoria’s hair is thick and great to work with. If your hair isn’t so dense, use a doughnut to pad the hair out and pull hair over. Look at the shape: the fringe still has some volume at the root. It then increases in volume to the crown; it doesn’t just jump up, there is a fluidity about it. Make sure the tops of the ear are covered on both sides and pleat in at the back by rolling around your thumb. Pins work better than grips to secure as they’re not as harsh.

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Halle Berry very rarely gets it wrong. Short hair is her thing: her pixie face carries short delicate haircuts incredibly well. Here she went for something more textured and daring considering she was on the Red Carpet. No brushes are needed; it’s all about working with the hair’s natural movement and finger drying. A good foundation product is key when wet, a Soufflé or Sculpting wax to mould shapes that give a little hold but still maintain suppleness to the hair.

Dry on a medium to cool setting to set the hair whilst you’re styling. The styling process begins the moment you turn the dryer on. Use your fingers; they’re the best brush you have. Twist the hair in large sections and blast the air on them. Use the pads of your fingers to stretch the hairline out. Embrace any movement that comes naturally. Remember the perimeter is just as important as the internal layering for the shape. Finish with a little Shine Hairspray. Other finishing products, especially Waxes should be avoided at this stage: a good foundation product will act as a finishing product too.

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When I first saw Amy Adams’ hair I sort of thought it looked a bit 1920’s inspired. Because of the colour of her hair, up do styles on her can lack that modern contemporary feel and seem a bit contrived and old fashioned: it needs an element of spontaneity to it. Had she not have pulled the tendrils out around her face it wouldn’t have worked. I really like it; I like the cuteness of it. It’s grown up but kept girly, exactly who Amy Adams is.

It’s really simple to achieve too. Work with the hair’s natural texture and allow to air dry naturally. It’s really important to apply a smoothening cream beforehand to avoid frizz. Take a small curling tong and organically curl the lengths and ends. Section off two inches above the ear and allow to fall around the face. Don’t brush out, leave to set then use your fingers to pull to the nape of the neck. Plait the hair to the ends and roll back on itself, pinning in the roll to secure.