-- As someone who's trying to make her way back towards her natural color after about 14 years of highlighting, lowlighting and dyeing, I firmly am supportive of the trend towards subtle, natural color. I, too, had the big streaky blond highlights at one point, but let's just say they had a time and place and it is not now. So I'm happy to hear from Richard Zucckero, president and CEO of It&ly Hairfashion, that I'm not alone.
He had this to say about this year's Emmy style: "Makeup and hair color played along a strong statement this year. Gone were the "old" bold statements of multi-dimensional, in-your-face highlights, panels and streaks. The stars instead chose subtle, "believable" hair color tones that fully complimented their skin and eyes. The styles supported and confirmed an overall shift towards a more natural look. While we may have missed the sometimes outlandish hair and make-up creations, one must recognize and applaud the truly outstanding talent that can achieve simple perfection."
-- One of the things I really love right now when it comes to hair is the loose, slightly undone look. Nothing’s ever too perfect. Drew Barrymore’s style is a great example of this, with a wavy updo with volume at the crown and a loose bun pulled together in back.
To re-create her look on your own clients, try these steps from Alterna’s Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Corby:
1. Spray freshly washed hair with a styling primer that adds volume and protects hair from thermal styling, then coat hair with a small amount of thickening lotion.
2. Blow-dry hair with fingers, separating the hair to make sure it’s dry but allowing hair to remain slightly wavy. Dry hair only 75%.
3. Pull hair back loosely and secure into a mid/low ponytail.
4. Tie hair up into a loose knot/bun and secure.
5. Coat fingers with a shaping balm and run them over the head, smoothing out flyaways and frizz.
-- If I could choose one star style I’d like to have, it may be Blake Lively. There’s nothing better than her California girl cool. She had a fantastic style at the Emmy Awards, and her hair was perfect. The long, loose and sexy rope braid was different than anyone else’s, and it complemented her dress.
Hair extensions were used to create the look. To re-create it, you could use clip-in hair extensions before pulling hair into a ponytail, or use none at all. Alterna’s Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Corby recommends these steps to get the look:
1. Apply a straightening lotion to damp, freshly washed hair, then blow dry straight.
2. Gather hair at the top of the head and secure in a high, tight ponytail.
3. Coat hands with a small amount of styling balm and run hands over the head towards the ponytail to get a slick, frizz-free look.
- Braid the ponytail all the way to the end and secure with an elastic.
- Spray the head and braid with a dry hairspray to enhance shine and hold the style.
-- Love Debra Messing. Am almost always a fan of her on the red carpet. I wish, I wish I could pull off being a red head. Sadly, it’s just not meant to be. She looks brilliant with the color though, and Zucckero called her “the quintessential classic redhead,” and pointed to her as an example of subtle, wearable color.
Stylist Robert Vetica created her style for the evening, a low, asymmetrical ponytail shaped into a flowing cluster of curls. Vetica used Moroccanoil products to style her naturally coarse, textured, curly hair. Here's how he did it:
1. Start with an application of Moroccanoil Treatment, before blow drying sections of the hair with a one and a half inch round tourmaline brush and clipping in place to cool.
2. Then make a low side part, brush the hair back and pull it behind the right ear and pin in place with a few bobby pins and a elastic hair band.
3. Pull the right side forward, letting it drop over the right eye.
4. Finish by fluffing the relaxed ponytail and spritzing with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, followed by light spritz of hair spray.