TV’s Brunettes We’re Missing Already

By Rosanne Ullman | 10/01/2013 9:49:00 AM


With Breaking Bad and Dexter both wrapping up in recent days, we want to honor actresses who brought pretty brunette looks to the small screen in shows we won’t be seeing anymore except in reruns—and, in the cases of Breaking Bad and Dexter, in our nightmares.


Betsy Brandt

Breaking Bad

Getty ImagesBetsy Brandt (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) Stylist Sean James with Betsy Brandt

Compared to Walter White, Betsy Brandt’s character, Marie Schrader, wasn’t so bad. Celeb stylist Sean James had the privilege of styling Betsy for the series. Luckily, Betsy is still on TV as Mike Henry's wife on the Michael J. Fox Show. Sean’s styling how-to:

STEP 1: Distribute a tennis-ball size of Rene Furterer Volumea Mousse throughout the roots and mid-lengths.

STEP 2: Dry the hair thoroughly using the Rusk CTC blow dryer and a large-barrel Spornette Porcupine brush until you begin to form the desired lift and shape.

STEP 3: Taking vertical sections, wrap hair around a 1'' barrel BaBylissPro Nano Titanium curling iron, winding away from the head to form sausage barrels. Let the hair sit and cool.

STEP 4: When hair has cooled, loosen with fingertips and spray into shape with Rene Ferterer Vegetal Finishing Spray for a light hold.


Jennifer Carpenter



Tina Fey

30 Rock

Jennifer Carpet (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) WireImageTina Fey (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

As Dexter’s sister Debra, a police officer, Jennifer Carpenter eventually had to cope with conflicting loyalties. Perhaps that dual affection was reflected in her ombre waves.

Liz Lemon brought a sexy vibe to glasses, wit and awkwardness—which Tina Fey, who wrote and played Liz, does as well. We didn’t have to wait to see Fey for too long; she just hosted Saturday Night Live’s 2013-2014 season opener, and her chocolate locks looked great.

Check here for Goldwell Lead Artistic Director John Simpson’s tips on creating a classic ombre look.


Jenna Fischer

The Office

Jenna Fischer Jenna Fischer’s Pam is another comedy favorite who combined cute with smart. Here she is at a SAG Awards ceremony toward the end of the sitcom’s run. The side bun, still a red carpet fave, was designed by Bertrand W. of Tracey Mattingly. Here’s the how-to:

STEP 1: After blowing the hair out straight, angle a part from the forehead to the back.

STEP 2: Sweep hair sideways, and spritz it with a glossing spray while making sure the stays just a little loose.

STEP 3: Brush the hair from left to right, form a low, side ponytail and tease it to create a strong base.

STEP 4: Brush along the part of the ponytail to smooth the hair and give it shape. Secure with bobby pins, and repeat the glossing spray spritz to tame flyaways.


Katherine McPhee


Katherine McPhee (Photo by Marc Stamas/Getty Images) The musical show didn’t run long for the American Idol runner-up, but she wore some great hair while it lasted. To create one of Katherine’s signature topknot looks, check out the How-To from a similar look crafted by celebrity stylist Ryan Trygstad.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at


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