OSCARS Roundup: Trends, TV Hosts' Styles and Men's Celeb Styles

By Lauren Salapatek | 03/01/2011 3:11:12 PM


Sunday’s Oscar styles were full of simplicity and retro elegance, including the hair! From ponytails worn by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon to topknots and buns worn by Hailee Steinfeld, Melissa Leo and Sandra Bullock to the 70's waves worn by Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Marissa Tomei, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Mandy Moore.

Below you will find a compilation of trends, how to's and product recommendations for your favorite celebs at the Oscars!

Pureology PureArtists, Ruth Roche, Dawn Stemick, Darren Pena, Brenda McGann, Christopher Devaney and Sandra Joseph give step-by-steps on how to achieve these hot hair style trends from 2011’s Oscars:

Trend 1:
Polished Pony as seen on Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman
Step 1: Spray a thermal spray through the hair, along with a blend of ColourStylist AntiSplitBlowDry and NourishingNectar before drying in a directional pattern of the ponytail shape with a flat paddle brush.
Step 2: When hair is dry, create a high ponytail on the crown of the head using a small paddle brush and/or combs to ensure a smooth perimeter. Secure the ponytail with an elastic.
Step 3: Take a 1" section of hair from the ponytail and hair spray down the length and smooth with fingers before wrapping around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.
Step 4: To create the waves Reese had, take a 1" hot curling iron and wrap hair around it and drop.
Step 5: Smooth the length of the ponytail with ColourStylist CuticlePolisher.

Trend 2:
Waves of Glory as seen on Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, Anne Hathaway
Step 1: Spray a thermal spray throughout the hair, then blow dry completely.
Step 2: Twist varying sized sections no larger than 1? and wrap down the length of a curling iron. For added strength, spray each section with hair spray prior to wrapping. Secure each curl with a single prong clip to cool.
Step 3: Finish with hair spray.

Trend 3:
Top Knot as seen on Hailee Steinfeld, Sandra Bullock and Melissa Leo
Step 1: Work sculpting gel through damp hair.
Step 2: Blow dry the hair smooth with a large paddle brush.
Step 3: Take a dime-size amount of ColourStylist CuticlePolisher and run through the hair from mid-shaft to ends.
Step 4: Draw hair into a high ponytail, take a small egg-size of voluminizing mousse and run over the ponytail.
Step 5: Separate the ponytail into two sections and twist the sections over each other. Secure the end of the ponytail with an elastic.
Step 6: Wrap the ponytail around the base and secure with a bobby pin. Finish the look with hair spray.

Giuliana looked ravishing in her Christian Siriano Spring 2011 gown while hosting E’s Live from the Red Carpet at the 2011 Oscars. To complement her strapless aqua printed dress she wore a large textured bun. Wondering how you can duplicate the style?

Try it:
Apply Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil to damp hair. After the hair is dry, add additional texture with a 1” iron and then gather the hair into a high ponytail leaving a little height in the front and pulling the sides tighter. Then lightly tease the ponytail into a textured poof. After you have styled enough volume into the hair, create a large bun and secure with French bobby pins. Finish with hair spray and a gloss product.


Entertainment Tonight co-host and Rusk Official Spokesperson Nancy O’Dell looked flawless at the Oscars. Wearing a stunning Grecian inspired Vera Wang gown, Nancy paired the look with a modern updo that stayed in place all throughout the night. With the help of celebrity stylist, Bobby H. Grayson, who has also worked with Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, Nancy completed her look with an elegant high chignon. To re-create your own red carpet worthy hair on your clients, Grayson shares his styling tips:

Try it: Grayson began by applying RUSK’s Deepshine Oil to Nancy’s towel-dried hair in order to achieve shine and prevent heat damage from styling tools. After sectioning her hair before drying, he used three of RUSK’s CTC Hot Rollers on the front, top section of the hair to create extra lift. As the rollers were setting, he continued drying the rest of her hair using a round boar bristle brush. Next, he gathered the hair into a high ponytail and twisted the hair into a high bun.

“Securing hair pins can always be tricky. Hair pins should move up into the hair along the edge of the bun,” says Grayson. “I always suggest having pins enter the hair from the top and then moving them up once they are in the hair.”

For the final touch he removed the three hot rollers and brushed out the hair with his fingers to add a slight plume in the front.


So how can your client’s get a little lift and defined curls like James Franco? Have them try out American Crew’s Defining Paste—it provides medium hold with low shine. It also adds texture and definition to almost any hair type. Americancrew.com.

Got Gel? Russell Brand rocked the gelled look at the Oscars Sunday. If your client’s want a non-tacky hair result, try referring them to Woody’s Styling Gel. It’s alcohol free, it provides medium to firm hold and it doesn’t flake! Woodysgrooming.com.

Jake Gyllenhaal
went for the all-around sophisticated look. Try Eufora’s Texture Putty with this look. It provides super strong hold that allows you to mold, form and solidify any style without the “crunch.” The product doesn’t use any petrolatum so it's easy to wash off hands and hair and won't cause build up or clogged follicles. Euforahero.com.

So what was your favorite look of the night? Voice your opinion on MODERN’s Facebook right now!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

You can find Lauren on Google+ or e-mail her at lsalapatek@modernsalon.com.


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

Feedback Form
Leads to Insight