HOW-TO for Two Sideswept, CMA-Inspired Looks

By Rosanne Ullman | 11/11/2013 1:54:00 PM


Long hair swept to the side continues to be a great switch-up to offer clients for their special occasions, as demonstrated at last week’s 2013 Country Music Awards (CMAs). Country darlings Danielle Bradbury and Lucy Hale both wore sideswept looks.

click image to zoomDanielle Bradbury (photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) click image to zoomLucy Hale (photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)


Of course, it’s not just the Nashville ladies who wear the look. Kate Beckinsale and Abigail Breslin have shown up rocking it as well.

click image to zoomKate Beckinsale (photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage) click image to zoomAbigail Breslin (photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood (photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage) But the CMAs did set a new bar—no one has worn luscious sideswept waves more beautifully than CMAs host Carrie Underwood, who must love the look because she wore it to the Emmy Awards, too, but with more side fringe. Here she is at the CMAs.

Here’s a how-to for Carrie’s latest version from Sandra Joseph and Angela Noreck of Pureology Serious Colour Care.

STEP 1: Lightly mist Pureology Colour Fanatic on damp hair for shine and heat protection; then apply Rootlift spray mousse at the base and Silk Bodifier volumizing mousse from midshaft to ends.

STEP 2: After blow-drying with a medium round brush, secure each section into medium barrel curls with clips and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

STEP 3: Drop curls, and brush with a soft bristle brush.

STEP 4: Finish with Strengthening Control hair spray.











A twist on the look is the side pony, seen recently on young actress Grace Phipps, recording artist Estelle and hip-hop’s Becky G. For a quick how-to on ombre hair similar to Estelle’s, click here.

click image to zoomGrace Phipps (photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images) click image to zoomEstelle (photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images) click image to zoomBecky G. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)













Kacey Musgraves (photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images) At the CMAs, it was Kacey Musgraves who sang in a side pony. Pureology’s Sandra Joseph and Angela Noreck also provide the how-to for that look.

STEP 1: Mist Pureology Highlight Stylist Sea-Kissed Texturizer on dry hair.

STEP 2: Braid hair into 4-6 sections to create texture, let the mist dry, release the braids and shake out the texture with your fingers.

STEP 3: Apply Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo to the roots and lightly tease at the crown.

STEP 4: Gather hair to a low side pony, secure with an elastic and wrap a small amount hair around the pony to hide elastic and pin underneath.

STEP 5: Finish with Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner to shine and smooth.





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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