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HOW-TOs: Five Hot Looks from Emmy Night

Kelly Cison | September 19, 2011 | 9:26 AM

The red carpet for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards could not have been hotter, with the biggest celebs pulling off astonishingly elegant looks for the biggest night in TV. We couldn’t take our eyes off the uber-glamorous gowns, the blingy jewelery, and of course, the chic updos and smooth waves.

We’ve got the scoop on creating the hairstyles as seen on five of our favorite stars. Here are the steps, using Wella Professionals products, straight from their stylists (below). And for more Emmy coverage, check out the list of winners of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Hairstyling and Makeup here:

Nina Dobrev

Nina’s bold red strapless gown was perfectly complemented by her understated hairstyle. Says her hairstylist Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon, “Nina's red Donna Karen dress basically chose this effortless look itself. The dress was so beautifully powerful therefore we wanted something not too done, loose, soft and romantic.”


1.       Blow out hair with Wella Professionals Flowing Form Smoothing Balm to create lots of body and lift, and then set hair in Velcro rollers.

2.       Take a 1¼-inch curling iron and curl and pin hair in horizontal  sections.

3.       Let hair set for about 20 minutes, and then brush hair off to one side with a boar bristle brush.

4.       Lift bang area with a rattail comb and spray with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.

5.       Spritz the hair with Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray for an all over radiant glow.


Julianne Hough

Julianne wore an eye-catching coral gown with modern neckline, which paired nicely with a sleek, low bun. Says her hairstylist Campbell McAuley, “For Julianne’s hair, I wanted a look that was chic and classic, but also natural, to complement her beautiful 1950’s-inspired form-fitting dress.”


 1.       Prep wet hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer then blow-dry the hair with a large round brush.

2.       Use Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Spray to add extra natural shine to the hair.

3.       Create a center part in the hair and lightly brush hair down, then back into a low, natural ponytail.

4.       Circle hair into a bun and secure with a ponytail.

5.        Spritz hair with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray to set the look.


Emily Blunt

Emily, who looked stunning in a glittering midnight blue gown with a plunging neckline, wore a chic, center-parted updo. Says her hairstylist, Laini Reeves, “We wanted to balance the complexity of the dress with a simple, modern hairdo.”


1.       Wash hair using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner to maximize volume and shine.

2.       Power dry hair in different directions for a nice lift at the root.

3.       Using a 2-inch barrel curling iron, create spiral curls all over and work through fingers.

4.       At the base of the neck, create a ponytail. Tease the ponytail and split it in two, then twist and wrap the hair like a ballerina bun at the nape of the neck with a nice, messy texture.

5.       Finish with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.


Heather Morris

Heather, who showed off a lavender ruffled gown with a deep V-neck and a high-volume updo, was there as part of the Emmy-nominated show “Glee”. Says her hairstylist Paul Norton, “When styling hair, you must take into account the girl’s personality and her dress, but it’s important to show your own creative edge. My idea was based off of a French-twist style. Once I got involved, it turned into a lot more of a polished look. It’s a mix between rough and polished.”


1.       Start by applying Wella Professionals Curl Craft Wax Mousse to give hair tons of texture and a lot of body.

2.       Blow out hair after applying Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Hair Primer with a round brush, and then curl the hair away from the face with a 1½-inch barrel curling iron.

3.       Pin a mohawk section from the hair up and out of the way, then divide the remainder of the hair into three sections.

4.       From left to right, use a boar bristle brush to smooth hair upwards as if putting into a ponytail; start twisting hair sections inward and secure with bobby pins, repeat on right hand side and secure in same spot, the center section will be left creating what looks like a small ponytail.

5.       Once bottom part is secured, use 3-inch section around the face, spritz with Wella Professionals Create Character Texturizing Spray and back-comb hair for extra volume, and pin down as a slight pompadour.

6.       Roll the remaining back section under, and secure with bobby pins.

7.       Keep the look playful by pulling some pieces out so the look has a bit of edge, so as not to look overdone.

8.       Secure look with an all-over spray of Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray.


Gretchen Mol

Gretchen rocked a simple black strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, which kept the focus on her hair and makeup. Says her stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, “I wanted her hair to look loose, modern, and a little messed up – but still beautiful and elegant with an overall feeling of ultimate glamour.”


1.       Evenly coat damp hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier.

2.       Apply Wella Professionals Extra Volume Styling Mousse directly to a vent brush and comb from the root to the end for thorough application.

3.       Blow dry roots of the hair up and away from face with medium heat—high heat can cause hair to soften too much for a sturdy updo—and then scrunch hair dry at mid-shaft until hair is 100% dry.

4.       Spray hair evenly with light application of Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray, and then curl sections of hair starting from front top hairline with a 1¼-inch barrel curling iron.

5.    Brush sections out and immediately, and while hair is still warm, pin in purple Velcro curlers; repeat for entire head.

6.    Allow hair to cool for 20 minutes, which is important for the hair to set, then remove curlers and brush out roots to get rid of set marks.

7.    Spray hair with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray to create matte texture to create the loose, slightly undone look.

8.    Aerate hair with fingers, then set with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray to control flyaways.

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