Hair secrets of the stars
Be your own glam squad with these expert tips on how to get gorgeous hair just like your favorite stars.
- The Scoop: It seems everyone in Hollywood from Kim Kardashian (pictured) and her sisters to Emma Roberts has long, thick flowing waves. Or, do they? Of course not, but they fake it pretty well with Great Length Hair Extensions, which are 100-percent human hair bonded to natural hair. "For stars that don't have Great Lengths, clips-ins are a must for photo shoots and red carpet events," exclaims Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and hair expert on TLC's What Not To Wear. The to-die-for cover model hair can easily be achieved at home.
DIY: "It's all about color blending," says Gibson. "You can find great clip-in extensions that perfectly match your shade." Simply part your hair all the way around your head where it naturally recedes. Then, tease one-inch sections that align with the clips before securing for extra hold. Allow the top of your hair to fall over and style.
You'll Need: Ted Gibson 3 Piece Clip In Hair Extension ($149.95 at Drugstore.com)
- The Scoop: A revolution began when African American celebs like Solange Knowles (pictured) and Queen Latifah started to embrace their hair's natural texture. "It's great because most of the time we were straightening and relaxing hair so much that it wouldn't have any movement to it," Gibson recalls. "Now that we're not, it has more life and maintains wave and style." These A-listers are treating their locks to moisture enriched salon treatments and regularly using at-home products that take care of their hairs needs.
DIY: When you embrace your natural texture it's important to make sure your hair's getting enough protein-derived moisture. Don't shampoo as often and do weekly hair masks and use nourishing styling products.
You'll Need: Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural for Women of Color Daily Oil Cream Moisturizer ($3.99 at Rite Aid) or Softsheen Carson Optimum Oil Therapy Dry Hair Healer ($3.99 at Walgreens)
- The Scoop: Gibson doesn't attend photo shoots without the proper brush, a mixture of boar bristles and nylon. "The type of brush you blow out your hair with makes a huge difference in the overall health and condition of your hair," Gibson says. Nylon untangles the hair while boar bristles smooth it out leaving you with a nice finish. He often styles Anne Hathaway (pictured) and besides his magic hands, he gives the right brush some of the credit.
DIY: Allow your locks to air dry a bit before running a brush through them to avoid breakage.
You'll Need: Mason Pearson Mixed Boar Bristle and Nylon Brush – Handy Size ($108 at Lock & Mane) or Swissco Pro Hair Brush Big Paddle Mixed Nylon & Boar Bristle ($9 at TheFind)
- The Scoop: To get that stepped-out-of-the-salon shine, stars like Olivia Palermo rely on weekly deep conditioning treatments. "The more hydrated and healthy the hair is, the brighter it will shine," comments Sally Hershberger, one of the most sought after female celebrity stylists in the world who's shaped the locks of Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Zac Efron.
DIY: Once a week after shampooing, apply at-home masks to damp hair and run them through with a comb to ensure you coat each strand. Leave on for the recommended amount of time and rinse.
You'll Need: Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment Intensive Repair ($25 at Ouidad) or The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter ($14 at The Body Shop)
- The Scoop: Hershberger recently styled a bunch of photo shoots and gave her clients the bombshell waves you've seen on Alessandra Ambrosio(pictured) that every woman desires. Whether you're going to a party or just want to rock a sexy coif, the look is attainable with a few simple steps, Victoria's Secret style.
DIY: Blow-dry your hair in sections using a small round brush to bend and add body pulling your hair from the nape of your neck. Spritz with a hairspray to hold. Then, take a 1 1/4-inch curling iron to bend the hair out. Finally, flip your head over and rough it up with your hands. Finish with a shaping serum to tame frizzies and add shine.
You'll Need: L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray ($15 atDrugstore.com) and Pureology Colour Stylist Cuticle Polisher Shine Serum ($26 at Pureology)
- The Scoop: "Keratin treatments are the most effective and least toxic way to keep hair frizz free and healthy," comments Hershberger. Jessica Alba's strands (pictured) aren't naturally that smooth. Keratin is a protein that rebuilds and restores the hair and the treatment lasts about three months.
DIY: You can skip the salon visit and use treatment products infused with keratin on a regular basis at home to help strengthen and smooth your strands.
You'll Need: Rene Furterer Okara Restructuring Mask ($28 at Sephora)
- The Scoop: You may not think about investing money in shampoos and conditioners that claim to work magic on you locks, but truth is it's worth it. "To have fabulous hair, you have to start in the shower with the first product you put on your head," Gibson states. "It definitely makes a difference, especially when trying to preserve your color." Since the shampoo and conditioner are only meant to sit on your strands for a limited amount of time, the ingredients are formulated to work that quickly. We only hope Rihanna (pictured) uses a color-treated shampoo for wild red locks!
DIY: Never shampoo and condition your hair daily. Try sticking to three or four times a week to get the most out of your color and avoid drying out your strands.
You'll Need: Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo ($15 at Aveda) and Aveda Color Conserve Conditioner($15 at Aveda)
- The Scoop: From the runways to the red carpet, big hair is in. "To achieve the desired results, you need to use a product that will build and shape volume into your hair while allowing it to move," comments Hershberger.
DIY: Blow-dry your hair then spray a volumizing hairspray underneath the top layer to add an instant boost. For up-dos, spritz a dry textured volumizer in a ponytail like AnnaLynne McCord's (pictured) to achieve an edgy finish.
You'll Need: Sally Hershberger Salon Body Fix Hairspray ($19.95 at HSN) or Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray ($28 at Sephora)
- The Scoop: "Right now we're seeing a lot of the '40s glam mixed in with the '80s and bangs are all the rave," Gibson commented. Sandra Bullock stepped out on the red carpet at the Golden Globes with '60s inspired eye-grazing bangs and recently, Gibson snipped Christina Ricci (pictured) a fresh set. Celeb or not, no one has time to make constant trips to the salon to maintain their fringe.
DIY: The key to trimming your own bangs is to make sure your hair is dry and cut them from iris to iris. If you go further outside, you'll cut into the hairline, which is harder to manage. Also, cut vertically rather than horizontally to create a softer edge.
You'll Need: Cricket Sheer Glory Styling Sheers($9.99 at Sally Beauty)
- The Scoop: "When doing your own up-do, you don't want it to look perfect," says Gibson. Check out red carpet styles like Lea Michele's (pictured) from this year's Golden Globes. She's complimenting her dress with an undone, done look, which is very flattering and modern.
DIY: Don't wash your hair the night before and start by creating a ponytail on the top of your head. Next, twist your ponytail and wrap it all the way around the elastic using bobby pins to hold it in place. Let front pieces hang or secure them behind your ears. Add a chic hair accessory to glam up your style.
You'll Need: Goody Simple Styles Modern Updo Pin($4.49 at Walgreens)
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