Men have the Super Bowl to look forward to each winter — and for the rest of the world, we have the Super Bowl of fashion, the Academy Awards.
Giovanni Mele, owner of Giovanni & Pileggi salon in Philadelphia (www.giovannipileggi.com) and founder of G Mele Anti-Aging hair care, says: “The best hair styles from the 2012 Academy Awards mimicked the glamor of old Hollywood – as they should! The vintage feel of the hair styles seen on stars such as Penelope Cruz and Mila Jovovich evoked that of icon Vivien Leigh. Others chose elegant, oversized chignons, like Jennifer Lopez, Shailene Woodley and Emma Stone, who did it best; this retro-inspired look can still look modern when done right. Stacy Keibler and Maya Rudolph showed off loose and lovely waves that were unfussy but still polished. One of the most interesting looks of the night was The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo’s brave braided updo, which was gorgeous from front to back in a beautiful bright copper color.”
Here’s some of our favorite Oscar hairstyles — and how to steal them:
Show Your Best Side
Stars like Busy Philipps, Maya Rudolph, and Stacy Keibler rocked the side-swept look, but how does a normal girl get the style to stay in place? Gocha Hawkins, a celebrity hair stylist explains, “The side-swept style was a big winner on the red carpet last night. With celebrities like Maya Rudolph stepping out with big, voluminous curls, many women will be coveting this look for prom and wedding season. This style works best for women with side parts, which provides a natural separation for hair. Create big, impact-having waves with large hot rollers, and pull back the side with less thickness. Spritz with hairspray for hold. If you want to go with a more whimsical version of the look, you can secure with a hair pin that provides a little bit of a bling factor, and gives more of a guarantee that hair will stay in place.”
Bangs, Bangs Everywhere!
Bold bang styles were seen on Rooney Mara, Rose Byrne, and Anna Faris. However, for some women, bangs are not as wearable, says Gocha. “The bob with straight bangs is really making a comeback as a look for the spring. Rose Byrne and Anna Faris really nail the look with sleek, smooth hair turned inward to define the bob cut. For women with long, oval faces, or heart shaped faces, blunt, straight bangs are a very flattering look. For others, different variations of a bang are more flattering, such as side-swept or soft, featured looks. It’s important to know the shape of your face when getting this cut, and consult your hairstylist before making the request. The biggest thing to remember with this look is that you’ll need to schedule regular trims. Every four to six weeks is the general rule of thumb to keep bangs looking their absolute best.”
Terrence Parker, one of the Senior Stylists at Cristophe Beverly Hills Salon shared his own stars of the red carpet: Stacy Kiebler was the modern version of Veronica Lake she pulled it off effortlessly, Rose Brown and her bob with bangs was stunning pulled behind the ear just to show a bit of her earrings was all she needed.
Steal the Shine
Want to play Gwyneth Paltrow for the evening? Terrance says you have to create additional volume in the back with either blowdrying the back or put a few larger rollers before before putting it in a ponytail. As for Stacy Keibler, this can be done with either blowdrying or with a curling iron by starting the wave about 4 inches from the roots curling back from center through the back, then brush it gently True the other side
Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, and Sandra Bullock were rocking the upsweep. Gocha explains, “I really love the look of the top knot that Jennifer Lopez wore on the red carpet. Overall, her look for me was a winner. The hair style really allowed the dress to shine, which is what you want when you are going with such a high impact frock. To get the look at home, start by pulling your hair into a high, slicked back ponytail, using a product such as a hair wax or pomade to create a smooth finish. If your hair is super fine, you may need to do some teasing at the base of the ponytail for a little volume, which I always appreciate with a top knot. Next, section hair into two parts and loop and twist around the base, wrapping everything with a small, sleek hair elastic.” To create a messier look similar to Tina Fey’s, tease hair at the crown for volume and pull into a lower bun that starts at the top of the back of your head.