At the Latin Grammy Awards, Shakira made my best hair list. The award-winner and performer sported three different looks—all glamorous—courtesy of Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte, whose a-list clientele also includes Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz. Below are step-by-step instructions to recreate each ‘do on your own.
1. Wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo/conditioner.
2. Then, apply a styling crème and blow-dry the hair with a large round brush.
3. Spray hair with a texturizing spray to create matte texture and the slightly undone look.
4. Gather strands into a loose, natural piece-y chignon and pin it with a mixture of bobby pins and long T pins.
5. Pull down a few loose pieces and curl them with a curling iron.
6. Set your ‘do with a few spritzes of hairspray.
We’re all on the quest for enlightenment. My “aha” moments are not always as profound as Oprah’s, but they do come. A few years back I was meeting with a top hairstylist who was showing me how to create the Victoria’s Secret waves every women wants (heck, we may not be blessed with those Amazons’ curves, so at least let our hair have their body). He whipped out the curling iron and went to town twirling sections of my hair around the wand. The thing is, he never once touched the clunky clamp that is normally used to set the curl. That was my OMG moment. Who knew it was a million times easier to curl your hair by simply wrapping it around the barrel, holding hair in place for a few seconds and then gently loosening your grip. This instantly became one of my favorite tips, and I’ve been sharing it ever since. Well ladies, the curling iron community has finally caught on. Two of my favorite new models are sleek and simple sans the old fashioned, hard-to-use clamp. Sultra’s Bombshell curling iron
has a one-inch rod and comes with gloves so your fingertips can perfectly style each kink without being bothered by the heat.
Remington’s new TIStudio Pearl Ceramic Professional Styling Wand
is designed like a cone (it’s narrower at the tip and wider at the base) so you can create skinny and fat curls and also comes with a heat-protective glove. I stopped by Ulta on State St. for the product launch and learned that not only does the iron have a smart design, the new T-Studio line, which also includes a dryer, hot roller set and a flat iron, is made with a breakthrough Pearl technology that infuses a heat-protective and shine-enhancing silicone-based conditioner into strands. I spoke with said celeb hairstylist Richard Marin (shown below), a favorite of Megan Fox, Tina Fey and Cindy Crawford, who said he’s a fan. “The technology makes hair shiny and gives it better slip so it’s easier to work with.”
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You may not have her 22-inch waist (unless you’re in 5th grade), but you can have Megan Fox’s glamorous retro waves. The Transformers
“star,” I use that term lightly since she’s more known for her looks than acting chops, and other tabloid hot shots like Lauren Conrad are leaving their braids behind and graduating to this regal hairstyle. Perhaps they’ve been watching some Greta Garbo classics, or maybe their hairstylist is to credit. Whatever the case, the finger wave is back and it’s really easy to do with the help of some modern styling tools. Oscar Blandi Salon senior stylist Nunzio Saviano, whose clients include Brooke Shields and Mira Sorvino, walks us through the steps.Before the styling begins, you should know there’s no need for a perfect blowdry. Finger drying the hair will suffice. Nunzio also recommends spritzing in a heat protector like Chi’s Thermal Protection Spray
first so locks don’t get scorched from the hot iron.If you have time to play
What you need: 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron
Technique: Brush the hair into a deep side part. Then, take a one-inch section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron. The next one-inch section should be wrapped in the opposite direction.Note: you can either start curling the hair at the root and then brush out the curl later to soften the bends, or, if you have enough natural volume at the top of your head, you can start the curl at ear level. Continue this process until you have enough waves to drape in front of your shoulder. Finish by rubbing a shine spray in the palms of your hands and very gently loosening up the waves.If you’re in a rush
What you need: 3-barrel curling iron
Technique: Rather than single handily forming each curl, this tool creates rolling waves for you. It works like the crimp iron we unfortunately fell in love with in the ’80s. Just clamp down on a section of hair, hold and repeat until you reach the ends. Again, depending on how much lift you want at the crown you can either start at ear level for minimal height, or, you can start at the roots to get more body and then smooth out the waves with a brush.
If you’re turned off by the traditional curling iron because it can be a bitch to work with, here’s a pro secret that will turn it into your new favorite toy. Instead of pressing down the lever, sticking your hair between the plates and curling, pretend that the lever doesn’t exist. All you need to do is keep the iron still, wrap the hair around the barrel and hold for a few seconds. This technique is a million times easier, faster and way less exhausting on the wrist.