A month of pretty party hair ideas
DEEP SIDE PART WITH VOLUMINOUS WAVES
Gisele's hair is consistently copy-worthy, and in most cases we can thank her stylist Harry Josh (along with her genetics, of course). This look? "It's all about texture," he says. "It has to read rough and sexy. It can't look polished or clean or too overdone." First, he created a deep side part and combed John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse throughout her hair, blow-drying it with a diffuser for lots of volume. Once it was dry, he randomly wrapped sections around a one-inch curling iron, leaving the ends out. Then Josh had Gisele flip her head upside down while he sprayed the whole thing with Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo. "That product totally changes the texture. It becomes kind of rough, pliable, and matte," he says. He tousled her hair to make it "humongous and starchy," then scraped it back on one side, pulling it against her head and securing it at the back with bobby pins.
Creating glossy, glamorous Veronica Lake-style waves is a lot easier than you might think. First, use a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron (like the Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron) to curl small sections all the way around your head. "The key is to hold the curling iron horizontally, which gives you a fatter wave," says Riawna Capri, a celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of the Nine Zero One salon in Los Angeles. After releasing each curl from the iron, clip it against your head to let it cool and set in that position for five to ten minutes. Then brush out the curls with a boar-bristle brush, like the Mason Pearson. "This step gives you that nice, smooth S shape," she says. Set it all with a strong-hold hair spray (Capri likes Unite Session-Max Spray). Pull hair back on one side and secure it with bobby pins before adding the barrette. "Sometimes a barrette doesn't have enough grip, so it needs that extra hold," she says.
These beachy, undone waves aren't what you'd typically think of for the holiday season—and that's exactly why we love them. Let hair air-dry, then use a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to add soft waves. "Hold the iron vertically to get a loose, free-flowing shape, and don't curl the last two inches of the hair," says Capri. "Keeping the ends straighter is key to this look." Once you've curled the entire head, spray the whole thing with Unite Beach Day Texturizing Spray. "It's not too heavy, and it gives you just enough texture without being too dirty or gritty," Capri explains. Scrunch your hair to work the product in, and you're done.
Looking to show off long, shiny strands? Pin-straight Cher hair is classic but can be interpreted in a more modern way. "Separation at the ends gives this look more of a downtown, edgy feel," says hairstylist Matt Fugate of Sally Hershberger Downtown. To get it, "use the tension of your hair against your head while you blow-dry, and avoid using a brush or lifting your hair up at all as you go," he says. Instead, part hair in the center and blow-dry it using a nozzle to direct the air down and toward your head. Then bust out your flatiron. "Don't iron from roots to ends because you're going to ruin the shape you created with your blow-dryer," says Fugate. "Just straighten the ends for the piecey look." Then apply a serum (Fugate recommends Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil) through the lengths and ends of hair for a healthy dose of shine.
High shine is what brings a blowout from basic to bombshell, says Fugate, whose celebrity clientele includes Munn. To get her look, apply a volumizer to damp hair (Fugate likes Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam). Then blow-dry hair in sections with a round boar-bristle brush, which adds shine. "Avoid using a metal brush because it can overheat and over-dry your hair," he says. Create a precise center part, then curl wide sections of hair with a large curling iron, like the Hot Tools Big Bumper 1 1/2" Professional Marcel Hair Curling Iron. "Just do a couple of sections, focusing on the top layer, because that's going to create an amazing sheen. You don't want the curls to be noticeable," says Fugate. He recommends brushing hair to soften it before finishing the look with a shine spray (or serum, if you have very thick or coarse hair).
It's not your imagination—Hollywood is becoming the land of the pixies. One of the best examples of how to pull off a supershort cut is this textured style on Hudson. "The best part about having short hair is that you can play with it and make it a little funky," says Cesar Ramirez, who did the dramatic chop and styled Hudson's hair here. "You just have to sell it and be confident." To get the style, he applied Redken Rough Paste 12 for hold and a semimatte finish. "I ran my fingers through her hair and made it a little bit messy," he says. "Then I took a flatiron and bent pieces in different directions to add texture."
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the right way to grow out a pixie. Equal parts edgy and luxurious, the Debbie Harry-inspired look Williams wore at the Met Gala is a perfect party option for anyone with short hair. To get it, hairstylist Chris McMillan teased Williams's hair before spraying it in place with Living Proof Hold Flexible Hairspray. "I used my fingers to give it a lived-in, DIY look," he says. The final touch? A diamond-encrusted tiara by Fred Leighton. (Don't worry—any glittery, embellished headband you love will do.) "If you don't have time to do anything else, adding a sparkly hair accessory or headband can give you glamour in a pinch," adds Josh.
"Cara made this style popular," says hairstylist Jen Atkin, who has re-created it on her own celebrity clients. "It's very edgy and instantly perks up your look." To get it, blow-dry hair with a round brush for smoothness and volume. Then create a very deep side part and start an inside-out French braid close to the hairline on the side below the part. Gather in more hair as you snake the braid around your ear and down toward your neck. Secure it just above the nape of your neck with a bobby pin or elastic, then let the rest of your hair from the other side fall over it so it's hidden. The final step? Massage the braid gently to loosen it. (Need some extra tutoring? Watch our how-to video.)
SUPERSLEEK HALF PONY
This look is all about mirrorlike shine. "To get hair supersleek, take small sections and flatiron them," says hairstylist Kerrie Urban. "If you take larger sections, the heat won't penetrate through the hair. The thinner the section, the flatter the hair is going to get." After straightening your whole head, make a side part and apply a heavy polishing cream or gel, like Bumble and Bumble Gel, to "give a lot of shine and weight to the hair." Pull one section from the front of both sides of the head toward the back, leaving the rest of the hair hanging down between them. Fold one section over the other and secure them with a bobby pin where they overlap in the back. "Make sure to put gel on your hands as you pull the hair back so you can plaster down any baby hairs or flyaways as you go," says Urban.
Timeless and (almost) as effortless as they look, Washington's soft, romantic waves are polished but unfussy. First, prep hair with a thermal protector like Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray. "Blow-dry your hair smooth and then create loose, sporadic waves throughout. Nothing needs to be perfect," says Fugate. Use a large curling iron, like the Hot Tools Professional 1 1/2" Salon Curling Iron. "The curling iron will add shine and seal the cuticle, so it's smooth," he says. Spray hair with a firm-hold hair spray, like L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, and take a section from above each temple, pulling them together and joining them in the back. "Then do the old-school wrap: Gather those pieces with an elastic and flip it inside out, folding the ponytail over and pulling it through," says Fugate. "That adds height and hides the elastic, so it's really chic."