Trend Alert: Buns are Back!

Heidi KlumAs I’m sure you noticed on the Academy Awards broadcast the other night, the bun is making a big comeback. My top picks for this simple yet sophisticated hairstyle have got to be Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum. Both bodacious, becoming buns took the looks of the evening from to elegant to enchanting, and are getting lots of media attention. No longer just a quick hairstyle to get your hair out of the way when working out or going to bed, buns and buns with braids are back… and in a big way! In this video clip from Vogue’s Runway Report, expert hairstylist Rodney Cutler shows us how to create a beautiful bun with our favorite Redken products and a hairpin or two.

-CurlyBelle

Celeb Style: Paris Hilton

Paris HiltonWhether you’re a fan or a foe, you’ve got to admit, Paris Hilton’s hair is hot. From the clean lines of her haircut, to the high-class platinum highlights, to the blow out and beyond, if you want your hair to look like Paris Hilton’s, consider this your first step in heiress hairstyling. Complete with flat iron tips and before and after photos, this video from Video Jug will show you how to take your hair straight from Main Street to Park Avenue – it’s pure platinum, pure drama, pure Paris. Perfect for the celebutante in all of us.

Just add your own glossy pout, posh posse, and perfect pose and you’ll be red carpet ready.

-StraightBelle

Emo Hairstyles

Emo HairDo you have Emo hair? Also called scene hair, the Emo hairstyle has been around since the 1990’s though it seems to be getting a lot of press lately. Sprung from the depths of “emotive hardcore” music, this once non-conformist, individualistic and original, “doing my own thing” hairstyle is sure becoming popular with the masses. Once considered a somewhat negative term, Emo hairstyles are now being embraced by trendy girls and guys alike. It’s now long hair or short, black hair or blonde and everything in between. Did Emo hairstyles get too cool and become the norm? Maybe.

One of my favorite definitions of the Emo hairstyle comes from Urban Dictionary.com:

“genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who don’t smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarves (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.”

Though that doesn’t entirely sum up the entire genre (it really just sounds like High School to me) this video montage will help put things in perspective. Emo hair might just mean teenage angst meets flat iron plus hairspray. The one common thread in all of these styles is a super uneven choppy haircut and super sleek strands usually sprayed into oblivion. (For more help with tools, check out our best flat irons section.)

I’m sure you’ve seen the Emo hairstyle emerging, it’s actually quite cool, though now that I’ve blogged about it, it just became more mainstream.

-StraightBelle

Five Drugstore Faves for Fabulous Hair

Dove Sheer Moisture Leave-in Replenishing SprayI love the fancy-schmancy products as much as the next girl, but sometimes what I want is right around the corner at my local CVS, Target, Walmart or Walgreens.

Tried and true, these are five of my favorite drugstore finds:

1- Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Mud Mask – Smells delish, works even better. Made with tons of good for you ingredients like carrot juice, carrot oil, sweet potato and dead sea mud, you can detox, detangle and de-stress those tresses. One of my favorite hair treats.

2- Dove Advanced Care Leave-in Replenishing Mist – A few pumps fights frizz and dryness, two things that really need fighting if you have thick curly hair like I do. I especially like this as a curl pick me up after a long day that is leading up to an even longer night. A spritz or two and my droopy ‘do is perky and perfect. (Pictured above.)

3- Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk – Super smoothing in an instant without the weight. I love to use this before I quosh my curls with my flat iron. Believe it or not, I also like to scrunch a little through my wet hair if I’m wearing it curly. The smoothing styler fights frizz and helps define curls if you use it sparingly. A double-duty favorite.

4- Pantene ProV Thick and Full Spray – Talk about thick and full, this styling spray definitely delivers. It’s like spraying on instant texture. Great for a little lift at the roots and some extra body on the ends, it’s probably amazing on thin hair. It does smell a tad bit potent, but with it’s plumping power, you’ll get past it.

5- Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray – You can lock in any style with this super-fine misting hairspray, and I do mean lock. Be sure your style is ready, this is one stiff styler. One spray and your hair stays put. It’s awesome for updo’s and for getting those stray hairs that think they can do their own thing. One blast with Instant Freeze will show them who’s boss.

The best part all of these are under $10 except Yes to Carrots which will probably run you $13 or so. Easy on the wallet, strong on the style, and just around the corner!

-CurlyBelle

Celeb Style: Diablo Cody

Diablo CodyI am definitely a fan of Diablo Cody’s street chic wardrobe, choppy hair style, and tongue in cheek attitude. Her personal style is part pin up girl mixed with some rocker chic plus a dash of glamour. For hair this sleek and smooth I’d fire up an FHI Platform 1″ Flat Iron. The Ceramic and Nano-Tourmaline technology will straighten and add tons of award winning shine worthy of any leopard print loving, million dollar shoe wearing, Oscar winner.

2008 Oscar Hair Highlights: Casual Chic

Marion CotillardI was so geared up for the Academy Awards last night. Watching my favorite celebs all decked out in the most glamorous gowns, dripping with jewels, and perfectly coiffed as they sashay down the red carpet oozing fabulosity. This year’s hair focus seemed less glamour goddess and more casual chic. Lots of simple ponytails, sweeping side parts and choppy bangs. For the most part, I liked the hair styles – think straight without being overly slick or polished. Of course there were a few “what was her stylist thinking?” moments that I had to GASP over, but even those are all in good fun. Gossiping over the flops is part of the whole armchair Oscar experience! Plus, I want to be prepared for those entertainment show recaps don’t I?

Here are the hairstyling highlights of the evening and my own award-winners:

Pretty Ponys– Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Cameron Diaz pulled a pony. Smooth but not sleek, posh but not polished. Sophisticated, but not serious. Who rocked it: Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway.

Sweeping Side Parts–  A side part can be very flattering, especially when the hair slightly covers one eye ala Veronica Lake. Slightly ‘come hither’ without being overtly sexy. Who swept it best: Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard (pictured).

Controlled Curls– Though not too many carefree curls last night, I say kudos to Katherine Heigl and Julie Christie. My favorite was Diane Lane, she chose Hollywood glamour and it showed last night – absolutely curl-licious.

Beautiful Buns– These starlets were spotted sporting stylish buns in and out of the oven – Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman. My pick for most becoming bun of the evening: Heidi Klum.

Fringe Bangs– Think choppy not Cleopatra – spotted on Jennifer Hudson and Diablo Cody. And the winner is? Diablo Cody, hands down. She’s also my pick for best hair of the evening.

American Idol Hairstyle: Zig-Zag Ponytails

American Idol is back in full swing and I’m already addicted to it – again – thanks to the talent, the music and Dean Banowetz, American Idol hairstylist extraordinaire. Who could ever forget Sanjaya’s faux-hawk? I’ve already spotted some hairstyle shifting among the new crop of idol wannabes so I’m sure this season we are all in for the same hair shenanigans. Take these two simple ponytail styles in the video clip below, Dean proves that some of the easiest styles have the biggest impact.

-StraightBelle

5 Top Tools Spotted in the Salon

Hai Elite RodI’m always on the lookout for the hair appliances the salons use – who better to attest to a styling tool’s greatness other than a professional who uses it all day long? While waiting for a friend to get a quick trim the other night, I couldn’t help but notice the following styling tools – call me obsessed. Here are my top five sightings (well, this week!) and my commentary of course.

#1 – HAI Convertable 1-1/4″ Ceramic Flat Iron
Pro: Silkens and smooths all hair types – it’s even on our best flat iron list!
Con: Lower price point is misleading to consumers – they don’t realize how great it is.

#2 – Hot Tools 1-1/2″ Ceramic and Titanium Spring Curling Iron – I spotted it easily by its purple barrel, though it might have been a different size – my eyes couldn’t quite judge the width.
Pro: Ceramic + Titanium technology is a great heat conductor for long-lasting curls and this is one of my personal faves.
Con: I wish they made this curling iron in a 2″ width for bigger curls. Hint, hint Babyliss.

#3 – Babyliss Pro Carerra 2 Hair Dryer
Pro: Well known and very popular, magazines love to write about this one.
Con: They are sometimes hard to get because they run out of stock so fast and that’s such a letdown.

#4 – Hai Elite Rod (pictured)
Pro: This wonderful curling wand kicks *ss and is used everywhere to create those loose celebrity curls.
Con: It really is a professional tool. It’s quite large and can be somewhat difficult to handle by yourself so if you take the plunge and buy one, be careful.

#5 – FHI Platform 1″ Ceramic Nano-Tourmaline Flat Iron
Pro: Stylists love this because it straightens hard to straighten hair well. I see this iron in a lot of salons.
Con: It’s kinda pricey when compared to the others, you might not need this much power if your hair straightens easily.

-CurlyBelle