What’s Your Party Hair Personality?

In New York, Fashion Week has started, and that means going to endless events that require primping. For those of you who aren’t taking part in that, you are not off the hook either. Christmas and New Years may be over, but Valentines Day is coming up, and before we know it, all sorts of spring celebrations!

So, when you go out to a party – what sort of look are you looking for? And how does your hair reflect that? I conferred with Marcos Diaz, session stylist at ION Studio (www.ionstudionyc.com), and got a bit of a rundown.

The Romantic
Using your hands only, pull hair back in to a ponytail. With the ponytail, mold it into a loose chignon and put bobbi pins in to hold it in place. Using only your hands to smooth the look rather than a brush, keeps it modern rather than manufactured looking.

The Flirt
For a smart, playful look, use a brush to put your hair into a high ponytail. Curl the ponytail around a 1inch curling iron. Add hairspray when done styling to tame fly-aways and add shine.

The Vixen
A great way to wear your hair down is to curl your hair with a 1inch curling iron, making sure to curl hair AWAY from your face. Once you’re done curling your hairbrush out all the curls, don’t worry about the curls falling out; brushing hair enhances the curling iron set. Make a deep side part and add some hairspray to seal the look. The deep side part is what’s key in making it an expensive and special look.

Are you ready? Try one of these looks, and tell us how it goes!

By. Aly Walansky

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.