Front Row at NY Fashion Week: Best Celeb Hair

There were schoolgirl braids and headbands at the Marc Jacobs show, deep side-parts and sleek ponytails at Hugo Boss. Kate Spade’s models strutted the runway with super-high ponies, while bangs were braided at Nanette Lepore, and curls were wide and slightly frizzy at Alice + Olivia.

All these styles were fun. But it was the celebs in the front rows who showed off hair that we want to copy in real life. Here’s a look.

Anna Kendrick’s hair was parted in the middle, straight and gleaming at the Jill Stuart show on February 8.

Two days later, her locks were pulled back with a few long pieces left out to frame her face. It was the perfect no-fuss look for New York’s snowy weather.

Carrie Underwood wore her hair loosely curled at the Rebecca Minkoff show. Her hair was picture perfect, but her outfit was another story. Bare legs in freezing temps? Yes, sometimes celebrities do seem to live in a parallel universe.

At the Carolina Herrera show, Tina Fey played it chic with her hair pulled back in an unadorned knot.

Solange Knowles kept it natural at the Milly show. And she gets best in show when it comes to pairing coat and handbag (love the fringe!).

How to Extend the Life of Your Blowout

We’ve all been there: You spend an hour achieving a gorgeous, frizz-free blowout, only to wake up to a crinkled, limp mess. But don’t worry. There’s an easy fix! Using the right techniques and products -- starting before you even touch the blow-dryer -- will help you maintain your style for days.

The most important step to achieving a long-lasting blowout is a good wash. “Without a clean head of hair, your blowout will not last, and is likely to get oily quicker if there is any residue left from previous products,” says Jacqueline Romero, salon manager at BLOWN, a blow dry salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Look for products that work with your hair type, she adds. Dry hair craves products that add moisture and shine, such as a shampoo with shine-boosting argan oil. For flat hair, use something with a bit of grip, or products that add body, such as silicone-free volumizing shampoo.

For a smooth look with added bounce, Romero suggests this blow-dry technique: Flip your head and rough-dry your hair, focusing on getting the roots dry to maintain the lift. Using either a large round brush or vented paddle brush, section the hair into four quadrants. Lay the hair onto the brush, and angle your blow-dryer to keep the hair on the bristles. Move from the roots through the mid-shaft to the ends while continuously turning the brush. Repeat until hair is dry. Tip: If you have bangs or a fringe, blow-dry that part first.

Lightly top off your flowing locks with a shine serum. “Apply just to the ends of the hair, avoiding extra oil at the roots,” Romero says. When your hair hits the “oily” day, use a dry-shampoo. “Your blow-out will last up to 2 days longer with a dry shampoo,” Romero says. To apply, make long horizontal sections in hair and spray shampoo into the first inch of the root. Brush through to disperse product. Tip: Sleep on satin pillowcases to prevent frizz.

Hair Color Trends We’re Loving Right Now

If you’ve been contemplating to change your color this year, now’s the time to be bold and do it. With spring just around the corner, it’s time for a gorgeous renewal. To help you get started, we asked celebrity colorists to share the big color trends 2014. We love what they said!

1. It’s the year of the platinum blonde.

“I have dark brunette editors at Vogue and Marie Claire asking for platinum,” says colorist David Todd of the David Frank Salon in Scottsdale, Ariz. The runways were also packed with former dark-haired beauties now showing off that lightest of all blonde shades. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Miley Cyrus and even Kim Kardashian are all going light blonde, and “it’s happening in every hair salon across America,” says Todd.

2. Monochromatic color is the new power shade.

Todd calls this “power color”: It's hair color like you mean it -- no in-between shades or wishy-washy tones, he says. Whether the color is red, blonde or brunette, it's solid and strong with no obvious highlights. Blondes are bright and light, brunettes are deep and rich, and reds are vibrant.

3. Pastels are passé.

“The color trend I'm seeing less and less of and I predict will be out in 2014 is pink, blue and other rainbow colors on adult women,” says Todd. “These hair dyes have very large color molecules which wash out very quickly and look like a faded mess after just a couple of shampoos.” Which is OK for 13-year-olds, but at our age? Not so much.

4. Ombré gets an update.

“Modern ombré is about having depth at the roots that fade into lighter tips,” says Todd, “with subtle gradations and a soft haze between shades.” Frank Galasso, a Hollywood colorist who tends to the tresses of Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Williams and Sharon Stone, adds that ombré is a great, low-maintenance way to go lighter.

“Your natural color will still frame your face so you can experience a lighter look without it being too drastic,” says Galasso. “I always recommend highlights about three shades lighter than natural. It gives the hair a shiny glow.”

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Hair Color Makeover: DIY or See a Pro?

If you’re going just a shade or two lighter or darker than your natural color, you can achieve great results with today’s nearly foolproof at-home color products. (For more dramatic makeovers, see a pro -- you’ll want to leave the complicated process of going from, say, brunette to platinum to the experts.) Plus, many color lines have websites that are loaded with advice and can also connect you to pros through on-line chats to give you tips on application and choosing the color that’s right for you.

Go into a color tweak with an open mind, Todd suggests. “Start with some feedback about what’s working and what’s not,” he says. “Often we don’t see ourselves objectively and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. For a minute, forget about your ideas about what color is best for you and get some professional suggestions.” And scrape the notion that you need to keep your hair on the dark side during the winter. “Contrary to popular belief,” says Todd, “winter is a great time to go slightly lighter. The skin gets lighter so a bit less color in the hair works well. Save the low lights for summer when you’ve had a bit of sun.”

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Maintain Your Hair Color and Shine

Once you’ve achieved your gorgeous hue, you can maintain it with a little bit of TLC. “The foundation for any hair care routine is a good shampoo and conditioner especially formulated for color-treated hair,” says New York celebrity colorist Kyle White, whose roster includes A-listers like Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Naomi Watts. Products like a color preserve shampoo give your hair a protective outer layer that helps keep the color from fading and also adds moisture and shine.

You’ll also want to be sure to use a product like a heat protection and shine spray whenever you use a hot styling tool. “The same way colored clothing tends to fade when placed in a dryer,” White says, “flat irons and other high-heat styling tools can fade color and dull shine.”

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Hot Date on Valentine’s? Get Hair Tips From Our Celebrity Stylist!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Whether you’ve been with your sweetie for two years or two weeks, get ready to spice things up with an ultra-glam come-hither look that’ll have him falling for you all over again. And hey, if you haven’t met your valentine yet, we’re betting you will soon when you try one of these flirty hairstyle ideas, inspired by the heads of our favorite beauties. Check ’em out, along with tips from our celebrity stylist Julia Papworth, and get ready to up your game come February 14.

1. Jessica Alba’s Old Hollywood Glam Curls

Knock his socks off this Valentine’s Day by channeling old Hollywood glamour a la Jessica Alba. To get the look, Papworth recommends starting out with a great volumizing cream. Then blow-dry your hair using a round brush and create a deep side part. With a 1-inch curling iron, now curl medium sections of hair horizontally across your head. As soon as you’re done with each curl, clip it up to allow it to set. Once your head cools a bit, take down the curls and brush through your hair to separate them. Apply a small drop of a smoothing cream, like argan serum, to calm any flyaways and mist on a medium hold hairspray to finish up.

2. Charlize Theron’s Sophisticated Side Bun

A carefree but elegant updo like Charlize Theron’s is perfect for Valentine’s Day. For this style, begin with dry hair. Curl your entire head with a medium-sized iron to add some texture, and piece out the curls with your fingers once they cool. Next, tease your crown to add a little lift. Pull your hair back and to the side, right behind your ear, to create a bun. Secure it with bobby pins, tugging out a few strands to give it that messy, sexy vibe.

3. Diane Kruger’s Messy Side Braid

Paired with a glitzy ensemble, this messy side braid is loose, gorgeous and oh so romantic! Start with dry hair and apply a sea salt spray to add some texture; braid loosely to the side, advises Papworth. Don’t forget to leave out some curly tendrils because the messier the better for this style.

4. Lauren Conrad's Luxurious Curls

Lauren Conrad is the queen of dreamy hairdos. Rock her signature luxe long curls to really make him swoon. Julia suggests applying a smoothing cream from the mid lengths of damp hair through the ends first. Spray a volumizing spray at your roots and then blow dry with a medium-sized round brush. After blow-drying, use a large-barrel curling iron (around 1.5 inches depending on your hair’s thickness) and curl in vertical sections around your head. Make sure to direct the curls away from your face. Once the curls cool, mist a brush with a light hold hairspray and brush through. 

5. Taylor Swift’s Va-Va-Voom Locks

Do vintage ’80s volume with a twist this Valentine’s Day! Start with towel-dried hair, and apply volumizing cream to the mid-lengths and ends of hair, and a volumizing hairspray to your roots, says Papworth. Blow-dry your fringe first as it can air-dry very quickly. Use a paddle brush on your bangs to achieve volume and smoothness, and then move on to the rest of your head. Blow-dry with a large round brush to get optimal lift, and after each section is dry, pin it up to allow it to set and cool. Leave the ends of your hair slightly out of the pin to help avoid curly ends. After cooling, let the hair down and separate with your fingers.


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Give New Life to Winter Hair

We complain about the humidity all summer long, but when it disappears, our hair stops shining along with our T-zone. “To have good hair in winter, you’ve got to know what you’re up against and how to beat the elements,” says stylist Jayne Wild, director of Wild Life Hairdressing in Sydney. Thankfully, it’s easier than it sounds.

Tackle Static
Virtually every hair type is more prone to static in winter, because there is less moisture in the air, according to Nikki Yazxhi, editor of beauty blog Bella Mumma. “Even the fact that you wear different manmade fibres exacerbates the problem,” she says. The good news is that well-nourished hair copes better, so switch to a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Another trick: Spray a small amount of hair spray on a natural bristle brush and smooth it from the roots to the ends -- stiff plastic bristles actually encourage static.

Rethink Your Routine
“A lot of people change their skin routine in winter but forget to do the same for their hair. Within weeks, their hair is dull and frizzy,” says Wild. If your issue is compounded with limpness, apply conditioner from the ears down. And unless you have very fine hair, use a deep conditioning mask once a week. A dab of silicone-based serum before blow-drying will tame the frizz too.

Add Colour
When you look dull all over, you might consider booking a facial. But your cash may be better spent on adding a new colour to your hair. A few streaks around the hairline and the part of your hair can brighten your whole look. The trick is to only highlight a shade or two lighter than your natural colour so that everyone thinks you’ve just returned from holidays. Also, “a semipermanent hair color is the quickest way to add body and shine,” says Shane Henning, creative director of Noddy's On King in Sydney. Henning recommends going a little darker if you’re a brunette, and highlighting fair hair with warmer tones, like a soft caramel.

Use a Brush
Ask yourself: When was the last time I actually brushed my hair? Summer is all about messy layers, textured curls and easy-looking styles. So we often abandon traditional grooming for finger styling and a little salt spray. Wild says that finding your brush again can make a huge difference. “Running the brush from roots to ends will add moisture, as it distributes your natural oils,” she says. “And a paddle brush with a magnet in the handle can also prevent static by neutralising the electric charge.”

Try a New Style
Cashmere scarves and wool hats can be exciting after a long, hot summer, but when you peel away the layers, your hair can look a little Young Einstein. Henning suggests an elegant updo, such as a soft chignon. Use a fine-tooth comb to gently tease the top and sides of your hair, and just a little at the crown; sweep your hair straight back with your hands into a low ponytail; tease the underside of the pony using the fine-tooth comb and twist into a loose bun, using pins to secure it. Mist with a little hair spray to finish. 

Get a Cut
Dry, frizzy ends are a result of lack of moisture, and sometimes damage too. Yazxhi says that losing even half an inch or snipping off the ends every six weeks can make a huge difference. “Experiment with noncommittal styles like fringes and shorter layers around your face. These are much easier to wear in the cooler months and will have grown out by summer when you tend to wear your hair off your face,” she says. 

So, Style Glossy readers, what is your greatest winter hair woe?