Celeb-Inspired Hairstyles for the Style Maven on a Budget
From finding the ultimate gown to the perfect pair of heels, hair is an additional style element of your big night out. Looser, more relaxed ‘dos, as worn by the hottest statement-making celebs, are the most in-demand looks and great for every prom style! Even better, these looks can easily be done in your own at home with the right Redken products and expert tips from Redken Session Stylist, Giovanni Giuntoli – a great way to save on your prom look!
Hey Upper East-Siders, want to get Blake Lively’s full worn-in waves and be the gossip of the night? First, prep and protect hair from heat by applying Redken Fabricate 03 Heat-Active Texturizer (SRP $14.00) on damp or dry hair and blow-dry in sections with a round brush to create volume. Then work a little Redken Rough Paste 12 Working Material (SRP $17.00) between your palms and apply evenly to hair for that ragged texture, starting at the crown. Randomly curl sections of hair with a 1½ inch curling iron, alternating direction of the curls. After curling entire head, rub a little more rough paste 12 through the curls to break up and loosen them up– “It’ll create that finger-smudged silhouette with edges that aren’t super clean and polished, for a beautiful bohemian understatement” says Giuntoli.
Remember that loose-weaved updo that Lauren Conrad made famous this year at MTV’s Video Music Awards? Get her So-Cal chic style this prom that’s guaranteed to turn heads. To create the look, Giuntoli recommends first blow-drying Redken Guts 10 Volumizing Spray Foam (SRP $15.00) into the hair with a round brush for a voluminous base. Then gather hair to one side behind the neck and secure in a loose ponytail. Next, take random-sized sections from the ponytail and randomly curl the ends. Sculpt the curled-ends by scrunching in a little Redken Electric Wax 11 Shine-Fused Texturizer (SRP $17.00) mixed with Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk (SRP $16.00) with your palms to relax the curls and add shine. Dress the ‘do by securing each curl around the base of the ponytail with a bobby pin, concentrating the pinning on the side of the head and overlapping pieces on top of each other. “The ponytail is the foundation to which you can be creative with the pinning of the pieces, to express your own personal style,” says Giuntoli. Finish by carefully drawing random pieces around the face for that worn-in look.
Goodbye tightly perfected ballerina bun, hello relaxed chignon! When it comes to this classic look, loosen up with an understated bun and added height – think Hayden Panettiere at the 2008 Emmy Awards. Start by creating a voluminous base: work Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder (SRP $13.00) into damp hair and blow-dry the product in towards the back of the head. Section out a 3-4 inch front portion of hair at the forehead, and secure away from rest of hair to use later on. Using a wide-tooth comb, loosely pull the rest of hair back into a ponytail just at ear level. Mist Redken Spray Starch Versatile Ironing Spray (SRP $13.00) on the ponytail ends for added heat protection, and curl sections with a 2-inch iron, alternating curl directions. To add texture, lightly backcomb the curled ends through entire ponytail with a bristle brush. Then gently wrap the pieces circularly around the ponytail base and securing into a chignon, pinning sporadically as you wrap around and letting the bun fall into place naturally. “The trick here is to use approximately 4-6 bobby or hair pins, that way it doesn’t make the bun look overdone,” says Giuntoli. To finish, add height to the look by taking the front portion that was sectioned away and pulling it back with your fingers until it almost meets the top of bun – secure with bobby pins so it blends nicely into the look. To finish, spray a bit of Redken Workforce 09 Flexible Volumizing Spray (SRP $15.00) into your hands and work through the top and sides of the head to secure flyaways and get a polished perimeter.
Whoever said that you need big bucks for head-turning hair? Your style will be the envy of the night with these easy tips and tricks combined with the right Redken products. With everyone on a budget these days, you’ll have everyone wondering how you got such on-trend tresses without spending a fortune!