I love the Oscars. The movies, the dresses, the drama – and don’t forget, the beautiful hair and makeup! And while you may not be able to wear the exact gowns (find my favorites from Oscars night here), you can recreate the red carpet beauty looks! I partnered with Bella Bethesda Salon, an absolutely fantastic hair salon in Bethesda, MD, to bring you step-by-step instructions for achieving the red carpet hairstyles from Jessica, Charlize, JHud and Naomi! HUGE thanks to the Bella Bethesda Salon stylists who lent their expertise – if you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by to see them!
Jessica Chastain: Old Hollywood Glamour
A long cascade of loose curls was the perfect match for Jessica Chastain’s dazzling copper hued Armani Prive sparkler. Jessica called her get-up a “very Happy Birthday Mr. President dress.” To channel her old Hollywood glamour, follow these easy steps provided by Bella Bethesda Salon’s Kristian Davis.
- Start by parting hair into a deep side part. For added volume, try parting hair on the opposite side than you normally do.
- Rub leave in conditioner (try Phyto 7) through hair and blow dry using a round brush.
- Prep hair with an anti-frizz balm (try Phytodefrisant). Divide hair into 2 inch sections and curl using a 2 inch curling iron.
- After releasing each curl from the iron, twist it and pin it down to maintain the shape. Spray each section with hairspray (try Sebastian re-shaper).
- Make sure to curl the hair in the same direction around the head. Once the entire head is curled and the hair has cooled, release the pins.
- Lightly brush curls out and spray with hairspray.
Charlize Theron: The Perfect Pixie
One of the most recent stars to shave her head for a role, Charlize Theron rocked a closely cropped pixie on the red carpet Sunday night. Charlize revealed to Ryan Seacrest that shaving her head “was the most freeing thing she’s ever done” and that she thinks “every woman should do it.” While we might not all be as brave as her (or blessed with her high cheekbones!) Bella Bethesda Salon’s Kristian Davis shares how to style this effortless look at home:
- Run a styling cream (try Phyto Curl Cream) through wet hair for texture and hold.
- Blow dry hair and create a slight part. Brush hair forward along your part and sweep hair up and away from the crown of your head.
- Rub a small amount of pomade or paste (try Phyto Fiber Paste) in your hands and work through hair.
Jennifer Hudson: Sleek and Sexy
Jennifer Hudson has never looked better! The singer sported sleek, pin straight locks and modern, full bangs on the red carpet and then updated her hairstyle with loose ringlets for her performance of “And I’m Telling You I Am Not Going” later on in the night. Bella Bethesda Salon co-owner and stylist Lindsey Dabney Cabrera shares her tips for getting this look:
- Use a little more than a pea size amount of relaxing serum (try Pureology Super Smooth Relaxing Serum) and run throughout your hair.
- Blow dry hair by using a round or flat brush and aiming the dryer face down the hair shaft. Try not to elevate the hair away from the scalp.
- Blow dry fringe with a very small brush. Do not lift hair away from face while drying.
- Spray hair with anti-frizz spray (try Pureology Radiance Amplifier Anti-Frizz Spray) and flat iron hair in small sections.
Naomi Watts: Tousled Updo
Naomi Watts’ rocker chic, tousled updo was the perfect complement to her sequin encrusted, futuristic Armani gown. Bella Bethesda Salon’s Abby Whalen says this classic look is perfect for any occasion. Here’s how to recreate it at home:
- Start with slightly dirty hair that will hold the style best. Tease the hair starting at the root to create volume.
- To protect and prep hair, spray each section with thermal setting mist (try Redken Hot Sets).
- Section hair off behind ears and toward the back of your head. Working from the sides, curl sections of hair using a 1-inch barreled curling iron or hot rollers. Curl hair away from face.
- Let curls cool before combing through with fingers and a wide tooth comb.
- Grab a large section of hair from the nape of the neck a twist back into a low, slightly messy bun. Pin to secure.
- Grab a handful of hair from the top of the head and using your fingers and comb, create a slight poof before pinning it down.
- Twist remaining, small sections of hair back and pin to secure.