Britney Spears’ hair makeovers: new looks for ‘X Factor,’ ‘Till the World Ends’ & more!

“Britney’s back!”
that’s what entertainment writers are saying about Ms. Spears. They are referring to the revival of her career, evidenced in her new role as an X Factor judge and her video/ad ‘Till The World Ends (Twister Remix). Others are raving about B’s new bikini bod. While that’s all well and good, we say “Britney’s back” because of her hair and style. In the past she has made bad choices like going bald and letting her extensions fall out. So far her new ‘dos have been pretty good.

As usual, Brit doesn’t stick with one style—she prefers to mix it up. Her Facebook profile photo (at top of post) is sleek, platinum blond and falls just below the shoulders. At X Factor auditions (above), she’s flaunting loose curls and a slightly off-center part (but that day her hair didn’t get as much attention as her cleavage).

Just days ago, the pop princess debuted multicolored dip-dye ends that are everywhere these days with celebs and real women alike. The teal, blue and hot pink tips came out at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last weekend. Inspired by My Little Pony (and X Factor co-judge Demi Lovato?), her mane stayed streaked on Monday. With all of Simon Cowell’s dislike for Ms. Spears’ wardrobe, we’re wondering if he’ll ban the dip-dye. (But how can he nix Brit’s color scheme without banning Demi’s?)

During promos for X-Factor, the bombshell blonde was simply lovely in the straight but full, unlayered locks that she often favors. Also in the pre-season promos, one of her Celebrity Hairstyles was spiral curled for a modern update on crimpy curls. To copy her loose curls, use a waving or curling iron. To keep that soft, sexy look, don’t brush out the curls; just finger them gently into place and spritz on a strong-hold hair spray.

As for the bleached blond color, don’t even think about doing it yourself! Go to a salon and have it done by a professional colorist. The experts at celebrityhaircolorguide.com explain the type of techniques your colorist should use. They recommend Organic Color Systems ammonia-free formula in two shades of white for foil highlights then a regrowth color cream at the roots and sporadically through the ends. For styling products, they recommend Cocktailing Hydrate Leave-In, Gloss Serum and Mousse.

In other news, Brit has been having lots of fun showing off her trim and toned figure. In a recent tweet, she included a photo of herself in a bikini with this message: “Y’all ready for summer to end? I’m definitely not!” A photo that she posted on Facebook recently showed the pop princess in a little top and cut-offs. Even though the pop princess has been working out regularly, US Weekly says the photo of her in a white bikini is four years old!

It doesn’t matter what the critics say about her body. Who needs a stick-thin figure when she has everything else going for her? It will be interesting to see if the former Disney star is able to recoup her title as top pop princess.

Sources: Britney Spears’ Facebook, celebuzz, Getty Images, the X Factor and TV Guide.

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VMAs Hairstyles…starring Rihanna in super short hair plus Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato

We hope you had a chance to watch or record the MTV Video Music Awards last night…especially if you want (or need) a new hairstyle.

If you haven’t watched the VMAs yet, go to hollywoodlife.com. or click on the photo above. For us, Rihanna was the mane news last night. Unless you read about it right before the awards show, Rihanna cutting off her hair came as a big surprise. Our response: We love, love, love it!

While Ri got most of our attention, there were plenty of other hair headliners. Some are saying the newly shorn star was inspired by Miley Cyrus, Elisabeth Moss, Emma Watson (who has grown out her hair) and Anne Hathaway (who’s in the process of going longer).

Speaking of Miley, she took an unexpected twist by wearing her hair up in a of-the-moment pompadour. She’s able to lift her short cut because the crown is longer than the base.

Taylor didn’t look much different on the Red Carpet, but why should she? Her glam looks work well for any gala, and little changes make her hair seem brand new. The darker, curly hair she sported for COVERGIRL were replaced by white  blond, straight locks.

We were about to say Demi didn’t wear a new look, but then we realized she had gone from dip-dye purple to a bright blond ombre! Knowing Ms. Lovato she’ll be changing up her mane today or in the near future (with help from extensions, temp color, whatever).

That’s all we have time for now, but we’ll get back to the award-winning hairstyles ASAP!

‘The Bachelorette': You told us you want to know more about Emily Maynard’s hair…so here it is!

Forget the rumors that Bachelorette Emily Maynard is already cheating on fiancé Jef. Ignore the related gossip about Emily sexting with Oakland Raiders Quarterback Matt Leinart.

The mane thing to remember is how much you like Emily’s hair. During the season news about her looks were a frequent topic of conversation. Some called her a diva, who was overly stressed about her hair. Others, such as her personal hairstylist Denise Antonacci, say Em is as sweet as she seemed on air.

Denise is a stylist/colorist at the Jon Ric Hair Spa in Charlotte, NC. In between Emily’s stint on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Denise suggested that Em change her hair to fit her age flatter her features. Emily agreed, so Ms. Antonacci used a balayage technique and foil highlighting to create a sandy blond color. Denise likes to leave the roots darker for a realistic, imperfect look popular with women today. The haircut changes were minimal—just a trim of the ends and the long layers.

According to Denise, Emily didn’t wear extensions during The Bachelorette because she was concerned they would be obvious when swimming or in her close-up kissing scenes. Ms. Antonacci says Em put in extensions after filming and before the flurry of promotions that followed. (We’re not sure we believe she didn’t wear extensions during the show. See the photo at right of mother and daughter, Ricki, which appeared on Huffington Post with this caption: “Sorry but that hair cannot all be real.”)

As for conditioning, Denise told Allure.com that Emily had some damage on her ends from blow-drying. “So we used the Kérastase Nutri-Thermique  Masque and some express in-salon treatments. She also uses the Kérastase Bain Satin 1 Shampoo, the Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Leave-In Conditioner, and Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie Sublimateur to prevent frizz.”

Although Emily had lots of help from Denise and the show’s stylist, she’s experienced doing her own hair at home. In a Reader’s Poll we did, your fave look of Em’s is the large spiral curls (featured on top). In a Twitterview, InStyle asked Emily, “What do you use to curl your hair?” She answered, “I use a Sultra Beauty Bombshell Curling Wand. It’s impossible to mess up!”

More often than not, the former Bachelorette wears her hair smooth with a little curl on the ends. To get that look, Emily blow-dries her hair with a Supersolano blow-dryer and an Ibiza medium-size round brush. (Denise also uses the Solano dryer to make her client’s hair shiny and smooth).

When the reality star’s hair is completely dry, she curls it on jumbo-sized Velcro® curlers, working with small sections, rolling hair away from the face and vertically on the sides. She leaves the rollers in until she’s ready to go out and then spritzes on hairspray. Emily is a firm believer of Velcro® rollers. When she was on The Bachelor, her roomies liked them so much they wanted to know everything about them!

If you need extra help to hold the curl, apply a styling product before inserting the Velcros and use a blow-dryer on each roller for about 20 to 30 seconds. After that, leave the rollers in for 10 to 15 minutes more to “set” the curl.

For a sleeker style, Emily does the same thing but skips the Velcros. You don’t even have to curl all your hair; simply give the ends a little twist with the iron. Soften the curl immediately after releasing it from the iron.

And no story about The Bachelorette would be complete without the casual coifs she wore on the show. Her ponytail (above) was a big hit with the boys and fans of the show. For one beach scene the blonde had a carefree look polished off with a braid in front.

Here are a few more of Emily’s favorite things for her hair: WEN® Cleansing Conditioner; Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo (once a week); TRESemme 24 Hour Body Hair Spray; Aveda hair spray, and Iso Beauty Hair Straightener Flat Iron.

There’s more we could say about Emily’s hair, but we’ll leave that for another time.

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss cuts and colors her hair like Twiggy’s (not like Miley’s!)

Some say Elisabeth has pulled a “Miley.”
We say, “No way!” What do you think?

Elisabeth Moss, a.k.a. Mad Woman Peggy Olson, has taken a page out of the ’60s by cutting her hair into a super-short Pixie popularized by Twiggy. For those of you who are too young to know who Twiggy was, take it from us. We wanted to look like her—more for her hair than for the stick thin figure that insired her name. (Back then we didn’t have to worry about being stick thin!)

Many writers are saying that Elisabeth was inspired by Miley Cyrus, who they are now calling a trendsetter. We couldn’t disagree more with the Miley comparison. First of all, Ms. Moss’ new shortcut has more class and is much more flattering than Ms. Cyrus’. (And we’re sure the new blonde won’t be desperately seeking attention with non-stop tweets!)

Secondly, Elisabeth has more in common with Emma Watson who went super short, pretty and sophisticated two years ago. Thirdly, the Pixie’s perfect for the retro Mad Men (even though Elisabeth is acting coy and saying she will be wearing wigs to make Peggy look the same next season).

And last, but certainly not least, E. wanted to try something new. “I wanted to do something really different,” she told US Weekly last Tuesday when interviewed at the premiere of For a Good Time, Call…

No matter what the reason, we think Elisabeth’s do-over is a winner!

Demi Lovato’s hair soars like a ‘Skyscraper’ and changes with the wind!

Demi loves to change her hair and it shows!
How do we know DLo likes to vary her hair? Because that’s what she told allure.com in an August interview. “I love changing my hair a lot,” she said. “I think it’s fun.” Here’s just a few examples of her affection for makeovers.

One jacket. Two hairstyles
When you see stars wearing their favorite things at different times, their hair doesn’t change much. That’s not the case with Ms. D. Two hairstyles worn with the same jean jacket make Demi look like new women. One day, she let her hair down so pink dip dye stands out. Another time, Demi is hardly recognizable in upswept curls held up with a scarf headband. Of course, sunglasses make a difference, too. BTW: notice how the ends are light blue instead of pink!


One night. Three ‘dos!
As any good TV host, Demi changed her hair three times the night of the Teen Choice Awards. The two shown above aren’t that different; the second is more sedate because it’s not as high and exaggerated as her look on the pink carpet. Halfway through the show, Demi threw us a curve ball. Her mane had changed so dramatically it seemed like it had been colored back stage! We’ve heard that she simply hid the blue ends when wearing the high pony. We don’t know how she covered the aqua ends, but we’re guessing it had something to do with extensions.

What we really liked that night was Demi’s dip-dye color that lots of stars and real women her age are flaunting. This wasn’t her first foray into the trendy color scheme. On June 16th, she showed up at X Factor auditions in blond and brown dipped in hot pink. That day she tweeted fans, “Loving my pink hair…”

If you think the former Disney star will settle into one hairstyle now that she’s turned 20, think again. We’re guessing it will be years before the former Disney star calms down. When she was younger, Demi wanted to experiment with purple, pink, blue or whatever hair color, she told Allure. “But I was busy trying to make it in the industry as an actress. It was hard to go in for auditions with blue hair.”

Our final prediction: now that her career is moving forward, there will be no turning back any time soon!

Sources: Bauer-Griffin, FameFlynet, Huffington Post, YouTube, Missouri College of Cosmetology, Twitter

Taylor Swift’s hair fits ‘Never Ever’ super-hit, ‘Wonderstruck’ fragrance & ‘Red’ album

As Tay’s “Never Ever” single is breaking Billboard records, her new “Wonderstruck” Enchanted fragrance is entering the market. With her Red album waiting in the wings, it looks like “third time’s the charm” for Fall 2012.

This country pop star is so happy with the name of her upcoming Red album that she has carried it over into the first ads for her new fragrance Wonderstruck Enchanted. To go with a drop-dead red gown, she’s chosen traffic-stopping tresses.

Here’s the short story on the hair: Taylor Swift’s hair is still a little darker than normal in new ads for her second fragrance Wonderstruck Enchanted debuting in September. Readers of realhairstyles.net have told us they like Taylor’s hair in curls like these the best. Although the large ringlets never seem to change much, they are a pretty fresh look…and after all, wouldn’t you stick with the same hairstyle if it were perfect?

To copy the coif you don’t have to curl hair all over, but try to find time to blow dry it first. Apply a heat-protection product and then roll hair vertically around a medium-to-large size curling iron. In front curl all around the face, and on the rest of hair curl from the cheek or chin area down. Gently place the spiral curls while spritzing with a strong-hold hairspray.

As for the fashion, Miss Swift told People.com. “I love the look of my ad. I’m wearing this amazing gown that I loved as soon as I put it on. It’s a classic look, and that’s been my recent style obsession. Anything classic and timeless.”

Getting back to the inspiration of this post, here’s what T.S. has to say her fragrance. “Wonderstruck is about that moment when you instantly feel a connection to someone, but then there’s that feeling of being completely enamored — enchanted — when you know a little more about that someone and still feel that strong connection.”

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

‘Sparkle’ style: Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo and the late Whitney Houston

Everything about ‘Sparkle’ sparkles

from the three sisters

to Jordin Sparks as ‘Sparkle’

to their mother played by Whitney Houston
in her last movie before her untimely death

You wouldn’t guess from the top photo that doing the hairstyles for Sparkle was relatively easy…but they were because of wigs!

The movie’s hairstylist Kim Kimble explained her reliance on fabulous fakes to 8makeup.com. “Wigs were the quickest way to change the hair,” says Kim. The hair wardrobe included about 200 wigs with tools such as 20 boxes of hair pins and 36 cans of hair spray.

8makeup also spoke to the movie’s makeup artist Marietta Carter-Narcisse about enhancing the eyes. She said they had a stock of a “couple hundred pairs” of fake eyelashes!

These insider tips are good news for real women who think glamorous looks are too hard to do. With extensions, tools like bun holders and a little advice from your hairstylist, you can make your hair Sparkle, too.

For the complete story, go to: “Sparkle” Hair Stylist Kim Kimble On Working With Whitney Houston (mymajicdc.com)

Is Miley Cyrus addicted to Twitter? Or is it a phase to promote her new punk style?

It seems like Miley has been Tweeting 24/7 since she chopped off her hair, but she was bingeing during the month before the do-over. She used Twitter to provide “hints” of her impending hair cut. In mid July, Miley posted the photo below after going blond—not platinum, highlighted and natural-looking.

Wasn’t there a time when Miley gave up Twitter because she was tired of getting negative Tweets? Whatever the answer, her “habit” will probably last for a while…until she bottoms out on sharing “all things Miley” with the world of social media.

If you have the answers, please share them with us!

Get the details about the photo above at usmagazine.com

Ellen DeGeneres ‘shows’ support for Miley Cyrus’ new haircut: Who wears it best?

Leave it to Ellen to lighten the negativity coming from Miley’s fans in the wake of her drastic do-over!

While many fans are dissing Miley for cutting off her hair, Ellen DeGeneres says, “I love @MileyCyrus’ new haircut so much that I copied it.” This opinion came through a Tweet (appropriate for Miley a nonstop Tweeter since Sunday and frequent visitor to Twitter weeks earlier when she was hinting that she and hairstylist Chris McMillan were planning the mane change!)

We know Ellen wouldn’t want us to compare the two, but how can we not?! Even though El’s is obviously fake (with wig and/or Photoshop), we like her version better. In fact, we’re hoping Ms. DeG copies it someday.

We’re not sure why we like the copycat coif better…maybe it’s softer because the side isn’t shaved and the color is the same all over. One criticism, though: Elle’s look is wig-ish.

In Miley’s defense, the cut is cute with its choppy, lifted layers and longer bangs. The slight variations in blond add dimension and a “real” feel.

In short, the imitation was an obvious punk for the funny girl whose hair is sort of like Miley’s to begin with–short and very light blond. But the truth is Ellen has proven that imitation is truly a form of flattery.

In the poll below we have offered an answer that reflects the flood of news that has come forth comparing Miley’s new haircut to those of former Spice Girl Victoria and Gold Medal Olympian Megan. We’ve thrown in Pink because she has worn similar looks in the past, and they look great on her!

Please let us know your opinion and thank you in advance.

OMG! Miley Cyrus’ hair is super short and platinum blond. Do you like it?

Just when we thought Miley Cyrus had done it all, she made her boldest style move to date! 

On Sunday Miley did something that was heard around the world: she had her hair cut into a pixie with a buzz on the side. While the drastic makeover seems spur-of-the-moment, it’s not. On August 6 Miley tweeted photos of herself in shoulder-length, white blond locks. Hairstylist Chris McMillan did the honors on both of the new dos. McMillan is famous for creating “The Rachel” for Jennifer Aniston, and Miley asked him for something similar. She got a pretty Rachel-like lob (long bob), but that was only a preview of what was to come. Just a week later, Chris completed the Miley makeover that conjures up images of Victoria “Posh” Beckham.

Even before the latest do-overs, Miley was taking mini steps toward the big change. On July 14 she sent followers the photo above right to announce that she had gone blond. If you’re wondering why she’s puckering up, Miley explains, “Now that I’m blonde I gotta give duck lips in every photo.” The photo on left was taken in between then and the top two dos. While there’s been a wild mix of reactions to the final cut, there seems to be consensus that it was time for that high bun to go!

Photos courtesy Miley Cyrus via Twitter

While we were finishing this post, rumors had already started circulating that Miley is hiding her new hair or maybe regretting it. Personally we think she was trying to avoid the paparazzi while walking with her fiance. It will be interesting to see how long Miley will keep the do before grabbing onto some extensions. And since she and Liam are planning a long engagement, anything can happen before the wedding.