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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.

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Question about ‘The Bachelorette’: do you like Emily Maynard’s hair?

From everything we’ve read about The Bachelorette, it seems like you LOVE Emily Maynard’s hair. We agree that her blond mane’s pretty, but we think it’s time-consuming and not practical for real women…unless you’re great with your hair or have help from a celebrity stylist. With the loves of her life now narrowed down to Jef and Arie, there’s little time to left to talk about this season’s Bachelorette. We don’t want to go into a lot of detail about her hairdo how-tos until we know that you’re interested. Hence the reader’s poll below.

Read more: Emily Maynard’s hair: the ‘Bachelorette’ stressed about looks all season. Can you believe it? (realhairstyles.net)

Top left photo from StarTraks, others from ABC

Carey Mulligan’s Hair: A Continuing ‘Education’ in Style

Carey Mulligan’s short hair still stands out…

After An Education, Carey cut off her long mane that worked so well for that movie set in the ’60s. In a darling short cut, the Oscar-nominated star was almost unrecognizable at the Academy Awards 2012. Since that time, Carey as changed her hair often but never gone back to long hair. Her commitment to short hair puts her in the ranks of daring stars like Michelle Williams, Emma Watson and recently Charlize Theron, who shaved her head for a role in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. No matter whether it’s for fun or work, going super-short takes a lot of guts.

How does Carey keep her cropped cut fresh?

By giving it new twists…like the modern-day pompadour she donned for the 2012 Met Ball on May 7. Her updo reflects the giddy look of her newlywed status. (She married Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons on April 21 and the Met Ball was her first appearance as a new bride!). Keeping hair longer on top offers the versatility to lift the crown away from a side part using a blow-dryer and round brush. Short hair that’s not buzzed on the sides would need to be combed back and held in place with gel. Strong-hold styling products before and after help make and hold the wave.

Bold and beautiful hair color

Light blond on top softens the crop and the dark base adds interesting dimension. As is the case with Carey’s short cut, not everyone can wear bold, contrasting shades. Don’t even think about wearing it if you don’t have a talented hair colorist!

Hairstory repeats itself

Carey’s short hair looks tailor-made for her role with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby coming out in December. Here are a couple of examples of how her Flapper ‘do fits the setting—the Roaring Twenties.

Sources: Carey-Mulligan Online and Columbia Studios.

Side-Swept Hairstyles from ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Twilight,’ ‘Total Recall’ & TV: Lucy Hale, Nikki Reed, Kristen Stewart, Kate Beckinsale & Louise Roe

Get swept away with star style!

It’s not that unusual for stars to wear their hair swept to one side, but they don’t always achieve as much variety as they did at the MTV Movie Awards 2012.

Lucy Hale looks too sweet to play a role on Pretty Little Liars. She oozes innocence wearing her hair in loose waves swept over the shoulder. In this case, Lucy’s hair is really blowing in the wind, but you can get the wind-blown effect using the strongest-hold hair spray you can find. Lift and shape hair with your fingers while spritzing.

Nikki Reed, best known for the Twilight movies, probably inherited good style genes from her hairdresser-beautician mom Cheryl. She knows a good hairstyle when she sees one, and she’s not afraid to try new things. For the MTV Awards, the actress/screenwriter/model wore a one-of-a-kind look that’s a new twist on retro glamour. It’s based on waves created either with finger-shaping, gel and clips or a waving iron. After the “set,” hair is secured in back with the other side left loose to hug the cheek. Obviously, impeccable makeup is required for the finishing touch.

At star-studded events, Kate Beckinsale barely resembles her character Selene from the Underworld, and we know she won’t be dressed up like this in the Total Recall movie due out in August. We’re not going to lie to you and say this ‘do is easy to copy. Not everyone has hair this long, thick and able to hold for 30 minutes (much less all night). Even if you meet these requirements, we would suggest getting hair styled in a salon the first time. If you’re good with your hair and really want to try it at home, concentrate on building volume with a blow-drier, volumizing product and jumbo-sized round brush. Then set hair on big rollers or using a waving iron. Another option is securing hair before curling it.

What was stylist.com thinking when it placed Louise Roe on the 17 worst-dressed stars at the MTV Movie Awards? Maybe we’re biased because we judge Red Carpet-looks mainly on the hairstyle. And even though her gown wasn’t the best, it wasn’t the worst either. We’re not going to waste room showing Louise’s head-to-toe fashion. More important are that her sidesweep is the curliest shown here. Defined ringlets are enhanced with subtle ombré coloring that gets gradually lighter through bottom half of her mane. The second photo reveals how pretty hair looks flowing over a bare shoulder.

While Kristen Stewart‘s hair isn’t the prettiest shown here, we HAD to include it because she often wears her hair swept to one side. Long layers start around the shoulders, and they are blended so well that they would be nearly invisible if they were styled smooth and straight. Unless your hair is incredibly curly, wavy or will hold a curl, you will need to allow a lot of time and product to do the Twilight look. It would help to practice ahead of time until you can get the thick, lifted mix of loose curls and waves.

Source: Getty Images/MTV

Pretty Straight Celebrity Hairstyles: Emma Watson, Christina Ricci, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Amurri & Julia Jones

Easy ways to tress up straight hair!

Straight hair is always better with a little bit of TLC as the stars give their manes when they come out at night…like they did at the MTV Movie Awards.

Fans of Emma Watson from her Harry Potter days are glad to see she’s growing out the very short-short cut that she got after her long run as Hermione in Harry’s Wizardly World. The post-Hermione look was called a pixie but it came close to being a buzzed hairstyle. We thought Em looking like Aubrey Hepburn was darling, but her Hermione admirers were shocked (and disappointed). Moving out of the precise short has given Emma more versatility and the chance to tousle her tresses because every hair doesn’t have to be in place. Golden highlights are heavier around the face drawing attention to the model/actress’s glowing personality. The style can be worn as is, but it looks best when blow-dried with a round brush after applying a volumizing product on damp hair.

Eva Amurri Martino is in Adam Sandler‘s That’s My Boy (just released today). We know her better as Hank’s student/stripper from Californication. and as Susan Sarandon’s daughter. Eva’s take on straight hair is interesting with a touch of wave and curl thrown in for contrast. Long layers and ombré highlights provide body and hold after styling with a blow dryer and a curling iron (used sporadically on the ends).

Christina Ricci, who was in TV’s very short-lived Pan Am, chooses the easiest route for straight hair–short. The movie/TV star has the guts and good looks to wear a ‘do that shows off her face (and high forehead). Styling is straight-forward: simply apply gel and comb into place. Experiment with blow-drying or a flat-iron to achieve a smoother finish.

Twilight’s Julia Jones wears a bob, the tried-and-true style for straight hair. Instead of being ruler-straight, the ends are notched (or texturized as a hairstylist would say). Like Christina, Julia can carry off a dramatic ‘do that’s made that way with a center part.

How-to secrets for Julia’s hair work well for adding volume to any straight hairstyle. When hairstylist Cervando Maldonado worked with Ms. Jones, his first goal was to calm frizz. According to usmagazine.com, he applied Rose Veil Oil evenly through damp hair. After blow-drying the bob with a round brush, he made pin curls and left them in for 10 minutes. He added a bit of wave using a curling iron, but you could just gently brush out hair after the set.

Jennifer Aniston wears one of her trademark styles–long, straight and angled in front. Jen is famous for starting the “Rachel” trend from Friends (mid-length, heavily layered, very highlighted and highly stylized). She’s stated time and time again how much happier she is with her casual coif that’s become a modern classic. You can imagine how the look can be recreated: simply blow-dry hair over a large round brush. If you want (or need) more polish, use a flat-iron or jumbo-sized curling iron.

Julia photo from contactmusic.com. All others Getty Images/MTV.

Charlize Theron shaves her head: it’s bold, but is it beautiful? Knowing Charlize, the answer is ‘Yes’!

While everyone else is talking about Charlize shaving her head, we’re thinking, “When will she take off the hat(s) and show us the results?”

Anyone who follows entertainment or style knows that Charlize Theron cut off her hair in the last week. Peoplestylewatch.com reported that the long-haired blonde was photographed walking into a salon on June 6, and hasn’t been seen without a hat since.

On Sunday, Ms. Theron kept the news under wrap, wearing a beanie cap to and from a Pilates class. While the cold-weather topper seems odd for a hot day in L.A., you have to remember that celebrities and celeb wanna-bes wear UGG boots year-round.

On Monday, news of the barely-there haircut broke when Charlize wore a fedora that couldn’t hide her shaved nape. (As opposed to Mom’s hat the day before, a little knit cap seemed absolutely normal, not to mention adorable, on her son Jackson.)

While we’re not surprised that Charlize would make such a bold style move, it DOES seem dramatic when you consider her ultra-feminine look less than two weeks ago at the MTV Movie Awards. Char made a grand entrance in slightly-wavy straight hair and a red-hot dress.

If it were anyone else, you might think this is a publicity stunt to promote Prometheus or build “buzz” around Mad Max 4: Fury Road, which hasn’t even started filming! Jaded fans might argue that Charlize is wearing a buzzed-hair wig under those hats. It’s safe to say Ms. Theron is following in the footsteps of actresses Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore, Cynthia Nixon, etc. who have shaved their heads for a role.

Only time will tell if this transformation will have a big payoff like the Oscar she won for Monster. Only a short time (hours, days, a week) will tell the details of the latest daring ‘do in the Celebrity World!

Sources: FameFlynet.uk.com & AKM Images/GSI Media

Tony Awards Hair & Fashion: ‘ 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs & ‘NCIS’ Cote de Pablo

Overall the Tony Awards are not known for their glamour, but that doesn’t stop individual stars from going all out on American Theatre’s Big Night. As always, the best-looking actresses of the night coordinate their hairstyles to match their evening gowns. When done correctly, the results are stunning as shown by Beth Behrs and Cote de Pablo.

One of the 2 Broke Girls, Beth lets her bare back do all the talking by wearing a simple ponytail. While the sleek front appears conservative, the back breaks out into a big wave.

NCIS’ Cote changes her look simply by switching her expression from sexy to friendly. The brunette also chooses a pony, but she takes it to the side. The loose curls spilling over the shoulder are pretty yet don’t take away from the low neckline and high waist.

Even better than all this is how easy the looks are to do: just curl or use a waving iron on hair before ponying it up in back or to one side!

Sources: Getty Images and CBS.

Paris & Nicky Hilton: can’t you afford to have better hair?

For all the money they have, you’d think the Hilton sisters would have the best manes in the world!

Maybe their high opinion of themselves says, “We DO have the best looks money can buy.” Perhaps they feel that designer fashions and jewelry are enough.

Watching them at the MTV Movie Awards, we couldn’t help notice how bad their hair is. We wonder if they even attempt to get a natural-looking hair color? Paris’ bleached-out blond looks like a white T-shirt that has “yellowed” after too many washings. Nicki’s shade is less bitter, but not much better. Both hair colors lack dimension and personality. Like most women, they let a bit of their dark roots show, but Paris goes too far showing her roots around the face.

They also seem oblivious to the sickly condition of their strands. Paris’ mane is thicker than Nicki’s yet it thins into spiky split ends. Meanwhile, Nicki could have had a cute cut IF she had maintained the angled fringe. Nicki’s lack of hair is even more noticeable where pieces get lumped together. The more we look at them, the more their hair reminds us of worn-out brooms.

While their hair is horrible, their stilted poses were the first thing that got our attention on Sunday. What we really want to know: are the Hilton sisters robots, aliens, zombies or escapees from a wax museum?

Take another look at the Hiltons. There’s not much difference between the top two photos; it seems like the sissies didn’t move in between shots and every hair stayed in place. Their arms are “glued” around their waists as celeb sisters are wont to do (think the Olsen twins). We don’t see any difference in Paris between the first and 2nd look, but the full-figure view shows Paris stuck sticking out her derriere (or is it just the angle?). In contrast to Paris’ frozen smile, Nicki has vacant eyes and non-expressive lips. Oh yeah, Nicki rotates her head ever-so-slightly. In yet another pose, the two prove they are alive: Nicki kicks up her feet, while Paris lifts her right arm and breaks her smile…but they still have bad hair!

MTV photos by Getty Images

Emma Stone’s Hair Color: White Blond vs. Strawberry Blond

Will the real Emma Stone please stand up?

The answer is both…and there are too many Emmas to count! Anyone who loves to follow hairstyle trends and their fearless leader knows why there are many versions of this blonde/redhead/brunette/almost-any-color-ette. She ranks with other famous chameleons yet provides us with a milder versions ranging from Madonna to Rihanna, Lady Gaga to Gwen Stefani, and Drew Barrymore to Katy Perry…

her hair color changes from month to month or week to week!

The White Blonde above was the color du jour on Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, where she was named MTV’s first Trailblazer. Only a month ago her Strawberry Blonde was enchanting at the MET Ball 2012. (With those Lanvin hair ornaments and higher-than-high updo everyone was talking about the hot look.)

Emma’s shades are more wearable than most

As we hinted at above, Emma’s hair colors are more likely to be copied, as opposed to the other makeover queens. Obviously bleached blond isn’t for everyone, AND the majority of real women would choose an Em shade that’s fairly close to their natural hair color (one to two shades lighter or darker). Single-process, semi-permanent treatments are easier to maintain and change than high- and lowlights.

Even similar styles are different, depending on finishing touches & the color

Here, two updos feel different…the first exudes classic elegance, the second girlish charm! Curls are the base of both styles; the first ends up as a messy bun, and the second a messy topknot. Both looks were designed to be “fun,” according to Em’s stylist Mara Roszak. We think she achieved that, don’t you?