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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

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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.

Country Music Hairstyles from CMT: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, Hayden Panettiere & Jana Kramer

Stars let loose with hair & fashion at the CMT Music awards!

Twice the Sparkle Carrie Underwood won two CMT awards–Video of the Year and best Collaborative Video with Brad Paisley. A one-of-a-kind sequined mini doesn’t need a dramatic ‘do, so Carrie leaves her hair natural looking, flowing waves with a little curl at the ends.

All that Glitters is Silver  Miranda Lambert is the proud winner for best Female Video title for her Over You. While there were sparklers (sparkling dresses) everywhere, Miranda and Carrie still stood out. They took a similar approach to their hair, but Miranda opted for more curl.

Party Dress, Party Curls Hayden Panettiere kicks up her heels, literally, as if celebrating her role on the new drama Nashville. To match the mood, she pins up her long hair to look way shorter than it is. All hair around the face is lifted and rolled off the face.

Flowing Gown, Flowing Hair Jordin Sparks wears a pretty, unique update on the evening dress. The modern-romance look cries out for classic AND sexy. curls. Long, layered curls rise to the challenge.

Natural Blush, Dreamy ‘Do Jana Kramer’s dress is the neutral blush color that’s so popular now. In addition to being trendy, it doesn’t shout, “Look at my dress.” It whispers, “Look at me!” Keeping it subtle, Jana chooses the soft touch of spiral curls topped with a sleek crown.

Pretty in Pink & Blond Kellie Pickler looks thoroughly modern in a short dress, casual coif, daring cleavage and Flapper-like fringe. Kellie’s long bangs blend into lightly layered, lightly curled length.

Source: Getty Images for CMT

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

‘That’s My Boy’ Horrible Movie, Great Hairstyles: Leighton Meester, Ciara, Eva Amurri, Rebecca Marshall, Crystal Allen, Abigail Klein & Carrie Wiita

We’re bringing the ‘dos to you, so you don’t have to go to them!

There are more women than you would expect in a movie about boys, and they wear good hairstyles that would work for real women. Before we get to the hairstyles, give us a moment to rant: That’s My Boy earned zero stars from one leading film critic. The buzz ranges from negative to more negative with reviewers saying Sandler has outdone himself in raunchiness! The photo at the bottom of this post depicts the over-grown boy in a hot tub with seven women, which isn’t necessarily bad, but Sandler makes it so.

Poor Leighton Meester plays the lead among a group of female characters who are doomed from the start. Judging from her photo at the movie’s premiere, it looks like Leighton survived beautifully. Loose curls, side bangs and realistic hair color add up to a style that’s pretty practical for women who have medium- to long-length hair.

Moving onto the other pawns, there’s Ciara in a classic coif with a new twist– a single braid peeking out from luscious waves. Contrasting black and blond color isn’t for everyone, but Ciara knows how to work it!

Eva Amurri Martino plays it cool by wearing an updo. You can tell the hair has been blow-dried first because it’s full and lifted in front. Meanwhile Crystal Allen always keeps her cool in a short style that takes little maintenance because the shape is built into the cut–graduated from short on bottom to longer on top.  For extra oomph, the shorty can be blow-dried with a round brush. If you have long bangs, let them fall forward, naturally!

Abigail Klein & Carrie Wiita like to wear their long hair curly, but they do it different ways: Abby wears them loose, Carrie goes with spirals. To get A.K.’s look, blow-dry hair with a round brush held vertically. Follow with a quick set using a large-barreled curling iron. As you can imagine, C.W.’s curls take more time and attention. You can start like Abigail, but more important is styling with a medium-size curling iron. Use small sections of hair and alternate the direction, going forward on one curl, back on the next. We suggest getting the look done at a salon first and watching carefully while it is being done.

From the front, Rebecca Marshall seems to be wearing a normal bun, but the side view reveals something more–a curly ponytail, lifted crown and a better view of the ringlets in front.

There’s more we could talk about, but we’re getting sick of thinking about the man who turns a long-lost son story into a tragcom. So goodbye, Adam, and good riddance!

Scene from unusually bad movie is described at beginning of post

Sources: Getty Images, Carrie Wiita, IMDb and Columbia Pictures

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.

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.

oops…maybe Paris & Nicky Hilton have better hair than we thought!

In our last post we were a little mean (OK call us catty) when we wondered why the Hilton Sisters have such bad hair. We based our long-winded rant on a few unflattering photos of Paris and Nicky from the MTV Movie Awards. When doing other research, we discovered we may have jumped the gun, letting our dislike for the Hilton sisters influence our opinion of their hair. Tooling around the www, we found some good-to-great photos that make their manes look much better. We still don’t agree with the writers who say the Hilton sisters are sexy as always (but that’s a topic for another time, and anyway we don’t have room to talk when it comes to overall beauty!). For now, suffice it to say, we were not totally accurate in our assessment yesterday.

To see why we changed our mind, click here!

Julianne Hough Blonde vs. Jessica Biel Brunette at MTV Movie Awards

go straight to celebrity HairStyles: bangs or no bangs. thick or fine. light or dark. it’s all good.

Whether famous or not, most women don’t like to be caught wearing the same thing in the same place. But that’s not an issue when it comes to hair. We doubt anyone at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards noticed that Julianne Hough and Jessica were both wearing long, straight hair. When they’re side by side, you can see the  resemblance.

THE CUT. THE COLOR.

Julianne’s mane is blunt cut with a distinct center part and single-process white blond. Meanwhile Jessica opts for ruler-straight bangs, angled fringe, subtle center part, and brown with a touch of ombré.

THE STYLING.

Getting the looks is similar, but the products vary to give Julianne more texture and Jessica more sleekness. Each ‘do starts with meticulous blow-drying, using a large round brush and working with small sections at a time. Finish with a flat iron or follow this tip from Jessica’s hairstylist Renato Campora: apply a dab of Frederic Fekkai’s Ironless Straightening Balm. (He uses another Fekkai product Brilliant Glossing Cream on the brunette’s damp hair before drying.)

Photos: Getty Images/MTV

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