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Now we think it’s high time to ask you how you think we’re doing. Would you rather have more details about how to do the styles? Or would you like us to continue going in the same direction as we have in the past?
For a minute around New Year’s Eve, it looked like Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock were a couple. A few days later the truth came out —they’re just very good friends. While the rumors swirled, guys were wishing they were in Ryan’s place: going from Scarlett Johansson’s ex-hubby to Sandra Bullock’s sweetheart. Scarlett and Ryan split less than a month before he was photographed with Sandra on New Year’s Eve/Day. The Ryan-Sandra rumors were based on the theory that Ryan had consoled Sandra after she threw out Jesse James and that she was returning the favor for her friend and Proposal co-star.
Though the love story wasn’t true, there’s no doubt that Ryan has great taste. His two leading ladies are gorgeous, not to mention talented and smart. The mane difference is haircolor. When we think of Sandra, long straight hair comes to mind, but that doesn’t mean she always go smooth. Ms. B has been known to wear loose ringlets, tighter curls and loads of updos (like the sidesweep above) . The same goes for Scarlett, who changes her hair more often than not. Here, we see Ms. Jo in “windblown” curls (top) and in less stylized, scrunchy waves (below). Scarlett’s casual coif was perfect for the night of the “kiss”… at the MTV Movie Awards when Sandra instigated the intimate moment on stage, before the cameras!
When Taylor Swift speaks, fans listen. Her Speak Now album had first-week sales of 1,046,718 and took the No. 1 spot of Billboard’s country albums chart and Billboard 200 all-genre rankings.
A huge part of Taylor’s appeal is her hair. While tween and teen girls love the long curly locks, they seem to be warming up to her new do — still long but straight with bangs. Most recently the beautiful blonde alternates between wavy and sleek to mix up her hairstyles without making a big change. The Swift singer’s trademark curls are easiest to copy if you have a perm or natural curls. To polish up any type of curly locks, devote lots of time to styling small sections of hair at a time with a large waving iron. Another fave of Tay is ringlets — also time-consuming unless you’re blessed with perfectly curled hair. Like the first look, you should work with little strands; use a large-diameter curling iron and hold it vertically. Either way let hair cool thoroughly, finger-brush minimally and spritz with strong-hold spray.
When she feels like going straight, Ms. Swift can smooth out the curls most of the way. Styled with a blowdrier and large round brush, spiral curls are straightened yet have lots of body. If you have longer side bangs and straight hair, simply copy Taylor’s current do and sweep fringe to one side. Back in the day, T.S. wore her curls every-which-way: all up, half up, waved and rolled into a low chignon, etc., etc. …
Any way she wears her hair, Taylor is a sweetheart with a touch of mischief. So far the good girl hasn’t gone bad (like Miley, Demi et al.), AND her love life is far from dull, rumored to have dated Taylor Lautner, Cory Monteith and even John Mayer! She and her latest flame (Jake Gyllenhaal) have moved past the rumor phase into the pre-serious stage.
You have to wonder how any guy (namely JoBro Jonas) can let her go. Hopefully Jake and future beaus will think twice before jilting her… or be prepared to have Taylor “Speaking” out in a song!
Rihanna’s cherry curls… simply delish! She premiered them at the American Music Awards, and we hope she sticks with them longer than normal. Watching her hot singing/dance acts, we flashed back to Whitney Houston in happier days (right). We don’t remember the older singer going with a rich red like Rihanna’s but the ringlets and the cuts have a lot in common. Girls who wear curls can appreciate a good layered haircut. Talented hairstylists know exactly where to snip spirals so that they frame the face instead of overwhelming it. The layers also add bounce to curls that can be weighed down by too much length. Compared to straight hair, it’s harder to make curly locks shiny but highlights, salon treatments and shine-enhancing products can be a big help. Or take a cue from the stars: use hair extensions, pieces or wigs to turn on the shine. If Rihanna’s ringlets aren’t your thing, just wait for her next do-over… it’s only a matter of days!
You can tell a star’s popular when she inspires fans to participate in online polls. Based on current surveys, Demi Lovato has hit the big time! The questions range from the trivial to the major stuff (hair). With the most recent changes, Miss Lovato is barely recognizable as Disney’s girl-next-door. The mane difference is her haircolor which has gone from dark to light. She’s one of the leading brondes (brunette/blonde) along with Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, etc., etc.
Demi’s do-over is drawing lots of attention… hence the polls. The top question is: “Do you or don’t you like the new color? (Maybe you don’t care or think it’s her own business). As often happens, there’s a group of admirers who are begging the Camp Rocker to “please, please, please go back to the way it was!”
When a poll proves popular, there’s spin-offs. In this case the pollsters are asking, “Do you like Demi’s hair up or down?” We haven’t seen a survey about her in curly or straight hair, but there’s probably one out there or in the works.
If you’re like us, polls are pointless. We LIKE to see stars changing their hair. It’s only natural that a teen/adult would want to give up “girlish” for “sophisticated.” So we’re all for the rising star trading in her long black curls for a brighter, lightly layered cut.
The easiest way to copy the singer/actress’ look? Wear curly hair natural or scrunched while air-dying. It’s simple to turn casual curls into polished ringlets: simple set hair vertically with a curling iron. Alternate the direction of the curls, rolling one piece forward, the next back and so on. When time is of the essence, take it up! Brush out curls around the face and sweep hair to crown, back or into a French roll.
We’ve saved the hardest coif for last: curly locks styled straight. Demi has professionals to do what needs to be done: blow-drying hair small sections at a time over a large round or flat brush. But with a little practice you can become an expert.
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Before our hairstyle talk, we have to say a fond farewell to Lost and its fascinating characters: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Sun, Hurley, etc. The show’s finale was bittersweet in the most literal sense. While most of the reviews either strongly approved or strongly disapproved, we didn’t fall into either camp! One “awakening” after another pulled on the heart-strings, and left us feeling that some of our best friends had died and gone to heaven. On the bitter side we were disappointed that Lost was what we thought at the start of the series… that the characters were all dead (the natural result of a plane crash). We assumed the Lost souls were in limbo until they could redeem themselves and pass over to the other side. It was beautiful and touching but slightly disappointing. At first we assumed the characters were dead (after all, who could survive that plane crash?!) At the same time we were making our theories, the creators of Lost insisted that it wasn’t about dead people or ghosts. The y insisted that the “real” story was based on science (did they mean science fiction with time travel, parallel universes and polar bears in the tropics?). The most obvious, recurring themes were morality stories that appear in Christianity and most other faiths. The photo above is Biblical with its interpretation of the Last Supper (or the Lost Supper in this case). Even though we were a little disappointed at being told that Lost wasn’t about Purgatory, we were reminded that life is about the journey, not the destination. And we’re sorry this journey had to come to an end.
Lost’s hairstyles: as natural as it gets! Sun, Kate, Claire and Juliet really looked like they were Survivors on a Lost Island (except when they were tressed up for Sideways scenes). To play Kate, Evangeline Lilly wore her hair “just the way it is when I get out of bed in the morning.” We know that’s an exaggeration, because the star’s curls would have to be roughed up to match the dirty clothes and no-makeup look. Most of the time Kate’s styles were realistic, but every now and then her makeup would be too pretty when she woke up next to Jack or Sawyer.
As Sun, Yunjin Kim stuck with her straight hair, but the length varied with the Time Changes. Sun’s hair had to be blown dry with gooey products to look naturally wind-blown. Off the set, the brunette has lots of options like a loosely curled mane with bangs. Emilie de Ravin wore her long luscious waves… until her Kate went crazy and turned up with fizzy curls pulled up or back. If you have curly or wavy hair like Evangeline’s or Emilie’s, just apply a strong-hold styling aid and scrunch while drying naturally or with a blow drier. For a little more oomph finish with a waving or curling iron. Or to copy Claire’s wavy locks: braid hair while it’s still slightly damp. Sleep on the braids and undo them in the morning.
Like the others, Juliet’s striking good looks had to be played down. In fact, if you haven’t seen Elizabeth Mitchell on anything else, you wouldn’t know how pretty she is. Her thick, wavy hair were styled straight when Juliet was on the island. Off the island Dr. Juliet got to go more natural with wavy curls. Ms. Mitchell’s gallery shot shows another great style for the actress of V. This do requires more time than the others, requiring blow drying followed by a set with a large-barreled curling iron.
Evangeline’s natural curly locks easily go
from very casual to dressy casual! No matter how messy Evangeline Lilly’s hair gets on Lost, Kate stays a natural beauty! Even in her angst-filled moments, the actress is pretty in a quick bun. The rising star’s hairstyle had to be “done up” for early ABC shots, but it couldn’t be too over-the-top for the show’s setting. So for posed photos, Kate’s curls were scrunched a bit, brushed out on top. The gallery photo above shows how Kate would look if the Island(s) had a hairstylist… and she had the time between escapades. Notice how much longer Evangeline’s hair is near the series’ finale. Naturally the ringlets take more time to copy because they have to be scrunch dried until they’re thoroughly dry, finger combed and “frozen” with a strong-hold styling product.
The next pix are casual because of the hair (not the clothes). This rising star was wearing a sequined dress for a promo event, when she snuck out to get some fresh air. Notice how casual her hair looks when blown dry to loosen the ringlets… straighter hairstyles were something Kate never wore (unless she was in the sideways world of Lost). Kate could have pulled off a glam yet tousled updo like this one, but she’d need to polish up her Lost hairstyle. More casual glam is a sleek ponytail, this and a neat half upsweep would work on the show… if the dos were roughed up for the beach or forest.
A great example of dressy casual: Evangeline’s smooth hairstyle and impeccable makeup say fancy but the tank top says otherwise. While on the straighter side, ends are loosely curled and the crown combed back. As is the case with most of Kate’s “natural” looks, they translate into the real world with a little tweaking. Her standard wet look can stay as is with some kind of product to maintain the damp feel. If you have the patience, make some little braids (bigger than dreadlocks) or twist strands into the popular look of the moment.
Stay tuned for more about Lost, Kate, Claire, Jack, Sawyer, etc., their hairstyles, the back story and other good stuff about the show we love (as if you couldn’t tell)!