The fishtail braid, knotted pony or side twist… one of the hottest looks today. What’s the appeal? It’s fun, easy and oh-so-pretty! For a glam night out, Leona Lewis takes a stylized approach. Her hair designer Ben Cooke says the “fishtail braid” stands out from all the other sidesweeps that are so popular now. The easiest way to do them: take hair to one side, keeping hair loose on top, and then twist the tail. If you want to get fancy, brush hair to one side and divide it into three uneven sections (small, medium, large). Make a loose braid, secure it and gently finger to mess it up a little (if you want). Jennifer Aniston wears a casual fishtail for a scene in Just Go With It being shot in Hawaii. When Evangeline Lilly’s Kate went back to the Island on Lost, she chose a casual dress version. The crown of hair is smoothed back instead of loose and the length is twisted tighter than the others. Wear a twisted side pony now to be trendy or save it for another season (or for when your hair’s longer!). Speaking of length, shorter layers can be secured with small bobby pins tucked underneath. Actually bobby pins stuck straight into the twist add security to any twist. If your hair is simply too short to wear this way, fake it with a hairpiece. The style takes little time and effort, so you have nothing to lose and lots to gain by trying it! Photos from instyle.com, PictureGroup and ABC-TV.
After a long Mommy break, Christina Aguilera made up for lost time with an emotional performance on the American Idol finale (she was just one of many big-name stars who turned out for the big-time show). Meanwhile, the famous platinum blonde is working on a movie Burlesque and promoting her new Bionic LP. Between all of this, the working mom doesn’t have much time for music rehearsals. That’s the reason she’s giving for cancelling a tour that was supposed to start in July.
Burlesque is Christina’s first live-action movie (animated Shark Tale doesn’t count!). As its name suggests, the new movie revolves around a Cabaret-like club in LA. Ms. Aguilera should have no problem playing a small-time girl with a stunning voice trying to make it big in Hollywood. True to format, the fictional star-wannabe will have all her dreams come true (in a couple of hours!) The neo-burlesque club seems like it’s been picked up from Bob Fosse’s Cabaret.
Unless the hairstyles are totally remade for today, the singer-turned-actress already wears the kind of retro looks to match the character. A sleek, thick bob (above) is truly timeless, and could be “done” to fit any era. Another of her ageless styles is a polished, smooth chignon with baby bangs. The updo looks tailor-made for a show girl… with fiery lips, kittenish eyes and expressive makeup. Now comes the bombshell–white-hot curls a la Marilyn Monroe. In coifs like this, Christina reminds us of the young Marilyn Monroe who (like her movie character) came from a small town seeking fame and fortune! Though mostly known as a blond bimbo and struggling actress, Marilyn wanted to be a singer. She worked hard on it and was surprisingly good when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK Sr.
In short, there’s no question about it: Christina Aguilera will definitely look the part in Burlesque!
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.
Photos from ABC
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