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Mad Men Hairstyles still great, show’s not so hot!

Mad Men

We were let down with the long-awaited return of Mad Men. The season premiere left us in cold after two hours of TV that was almost 50% full of ads. We expected there to be limited interruptions made possible by one or two sponsors.

Our disappointment doesn’t relate to the hairstyles, much less the acting. Christina Hendricks is stunning as usual in her sleek updo. Even when she’s wiped out from being a new mom (and having her mom around!), she’s pretty. Actually it’s fun to see that “Joan” is like us real women–naturally messy inher just-got-out of bed look and eyeglasses.

With her hair down, Christina shows off gorgeous loose waves that seem au naturel. When swept up, the hair is full yet sleek, long side bangs and lifted crown. Updating the retro ‘do is simple: just tone down the volume and mess it up a bit!

As for “Peggy,” not much has changed. Elisabeth Moss is still playing down her true beauty to match her super serious copywriter extraordinnaire. Like Joanie’s updo, Peggy’s flip can be less exaggerated. Her “done” hairstyle popped up at Don’s surprise b’day party. It, too, can be modernized by turning down the volume and breaking up the curls.

As for “Betty,” we wouldn’t know what’s to come if we hadn’t seen promo photos of January Jones donning ‘dos like these. The trademark flip isn’t shown here, but it’s bound to show up once she comes back in the storyline.

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The women of Mad Men: Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks

The fashion critics seem to diss the women of Mad Men every chance they get. The negative reviews usually focus on their wardrobes, but January Jones often garners bad marks for her hairstyles. January’s hair is either too messy, too trendy, too sedate, too whatever. We’re wondering what those holier-than-thou fashionistas are thinking after seeing the Mad Man & Women on the cover of Rolling Stone’s September issue. A recent flurry of comments resulted from the Emmys, where the top actresses struck a confident pose. January Jones was criticized for her messy hair and her short, electric blue dress with a pointy corset-style bodice. Elisabeth Moss was snickered at for her old-fashioned glamour look. And as usual the Joan Rivers types slammed Christina Hendricks for showing off her curvy figure at a time when stick-thin women are still in vogue. A few of the experts ARE predicting that the hourglass silhouette will be everywhere next season. Perhaps hairstyles will follow suit and become as voluptuous as the women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency.

Here they show how high volume works on straight to curly locks. The ever fearless leader of the pack, January is steps ahead of the trend with her asymmetrical bob and kicky ends. If you have a good haircut, styling is as easy as applying a volumizing product, blow-drying hair upside down, gently combing and fingering into place and then spritzing on a strong-hold spray. Next we see that while Peggy’s away, Elisabeth will play! On Mad Men the secretary-rising star of the agency, Peggy is slowly becoming a little less dowdy and a little more feminine. But even when she turns on the glamour, Peggy stays restrained. It’s fun to see the real woman behind the character–Ms. Moss pretty, glamorous, poised yet totally relaxed. Her do isn’t as difficult as you might think. After blow-drying hair with a round brush, set it on hot rollers and let hair cool before brushing it.  Back-comb, gel and spray to your heart’s desire. Like Elisabeth, Christina gets to step out of the strict secretary/office manager position. When Christina is able to let Joan’s hair down, out of the tight updo, she looks real. To copy, curl hair vertically with rollers or a big-sized curling iron.

We’ve come to the end of our episode. To be continued…