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A Scandalous Up Do!

January 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Screen Actors Guild awards were on Saturday night, and there were some really beautiful hairstyles from the evening. I was looking through all of the styles and wanted to find a hairstyle that I could explain how to achieve the look at home. I wanted to find something that was simple, elegant and playful and could be worn to a formal event or to a Friday night dinner.

I chose Kerry Washington’s updo from the Screen Actors Guild awards. It’s clean, simple and fun!


There are a couple of things to consider for this style like, how high or low do you want the bun to sit and how much height do you want on top.

Step 1. With all of your hair down, take a round, “halo” section where you want the bun to sit. If it’s straight off the back of your head like in the picture then your section will sit somewhere in the lower crown area, above the occipital bone. The halo section will vary depending on hair density. The more hair you have the bigger the section.

Step 2. Gather that hair and make a ponytail. Slide a hair donut (matched to your hair shade. I prefer the donut to always be slightly darker than your hair color) over the ponytail and bobby pin into the round base of that section. The donut gives you the elevation off the back of the head without having to excessively backcomb.


Step 3. Gather all of the remaining hair, pull it back and over the hair donut and join to the existing ponytail. Place another ponytail holder over that section.

Step 4. Take the ponytail and lightly twist and coil around the base of that section, pin and secure.

If you are using a headband that has a velcro, snap or adjustable closure you can add it at this time. If you are using a headband that stretches to fit snugly to the head, put the headband on FIRST before any of the steps. Wear it around your neck and after you finish the last step you can pull it up and into place.

Finish with take a metal tailcomb and spray it with hairspray and glide it over the style to smooth out any fly away hairs.

Here are some other variations of the same look. Enjoy!



Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since my last blog entry…just got back from the Papal Conclave! The Cardinal’s are diva’s about their hair and Francis is a product whore! j/k.

I wanted to kick-off this entry with something fun and something that you all can incorporate into your daily styling routine…Headbands! I’ve been obsessed with this trend since I did hair at the 2010 CFDA awards (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and I was part of the Donna Karan hair team. A main part of the look were these thick patent leather headbands. They were so graphic, made a big impact and added drama to the look.


We just saw this trend continue in Pamella Roland’s Fall 2013 collection at NY Fashion Week. It has also trickled down into more wearable, commercial styles. In fact, it’s a huge wedding trend now where brides- to-be are ditching the traditional veil for decorative headbands.


Nicole Richie has her own line of “hair jewelry”, a.k.a. fancy headband’s under her fashion label, “House of Harlow”. The line is mostly metals which does give the feel of jewelry for the head. Some of the styles give a 1970’s boho vintage impression.


Other celebrities like, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Stone are embracing the trend in a more casual, classic way.


Another way to incorporate a headband, if you don’t have one, is to use your own hair! I love this look! A simple three strand braid that’s started underneath in the back and wrapped around the top of your head can make a great headband. Again, it’s just about taking your look and adding some charm and interest to it.


So, next time you’re heading out the door, stop, check the mirror and think about adding a headband. Try a piece of ribbon, a braid or a colorful shoe lace if you’re desperate…just remember to keep it simple.

Gotta run…I have to ship Frank his extra hold hairspray.