Nothing says old-school glamour quite like voluminous, glossy hair and while this polished ’do is often reserved for the red carpet, we want to show you how easy it is to work a bit of celebrity chic into your everyday look. We caught up with Hollywood hair expert Philip B post-Oscars for expert advice on how to create fabulous, show-stopping hair any day of the week…
Preparation Is Key
Regardless of the final hairstyle you’re going for, the trick is to start off with healthy hair that is clean and fresh with a smooth, glossy finish. We recommend incorporating an at-home, rejuvenating treatment into your weekly hair routine, or even as frequently as two to three times a week if your hair is dry or damaged, to help improve and maintain its general condition.
Look for creamy formulations that are quick to absorb and rich in antioxidant ingredients and oils such as prickly pear seed oil, olive fruit oil, lemon extract and avocado oil, which help to repair, hydrate and soften strands from root to tip.
Hollywood hair expert and founder of his eponymous haircare line, Philip B created Philip B Rejuvenating Oil especially for use on the red carpet, “I actually created this unique, restorative blend especially for my Hollywood actress clients two decades ago,” says Philip. He recommends applying the oil to dry hair, from roots to ends, before heating it up with a hairdryer to help it absorb and then leaving it to sit on hair for at least 20-minutes or even overnight.
A build-up of dirt, sweat, oil and leftover styling product can weigh hair down making it appear lank and dull. A weekly scalp scrub will help lift dirt and impurities giving roots more natural lift, try Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo – which contains charcoal to draw impurities away from the scalp and hair follicle.
The DIY Blowdry
Smooth, shiny locks are the signature style of all screen sirens, but with the right products and know-how you too can achieve celebrity status hair. Start by washing with a volumizing shampoo that works to swell the hair shaft and give roots natural lift, follow with a lightweight conditioner that won’t weigh hair down but will still impart silky shine. Rinse well and while hair is still damp work a golf-ball size pump of volumizing mousse into the roots and down towards the ends to bulk out the lengths. Next, divide hair into two-inch sections, point your hairdryer (which should be on a medium setting) directly at the roots and use a barrel-style brush to lift each section of the hair up and out whilst simultaneously moving the dryer along the shaft of the hair. This action will help to create more volume at the root and ensure a glossy finish.
Philip recommends opting for a round brush that contains natural bristles to help guide the hair and gently polish each strand. Finish your style with a touch of texture, “add a little piece-iness by rubbing a dab of my Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner between your fingertips and using it to seal dry ends and calm flyaways. It gives hair beautiful, touchable texture and a more finished look – plus, makes it healthier in the long run,” advises Philip.
If at this point you want more body and waves, lightly mist hair with light to medium-hold hairspray and reach for a curling iron. When choosing a barrel, opt for a tighter curl that can be brushed through at the end to create a loose wave. The main thing to remember when creating old, Hollywood curls is to always curl towards your face.
Take a section of hair that’s about the width of two fingers and clamp the iron in the middle of the strand. Curl the barrel towards your face and wrap the rest of hair around the barrel. Hold in place for a couple of seconds before releasing. Take care to cup the curl in your hand before gently brushing through with your fingers or brush once cooled. Once you’ve created enough curls, tip your head upside down for extra va-va-voom.
The Chic Chignon
For a loose, sexy updo follow the previous steps up to the point you use the curling tongue. Thanks to the DIY blowdry, your hair will have lots of texture so simply twist it into a loose, Brigitte Bardot-style bun at the nape of your neck and pin into place. Apply a light misting of medium, soft-hold hairspray to lock in the style with medium.