It was tough to pick any “worst dressed” contenders out of this year’s batch of beautiful Oscar gowns, and the hairstyles didn’t disappoint either. From romantic updos to retro curls, click through to check out five celebrity hairstyles we loved on the red carpet–and how to recreate them at home!
Bright blues, radical reds and the perfect deep purple: They’re all shades we’re craving for our tresses this fall. That’s why we’ve assembled a gallery of boldly colored dyed hair as inspiration. From unnatural oranges to the starkest white, we’ve got the shades you crave.
One word of warning: In order to get any of the colors in this gallery, you’ll likely have to bleach your hair first, which can cause a great deal of damage and breakage to hair.
And tell us: If work and school didn’t care, what shade would you dye your hair?
Remember that time you accidentally became a huge fan of Skrillex and decided to shave off the hair on one side of your head? Yeah, well, if you lived in North Korea, you could get in major trouble — and not just with your parents who “just don’t understand” your love of Dubstep.
State actors in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang have distributed photo cards offering state-approved hairstyle options. We are particularly fond of numbers 6, 8 and 16. Keep reading »
I don’t care how cliche it is, I am a girl that loves a good awards show. The bigger the stars (and the more of them), the better. The Oscars have all of my favorite things in one place: glitzy dresses fresh off the runway? Check. Incredible hair and makeup? Check. Acceptance speeches that run the gamut from hilarious to tear-jerking to obnoxious to secondhand embarassment-inducing? Check. A valid reason to drink to excess and yell at the TV screen that doesn’t involve sports? Check! I don’t necessarily wish I was famous (though there are some pretty undeniable perks, i.e. free everything), but I definitely like to approach Oscars night as the ideal opportunity to act like I am. This doesn’t mean I like to get all dressed up and put on loads of borrowed jewelry and have an awkward conversation with Giuliana Rancic — actually, it’s kind of the opposite. Come Sunday night, I will be doing one thing and one thing only, and that is treating myself with some full-fledged pampering, fuzzy bathrobe style. Or shall we say, celeb-style? So please, get your hair masques, face masques, everything masques at the ready. Put your best pajamas on and pop the Moët & Chandon (it’s the official champagne of the Oscars!). Here are the luxurious treatments I’ll be indulging in while I sit back and watch the 85th Academy Awards…
“This is my midlife crisis, the bangs. I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”
–Michelle Obama has a “Stars: they’re just like us!” moment on “The Rachael Ray Show,” revealing that, like millions of women before her, she decided to cut her bangs on her 49th birthday, in the midst of a midlife crisis. Her sassy new do appears in her latest official White House portrait, shown above. As someone who has made some really terrible hair decisions as a result of various existential crises (I once got an impulse pixie cut at a salon called “The Hack And Wack”), I applaud her restraint, and I think she looks great. [People]
See, even Michelle Williams has to deal with that awkward stage between having a pixie cut and… not having a pixie cut. It’s pretty cool that she’s choosing to wear the length as is (which is admittedly kind of Kate Gosselin-esque, no?) without going the extensions route, which she could so easily do. Don’t worry, Michelle, you still look adorable! I’d still marry you, and that Jason Segel lad, too! Take me in as your concubine! I’ll meet you in Red Hook! Creepy? Creepy. [Photo: WENN]
Rodarte’s runway shows are known for being innovative with beauty — after all, they brought us those gorgeous gold scattered star hair clips, and last fall’s Australian Outback-inspired makeup had every fashion girl clamoring for “dirty” skin and nails for the first (and likely the last) time. This year’s standout look is decidedly more refined, but no less stunning: hairstylist Odile Gilbert crafted soft, romantic interwoven braids and offset them with headbands made from barbed wire. Obsessed. Where can we buy? Just kidding, we’re headed to the hardware store after work for this easy, super-stylish DIY.
We’ve all been there (or I sure hope so, otherwise this may end up being an embarrassing confession): you wash, rinse, repeat, condition, and style as usual, only to find that your hair is still looking less than squeaky clean. Product residue, environmental grime, and (ew) scalp buildup all contribute to the dulling and dirtying of your hair, especially around the roots, where these things tend to collect. When regular shampoo just won’t cut it, it’s time to bring in the big guns — a clear, super-cleansing formula that will leave no pesky particles behind. Unfortunately for the dry-haired and dye-loyal among us, these take-no-prisoners clarifiers can make hair a bit too clean, stripping it of both its natural oils and your hard-earned color. What’s a greasy girl to do? Reach for ColorProof ClearItUp Detox Shampoo, of course, a color-safe, sulfate-free (this is very important) detoxifier that cleanses and deodorizes the hair by way of a 100 percent vegan cleansing system that’s so gentle, you can use it every day. As someone who only washes their hair twice a week, when I do shampoo, it better be damn thorough; ClearItUp has earned itself a permanent front-and-center spot in my shower. [$29.95, ColorProof]
When we sat down to record our “I Always Wanted To Ask” video series with Madame Noire, we discovered that there were a couple of questions we had for each other that kind of overlapped, including on the topic of hair. Veronica, Brande and Victoria wanted to know whether we, as white women, care about our hair as much as they, as Black women, care about theirs. We wanted to know more about the politics behind Black hair, like wearing weaves or using relaxers versus wearing their hair natural. Check out our chat above and share your questions and comments below!