The Top 7 Tricks We Learned From the 2011 Emmy Awards
Last night we got the privilege of watching the Emmy Awards red carpet show live with a panel of hair pros: celeb stylist Andy Lecompte, color guru Aura Friedman, and Ric Pipino, the owner of Pipino 57 - Wella Professionals flagship salon. Here are the best seven tricks we picked up from this awesome trio.
1. Dirty day-of hair is a do.
To wash your hair the day of the event or not to wash it? Pipino democratically says that it should be a conversation between the client and her stylist. True. But Lecompte notes that if you want your tresses to be loose and boho, then skip the suds.
2. Fake it till you make it.
Whether you're important enough to be attending a paparazzi-studded event or just headed to a fancy wedding, where you know you'll be in lots of Facebook photos, rely on well-placed hair extensions to enhance your look. "It adds volume and texture," says Pipino. Friedman suggests this trick to creating a big bun: Wrap a tube sock in your twist, but hide it under your locks.
3. You can't go wrong with a ponytail.
The trilogy was raving about the pulled-back tresses seen on A-listers, like Julie Bowen. To recreate the Modern Family actresses' style, simply pull your mane back in a low, side ponytail and wrap some strands around the hair elastic to hide it. Secure it with bobby pins. It's the easiest way to end up on a best-dressed list.
4. Do a prep step.Lecompte is a firm believer in using a hair primer before styling. He recommends coating tresses with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier before blowdrying. "It makes hair smooth, and gets it ready for the other products," he says.
5. Don't be afraid of gel.
The pros were crushing on the 1940s-inspired waves and deep-side parts seen on celebs. Lecompte suggests using gel to smooth over coiled tresses, especially the locks behind your ear. "It holds the hair without looking crunchy," he says.
6. Go for the gold.
Starlets like Lea Michele, Giuliana Rancic and Nina Dobrev, rocked tomato-red gowns. Friedman expects blonds to be asking for butter-hued locks to complement this shade.
7. Take a risk.
While Lecompte admits that Zooey Deschanel's prom-like 'do might land her some not-so-flattering reviews, he was still a fan of it. The moral of this story: Go with what you like and what makes you feel good. And if you're lucky, a renowned industry insider may just be crushing on your style.
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