Red Carpet Hair Style Tips—-The Winner is YOU!

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Pictured: Two of the Red Carpet’s Best Looks, Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie

If you’re like me, you sat transfixed for over 3 hours Sunday to watch the Academy Awards. This year’s Oscars were filled with stunning looks, amazing jewelry and old time Hollywood glamour worthy of Max Factor. How may thousands of us tune in every year to watch the show? That’s because we all want to look as beautiful as the ladies on the red carpet. And it’s total escapist fantasy to watch them. We aspire to their look but we don’t want to pay hundreds, maybe even thousands for their styles. Fortunately, Suave® Celebrity Hairstylist Luke O’Connor, has given us a few tips on how to look fab for a whole lot less using reasonably priced Suave® hair products. Affordably priced and easily accessible at any discount store or drug store around the world, Suave products enable Recessionistas to remain stylish on a budget. This is what the new “Suavenomics” campaign is all about. In this economy, the timing couldn’t be better. We asked Suave Celebrity Hairstylist Luke O’Connor to give us some tips on how to take a few of the red carpet looks and do them at home. Luke O’Connor is owner of the exclusive LuKaRo Salon in Beverly Hills and is a consultant/spokesperson for Suave. His clients include: Debra Messing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Brooke Shields and Lucy Liu. Those are pretty good references! 🙂 He had me at Diane Keaton. Here are his tips for some of our favorite star hair styles at the Oscars.

The Look: Half-up waves

Pictured: Angelina Jolie on the Red Carpet (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Gorgeous waves are always a favorite at award shows and several super stars sported this look. Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel both radiated beauty with their loosely styled tendrils pinned half-up. To recreate at home: Apply Suave Healthy Curls Scrunching Mousse to towel dried hair to help define waves and control frizz. Flip hair over and blow dry hair until most of the moisture is gone and hair is 85% dry. Section off the top section of hair from the center of each eyebrow back to crown, and clip out of the way. Dry remaining hair completely. Use a 1.5 inch curling iron on two inch sections of hair and spiral wrap around iron, leaving waves loose and smooth. This should be about six to eight sections of hair. On the top section, use a medium round brush and blow dry back, straight and smooth. Back-comb for added volume and secure desired amounts of hair from either side of your face with bobby pins. Set into place with Suave Extra Hold Hairspray.

The Look: Fashionable Side Bun

Pictured: Tina Fey at The Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Credit Tikipeter)

Tina Fey looked so beautiful last night. I loved her with Steve Martin reading the awards for “Best Screenplay.” That was one of the show’s best bits. She bought back a classic retro look, the “side bun.” According to Luke, it’s easy to achieve this classy, modern take on Hollywood tradition. Here’s how.

To recreate at home:

For smooth and frizz-free locks, prep hair with Suave® Professionals® Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner. Next, give hair body and control by applying Suave® Professionals® Extra Hold Styling Foam to damp hair. Gather the top layer of hair and pin up at the crown. Blow dry the rest of hair in sections using a medium round brush to lock in volume. Unpin hair at the crown and blow dry in 1 inch sections using the round brush. Blow dry bangs by rolling the hair around the brush away from the face and directed to the side for swooping side bangs. Keep side-swept bangs locked in place with Suave® Professionals® Extra Hold Gel. Next, take a 1.5 inch curling iron to curl the large sections of hair. Finally, gather hair into a pony tail and loosely twist down to create a low chignon off to the side. Secure with pins and let loose pieces fall naturally for a look that’s effortlessly chic.

The Look: Glamorous Curls

Another great look came from one of my favorites, Sarah Jessica Parker. She was living in Cincinnati, Ohio at the same time I was. I always heard from people at the School of the Arts how very talented she was, and how nice she was. Judging by her behavior on the Red Carpet, that has not changed. I loved how she stopped to compliment Anne Hathaway on her gown.

Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker on the Red Carpet, with her cascading curls and Matthew Broderick (Photo: AP)

According to Luke, Sarah Jessica Parker was wearing “structured curls” with a middle part that gave her ” a modern edge” and that you can do at home for a special evening out.

To recreate at home:

Stock your shower with Suave® Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner so curls will have added shine and brightness. Next, apply Suave® Professionals® Extra Hold Styling Foam to damp hair to give body and control. Be sure to blow dry hair upside down to achieve maximum volume. Once hair is completely dry, flip back up and create a center part. Take 1 to 1.5 inch sections of hair and spiral wrap around a 1 to 1.25 inch curling iron to create neat curls. For superior style and control, lock in the look with Suave® Professionals® Freeze Hold Hairspray.

The Suave products that Luke recommends are the following listed below with their prices. I was shocked to learn how reasonable these were:

  • Suave Healthy Curls Scrunching Mousse: $2.99
  • Suave Extra Hold Hairspray: $2.99
  • Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner: $2.49 for each
  • Extra Hold Styling Foam: $2.99
  • Suave Professionals Extra Hold Gel: $2.99
  • Suave Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner: $2.49 for each
  • Suave Professionals Freeze Hold Hairspray: $2.99

To learn more, and try the beauty profiler, visit www.suavenomics.com

I want that Tina Fey side bun up do!! It’s fabu. Drop us a note and let us know what your favorite look was.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.