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Emmy Hair Revealed

Posted by jessica offenbaker on September 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Celeb Stylists Dish on the Red Carpet Trends

By: Angie Manson


The 2009 Emmys showcased understated beauty all around. From the hair to the dress to the jewelry, small screen stars kept their looks simple and elegant—far from over the top. A host of celebrities favored swept back styles over elaborate creations, their hair pulled into neat chignons or ponytails at the nape. And other stars wore their hair down, displaying smooth, unfettered strands. We asked celeb styles to dish on their favorite looks of the night and weigh in on the understated, “less is more” hair trend.

Chic and Sophisticated

“Looking over-the-top and excessive is out. Nobody wants to make an overly glitzy fashion or beauty statement.That would be inappropriate given the state of our economy,” says Michael Shaun Corby, Alterna Global Creative Director. Jennifer Carpenter, January Jones, Olivia Wilde, Debra Messing and Drew Barrymore are just a few of the small screen stars who took it "nice and easy" on the red carpet, sporting upswept styles tied neatly at their napes for a look that was simple and polished. Pureology PureArtist Jay Palaniuk has noticed the red carpet trend shift too. "There’s been a definite change from the stiff, sculptured upstyles of previous Emmys to this year’s soft upswept romantic hair. It works with the understated jewels and necklaces, he adds. “Although not your typical Hollywood glam, this soft, romantic evening look provided just what it needed to get across on this year's red carpet.”

“Emmy hair was so simple and chic this year!” agrees celebrity stylist and What Not to Wear makeover man Ted Gibson. “The mood for the hair was understated and right for the hot day.” Gibson was on the red carpet doing makeovers and admitted that it was absolutely sweltering. “It was 95 plus degrees and everyone was sweating their heads off!” To keep celebs comfortable and classy, many stylists opted for sophisticated and easy chignons that would hold up in the heat.

Celebrity stylist Robert Vetica worked with Debra Messing and wanted her hair to complement her red Michael Kors gown. He created a low, asymmetrical ponytail shaped into a free-flowing cluster of curls that resembled an elegant chignon. "It was all about healthy, natural-looking ease," says Vetica. "A smooth, shiny texture was the essence of the look."

Vetica even kept his styling technique minimal, forgoing any curling or flat irons. He used only Moroccanoil Treatment, Moroccanoil Glimmer Shiny Spray, a blow dryer and a round brush to create Messing's easy-going yet gorgeous asymmetrical style.

Stars who chose to wear their hair down for the red carpet—like Alyson Hannigan, Kate Walsh, Mariska Hargitay, Holly Hunter and Rose Byrne—kept their look smooth and unfettered. “We didn’t see many ornate, colorful dresses or over done hair,” notes Corby. “Cuts and color palettes were clean and uncomplicated. It was a return to simple glamour and even though the hair was really understated, we saw a lot of stunning sophistication on the red carpet.” Palaniuk agrees. “Again, celebs opted for understand everything. The hair was more subdued but still kept a sense of luxury and sophistication.”

Celebrity hairdresser Jason Schneidman styled How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan. “Over the years I've noticed that I gravitate towards a flowing ‘lived-in’ look versus a stiff hat,” he says. With that in mind, Alyson Hannigan's hair was done to offset the flair of her classic black dress. “She needed big hair for balance, and that meant keeping her hair down and voluminous.” Schneidman admits that he wanted to make Alyson look extra sexy given her new role as a hot mamma.

Enzo Angileri used Moroccanoil to style 'Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series' nominee Holly Hunter’s locks. He created a naturally elegant look that was silky smooth and shiny. "I wanted her to look glamorous and goddess-like," says Angileri, "and the hair had to look luminous." He created a wavy texture that allowed her beautiful haircolor to stand out. “I wanted to bring out her deep gold and honey tones for the cameras.”

Categories: Fashion Trends

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