How To Find The Best Brush For Your Hair

Our friends at show you how to match your hair’s unique texture with the perfect brush to get you amazing results!

How to Find the Best Hair Brush For Your Individual Hair

most women, the best part of getting their hair cut is the blow dry
that comes at the end of any salon experience. But more often than not,
the next day only brings a sigh of disappointment as the previous day’s
fabulous blow out falls limp and can’t be replicated.

While it can be difficult to perfectly replicate a professional’s blow out, Carolyn Riley of Cutler Salon explains that by buying the right hair brush for your hair’s specific
texture, you can easily achieve the look you want at home. Riley
provides us with her four favorite brushes and demonstrates how to use
them to make your hair look its best!

Round Bristle Brush (Spornelle Brush):


Good For: Women who have fine hair or curly hair but want smooth, straight hair with a nice shine and a little volume.

How To Use It:
Begin with wet hair, and start at the hairline root to smooth out the
curls and kinks that commonly occur around the root. The key to getting
smooth hair with just a little volume is to pull the hair straight up
and away from the head and blow dry the hair. The clustered bristles of
the brush will naturally give your hair shine.

Ceramic Round Brush:



Good For: Women with textured curls who want voluminous, smooth hair and a soft curl.

How To Use It: Begin by spraying the hair with Cutler Specialist Protectant Treatment
spray, focusing on the ends, which will help detangle the hair. Because
ceramic brushes are specifically intended for heating, you need to
protect your hair from the heat. Blow dry without a brush until the
hair is 90 percent dry. To get a nice curl from the middle of your hair
down, wrap the hair around the barrel of the brush and blow dry. For
more volume, tip your head a little and just pull the brush straight
through the hair.

Bonus tip: Generally
speaking, the bigger the round brush, the bigger the curl. If you just
want more volume and a little bend to the hair, use a bigger brush. If
you want more curl to the hair, use a smaller brush. If you can wrap
your hair around the brush more than twice, it’s too small and you’re
more likely to get it tangled.

Nylon Paddle Brush:


Good For: Women with longer hair of any texture who want non-pin straight hair with body and volume.

How To Use It:
First off, choose a paddle brush that is about the same size as your
palm for comfort as you work. For a simple blow dry, tilt your head
upside down and cross brush the hair on diagonals around the head. The
brush will naturally help you get volume into your hair because it is a
vented brush with space between the bristles.

Bonus tip: Use the brush vertically (instead of holding the brush horizontally) when your hair is wet to help detangle it.

Mason Pearson Brush:


Good For: Women
who have any type of curl texture — be it really tight curls or loose
curls — in their hair, but want smooth hair at the root while
maintaining volume.

How To Use It: The Mason Pearson brush
is a high-end professional brush retailing at about $90, but it’s a
worthwhile investment. The design of the brush with its natural boar
and nylon bristles helps do all the difficult work for you. Just like
with the paddle brush, turn your head upside down and blow dry across
your head alternating the angle of the brush.

Bonus tip:
The Mason Pearson brush is ideal for smoothing cowlicks and difficult
curly roots. To control your cowlick bangs, push the hair across the
face in one direction, then the other, and then down while blow drying
the hair.

Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist which hair brush
they recommend. Talking to them about how to style your hair at home
will open you up to better hair care to keep you happy and your hair

Contributed by: Janice Chou

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Would You Dare Wear A Pixie?


Before -circa February 2009
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After- circa December 2009
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Looking for a way to make a dramatic hair statement in the new year? Why not try a pixie! The super short style is definitely an attention-getter, something the always stunning Halle Berry knows all too well. The gorgeous star recently lopped off her locks in favor of a chic crop. To find out if the style is right for you, we asked Tresemmé celebrity stylist Mara Roszak for her tips on taking the pixie plunge. Read on to see if you’re a prime candidate for this bold and beautiful hairstyle.

Know your face shape. Not every face shape can pull off this look. “A pixie looks best on a delicate face because it really emphasizes your facial features,” says Roszak. If your face is very square or round, a crop will only act to enhance its width and any sharp angles or puffy areas, drawing attention to features you may not want to exaggerate. If your face is oval- or heart-shaped, you’re in the clear. Not sure what your face shape is? Take our face shape quiz to find out.

Do a test run. For many women, their long locks can serve as a security blanket, letting them hide their faces when they’re feeling self-conscious or moody. Once that hair is gone, so is that so-called security and it won’t be growing back anytime soon. “It’s very freeing and fun to have a short cut like this, you just have to be ready,” says Roszak. To see if you can handle it, she suggests pulling your hair off your face for a few days in a row. If you’re comfortable with that, then you can handle a cropped cut.

Take small steps. If you’re still a little wary, consider following Halle’s example: Instead of chopping her hair off all at once, she had her stylist cut her hair into a short bob, then waited a month before she opted for the crop. “It’s a big decision to make. Sometimes it’s better to ease into a big change, especially if you are going from long to super short,” says Roszak. “Making sure you are ready for a change is key,” she says. If you do decide to go for the extreme all-at-once chop, consider donating your hair to a charity like Locks Of Love, so you can help support a great cause as you unveil a whole new you.

So how about it, would you dare to wear a pixie?

2009 Best And Worst Makeovers

We’ve dubbed 2009 the year of the makeover. We saw celebrities undertaking dramatic changes with their looks, some for the better and some that should have been left well enough alone, We’ve rounded up our favorite transformations of the year, along with the biggest style mistakes. Read on to find out who made the grade.


Carrie Underwood

The country crooner decided to take her lustrous blonde locks to new lengths by cutting it into a long bob. The new style features tons of volume and a much softer, less structured look. We’re big fans of the new ‘do because it shows that you don’t need to make a big change in order to make an impact. Carrie may have only cut a few inches off of her hair, but that slight change helped to refresh and invigorate her stuck-in-a-rut style.

Halle Berry


Let’s be honest here, could Halle Berry EVER look bad? The gorgeous star has been all over the hair map this year: She rang in 2009 with long, lush locks, which she then chopped into a layered, chin-length bob and then cut it yet again into a textured pixie. We love the cropped look on her because it emphasizes her amazing bone structure and really helps to show off that gorgeous face. Remember ladies, there’s no better hairstyle than a pixie to flaunt a fab face.



Long flaxen curls are the status quo for most pop stars, which is why we love the fact that Fergie Ferg decided to go against the pop-tart grain by dying her hair dark. The toasty chocolate brown shade really warms up her olive complexion and helps her stand out from the rest of the pack.

Selena Gomez


The tween idol grew up before our very eyes when she chopped off her long, teenybopper locks in favor of a sophisticated “lob” (long bob). Her shorter strands look elegant, chic and positively grown-up, making her a style icon in the making.

Drew Barrymore


Miss Drew likes to keep things interesting by mixing up her beauty choices and this year was no exception. She started off doing her best Brigitte Bardot impression, turning up on the red carpet sporting some major volume and teased tresses, then took the plunge and chopped her hair into a textured bob. After one brief misstep with some black hair dye, she finally found her groove with this sweet and simple bob.


Kristen Stewart


Okay, we know this one isn’t really fair because it was done for a role, but still. We think K.Stew looks her best when she’s sporting Bella’s long chocolate waves, so seeing her at the Twilight premieres with this ratty rock mullet broke our hearts. From the flat, too-dark hue to the choppy, messy layers — there’s really nothing in this look we can get behind. We hope this Joan Jett biopic wraps soon so Kristen can ditch the she-mullet and rock something a little more flattering for her beautiful face.

Katharine McPhee


It’s like some unwritten rule in Hollywood that blonde is better. Not so in our eyes, as evidenced by Katharine McPhee’s tragic transformation. The raven-haired songbird must have had a case of temporary insanity when she told her stylist to chop off her gorgeous hair and dye it blonde; what else could explain this dramatic change? While the cut could have been cute if she had shortened up the back a bit, there’s just no rescuing the color–it washes her out and pushes her into the background, instead of putting her on center stage where she belongs.

Hayden Panettiere


Bangs, when done correctly, can help frame your face and define your features. Unfortunately that’s not the case with poor Hayden here, who cut her long hair into a shoulder-length bob with an ill-advised fringe. By opting for blunt, straight-across bangs, Hayden ended up adding unwanted fullness to her round face; she would have been better served going with a soft, sideswept bang to help break up the roundness, instead of emphasizing it.

Taylor Momsen


It’s hard to remember that Taylor Momsen is only 16. That’s because she’s so busy piling on pounds of unnecessary makeup. The young Gossip Girl star has become a fan of rimming her eyes in layers of dark liner and smudged shadow, then topping it off with a bold, statement lip. While we applaud her for playing with color, we think she’s gone too far. All that makeup makes her look way too old, and a bit tacky. We like the bold lip, but we think she should learn to take it easy with the eyeliner — the combined effect is more trampy than trendy.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz


The younger Simpson sister has a well-documented flirtation with hair dye. While we can’t say we totally love the orangey-red shade she’s been wearing this year, it’s definitely a lot better than the dull black shade she just unveiled. Even worse, her new cut features full, blunt bangs that are too heavy for her face shape. Our advice for Ashlee? Ditch the bangs and go back to honey blonde — it suits her complexion and brightens up her face, making her look fresh, radiant and age-appropriate.

Who do you think should win the award for the year’s best makeover?

How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron

Our friends at share how you can get four completely different looks by learning just one simple curling technique.

How To Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

most women, the flat iron is their number one frenemy. While it
straightens your hair and tames unruly or frizzy curls, a flat iron can
fry your ends. However, with the proper straightening (and
curling) technique, you and your flat iron can finally resolve your
back and forth, love/hate relationship.

Hair stylist Kelsy Osterman of Cutler Salon
demonstrates how to curl your hair with your flat iron, thus maximizing
its utility without damaging your hair. Although at first the curling
technique can be a little tricky, once you get the hang of it, you can
make little changes to the setting technique and use different product
cocktails to help diversify your look.

When purchasing a new
flat iron, Osterman recommends that you, “never pick the largest flat
iron. While you may think that it will save you time, the larger flat
iron won’t let you get close enough to the root of your hair. A 1-inch
flat iron is a good size for everyone.” Also, when questioning whether
to save some money on a flat iron, Osterman warns: “Ceramic plates are
the best because the plate gets hotter than metal plates. While it may
seem counterintuitive to use hotter plates, hotter plates mean you only
have to go over the hair once instead of multiple times.”

Step 1:image

Start with clean wet hair. Put a small amount of Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk
into your palm and comb it through your hair before blow drying. Don’t
fixate too much on getting your hair perfectly blown out; stop drying
the hair when about 90 percent of the moisture is out.

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the hair in barrel curls, using the fewest number of sections possible
to make the set quick and easy. Kelsy Osterman recommends dividing the
hair into five sections: one for the “bang area” and then four vertical
sections around the head. If you have bangs, only do the four vertical
sections. Secure the set with bobby pins.

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Sleep on your set hair. In the morning, take the pins out and shake hair out.

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begin curling, start with the flat iron at the base of the head near
the scalp. Take the loose hair, and wrap the section once around the
flat iron plates as you simultaneously turn the flat iron away from the
head. Pull the iron down the hair. We recommend covering the hair with
a little Cutler Specialist Protectant Treatment Spray to create a protective barrier between your hair and the heat of the iron.

your hair with a flat iron instead of a curling iron gives you more
versatility with looks that range from smoothly flat to bouncy and
voluminous. Making minor changes to the products you style your hair
with will diversify your look even though you’re using the same flat
iron curling technique. Regardless of the look you’re trying to
achieve, the curling technique is the same. Here are four different
hair style ideas you can achieve at home with only minor changes to the
products you use!

Hair Style Idea #1


a curlier, bouncier hair style, maximize the hair’s volume by folding
the hair back into the curl and secure with a bobby pin. Let the hair

Hair Style Idea #2:


For a smoother, softer, and more controlled curl, put some of the  Cutler Specialist Fly-Away Control Stick in the palm of your hand and mix with Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk. Finger comb the product through the hair.

Hair Style Idea #3:


For an edgier, textured hair style, spray Redken Fabricate 03 Heat-Active Texturizer directly onto your hair and scrunch or blow dry the hair with a diffuser.

Hair Style Idea #4:


For a firm but silky hold, put Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk into your palm and spray Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray directly into the palm of your hand. Touch up stubborn flyaways by flattening them with the Outshine and hairspray.

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Contributed by: Janice Chou

Kate Hudson’s Sleek Hairstyle At The Nine Premiere


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So, Kate Hudson, not that your breezy beachy mane isn’t totes cute, but we’re so glad you locked up a bit with smooth, bouncy waves at the New York premiere of the hotly-anticipated movie, Nine. It was a special night and Kate rose to the occasion with a more formal, polished look. The more-extreme-than-usual side part and shoulder length are a welcome departure from her typical BoHo waves.

What do you think of Kate’s cleaned-up coif?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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Rachel McAdams’ Side Braid Hairstyle At The Sherlock Holmes London Premiere


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Style chameleon Rachel McAdams stunned in her sexy side braid hairstyle at the London premiere of Sherlock Holmes.

We first noticed this sexy look inspired by Brooke Shields’ Blue Lagoon character grace the runway at the Alexander Wang Spring 2010 show. Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau, created the look for the show.

I love how easy this look is to replicate at home. All you need is a long mane, but it can be wavy, straight or even pretty curly. Best of all? It takes minutes to do a simple pony and braid before securing the ends with a holder.

What do you think? Will you be replicating the Malibu Barbie Side Braid hairstyle at home?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Drew Barrymore’s New Textured Bob


We love Drew Barrymore at Daily Makeover HQ for her vivacious variation when it comes to hairstyles. This does-it-all Hollywood big shot boasted a bevy of wild looks in 2009, but we’re happy that she’s ending with a totally cute, textured versatile bob. Let’s take a quick look at the evolution of Drew’s mane since the beginning of the year, ‘kay?


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First, there was her Marilyn moment (some critics may refer to it as a fauxment) at the Golden Globes in January. This look is all about exaggerated volume combined with a perky length.


Credit: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

In April, Drew channeled famed French bombshell Brigitte Bardot at the Los Angeles premiere of Grey Gardens with her side part and volume at the crown. Sexily tousled bedheady strands complete the “voulez-vous” look.


Credit: © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

To promote her flick Whip It, Drew drummed up some controversy with her two-toned bob. It’s certainly edgy (a look Drew typically does well), but the effect was much less ombre as it was blonde-hair-dipped-in-shoe-polish. We do, however, love the cut, piece-y texture and color (well, the top three-quarters of it).


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Lastly, Drew ends the year on a follicular high note with her honey-blonde bob that has a softly-tousled texture. The sunny shade compliments her skin tone and the cut emphasizes her bone structure. It’s a ‘do that a real gal could rock easily. We love this look!

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Zoe Saldana’s Laminated “Lob” Hairstyle


Before -circa November 2009
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After- circa December 2009
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Can we all agree that Zoe Saldana’s new softly waved long bob hairstyle is it and then some?

Zoe stunned with her glossily sleek shoulder-length hair at the world premiere of Avatar in London on December 10. We loved her superlong locks as well, but we’re smitten with this modern and flirty look with a side part and subtle layers.

What do you think? Is Zoe Saldana proof that a gal can still maintain her sultry diva status even with a cropped coif? Or do you prefer the sci-fi starlet with a long, flowing mane?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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Nicole Richie’s Hot New Hair Color


Before -circa May 2009
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After- circa December 2009
Photo: © Charley Gallay/WireImage

Nicole Richie, the quintessential BoHo babe, recently traded in her sandy blonde mane for a rich and sophisticated chocolate brown shade.

I have to say, I love the new color. Her original blonde locks looked generic and a bit too “done.” The darker color really brings out her beautiful brown eyes gives her skin a natural glow. Isn’t it amazing what a simple color change can do? Sometimes that’s all it takes to refresh your look.

Back in the day, when Nicole was hanging out with Paris Hilton and living The Simple Life, she wasn’t someone who I ever thought I would look to for style inspiration. But now, thanks to her new focus on family and toned down style, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I’m loving her beauty choices.I could totally see myself wearing that color and the bangs look super cute.

What do you think of Nicole’s new ‘do? It is a direct hit or a total miss?

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Eau de Vulcan?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

It’s not exactly sexy, but I’m into sci-fi almost as much as I’m into beauty. It serves as a yin to my girly yang, right? One of my favorite posts in my other Internet home of Beauty Blogging Junkie is this interview I did with Star Trek’s lead makeup artist Mindy Hall.

So when I heard about this new perfume, created to compliment the franchise’s cologne offerings, I thought WHY did they wait so long?


The Pon Farr Perfume ($30) boasts top notes of citrus, blackcurrant, lotus blossom, and water lily, with base notes from sandalwood, peach, and mulberry. Pon Farr, for the non-Trekkie, is a physical state that occurs when a male or female Vulcan goes into heat every seven years, becoming violent. Pon farr eventually causes them to die if they don’t mate with someone with whom they’re emphatically bonded. Slightly macabre, slightly provocative–but certainly made for some excellent story lines in the original series.

What do you think? Will you be getting in touch with your inner Vulcan? Or will you be able to live long and prosper without it?

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How to Style Your Hair at Night For an Easier Morning

Our friends at StyleCaster break down the details on how to style your hair and night and awaken to beauteous waves–not bedhead.


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Since the weather has suddenly taken a turn for the brisk, and warm nights inside with tea and hot chocolate and season two of Mad Men have become much more inviting than the outdoors, Iesha Carter of Platinum Salon shared with us a little trick of hers. With just tissues, hair spray, and a curling iron, she shows us how to do our hair the night before (in front of the TV of course) and wake up with gorgeous, soft curls.

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Step 1: During the night, start with dry hair that is either clean or dirty. Begin by curling your hair with a curling iron the way you want it to look in the morning. Iesha recommends that you curl the hair underneath itself in a basic curl, and section the hair into five big sections, which will give the hair more volume.

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Step 2: Once you finish the individual curl, don’t pull the curl out. Instead, slide the curling iron barrel out of the curl so the curl itself stays intact and tightly coiled.

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Step 3: Spray the tissue with hairspray, which will set the curl, and unlike a roller, using a hairsprayed tissue will allow the hairspray to release gradually into the curl and securely set the hair (Iesha recommends Redken Forceful 23).

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Step 4: Twirl the tissue in your hand, and slide it through the curl. Criss-cross the ends of the tissue on top of the curl and then bring the ends of the tissue back down underneath the curl. For added volume, pull the tissue tighter and slide the curl up towards the root.

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Step 5: Tie the ends of the tissue in a knot.

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Step 6: In the morning, unwind the tissue and finger comb out the curls.

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2009 American Music Awards Top Five Looks

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Did you catch the AMAs last night? Music mavens rarely disappoint when it comes to edgy hair and makeup concepts. Here, our top five favorite beauty looks of the evening.


Photo: © Michael/Getty Images


Shakira stuns in sweeping bangs giving way to side-parted Rapunzel waves. Her makeup is soft and natural: the songbird went for a neutral palette of shadows paired with a nude glossy lip. Statement earrings complete her look.


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Fergie’s center part and long, voluminous waves yield a polished bombshell effect when paired with her subtly smoked-out lavender eye shadow and nude lip combo. Just one look and you’ll get a feeling that “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” for Ferg.


Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood skewed far more low key than her typical lots-of-hair moments, but she still looks prettily polished with her loose waves pinned on one side with a barrette. Her pale violet eye shadow makes her hazel eyes pop, while her lips are softly glossed with a nudish peach hue. Fresh and subtly appealing, no?


Nicole Kidman
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Nicole Kidman

Nicole’s super-sleek side-parted locks are a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Hollywood waves we’re used to seeing on the red carpet. Though it’s simple to do this ‘do at home, its asymmetry achieved by simply tucking one side behind an ear provides an air of extra drama. Fresh, subtle eye makeup and a barely there pink lip complete her look.


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No stranger to makeup with an edge, Rihanna rocked a dramatic ruddy winged eye and a fringe of lush lashes paired with a bit of pink shadow, while keeping the rest of her face neutral. Red liner is not something everyone can pull off, but I think Rihanna did it with aplomb. Her funky ‘do is voluminous, but its smoothness keeps it from being over the top. Both Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez went for a similar bondage theme in their choice of outfits.

Hayden Panettiere Gets Bangs

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz


Hayden Panettiere
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Heroes star Hayden Panettiere debuted a new look recently with freshly cropped bangs at The Whaleman Foundation Benefit.

Bangs can be a flattering hair accoutrement, but in this instance, I think sweeping bangs would better compliment her features. Sweeping bangs slim a wide nose and balance out a square jawline.

What do you think of Hayden’s new look? And if you miss the old Hayden, you can always try on her sans bangs ‘do in the Virtual Makeover Studio.

The Easiest Hairstyle For Thanksgiving Travel

Pulling off fabulous hair when you’re traveling is challenging, right? Not only are you so exhausted after surviving planes, trains and automobiles that you can barely lift a brush, but you’re also up against working with limited resources. Who can lug around their entire arsenal of hair products and tress tools? Enter the ponytail–but not the sloppy Sunday version. We spotted a few posh, sophisticated and chic ponytails backstage at Fashion Week. Watch how celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson makes this evergreen style look spectacular–and perfect for for Thanksgiving dinner.

Rihanna’s ‘Do is a Glamour Do

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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Remember last week, we discussed the 2009 Women of the Year Awards hosted by Glamour Magazine? Well, we just got the deets on Rihanna’s stunning ‘do.

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Ursula Stephen, Motions celebrity stylist, created Rihanna’s look for the awards. Want to recreate it at home? Follow these simple steps to achieve Rihanna’s sideswept style.

1. Straighten hair using a flatiron, smoothing each section towards the right side of the head.

2. Using a medium barrel curling iron, gently curl the front section of the hair away from the face, creating a sexy, old Hollywood wave.

3. Apply Motions Light Hold Working Spritz to hold the look through the night.

Best Moments Of The Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Before Monday night’s Glamour Women of the Year event, I had some prime real estate on the red carpet where I was able to catch many of the honorees and presenters on their way into the hall. The awards ceremony itself was a montage of inspirational quotes. Here, my favorite moments of inspiration, humor and beauty from the red carpet and the awards ceremony itself.


Steven Tyler
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The hilarious Steven Tyler arrived with his entourage and immediately livened up the crowd. Said Steven Tyler on the red carpet about his group, “We’re all here because we’re not all there!”


Andie MacDowell
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L’Oreal Spokeswoman Andie Macdowell, when asked about the designer of her dress, couldn’t remember! Luckily, her plus one, daughter Rainey Qualley was there to check the tag for her.


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Iman presented Rihanna’s award to her and said, “Now I am even more impressed with her dignity and courage,” Iman said, referring to Rihanna’s admission that she’d sent the wrong message to fans by returning to ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who had assaulted her. Now, Rihanna will serve as a role model to victims of domestic violence. Iman looked so beautiful, I find it hard to believe she’s even in the same species with the rest of us. It’s a superhuman kind of beauty, dolls.


Maria Shriver
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It has to be said: I defy you to show me an individual with a more impressive head of hair than Maria Shriver. She stunned in a smoky eye and neutral lip. Said Maria, “The greatest thing you can do is serve another person.” Maria credited her mother, who passed away in August as her own role model.


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Rihanna addressed the crowd in “the tightest dress [she] could find” about the “secret of domestic violence.” Said Rihanna, “I love being part of a night where we are celebrating such strong women.”


Serena Williams
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Serena Williams was introduced by former Glamour Woman of the Year, Tyra Banks. Said Tyra about Serena, “It’s not enough for her to play fierce. The girl has got to look smoking when she beats your ass.” Serena told the crowd, “My dreams have always been to be #1, since I was young, be the best. You could do whatever you want to do; the most important belief is self-belief/self-love.”


Stella McCartney
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No fewer than THREE Beatle wives presented to Stella McCartney her award: Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison and Barbara Starkey. Said Stella, “Ladies, girls up there in the balcony, never wear a skirt this short if you get an award.” We think she donned that mini with style.


Marissa Mayer with Matt Lauer
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Google exec Marissa Mayer was introduced by The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer as “the hot chick from Google.” Marissa accepted her award with grace. Said Marissa, “To take a line from the Google homepage, I’m feeling very lucky.”


Maya Angelou
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Dr. Maya Angelou said “Glamour is profound. Glamour is saying I want to be as beautiful as I can be. To myself first and then to anyone who has enough sense to see me.” Said Bill Clinton, who introduced her, “I have been blessed to know some truly remarkable women. I was born to one; I married one; and I helped to raise one. But I never knew one quite like Maya Angelou.”


Dr. Jane Aronson with Katie Couric
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Dr. Jane Aronson who works to improve the lives of orphans overseas and founded the Worldwide Orphans Foundation was one of the most amazing women I’ve ever seen in my life. Jane said, “You know, I’ve never had a surprise party. Until tonight.” Jane told the crowd, “Whatever our kids have here, the children across the oceans must have the same.” Just when I thought this saint of a woman and I had nothing in common (I’m far too shallow), she admitted she liked being an FOG (Friend of Glamour)… especially when it comes to rocking false lashes.


Laura Ling and Euna Lee
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Laura Ling and Euna Lee said that they didn’t ask to be in the spotlight, they said, but because they are in it, they’re going to use it for good. The duo made even more of an impact when they were joined by Euna’s daughter on the stage.


Susan Rice
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When Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations received her award from Michael Douglas, she said, “Talent, courage and confidence are the best forms of beauty.” To Dr. Jane Aronson, of whose work she said she was not previously aware, she said, “We could do some real damage together.”


Amy Poehler
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But it was Amy Poehler who delivered (deadpanned, I should say) my favorite quote of the night. “Girls. If a boy says something that isn’t funny… you don’t have to laugh.”

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards


Last night, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the annual Glamour Women of the Year awards held at Carnegie Hall . The event was sponsored by L’Oréal Paris to honor courageous women who are changing the world. To say this event was inspiring doesn’t nearly do it justice. Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leivi said that this was her favorite night of the year, and I left agreeing with her. It was MY favorite night of the year by far. To be in the same room with Bill Clinton, Stella McCartney, Yoko Ono, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Maya Angelou, Amy Poehler and Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to name a few, was an experience unlike any other. In fact, Cindi Leivi mentioned that so many of the attendees each year ask to bring their daughters to the event, that the magazine is actually concerned that they’ll have to seek out a larger venue than Carnegie Hall next year. And if that’s the case, Cindi says, so be it! “Sharing this evening with your daughters is so integral to the theme of this event.”

Before the awards, I were invited by Glamour to partake in a little pre-party makeover courtesy of L’Oreal Paris. Thanks to the brand’s expert on-site hair and makeup gurus, my boring weekday locks were transformed into a Kate Hudson waves while I got decked out in a smoky eye paired with a pink lip. My favorite products used included L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Hydra Collagen Mascara, L’Oreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duo in Gunmetal, and L’Oreal Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss in Plumped Rose. Check out the transformation, above.

After my makeover, I felt ready to tackle a red carpet press section (have you ever done it? It’s an adrenaline rush like no other, but MAN does it get aggressive up in there!) and a celeb-studded affair shortly thereafter. In fact, I think this quote from Maya Angelou’s acceptance speech last night after she received her lifetime achievement award says it all: “Glamour is being beautiful to myself first. And THEN to anyone else who cares to see it.”

Stay tuned for a Glamour Women of the Year red carpet and recap, in addition to a summary of the event itself!

Contributed by Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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