Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Red Carpet Hair Styles

    The red carpet hairstyles and dress choices over the last couple of weeks have been the most anticipated and then talked about of the awards season. With the BAFTA's and Grammy's last weekend and the Brits this week, there have been many different styles to take inspiration from. We have all had our favourites here at Dirty Looks and its been very interesting to see the red carpet hairstyle trends forming at each event!

     The BAFTA's -
    The BAFTA's are often a showcase to the many typically British red carpet styles. The long sequined gowns are gone, instead classic shapes and cut dresses make an appearance. We love Bonnie Wright’s polka dot tea dress, although, it’s not the type of dress you would expect to see on the red carpet! Colour blocking her blue dress with pink and orange shoes makes the look bang on trend. Her auburn locks had been darkened a little with a hint of the ombre style to the tips
    Fearne Cotton also looked stunning at the event. Known for wearing outfits that can be seen as a little kooky and unusual Fearne choose a long sleeve, coral maxi dress with large bow sash detail. Her hair was simply stunning, the 1920's inspired bob almost out-shined her dress. Her red carpet hairstyle was very vintage inspired and the reference back to the 1920's had us thinking about glorious times of past. Her long bob was loosely finger waved with some backcombing to the underneath section of the hair - this helps the hair sit perfectly with the shape of the haircut.

    The Grammy's -

    There was a clear trend on the red carpet last Sunday - Vintage! Carrie Underwood always looks amazing at red carpet events and at this event she looked simply stunning. Her Gomez Gracia sequined silver, backless, floor length gown was perfectly teamed with a simple low pony tail. Her hair had been delicately pinned back at the nape of the neck but it was given lots of lift at the roots.
    Another star following in the red carpet style was Katy Perry. She wore a very similar style Ellie Saab dress in a pastel blue shade and her blue bobbed hair was sleeked back. Katy's style was lifted a little more than Carries, which gave a kind of vintage quiff feel to her hair-do!
    Kelly-Osbourne-Hair Grammy
    Our favourite of the night was Kelly Osbourne. Often criticised at these type of events, Kelly was styled to perfection. From the Tony Ward silver one shoulder sequined gown to the lilac hue of her her; she looked like a 50's bombshell! Her hair was softly waved and pulled into a deep side fringe - emulating the Hollywood classic style made famous by Marilyn Monroe.

    The BRITS -

    The Brits are always known for having a more eclectic feel to any other award show and Jessie J is the perfect example of this eclectic style. Wearing a stunning red see-through floor length gown. The barley there dress looked amazing with dark hair that was styled very differently for Jessie. Her fringe had been swept to the side and her hair finger waved close to her head. This was then pulled back and the ends were curled and backcombed so there was plenty of lift and movement to the style.

    Adele followed in the big hair trend choosing a style very similar to her appearance at the Grammy’s. The singers red carpet hairstyle was very voluminous at the roots with very bouncy curls added to the tips. We love Adele’s new shade too, very similar to our hair extensions shade Malibu Blonde :)

    Our favourite hairstyle from the red caret had to be Pixie Lott. Since Pixie chopped off her long locks, we have been used to seeing her hair down and straight. Her style looked very intricate with lots of sectioning and pinning! The curls added to her side swept fringe gave the style a vintage twist that looked amazing with her bright red lips and light blonde hair.

  • Valentine’s Hair Styles

    Valentine’s hair styles can make or break that all important outfit. Whether meeting up with your girls for a night on the town or spending a romantic evening in with that special someone you are going to want to look fabulous! Here at Dirty Looks we've pick out a couple of styles that can be enhanced with your hair extensions.

    The Bardot Beehive

    This style can look super sexy and sultry for your Valentine’s day plans; the Valentine’s hair style is super easy to do and looks just as stunning when worn in a half-up half-down style or with the ends of you hair tied up. Start by fitting your hair extensions a little lower down than normal and add a little movement to the ends of your hair with a large barrelled tong or conical wand as this movement adds to the sultry appeal of the style. Take a section of your hair at the crown of your head and backcomb this a little. Start then twisting this hair until your have a bun shape that sits close to your head and pin this in place. Using the hair from in front of this section, add a little more backcombing to the roots and pull this hair over your twist. The backcombed section will help create the rounded shape of the classic hair style and secure the ends of this underneath the twist to secure the hair. Run your fingers through the ends and mess these up a little to give a bed head look or if you prefer your ‘do to look a bit more styled you can pull all the hair to one side and secure with a few pins.


    The Low Slung Side Ponytail

    This Valentine’s hairstyle looks super hot on all face shapes and adding in your extensions can give a super thick and long style! Whether you like to wear your hair super sleek and straight or with cute curls, this style looks stunning. Fit your hair extensions a little lower than usual and pull all your hair to one side ... fasten this with an elastic -  If you wear your fringe/bangs swept to the side then pull your hair to the other side to help balance out the style. Once your ponytail is secure take a section of hair and wrap around the elastic for a classy finish.


    Vintage Inspired Waves

    Sometimes it’s better to keep your Valentine’s hair styles looking natural. Adding a little movement to your style can make it super sexy and this will only take you a few minutes. First start by fitting your extensions normally and apply some heat protection. Using a conical wand, take large sections of hair to curl and do this in different directions with each section moving around your head. Once you have moved all the way around take a soft brush and gently pull this through all the curls to soften. If you wanted to glam up this look you can simply pull a section over your ear and add a sparkly clip for that Hollywood glam feel.


    Happy Valentine's Day from Dirty Looks xx

  • Cheryl Cole in New L'oreal Mascara Ads

    Cheryl Cole’s hair looks gorgeous in the new L’oreal mascara advert! Cheryl has been working with L’oreal for many years now, but she usually advertises their hair range … whether these are dyes or styling products, but she has now become the face of their new mascara - Telescopic!


    Even though the shoot isn’t for a hair product, Cheryl Cole’s hair still looks absolutely stunning in these ads!! Cheryl Cole’s hair is now a gorgeous, natural dark blonde shade with neutral tones, very much like our Tanned Blonde shade. For the new L’oreal ad, her hair has been styled into loose and soft, large finger waves. This style looks amazing on Cheryl’s bob, but this looks amazing on all lengths and is bang on trend for this seasons styles! It’s super easy to achieve this bang-on trend hair style using a conical wand and a soft brush; after styling all your hair with the wand, leave your curls to cool down, spray a little hairspray on your brush and brush through your curls, this will make them drop and leave a gorgeous soft wave.


    The guidelines have changed recently on advertising mascara and companies are no longer able to enhance the look with false lashes or post-production so it’s a little strange seeing Cheryl without her usual layers of false lashes in the new mascara ad, but she looks stunning in both the print and television adverts regardless! She appears in some very daring dresses and this combined with her on-trend hair style gives her a great look!

    In other Cheryl Cole news, she has recently tweeted a sneaky pic of her spring/summer shoe range for and after these L’oreal pics we can’t wait to see the inevitably girly and glamorous range of ads for the new shoes!

  • Celebrity Hair Styles at the Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl has been making the headlines this week more for the celebrity hairstyles and outfit choices than the game being played! There were many spectacular performances throughout the night’s events all with very different styles and themes!

    The show was started by Kelly Clarkson who opened with the National anthem. Kelly looked simply stunning in a figure hugging, fitted black dress. Kelly Clarkson's hair is known for changing as she has gone right from very dark to super blonde! Kelly appears to have had a more dominant blunt bang/fringe cut into her hair and her hair looked much longer and darker too! We much prefer Kelly’s hair a little darker and think this super sleek celebrity hair style looks gorgeous on her.


    Katy Perry also made an appearance at the Superbowl; both watching and performing the newly single star looked to be having loads of fun! Keeping her celebrity style a little more outrageous than Kelly, Katy Perry choose an American football inspired ensemble even sporting mismatching shoes and socks! Her hair shade was still bright blue; Katy Perry's hair was dyed this way for her recent Adidas campaign, but this fitted in perfectly with her styling for the huge event! Katy Perry also wore her hair straight and sleek for her performance and we just love this bobbed cut on her.


    The most talked about celebrity style of the night was Madonna’s halftime show. The show lasted for nearly 15 minutes with Madonna performing a back catalogue of her classics including Vogue, Music and Like A Prayer. The star pulled off one of the most outrageous outfits and themes of the night, arriving on stage wearing an enormous gold headpiece and outfit surrounded by loads of dancers wearing Egyptian warrior outfits!!


    Madonna’s hair looked great in a gorgeous warm blonde shade and was styled into stunning curls. The curls were relaxed but defined and started very near the root. She wore these with a super straight centre parting. Using a conical wand will give a similar effect to Madonna’s celebrity hairstyle at the Super Bowl! Madonna was joined on stage by an array of acts including Cee-Lo Green and LMFAO and she ended the performance with her new single Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring MIA and Nicki Mina;. Nicki Minaj and MIA joined her on stage to perform and came to the forefront of the dancers to perform alongside Madonna.
    Nicki Minaj, who is never one to disappear into the background, came out with a super cute white bob with a blunt fringe and MIA had a crimped black bob! We love the look created with the dramatic shades and blunt cuts of their new celebrity hairstyles, but we’re pretty sure both styles were created with wigs!

  • Faux Bob Hair Tutorial

    The faux bob has been growing in popularity since 2010 and the style keeps showing up at red carpet events and premieres. This style is great for trying out one of this seasons styles without the commitment of chopping off your own locks!  There are lots of ways to use your extensions for volume instead of length and using them in this style is perfect for achieving the super voluminous look of the faux bob style. Our tutorial shows just how simple this style can be and how using your Dirty Looks hair extensions can give this look loads of oomph and added definition!!


    Step 1

    Using a conical wand, add some shape to the top layer of your own hair. These don't have to be perfect curls or done precisely, they are just to add a little movement to the style! Give a little lift to the hair at the roots by holding this up and using a little hairspray to hold in place.

    Step 2

    Fit your extensions a little lower down than normal so that these sit in the straight part of your hair. Using an elastic, secure your hair into a ponytail and then pull the elastic to the ends of your own hair … this helps disguise your own hair from your extensions.


    Step 3

    Using pins in the same shade as your hair, tuck the elastic at the nape of your neck. Tuck away any loose ends of hair up inside your 'bob' and if you have any lose hair that has fallen out of the elastic pin these under to help with the faux bob illusion.

    And that's it! How simple is that?! The faux bob is a perfect night out hairstyle that will take just a few minutes!!

  • Red Carpet Hair Styles at the 2012 NTA's

    Red carpet hair styles will be be gracing our print and screens for the next few weeks as the award season is upon us. The Golden Globes kicked off the award season last week and our very own National Television Awards followed a few days ago. There were many eclectic and interesting outfit choices and accompanying hairstyles on the red carpet of the UK’s first award show of the season.


    We loved Holly Willoughby’s take on the vintage hairstyle; Holly always looks gorgeous, but she added a hint of extra sex appeal to her 50’s style in a figure hugging floor length black gown. Her red carpet hairstyle was sophisticated yet girly and suited the style of her dress perfectly. The simple vintage waves throughout the body of her hair were large, created with a large barrel tong. They were soft and brushed out creating gorgeous body and movement. Holly’s deep, side-swept fringe gave the hairstyle an added vintage feel. Her red carpet hair style was bang on trend and we think the style looked amazing on Holly.


    One of the biggest trends emerging at the awards was a simple updo; Michelle Keegan, Jessica Wright and Heidi Range were all seen sporting this simple red carpet hairstyle. All three girls choose gorgeous floor length gowns, all in very different styles, but all worked with their similar hairstyles gorgeously!! The hairstyle was pinned back, not in a bun or a chignon, but pinned at the back of their heads and pulled back off their faces in small sections. Smaller sections of the hair were left to frame the face to give a softer style and it looked as though all the ends of their hair at the back were tucked away leaving a classy, elegant style.


    Whilst there were some toned down red carpet hairstyles there were some who choose more intricate and interesting styles. Amy Childs choose a very curled updo; her hair had been pulled to one side and she added medium sized curls which were pinned into a chignon style. Tulisa, who isn’t afraid of trying out new styles, choose a large, pinned up style too! Her hair was scraped tightly back and appeared to be wrapped around itself; this created a very interesting red carpet hairstyle that couldn’t be missed! The style looked to be in the shape of a large bun but with far more detailing than this classic style!


    Another celeb to be bang on trend at the red carpet event was Elle Macpherson. She choose a high styled ponytail to accompany her high neck dress. The ponytail was super thick and had a little curl through the lengths for added movement. Elle also added a braid around the base of the ponytail which gave the look a girly twist.


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