Celebrity inspired hair how-tos


There’s been a lot going on in the way of ridiculously good hair on the red carpet this year (VMAs, anyone?), and since we have a number of expert stylists on speed dial, it makes perfect sense to use our little black book of contacts to get the know-how on our favourite styles.

This time around, we called on Pantene hair expert and owner of Barney Martin Hair Salon, Barney Martin, to tell us exactly how to replicate these drop dead gorgeous ‘dos.

Get your hair tools out girls, you’re going to want to try these. Here are six of the looks we’ve been coveting…

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A word of advice from the pro himself: This style is not ideal for heart- or square-shaped faces, since it might accentuate your jawline.  

Barney says to get Jen’s red carpet style, begin by spraying your hair with a texture spray before blow-drying. Use a small boar-bristle brush to blow-dry your hair up at the roots, especially at the crown of your head to get more volume. Then, blow-dry the sides of your hair smooth and in a backward motion. Next, pin back the sides of your hair, making sure to keep volume through the top. When the pins are in place, use a straightener to smooth out your hair. Then, brush-back your hair at the front hairline and crown to accentuate volume. Smooth the top back with a fine-tooth comb, moulding and shaping to get your desired height, adding texture paste. Finish with a strong-hold hairspray to set. 

To get Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 red carpet style, use:

Lady Jayne 100% Boar Bristle Brush, Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, Philips MoistureProtect Dryer, Cloud Nine The Original Iron, Lady Jayne Two-Tone Tail Comb, Cedel Firm Hairspray


“To achieve this glamourous look, prep damp hair with a moisturising product and blast dry”, says Barney, who recommends using the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Créme which moisturises, detangles and de-frizzes hair. Next, use a small barrelled tong and bristle brush and take smallish sections and tong in the same direction. Once curled, give your hair a light spritz with hairspray, then gently brush through to achieve super soft, glamorous waves. 

To get Taylor Schilling’s glamorous Emmy hairstyle, use:

ghd curve classic curl tong, Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Paddle Brush, evo helmut original hairspray


For big, 60s inspired va-va volume like Adele’s, Barney says you’ll need volumising product, a hairdryer, round brush and tongs to finish.

Start by towel-drying your hair, then apply some volumising product while it’s still damp. “To get the right amount of volume you require at the root, the more lift you’ll have to use”, says Barney. You’ll achieve this by directing heat onto your root area, and then allowing it to cool down. “Don’t just keep the hairdryer in one place or you’ll scorch your hair, keep it moving!” he adds.

Then, section pieces of hair that frame your face, and use a tong to create loose, unstructured movement, and finish with a light hairspray to seal in your style. 

To get Adele’s Hello videoclip style, use:

Fat muk VolumiserPhilips Pro DryerMoroccanoil Boar Bristle Round BrushVS Sassoon Luminous Collection Curling Tong

bh tip: Applying heat to your hair can be damaging, causing split ends and dry, brittle locks. Take Barney’s advice and combat this with a weekly hair mask or treatment that will insulate your hair from within to protect it from future damage.

try: Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Intensive Hair Masque, TONI&GUY Hair Care Reconstruction Mask, Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair & Gloss Treatment, L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Repairing Mask


To get Gigi’s 60s slick, Barney says you need to start by roughly blow-drying your hair and applying texturising powder to your root section. Next use your straightener to get smoothness through your mid-lengths and ends. “To get decent lift and hold that will last you all night, apply some more texturising powder or dry shampoo to get that added boost – just make sure you use your fingers to massage it into your roots” says Barney. Then, take small sections of hair from your roots with a fine comb to backcomb. “Now your hair will have enough grip underneath to hold, while looking gorgeous and smooth from the top!” he adds.

bh tip: Before straightening, go over your strands with a heat protectant, especially over the ends.
try:L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Heat-Protective Control MistL’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Sprayghd Heat Protect Spray

To make sure your hair is smooth after backcombing, Barney suggests using a hairbrush to lightly brush the surface so you can smooth without damaging your style. 

To get Gigi Hadid’s style at the MTV VMAs, use:

VS Sassoon 3Q Hairdryer, Kérastase Paris Powder Bluff, ghd Platinum Hair Styler, Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo, Freestyle Home Salon Tail Comb, Cloud Nine Radial Boar-Bristle Blow-Dry Brush


“This is such a pretty look!” says Barney. To get Vanessa’s soft mermaid-inspired locks, start off by creating the halo braid around the hairline. “Take three strands of hair – whatever size you like – from behind your hair and create a simple braid. Now do the same on the other side, then take the two braids and bring them up onto the top of your head like a headband and pin”, says Barney. Next, grab your wand and create tousled waves – take a small section of hair, twist it around the barrel, 90 degrees away from the face and pull through to the ends to create a ribbon curl. Then, take the next section and repeat this step, only this time turning the tongs in the opposite direction. Alternate each section until all your hair is curled. Finish with a light shine spray, and then comb through from underneath to loosen the curls and create tousled texture. 

To get Vanessa Hudgens’ mermaid style at the MTV VMAs, use:

Scunci Travel Case Bobby Pins, ghd curve creative curl wand, VO5 Tame and Shine Spray, The Lady Jayne General Purpose Comb


For Kat’s sultry style, prep your locks with mousse and apply heated rollers. “For loose, bouncy waves, the larger the better!” says Barney. With a comb, separate your hair into three sections: A left, middle and right and then separate the sections with hair clips. Take the front section and place it over a large hot roller. Roll the hair towards your forehead, and use a roller pin to hold it in place. Continue rolling your hair from the middle section until you’ve worked your way back to the nape of your neck. Repeat this process to both sides. “If you want bouncier waves, try rolling your hair in different directions. Roll some up and some down, so that the waves look loose and natural”, says Barney. “Also try using different sized rollers in different areas to create waves of different sizes.”

Mist your hair with hairspray and let the curls set. Wait until your curls are completely cooled, then remove the rollers and brush out your hair. Use your fingertips to gently brush out the curls into soft waves. Finish by smoothing mousse through your hair to keep your bouncy waves in place all day. 

To get Kat Graham’s style at the MTV VMAs, use:

TONI&GUY Hair Care Volume Plumping Mousse, VS Sassoon Big Hair Hot Rollers, Avon Detangling Comb, The Lady Jayne Section Clips, Schwarzkopf ULTÎME Amino-Q Hold Hairspray

Which of these is your favourite? Have you seen a celebrity hairstyle you’d love to recreate? Tell us which one it is and we’ll ask a hair expert for you!

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