How to create a chic up-do with just 6 products
We’re dying over Kate’s take on an elegant up-do but we can’t say we’re all that surprised. After all, does Kate Bosworth ever get it wrong? Everything she does is effortlessly chic, and that’s why we love her.
Do you like this look, too? Awesome! Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get hair that looks as red carpet-ready as Kate’s, plus a few tips from Anthony Nader, International Hair Stylist and owner of Raw Hair. After all, every girl needs a back-up up-do she can create with ease, right?
When it comes to a look like this, you definitely don’t want stiff, flat strands. Start by applying a volume mousse all over damp locks to give your hair the oomph it needs to be workable.
Try: nak body•n•shine volumising foam. This hair styling gem adds long-lasting volume and lift to a blowdry.
A paddle brush
If you want to get some serious lift at the crown of your head, make sure you use a paddle brush to give your hair texture.
Try: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Paddle Brush, as it features an air cushioned head with dual bristles that will be comfortable when brushing.
Anthony says: To get more hold at the crown of your head, backcomb the roots with your paddle brush and then smooth over the top layers. Try using a brush here, as when you backcomb with a fine tooth comb, you will more often than not end up with crazy knots and the effect can also look less natural and harder to brush out too.
Lifeless strands just won’t work for this look. Applying a texture spray will add life to your locks and will also help hold the shape once you start styling. Apply the spray evenly throughout the ends of your hair and massage it in using your fingers.
Try: Joico Texture Boost - dry spray wax. The spray is ideal for tousled styles as it delivers movable texture with long lasting shine.
Anthony says: If your hair is already dry and you’re literally running out the door with a minute or two to spare, spray your roots with a dry shampoo which doubles up to give hair that extra oomph and soak any oil around your scalp, which is fab. Team this with a spritz or two of texture spray and finish your style using the next three products.
If you’ve got naturally straight hair, you’ll need to add a few curls to the very ends of your hair to achieve this look. Don’t overdo it – you only need a little shape to be visible when you pin it up.
Try: Cloud Nine The Wand. The ingenious curling tool features three temperature settings, allowing you to ensure the right setting for the hair type, plus a unique secret ingredient within the barrel, which gives hair added shine and lustre.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend had obviously never attempted this up-do. Some carefully concealed bobby pins will be your ally in creating this look. Start by sweeping back the sides and pinning them in place, then start sectioning off what’s left and pin each piece artfully in place at the back of your head.
Try: Lady Jayne Contoured Bobby Pins, as they are curved to shape of the head and are rubberised to prevent slipping.
Anthony says: Don’t be too precious about random pieces floating down around the hairline as this gives a more “effortless” and “casual” feel which is what where aiming for. Go ahead and use a light hold hairspray now to finish off if you wish.
Using a heavy duty hair spray will undoubtedly diminish the natural and effortless effect of this hair style. Opt for a milder, soft-hold spray to keep your hair in place without dulling its natural shine.
Try: Taft Power Lacquer Cashmere Touch. The soft-touch hairspray provides long-lasting hold without weighing down your style.
Would you try this style? How would you make it work better for your hair?