Red Carpet Hair Highlights At The Oscars 2014 With Jamie Stevens

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Award-winning celebrity hairdresser, Matrix Ambassador and British Hairdresser of the Year 2013 and 2012 nominee, Jamie Stevens talks us through the key hair trends on the red carpet at The Oscars 2014.

Hollywood Glamour

The likes of Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett, nominee Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson and Kelly Osbourne all played with old school glamorous side-swept curls, whilst Wolf of Wall Street actress, Margot Robbie also carried the look off to perfection with a new dark and sultry look.

To recreate gorgeous red carpet waves, Jamie says, “After blow-drying the hair, comb in a deep side parting and set the hair on heated rollers, focusing on the mid-lengths to the ends and leave to set. Once set, brush the curls out using a flat paddle brush and finish with a polishing serum and a hairspray to hold such as Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray. For a softer, deconstructed look like Cate’s, brush out the hair more and focus on using matte rather than shine finishing products.”

Soft Disheveled Up-dos

Another key look on the red carpet was the swept back, romantic soft up-dos as seen on Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camilla Alves, the newly blonde Julia Roberts and on glowing mum-to-be, Olivia Wilde.

Jamie says of this trend, “For me, Olivia Wilde looked incredible and worked this trend beautifully with soft, disheveled waves. To achieve, put hair into a low side parting and blow-dry using a medium round brush and volumising product such as Matrix Go Big mousse.

"Using medium sized tongs, spray each section with a heat protective spray before tonging sections forward in the same direction. Add a little volumising dust such as Matrix Mega Dust into the roots to add some guts to the hair, encouraging wave and texture. Then, leaving out the fringe area, visually and loosely pin the hair into the same point below the crown for an undone finish. Spritz with hairspray to hold.”

Sleek Chic

Super sleek looks were back on the red carpet for effortless chic, whether worn down as on Naomi Watts and Jada Pinkett-Smith or up as seen on American Hustle actress, Amy Adams, who wore a slick, side parted structured up-do.

To get that super sleek look Jamie says, “It is all in the prep so make sure you’re using smoothing shampoos and conditioners. Arm yourself with a good heat protective spray before using straightening irons, and if you try to straighten too much hair at once this can result in ridges forming at the roots, so the thinner the section you take, the better the result. A super glossy finish is key to sleek hair, try Matrix Surround Shine for A-list polish."

Short Hair

A plethora of short haired stars shone on the red carpet last night demonstrating that shorter styles remain a key look for Spring/Summer 2014. Charlize Theron sported a sleek, side parted crop and Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o looked pretty as a picture with a headband accessory. The back brushed, textured look also proved popular as seen on Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Portia de Rossi.

To create this short faux up-do is easy says Jamie, “Prep the hair with a volumising product and blow-dry the hair back and off the face using a round brush and if necessary, use tongs afterwards to create extra texture. Create some structure internally by applying a little Matrix Mega Dust to the roots and backcomb. Then, using a wide toothed comb, apply a little gel to it and come through the front area for shine and finish with a non-aerosol hairspray, such as Matrix Zoom Force, to hold.”

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