April 08, 2013 12:00 PM

Behind the Hairstyles

Star stylists explain the surprising stories of how five red carpet dos came to be

NATALIE PORTMAN

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Kate Bosworth

Braided Updo

Bosworth’s instructions for this look: “The more undone, the better,” says the star’s stylist Bridget Brager, who created this halo of three plaits in an hour. “Kate wanted to see texture more than the braids.” To deconstruct the do, Brager pulled out pieces of hair, then pinned them back down. “We didn’t mind seeing the bobby pins, either; it kind of got a little ‘cool’ in.”

KATE BOSWORTH

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Natalie Portman

French Twist

“I had no idea what I was going to do,” reveals Living Proof stylist Chris McMillan about Portman’s Oscar party style. When he saw how the actress had swept up her hair at her dress fitting, though, it only took him 20 minutes to create a refined version of that look. And while the end result was elegant, McMillan admits, “it had an alien shape, which we were laughing about.”

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Alicia Keys

Voluminous Swoop

“Alicia was performing on a massive stage in an arena. After rehearsal it was apparent that she needed [her hair] to look bigger and more pumped up,” says Living Proof stylist Ward Stegerhoek. He slicked the sides, then teased and curled the top to create this pompadour.

JULIANNE HOUGH

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Julianne Hough

Intricate Updo

“This is one of my favorite styles of all time, but the preparation was ugly—Julianne looked like Medusa!” says stylist Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon in L.A. “We wanted a soft, fairylike style,” explains Capri. But because Hough’s hair is naturally straight, it took an hour of “curling, twisting, tucking and pinning” (over 50 bobby pins were used!) to create the textured effect.

ALICIA KEYS

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Jaime King

Coiled Bun

The actress needed a style that would stay put during all her fashion week outfit changes. “She wanted it crazy sleek and kind of avant-garde in the back,” says Sally Hershberger stylist Matt Fugate, who whipped up a “slicked-back, runway-inspired” updo by making two tight ponytails, then twisting and wrapping them around one another before securing with pins.

JAIME KING

The New Celebrity Hair Icons

From Karlie’s chop heard ’round the world to Kerry’s bangin’ fringe, top stylists share the details of this season’s most-wanted star dos

MODERN PIXIE

Ginnifer Goodwin

The Cut: “The sides and back are short and blunt, while the front is longer and layered for a softer, more youthful feel,” says Goodwin’s pro Anh Co Tran.

Why It’s Hot: This look is versatile and sexy. “Even though her hair is short, we’ve been able to change it up,” says Tran.

What You Need:

A light molding wax for texture and a little hair spray for hold.

Kevin.Murphy

Night.Rider, $22; kevinmurphy.com.au for salons

Garren New York

Designing Spray Tonic, $26; garrenny.com

LAYERED BOB

Karlie Kloss

The Cut: “It’s blunt and square at the bottom, with layers at the crown and bangs that are long enough to sweep to the side,” says Kloss’s pro Garren.

Why It’s Hot: The model’s swingy new cut is feminine and easy. “She wanted to be able to do her own hair,” says Garren. “I told her to stay away from the blow-dryer. She can shampoo and go, and there’s just enough length to put it in a small ponytail.”

What You Need:

Volumizing spray on wet hair for body.

BOLD BANGS

Kerry Washington

The Cut: To give her hair and bangs an “edgy and choppy” look, Washington’s pro Takisha Sturdivant-Drew cut the star’s hair with a razor, which adds texture to the ends.

Why It’s Hot: “The bangs are the perfect shape: They land right on her brow, and they’re not blunt or too thick,” says Sturdivant-Drew. Plus highlights give her dark hair vibrance.

What You Need:

A gel-based spray on dry hair to stop frizz.

TRI Professional Haircare Aerogel, $8.50; trihaircare.com

Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream, $3; at drugstores

SOFT WAVES

Amanda Seyfried

The Cut: Amanda has long, subtle layers that start around her face. “I cut it as airy as possible on the bottom so it’s not blunt,” says Seyfried’s pro and Suave Professionals stylist Jenny Cho.

Why It’s Hot: The look references Old Hollywood glamour, but the waves are looser and more “organic” says Cho.

What You Need:

A smoothing cream before heat application for shine and hold.

TAKE IT TO THE SALON!

Most Wanted Hair at Every Length

Whether you’re ready for a major chop like Miley or want to try bangs like Jessica, here’s some gorgeous spring hair inspiration straight from Hollywood

Crops

CHARLIZE THERON

Textured Pixie

MILEY CYRUS

Buzzed Sides

ZOE KRAVITZ

Spiky Fringe

ANNE HATHAWAY

Brow-Skimming Bangs

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Asymmetric Sweep

Bobs & Lobs

MIA WASIKOWSKA

Modern Pageboy

JULIANNE HOUGH

Choppy Layers

NICOLE RICHIE

Flipped-Out Ends

MARION COTILLARD

Angular Lob

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS

Lush Curls

Shoulder-Length

ANNA KENDRICK

Polished Waves

VICTORIA JUSTICE

Blunt and Sleek

OLIVIA WILDE

Sexy Swoop

LILY COLLINS

Beachy Finish

HEIDI KLUM

Swingy Layers

Superlong

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ

Voluminous Curls

JESSICA BIEL

Heavy Fringe

BROOKLYN DECKER

Smooth and Shiny

JESSICA CHASTAIN

Glam Side Part

DUCHESS KATE

Bouncy Blowout

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