Maybe it’s because award season is approaching. Or because nights on the town make every girl want to get dolled up – even in the bitter cold. Instead of fussy bangs and messy tendrils getting stuck on lacquered lips, we’re in the mood for something a little more elegant. Something that’s literally the opposite of in-your-face.
Tracy Balan’s advice on holiday hairstyles was so spot on, we turn to her yet again – this time, for how-to advice on styles that are piled high or pulled back to show off flirty lashes, full lips and blazing cheekbones.
Here, Tracy offers expert tips on how to get coiffed like glamazons Leona Lewis, Nia Long, and Janet Jackson.
First up, our favorite Lady O.
Michelle Obama’s French twist.
Why it works:
Michelle Obama has become a beauty icon the moment she first hit TV screens. Here she is sporting a tightly-rolled French twist with a slight pompadour at the crown. This very clean, classic and youthful updo shows her sophistication without aging her.
How to get the look:
Take large sections of your hair and, using a large paddle brush, begin to lightly backcomb everywhere. This will give your twist body and lift. Once all the hair is done, gently smooth out the hair without brushing out the backcombing. Gently brush your hair all the way to one side, making sure the hair is really smooth. Using as many pins as needed, pin your hair straight up the back. Gather the remaining hair. Put your thumb in the center and twist the hair around your thumb. Take hair as many hair pins and secure the twist. For added security, make sure you really gather the hair into the pin and push it into place. Finish the whole look with hair spray to tame any little fly aways or hairs that are coming out
Do this hair style if you are too young in age. This hairstyle is best suited for women that over the age of 27 yrs old and have oval face shapes.