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Celebrity stylists share tricks of the trade

As a makeup artist on photo shoots, on the runways and film, I have worked with some of the best in the hair business! So, I asked my “go-to-guys” to share how to achieve runway-ready locks at home. I have the hottest spring hairstyle trends from the red carpet and some great tips that will get you out of your spring hair rut!

Michael-Aaron Capps

Emily Blunt goes lighter

The jewel-toned highlights and swing panels of the fall winter season this year have made way for a visual feast of nature-inspired, gorgeous, and dare I say, low-maintenance color schemes.

Go lighter: Cast out those drab, dark roots for a lighter base, maybe even just a level lighter, and complement this new shade with some balayaged sections framing the face, sides and underneath. Not highlighting the top and instead just occasionally doing a base break at the root will not only leave your hair in better condition but will let the summer sun impart its own highlights.

Waves: Couple this new color with a beachy wave by drying your hair with your favorite styling cream, and then loosely wrapping your tresses around a curling iron from mid-strand down. Throw your head forward to shake out the wave and lightly finish with Oribe’s Apres Beach spray ($35).

Ponytail: While this style would be appropriate for daytime, you can always transition to a more sophisticated nighttime look by simply pulling the hair back into either a side or low centered ponytail. Leave your head either smooth or loose according to your mood, and voila, you are ready for whatever the night has in store.

Michael-Aaron Capps is a celebrity stylist, colorist and makeup artist based out of New York City. He has studied in many master programs, including L’Oreal SoHo, Aveda Advanced, Sassoon and the Redken Exchange. For questions, comments and inquiries, go to or follow him on Twitter.

Alyn Topper

Kim Kardashian's top knotSpring hair trends mean the return of more color, lots of waves, curls, casual braids, extra volume and sexy hair! If you don’t have the time or the hair gods are nowhere to be found, here are a couple of simple styles I would suggest that are easy on the eyes and still give off that sex kitten with a whip appeal.

Bun head: Bun heads aren’t just another name for ballerinas anymore. Buns of all shapes and sizes will be one of the more popular looks for spring and summer 2012. I suggest wearing a top shiny bun; use Aquage finishing spray to help seal down any stray hairs while giving you a high shine finish. Or try a sleek low-knotted bun to perfectly complement every little black dress.

Ponytail: Ponytails were a dominant force and showed no signs of going anywhere at NYC Fashion Week. Polish your pony, high or low, with Aquage detailing creme to make it a more finished-looking style.

Texture: Of course all of these styles work great with textured hair. Texture will add dimension and look supermodel runway-ready for the more fashion forward thinking diva.

Alyn Topper first became a household name on Bravo’s hit reality series Blowout. He now works with top-notch talent like American Idol‘s David Cook, David Archuleta, Jason Castro, Brooke White and Syesha Mercado. For more tips and ideas, you can visit Alyn at or follow him on Twitter.

Stephen Durham

Catherine Zeta JoneCatherine Zeta-Jones has beautiful wavy hair that I adore. Catherine’s hair is an easy, glamorous look to achieve in front of your own mirror. First, shampoo with Twisted Sista De-Frizz Shampoo to hydrate your strands, and provide nutrients such as green tea extract and coconut oil.

Next, condition with the Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner. This conditioner strengthens, protects hair from UV damage and feeds moisture back into starved hair that is prone to frizz. Delivering intensive conditioning to your strands is important to avoid greasy roots and hair feeling lank.

After conditioning, part your hair where it best suits your face. Smooth Twisted Sista Straightening Blow Dry Cream over your hair before blow drying to create new structure and shape. Also, to protect your mane from heat styling, spray Twisted Sista’s heat protector, Straightening Thermal Protector, made with styling polymer to improve smoothness and lock in shine. Next, use your flat brush and blow dryer to smooth hair until it’s completely dry.

Then, using a 1/2-inch to 1-inch curling iron, begin curling hair, rotating the direction of each curl you do. After all your hair is curled, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to comb through curls lightly.

Twisted Sista is the brainchild of Stephen Durham who, with his stylists at Urban Therapy in London, was inspired to create a range of products specially formulated to guard against the stress and strains of modern city living. Please visit him at or follow him on Twitter.

Chad Hayduk, co-founder and creative director of the NYC-based indie beauty brand, Three Custom Color Specialists, is an expert in makeup artistry and education. As a leader in color analysis, matching and custom blending, Chad lends his precise eye to developing new colors and products designed to meet women’s beauty needs — regardless of age, skin type or tone. Chad’s work has appeared in magazines, film and television, on the runway and in the theater. For more about Three Custom Color Specialists, visit and follow @Chad3c on twitter.

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