The Artist, The Help, The Descendants… oh my! We could only be talking about the 84th Annual Academy Awards. As we prepare for the star-studded red carpet event complete with drop-dead gorgeous gowns, flawless makeup and most importantly, striking hair, we check in again with hair extraordinaire, Philip B, for his hairstyle predictions of the night. He also hints at who he is most excited to see this year and how to get the looks of some of our favorite stars.
SheKnows: What do you predict will be the biggest hair trends of the night?
Philip B: Sculpted bombshell waves in platinum blonde (a la Michelle Williams channeling Marilyn Monroe) or tousled, not-too-polished waves (a la Kate Beckinsale and Mila Kunis). Both styles look amazing in combination with detailed couture dresses.
SheKnows: What stars are you most excited to see on the carpet?
Philip B: Cate Blanchett. She is a great role model for the easy, natural hair look, which contrasts so beautifully with her polished, avant-garde style.
Gwyneth Paltrow. Her long, sleek hair is always perfect with her Calvin Klein gowns. Natalie Portman. Can’t wait to see her post-pregnancy look. Jennifer Hudson. So beautiful and talented, and her new figure looks amazing.
I’m also excited to see young, up-and-coming stars like Hailee Steinfeld and Dakota and Elle Fanning. The two sisters are big Rodarte fans and, like me, love super-shiny, healthy, natural-looking hair!
SheKnows: What was your favorite hair look at the Oscars last year?
Philip B: I love the look of sexy, flawless waves. At last year’s ceremony, Kate Beckinsale and Mila Kunis both wore them in loose, modern updos that telegraphed sophistication and drama in a youthful way.
SheKnows: How can you easily get this look?
Philip B: This look is surprisingly easy to achieve with the right styling products.
- Mist Philip B. Maui Wowie Thickening Spray on dry, unwashed hair. Then use a large-barrel curling iron to curl your hair in sections.
- Flip your head upside down, rake through the curls with your fingertips, and set them with Philip B. Jet Set Hair Spray.
- Lift your hair into a loose, high ponytail, pulling it halfway through an elastic band to create a loop.
- Pull out a few pieces around your face to create a soft effortless look, and wrap one piece around the hair elastic and pin it in place.
- Finish with another light misting of hairspray and you’re ready for the red carpet!
SheKnows: Since they were your favorites, what do you want to see Kate and Mila rock this year?
Philip B: They both have gorgeous hair. Kate is kind of aristocratic, so she looks wonderful in updated versions of classic Hollywood hairdos, like a tousled high bun or chignon or bouncy ponytail. Mila’s hair looks great when she wears it pin-straight and center-parted, and she has a beautiful face for that kind of ’70s look. But I really love the look of sexy, flawless waves, so I’d be happy to see that look again, too!
Don’t forget to watch the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. EST, and check back right after for our list of the best and worst hair looks of the night.