ghd Red Carpet Reports from the 88th Academy Awards 2016

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WHO: Lady Gaga

HAIR BY: Celebrity Hairstylist, Frederic Aspiras

INSPIRATION: “We wanted a timeless and elegant look for her first Oscars. I created perfectly structured, voluminous curls to frame her face.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “To start, I washed the hair and rinsed thoroughly. I then blow dried the hair using my ghd air® hairdryer and a boar bristle round brush, making the hair voluminous and smooth. I then sprayed the hair with a heat protectant spray before we started styling.

I used ghd curve® classic curl tong at the front of the hairline and ghd curve® soft curl tong from the crown down to the nape. After curling each piece, I held the curl in my hand and sprayed it with a curl hold spray, then pinned the curl in place. Once all of the hair was pin curled, she sat under a dryer hood for 15 minutes, then let the hair cool for another 5 minutes.

Finally, we removed all pins and brushed out the hair with a Mason Pearson Brush. We then sculpted the hair with a wide tooth comb. Once the hair looked perfect, we finished with hairspray to hold the look in place.”

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WHO: Rachel McAdams

HAIR BY: Mark Townsend for ghd, North America

INSPIRATION: “When I saw the August Getty gown Rachel McAdams was going to wear to the Oscars, I immediately knew that her hair should be up. We both agreed on a clean and sleek look to complement the gorgeous dress.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “I started by applying NEW Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil to her damp hair to nourish strands and seal the cuticle. I then blew her out straight with my Spornette mixed bristle round brush using my trusty ghd air® hair dryer. Once the hair was fully dry, I went in with my ghd platinum® styler and straightened her tresses section by section. This amazing styler features ghd’s tri-zone® technology which allows me to style hair at the optimal temperature of 185 degrees while also giving added shine.

Next, I sectioned her hair into a deep side part, and coated my hands with John Masters Organics Rosemary and Peppermint Detangler. I used the detangler to give her hair a shiny, almost wet look, and pulled it in the back to create a textured knot. Using French hair pins to secure the knot, I created a sleek yet imperfect shape. I finished the look by spraying Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray all over to set the look and keep any flyaways down. The end result is classic, modern, and above all, gorgeous.”

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WHO: Brie Larson

HAIR BY: Mara Roszak

INSPIRATION: “Brie wore a gorgeous, royal blue, custom Gucci dress. I wanted her hair to have a celestial but fresh look to complement the dress. We did a modern half-up, half-down style.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “Mara started by applying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Transforming Oil-in-Cream to Brie’s damp hair. She parted the hair in the center and then blow dried with a round brush. Once dry, she used a ghd platinum® styler to touch up the hair and help with any frizz or flyaways while keeping it healthy and shiny, especially with the humid weather. She then sprayed L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray all over the hair. Then, using a ghd curve® classic curl tong, she created soft, loose waves throughout the hair.

Once done waving, she brushed the hair out with a boar bristle brush and applied L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum on the middle and ends of hair for extra shine. Next, she took the front pieces of hair by the hair line on both sides and twisted them, bringing them to the back of hair. She pinned in place and then put a piece of fabric that matched Brie’s belt on top of the pins, wrapping the extra hair that was hanging around the fabric. Lastly, she sprayed L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray all over the hair for hold and L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist for extra shine.”

– TJ