Lea Michele has had good hair for some time now—long, lustrous, shiny—but I think it has officially reached the pinnacle of hair perfection.
At the recent 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere, Lea may have been wearing an ultra-sexy Cushnie et Ochs dress.... but it was still her hair that stole the show.
Have a look:
Am I right? This is truly a work of hair art. And here's why I say that:
It's sooo multi-dimensional, without seeming obviously highlighted—a very tricky thing when working with brunette hair, because lighter pieces can easily look stripey. My guess is that she's had a warm chocolatey base colour all over, and then very subtle, tone-on-tone balayage (hand-painted highlights) around her face and through the lower lengths. Having them around the face is key, because they help throw a flattering, illuminating light on your features. But make sure you go to someone who KNOWS what they are doing, as this is an easy thing to screw up.
Another option, in hair that's naturally more of a medium brown, is to lowlight instead of highlight. That way the natural hair becomes the highlight, and you get a more subtle look than if you were to paint in highlights.
This is a great length on Lea, just skimming the top of the boobs. She's also got long layers cut in her naturally curly hair, to lose some of the weight. My favourite part is the bangs. They're slightly rounded, so they're longer on the edges, and just skim the bottom of the brows, which is the perfect length. I love the easy centre part in them, too.
So it turns out Lea's shiny hair is no accident. She actually uses this homemade deep conditioning mask (created by hairstylist Mark Townsend) to nourish her hair. Here's the recipe:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon carrot oil (only use a drop or two if you’re blonde, since it can stain hair)
Mix it together and apply it to damp hair for up to an hour, once or twice a week.
Finally, we get to the way it's been styled—in soft, tousled waves that start from about eye-level, with the ends left straight. I'm sure this was done with a curling iron, but I'd like to mention there is another tool that can help you get this look a bit more easily. And it's the Rowenta Versa Style Iron:
What makes this iron special is the bevelled edges, which actually shape the hair without creating demarcation lines. So for soft waves, you don't have to do some complicated twisty technique. You literally just turn this iron back and forth (like slowly turning your wrist), inch by inch, as you make your way down a section. It takes a bit of a time to do your whole head, but I find it's more effective at creating waves all the way up the hair shaft. And they last longer than regular flat iron or curling iron curls.
Have Your Say
What do you think of Lea's hair here? Have you ever used the Rowenta Versa Style Iron? Will you be trying her hair mask?