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Jorja Fox's Hair: CSI Las Vegas

Karen Marie Shelton 
Revised Date: 11/27/06

Introduction

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Jorja-an Fox was born July 7, 1968 in New York City, New York.  Although she had been acting since 1989, her breakout role is considered to be as Dr. Maggie Doyle on TV's ER from 1996 until 1999.

She left ER and in 2000 appeared on The West Wing and on the hit show, CSI as Sara Sidle.  Although she was not in the first two episodes of the show, she appeared in the third and has remained with the show since the beginning.

In her current role of geeky crime lab goddess she is having a secret affair with her boss, Gil Grissom, played by William Peterson.

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As a CSI in Las Vegas Sara finds herself in all sorts of situations including digging through all sorts of debris including digging through human waste and analyzing crime scenes. 

As a result, her hair on the show is usually worn casual or pulled back.  Although her character is complicated with untold inner demons, on the outside she appears all business with a fierce determination to solve the crimes she is assigned.

Jorja Fox's Hair

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The May-December romance (actor William Petersen is 53, so presumably his character is, too) also brings Fox a little job security.

Two years ago, CBS fired and then rehired Fox after she initially refused to sign a return-to-work agreement.

Here's what the 38-year-old New York native had to say about "CSI" and other topics in Pasadena, Calif., this summer:

As a teenager Fox had a career as a fashion model. She then turned to formal study of the acting craft at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, specifically under the tutelage of veteran actor William Hickey.

After appearing in several minor films and TV series, Fox got her big break in 1996 by landing a role in the immensely successful "ER" (1994) TV series. She appeared in 33 episodes as Dr. Maggie Doyle who became embroiled in a sexual harassment suit against a powerful hospital administrator. Fox then got a recurring role in the renowned "The West Wing" (1999) TV series where she portrayed a Secret Service agent who was in charge of protecting the President's college-age daughter. She had a key role in that series' cliffhanger episode where the President's entourage comes under gunfire by assassins

Fox now appears as part of the regular cast of the popular TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) where she portrays one of the crime scene investigators. Fox shared in CSI's 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

In addition to her TV and movie roles, Fox is the co-founder of an experimental stage theater production company called Honeypot Productions. Fox is also a musician and songwriter. She wrote and performed the song "Lullabye" which was featured in the movie Traveling Companion (1998).

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Catherine O'Hara was one of seven children born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada and is a third generation Irish Catholic Canadian.

She has been acting since 1980 and appeared in dozes of supporting roles during that time.  Catherine also has provided various voices for animated film roles including Chicken Little and Over The Hedge.

One of my favorite Catherine roles was as Christine Valco in Surviving Christmas.  She played the unhappily married harried mom to a family that agrees to rent themselves out to Ben Affleck for the Christmas Holidays.

Attended Hoover Junior High in Indialantic, Florida.

She is part of a production company called Honeypot with Heather Grody (Murmurs singer/guitarist). They produce plays and recently a musical called Dear Bernard, written by Grody.

Went to Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida, for two years before being "discovered" in a model search at a local mall.

Her name, Jorja, is pronounced Georgia (like the state in the U.S.).

Her mother was from Montreal, Canada.

Her parents immigrated from Montreal: mother Marilyn (Belgian-Canadian, b. 1927, d. 1996), father (Irish-Canadian, b. 1924). She also has an older brother, Jeff (b. 1957).

Co-founded the experimental theater group Honeypot Productions.

In July 2004, Fox was fired from the hit show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) for refusing to sign documentation stating she would return to work. Her co-worker, George Eads, was fired the day after she was for not showing up to work. Reportedly both actors wanted more money. Fox returned to work the following Thursday after being fired, and Eads the next day.

 

She is also fantastic in two of the two Home Alone movies but in interviews with the media has promised that art does not imitate life with her own two sons (9 and 12 years old). 

Her face is might be recognizable, especially if you love Christopher Guest films.  This very funny lady has been in Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.

Is a dedicated vegetarian, and an aspiring vegan.

Has the following pets: Ali (dog, female boxer), Rumplestiltskin (cat), and Sid Poitier (cat, male, formerly named Sid Vicious)

She ranked #80 in Stuff's "103 Sexiest Women" (2003).

She enjoys traveling, playing the guitar, and singing.

Best friend of actress Amy Carlson, whom she met on the Chicago set of the short- lived television series "Missing Persons" 1n 1993.

Jorja's Hair Secrets

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In various interviews Catherine has indicated she is not a fan of needles other than those used in acupuncture treatments. 

She has also implied her interests in maintaining her honey blonde highlighted tresses, which appear to have a beautiful natural wave, is minimal.

I wouldn't be surprised that Catherine is a low maintenance type of hair wearer.  Besides having two young sons and a marriage to a very successful Hollywood writer, Catherine is busy with lots of acting and voice work.

The no muss, no fuss textured hairstyles that Catherine wears on the Red Carpet are perfect for her busy lifestyle as well as looking softly elegant for her various fashions.

Although Catherine has appeared with sleek straight tresses, she also shows off some beautiful waves and curls that have a slightly tousled feel. 

Steal Catherine's Soft Wavy Texture

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Catherine's face shape is basically oval but she has a slightly prominent chin and strong forehead. 

As a result, she looks best with hairstyles that extend to the tops of her shoulders or longer.  She varies her style with different types of parts.

The multi-talented performer has gorgeous sparkling blue eyes and a stunning smile that play well with her blonde hair.

Catherine has a great girl-next-door aura.  Her  just-below-the-shoulder length hair is soft and shiny but not too sexy for a mom of two young boys.

It appears that Catherine's hair is naturally wavy. 

Her mane could be styled with a diffuser attached to a blow dryer to encourage natural texture or she could wash it and then scrunch it.

Another option is to blow dry it using a round brush to encourage volume and movement finishing with a curling iron run vertically through her tresses to create loose waves.

Step By Step Instructions

Follow the steps listed below to re-create Catherine's soft wavy texture.

Keep in mind that anyone with natural curls and waves would need to be temporarily straightened with a paddle or flat brush and then curled along the ends with hot rollers or a curling iron.

Naturally straight strands would need to be blown out with a round brush to add fullness and movement and the ends would require curling.

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1.  Shampoo and condition natural curls with products created for your hair texture, type and current condition

If your strands are excessively dry, which naturally curls might be, use products to add back moisture.

If your hair is colored or chemically treated be sure to use products that address these special needs to prevent the development of additional dryness or damage.

2.  Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.

3.  Towel blot - do not rub - hair with an absorbent towel.  Remove excess moisture so that hair is damp but not dripping.

Note:  If you wish to add volume products, apply a volumizing spray like PhytoVolume Actif or similar to your roots.  Finger pick and massage the volumizing products through the root area. 

4.  Depending on your specific natural curl type and condition apply a moisturizing heat protecting conditioner or a product cocktail which includes a leave-in conditioner and/or defrisant product along with a straightening balm (if your hair is wavy or curly) or a styling mousse (if you have straight strands and desire volume, natural bend and texture).

5.  Separate hair into individual 2" sections.  Clip remainder of hair out of the way. 

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Start at the back and using a Boar's bristle paddle brush (paddle to straighten or round to add volume) direct air flow from a blow dryer with an attached concentrator down the shaft of the hair to seal the cuticle and add shine.

6.   After each section is 100% dry, roll around a large curler or into a free form pin curl. 

Pin to the scalp and continue to blow dry the remaining hair.

7.  When all of the hair is dry, remove the pin curls. 

Bend over at the waist and run fingers that have been lightly coated with shine serum through the strands.

8.  Flip hair back over and arrange with fingers or wide tooth pick. 

9.  Use a curling iron (or hot rollers if you prefer) and create random curls along the bottom of the style.

10.  Allow curls to cool and then tousle lightly with fingers.

11.  Finish with a spritz of hairspray for hold and to prevent frizz.

Optional Tips & Looks

Jessica Simpson
Wearing
21" Human Hair
HairDo Clip-in

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If you want a soft cascade of waves "in an instant" but have no time to curl your hair check out the latest Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson HairDo options from HairUWear.  

Ken and Jessica Simpson developed a spectacular line of clip-in hair that can transform your hair in a matter of minutes with no permanent changes.  

It's easy to steal Catherine's soft waves if you select either the 23 inch HairDo Synthetic Wavy Clip-in Extension or the 21 inch HairDo in Human Hair in a variety of gorgeous hues.

Steps To Add A HairDo Piece:

1.  Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of your add-on piece.

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2.  Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3.  Clip your top hair up and out of the way.

4.  Wrap your bottom strands into a few flat pin curls. Secure well.

5.  Simply snap on the HairDo piece.

6.  Unclip your top hair and integrate it with the added HairDo piece.

7.  Finger tousle and you're finished.

8.  If desired, finish the style with a gorgeous silk or real flower, a jewel encrusted barrette or similar clip or pin placed near the hairline.

Summary

Catherine O'Hara is a multi-talented comedic actress with a dizzying array of funny faces and fantastic dry wit.  She also happens to have beautiful blonde tresses. Be sure to see her new movie, For Your Consideration

If you haven't seen Surviving Christmas or the two Home Alone movies, be sure and head over to your friendly video store and catch her fantastic performances.  And who knows, maybe some day we'll see her winning a much deserved Oscar statue.  

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