Natural curly girl Alyson Renae Michalka (born March 25, 1989), often credited as Aly, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist.
She is perhaps best known for her roles as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel Original Series, Phil of the Future, Charlotte Barnes in the feature film Bandslam, Taylor Callum in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles and as Marti Perkins in the CW series Hellcats.
She is also known as one-half of the musical duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ) with her sister Amanda Michalka. It's been reported she will appear as Tracy Morgan in the upcoming thriller, The Roommate.
Aly was born in Torrance, California and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California with her sister Amanda Michalka.
Her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with JC Band, a Christian band. Michalka has been playing the piano since she was five and started playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and continues to practice the faith.
Michalka's acting debut came when she was cast in the role of Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel Original Series, Phil of the Future. She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies Now You See It..., in which she plays Allyson Miller, an ambitious television producer, and Cow Belles, in which she appears opposite her sister.
She announced via her MySpace that she had booked a leading role in the Walden Media film Bandslam, about a group of misfits who form a rock band. She co-starred with Vanessa Hudgens and the movie was released in August 2009.
Her sister Amanda is featured in the Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones. Michalka and her sister comprise the musical duo 78violet, and released their first album, Into the Rush, on August 16, 2005. The next year, they brought out a holiday album in September, covering 9 tracks, along with two originals, titled Acoustic Hearts of Winter.
In July 2007, their album, Insomniatic, hit stores, featuring the American top 20 hit single, "Potential Breakup Song". The two were working on a new album, to be released in the early 2010. However, they left their label so the release date has been postponed.
Star Of CW's Sizzling Hot Cheerleader Series - Hellcats
Michalka stars in the new CW cheerleading drama series Hellcats, in which Ashley Tisdale co-stars. The series premiered on September 8, 2010.
The premise behind the show is that Michalka, who plays Marti, is a wannabe law student struggling to get through her undergrad school.
The problem? Her scholarship was cancelled, but her sketchy mom (Gail O'Grady) who appears to have a drinking problem, forgets to tell her until it's too late.
While scrambling to stay in school because her funds have run out, the resourceful Marti discovers the Hellcats Cheerleading Squad receive scholarships for cheering.
Even though Marti is totally not the cheerleading type, she goes out for the squad and wins a position as one of the flyers.
Although the show has some sizzling hot cheerleaders, both male and female, it's interesting to see Michalka rock her head full of bursting natural ringlets which bounce and shimmer while she dances and cheers.
Michalka's natural curls will set many curly girls free to rock their own natural textures.
Steal Aly Micalka's Gorgeous Ringlets And Luscious Curls
If you're lucky enough to have naturally curly hair which falls into loose ringlets like Aly follow the tips below to define and refine your Botticelli hairstyle:
Step By Step Instructions
1. Cleanse hair in desired method (diluted shampoo, conditioner only, water only or a combo). 2. Rinse and apply rinse out conditioner from top of ears down to the ends. 3. Use fingers to detangle. Optionally you may use a wide tooth comb with smooth teeth. 4. When hair is detangled completely rinse with a cool to cold water rinse. 5. Towel blot with a thick towel. 6. Apply desired leave-in conditioning cocktail (leave-in conditioner, defrisant, styling cream, gel or similar) to keep ringlets moist.
Note: Make sure styling cocktail is applied to hair which is towel blotted and not excessive wet.
7. Separate curls into natural clumps. Roll around finger into a ringlet and pin to the scalp. 8. When entire head has been curled around fingers, sit under a hood style dryer until hair is completely dry. If you prefer you can air dry the curls. 9. Allow hair to completely dry. Spritz lightly with anti-frizz styling spray. Allow to dry after spraying. 10. Unpin ringlets one by one and allow curls to hang without brushing or combing. 11. Bend over at the waist and gently shake ringlets. Use fingers to arrange. If desired touch up with a curling iron. 12. Finish with a drop of shine spray, gel, serum or cream applied to the palms of the hands and massaged together. Wipe hands lightly over the top of the ringlets.
Naturally Curly Hair With Uneven Curl Pattern, Natural Waves Or Straight
If your hair is naturally curly, but does not easily form ringlets, is naturally wavy or straight, follow the steps below:
1. Cleanse hair in desired method (diluted shampoo, conditioner only, water only or a combo). 2. Rinse and apply rinse out conditioner from top of ears down to the ends. 3. Use fingers to detangle. 4. When hair is detangled completely rinse with a cool to cold water rinse. 5. Towel blot with a thick towel. 6. Apply desired leave-in conditioning cocktail (leave-in conditioner, styling cream, gel or similar) to keep ringlets moist. 7. Use a long finger diffuser attached to a blow drier. Allow curls to nestle into the cup of the diffuser. Work around the head until all of the curls are dry. Avoid touching with your fingers. 8. Once hair is completely dry separate curls into natural clump patterns. 9. Use 1" curling iron and curl each section in a ringlet formation. After each section is curls pin to the scalp.
Note: The smaller the curling iron and size of the strand, the tighter the resulting curls.
Note: The smaller the iron, the tighter the resulting ringlets. 10. After all hair is hot ironed, pinned and cooled, spray with a anti-frizz styling spray. 11. Allow curls to set. When completely cool and set unpin each section at a time. 12. Bend over at the waist and gently shake out curls. Arrange with fingers. Touch up with hot iron. 13. Finish with a light brush of shine serum, cream or spray and a light spritz of anti-frizz styling spray.
Although some of the critics felt Aly was miscast in the role of Marti, she definitely had the moves and her hair was inspirational.
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