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Celebrity Hair: Kathryn Erbe's Hairstyles On Law & Order: Criminal Intent


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Actress Kathryn Erbe was born July 2, 1966. The beautiful 5'2" actress is best known for her starring role as Detective Alexandra Eames on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", a spin-off of Law & Order. She is a veteran of film, stage and television.

“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” was Dick Wolf’s third installment of the “Law and Order” brand, the second-longest running drama series in the history of television. Kathryn starred on Law & Order since 2001.

Note: Law & Order: Criminal Intent ended it's long run in the Fall of 2009.

On Law & Order Kathryn played Alexandra Eames, the assertive, clever New York Detective who partners with Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio).

“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” took viewers into the minds of its criminals while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve the crimes.

In addition to Detectives Eames and Goren, the Major Case Squad follows Detectives Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson).

Note: In the Fall of 2007 Julianne Nicholson (on maternity leave) was temporarily replaced by Alicia Witt.

Kathyrn's Television Credits

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Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Kathryn is a veteran of both film and television. Kathryn has been a working actress since she graduated from New York University in 1989.

Most recently, she appeared in the feature film “Speaking of Sex” (2001) with Lara Flynn Boyle and Bill Murray. Kathryn also gained notice in the 1999 box office hit "Stir of Echoes" opposite Kevin Bacon and “Dream with the Fishes” (1997) with David Arquette.

Her additional film credits include “Entropy,” “Kiss of Death,” “Mighty Ducks 2,” “Rich in Love” and “What About Bob?”

Her television credits include playing the infamous death row inmate Shirley Bellenger on the acclaimed HBO series “Oz.” She also appeared on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the miniseries “George Wallace,” Showtime’s original production of “Naked City: Justice with a Bullet,” NBC’s “Another World,” and the television movie “Breathing Lessons.”

Before appearing in feature films, Kathryn began her career on the stage.

She is a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has starred in many of their productions, including Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” as Stella, “Curse of the Starving Class” and “My Thing of Love.”

The talented actress earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in “Speed of Darkness".

Kathryn was nominated for a 2008 Satellite Award for an Actress in a Drama Series. She joined a very prestigious group of actresses including Holly Hunter, Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, Sally Field and Anna Paquin.

HairStyle Transformations

Kathryn's hair has changed over the course of Law & Order. She used to wear her blonde honey blonde hair much shorter with carefully integrated highlights. As the show progressed Kathryn's hair has gone blonder with chunkier lowlights and highlights.

Regardless of her hair color and length, Kathryn pulls off her various hairstyles with class. She most often wears it around her silky straight and around her shoulders. Her matches her character and is sharp and confident.

Kathryn's Face Shape & Hair Type

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Kathryn has been photographed lately wearing her naturally wavy, medium textured hair in a variety of soft, sassy updos and twists.

Although she wore her below-the-shoulder chocolate brown tresses parted slightly off-center back in 2002 at "The Chamber Of Secrets" premiere, she now wears her tresses flowing from a deep side part with a few loose strands brushed across her forehead.

It's soft, but definitely more sophisticated hairstyle than those from the past. Which makes perfect sense since Kathryn has grown up since those days.

Kathryn has a chin that is slightly pointed giving her a face shape that straddles the boundaries between oval and heart shaped. Wearing her hair brushed to one side minimizes her wider forehead and balances her face shape providing the illusion of a more oval shape.

The lovely actress has beautiful eyes, lashes and well defined eyebrows. She is a perfect candidate for wearing her hair brushed off her face.

How To Steal Kathryn's Look

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Whether she wears her hair sleek and straight or softly tousled, Kathryn looks gorgeous.

To steal Kathryn's Hairstyle complete the following tips:

1. Start by selecting a shampoo with a color safe formula to preserve any gorgeous light highlights or hues like Kathryn's current soft blonde on brunette hues.

Otherwise, select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair.

Shampoo product to try: Rene Furterer Okara Repairing Shampoo. The Rene Furterer Okara line has been especially created for chemically treated hair (perms, colors, straightening).

The Okara Extract (soy protein) restructures and tonifies the most damaged hair for a long lasting color or vigorous curls.

Other shampoo products to try: Phyto Colored Hair System, René Furterer Fiorvanti Anti-Frizz Silkening Shampoo, J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair.

2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask to intensify your existing color.

Conditioning products to try: Renè Furterer Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask , René Furterer Fioravanti Anti Frizz Silkening Conditioner.

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3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine. This helps to minimize frizz.

4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.

5. Coat damp strands with a customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.

Anti Frizz products to try:

René Furterer Fioravanti Gel defrisant.

Apply a dab of the Fioravanti Gel defrisant into the palms of your hands and massage well.

Apply to the hair concentrating the mixture on the areas that tends to be most unmanageable or attract frizz. Be sure that lengths and ends are well saturated.

Additional Styling products to try:

Rene Furterer Anti-Dehydrating Mousse

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6. Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush (try a Conair Round Brush) for strong, lasting support.

Direct the air flow down from the roots towards the end to build in shine and smooth strands.

7. Use fingers to lightly scrunch near the roots for desired volume and lift.

8. Use round brush to lightly roll the ends of the hair under.

9. Finish blow drying with blast of cold air, if possible, which helps to set the style.

10. When hair is 100% dry create either a back hair knot or a French Twist like Kathryn wore to the recent Hand, Foot & Wand Print Ceremony Honoring Harry Potter (see image to the side).

11. Spritz the newly formed twist lightly with a soft hold hairspray.

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12. Apply a small drop of shine serum and lightly brush over the top of the finished French Twist style.

If you prefer, use a shine spray product and spray into the palms of your hands and then glide over finished style.

Shine Serum Products To Try:

René Furterer Spray Gloss which creates a soft mirror like shimmer when sprayed over hair. It also helps enhance hair's texture. Robert Hallowell Prawduct - love that shine drops - 2 oz (60 ml). Robert Hallowell Prawduct - love that shine spray - 4 oz (120 ml)

If desired, finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.

Hairspray to try:

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René Furterer Mini Lacque Hairspray - Great hairspray that tucks neatly into any handbag or perfect for travel.

Geena Davis and Jennifer Love Hewitt love Robert Hallowell Prawduct - rawhold hairspray - 8.5 oz (250 ml).

Other Styling Options

Even though Kathryn has recently appeared in public with her hair worn in a variety of twists, she also loves to wear her hair in loose waves and curls cascading down around her face and shoulders.

Kathryn's long naturally wavy hair can also be changed up by wearing her hair straightened, in a half up/half down style or worn up in a series of sassy wavy ponies.

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Either blow dry straight with a round or paddle brush or let tresses air-dry naturally. If you prefer, add extra dabs of gel and scrunch to create loose waves.

If you have natural waves or curls, you may wish to enhance your texture by air drying with your hair Plopped or Wet Bunned.

Note: Check out the fabulous Jessica Simpson clip-in extensions designed by Jessica and her celeb hairstylist, Ken Paves at's Marketplace.

If your natural hair is too short for a French Twist or knot instantly extend your hair so that it can be twisted into this style by clipping in a 23" wavy synthetic hair extension.

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent will return on the air in early 2009. Fans are waiting with baited breath since so many fans adore the show and are huge fans of Kathryn Erbe.

Besides her commitment to her work as an actress she is a spokesperson for Mutt-i-gree™. She adopted a Mutt-i-gree™ pup named Lilah.

Note: All of the products listed in this article including the entire René Furterer product line is available at in the Marketplace.

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- Revised Publication Date: 01/08/11

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