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Hair Tip - Heather Locklear: Big Hair Tales


The lovely eternally blonde Heather Locklear recently attended the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, "The Perfect Man" with her tresses coiffed in the latest "big hair style".

(Image of Heather Locklear, at "The Perfect Man" Los Angeles Premiere, Universal Studios Cinema, June 13, 2005 - Image by Jason Kirk -

Wearing her trademark longish layered bob, Heather had a major but carefully designed case of big bed head. This latest big hair style was a departure from her usual sleek, stylish look but a return to a style that she wore frequently in 1995.

Heather, a Libra born September 25th, 1961 in Westwood California, is a California girl icon. She balances sensuality with a fresh All American style.

(Image of Richie Sambora, Heather Locklear and Ava Elizabth Locklear, at "The Perfect Man" Los Angeles Premiere, Universal Studios Cinema, June 13, 2005 - Image by Jason Kirk of

Life has been very good to the blonde Valley Girl. She has been TV's reigning queen for years starting with her role as Dynasty's Samantha Josephine 'Sammy Jo' Dean Reece Carrington Fallmont from 1981 until 1989. Then she was the hot blonde villain Melrose tramp Amanda Woodward Blake Parezi McBride Burns from 1993 until 1999. In her private life she has a gorgeous rock star hubby and a beautiful child.

What more could the beautiful flaxen star wish for? Heather has always been very upfront about her goal to become a major movie star.

Although she has been in lots of movies along the way, major film stardom has passed her by. With the Perfect Man she tries again for a chance at the brass ring.

(Image of Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora at the MusicAres Person Of The Year - Brian Wilson, Hollywood, CA, February 11, 2005 - Image by David Edwards -

Whether she catches the big movie role of her dreams, she will always be one of the most beloved stars as far as her fans go. She has the reputation of being a really nice person, regardless of her fame, fortune and other Hollywood perks. Her hair is often copied for its timeless beauty.

Her beautiful face and luscious hair have graced a myriad of magazine covers and fans are always lined up to get her autograph.

Steal Heather's Style

Heather's hair is currently cut into long, straight layers that are cut into the hair from the chin through the ends to give her straight tresses lots of body and movement. Her length currently falls just below her shoulders. Her longish fringe cascades to just the top of her cheekbones.

(Image of Heather Locklear, at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards At The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2004 - Image by David Edwards -

Heather has the advantage of having the very best hairdressers and colorists on her speed dial. Her blonde tresses are carefully designed and created to incorporate a range of light and dark hues that look natural and full of depth.

The advantage to this classic layered style is that it offers a lot of versatility. The biggest drawback to this style, especially is hair is fine, thin or stick straight, is that hair may droop or fall flat.

(Image of Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear, at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, September 22, 2005 - Image by Sara De Boer -

To copy Heather's big bedhead style:

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with your normal products designed for your current hair type, texture and condition. If you hair is highlighted use either a moisture enhanced or color enriched formula. If your hair is dry from chemical process, consider diluting the shampoo formula to protect your strands.

(Shampoo products to try: Phyto - Phytojoba Hydrating Shampoo - 6.7 fl oz (200ml), PHYTO - Dry Hair System, Phyto - PhytoBrush Shampoo - 6.7 fl oz (200ml) If you have fine or thin hair, use a volume enhancing shampoo. Skip any rinse-out conditioning products that might make hair too soft and flat. If you must use a rinse-out conditioner, make that you limit how much you use and that you concentrate on the middle to the ends.

Rinse well with a cool water rinse which helps build natural volume and increase shine.

Step 2: Towel blow strands. Detangle strands from the ends to the roots.

Step 3: Apply a volumizing gel or similar products to the roots. To protect against heat and add body, distribute a leave-in conditioner, mousse or gel from the top of the ears to the ends. Distribute well.

Note: If your hair tends to frizz or is naturally wavy or curly, you may wish to combine a volume product for the roots with a smoothing serum for the rest of the hair. (Anti-Frizz Product to try: Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz)

(Root volume products to try: Phyto - Phytovolume Actif, PHYTO - Volume System, Phyto - Phytovolume Shampoo

Step 4: Working from side to side use a boar's head or natural round brush combined with your blow dryer to straighten and build in body.

Step 5: To build in volume at the roots, use the round brush to lift your tresses up and direct the air flow from the dryer up the hair shaft to the root. This "ruffles the cuticle" helping to add natural fullness.

If you prefer, bend over at the waist and direct the air flow of the dryer up the hair shaft towards the roots. When hair is 90% dry, bend right side up and work on the hair from the ears down to the ends.

Note: Hairdressers differ on their opinion whether it is beneficial to blow hair "upside down" or not. Use your own judgment on which technique works best for you.

Step 6: Use the round brush straighten the remainder of the hair by rolling individual sections carefully around the brush and directing the air flow down the hair shaft towards the ends. This helps to straighten, close the cuticle and adds shine.

Step 7: While drying the ends, use the round brush to flip ends up slightly while finishing.

Note: For a more pronounced flip, use a round metal brush on just the ends. The metal brush acts like a hot iron or curler to help lock in curl.

Step 8: Seal the style by finishing up with a blast of cool air, if possible, from your blow dryer.

Step 9: Carefully comb in your desired part.

Step 10: To achieve Heather's "big hair", separate hair into 2-3 inch sections. Working from side to side near the roots, use a 1 1/2" curling iron and create big curls with the iron. Release each curl and then carefully pin into place with a bobby pin. Continue to curl and pin until the entire hair has been finished. Let the curls air dry until 100% cool

Step 11: Release each curl and then carefully pin into place with a bobby pin. Continue to curl and pin until the entire hair has been finished. Let the curls air dry until 100% cool

Step 12: Spray with a strong hold hairspray or volume spray. Carefully unpin the curls.

(Hairsprays to try: PhytoPro - Instant Hold Spray #15 - 6.7 fl oz (200ml)

Step 13: Break up the curls with a boar's head brush. Separate hair into 2-3 inch strands.

Step 14: Use a comb designed for back combing and working from side to side, back comb each section of hair until it achieves the desired height. Continue to back comb from side to side.

Step 15: When you have finished backcombing, spray the entire head with a firm hold hairspray.

Step 16: Use your fingers to smooth the teased hair down into place. Use a rat tail comb or pick to light pick up the roots.

Step 16: Apply a tiny drop of shine serum, drops or spray into the balms of your hands. Lightly brush the palms over the top of your style and you are ready to rock ala Heather Locklear style.

(Shine products to try: Phyto - PhytoLisse (Formerly Phytodefrisant RelaxSerum)

If you like you can use a curling iron to flip up the ends a little bit or use a straight iron on selected pieces around the face to give a contrasting texture to the look.


Ten years ago when Heather was filming the ABC mini-series Texas Justice, she play trailer trash Priscilla Hatcher.

Heather told the media in an interview about her trashy role "hair is the secret to playing a trashy vamp convincingly, said Locklear. The blonde beauty understand the importance that hair plays in the image she projects and she knows how to really work it, regardless what role she is playing on or off the screen.

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