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Hair Tip - Scarlett Johansson: Blonde & Braided


Scarlett Johansson Love Song For Bobby Long LA Premiere 12/13/2005

Even though she is not yet 21, outspoken Sagittarian Scarlett Johansson (November 22, 1985) has already had a stellar acting career when she was still quite young.

She has had the great fortune to act with some of the most talented leading men in Hollywood including Bill Murray in Lost In Translation and John Travolta in A Love Song For Bobby Long.

It all started when she was 12 and Robert Redford selected her to be in The Horse Whisperer. She also has worked with Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There.

Although a native New Yorker, Scarlett Johansson has adopted the essence of true Hollywood glamour. Her tresses are always coiffed to give her an alluring yet edgy look. Even more importantly, her hairstyles are constantly changing.

Scarlett explained her constant hairdo changes in an interview with Bazaar Magazine (January 2005) explained "I like to look different all the time".

The actress who hates anything boring has a classic oval-shaped face that allows her to wear an ever changing array of gorgeous styles.

(Image of Scarlett Johansson & John Travolta at "A Love Song For Bobby Long" Los Angeles Premiere, Mann Bruin Theatre, Westwood, 12-13-04 - Photo by David Edwards, - all rights reserved).

She recently appeared at the premiere of A Love Song For Bobby Long wearing her flaxen strands pulled softly back from her glamorous face and done up in a series of skillfully created edgy braids. The look was spectacular and was similar to a tied hairstyle that Jennifer Aniston made famous some years ago.

Scarlett Johansson Love Song For Bobby Long LA Premiere 12/13/2005

The braids were a complete departure from the sophisticated and sleek Audrey Hepburn chignon that she wore to The Cannes Film Festival.

Maxim recently announced their Hot 100 for 2005 and the sassy golden blonde came in as Number 24.

The Maxim Hot 100, for anyone not familiar with this impressive list, chooses 100 of the most successful women of the year in film, television, music and fashion.

All the women that make it onto the Maxim list have a ton of media buzz as well as breakout beauty with a promise of great careers ahead.

Steal Scarlett's Braided Look

Step 1: Shampoo hair with a moisturizing product that is ideal for your hair's texture, type and current condition. Follow with an appropriate rinse-out conditioner.

Note: Scarlett's hair is heavily highlighted and subjected to lots of studio lights that can be drying for the hair. A moisture enhancing treatment formula or a color maintenance product would be a great option to consider.

(Shampoo products to try: Phyto - Phytojoba Hydrating Shampoo, PHYTO - Dry Hair System, Phyto - PhytoBrush Shampoo)

Step 2: Rinse well with a cool water rinse which helps build natural volume and increase shine.

Scarlett Johansson Love Song For Bobby Long LA Premiere 12/13/2005

Step 3: Towel blow strands. Detangle strands from the ends to the roots.

Step 4: Use a blow dryer with a round brush to dry hair straight.

Step 5: Seal the style by finishing up with a blast of cool air, if possible, from the blow dryer.

Step 6: Take a 2-inch wide section of hair in the front of the hairline, near the center part of your forehead. Loosely smooth the hair in a sweep up towards the right side of your head. Secure the hair against the scalp with bobby pins.

Step 7: Using your fingers pick up a 2-inch section of hair from above your right ear and divide it into three equal chunks of hair.

Step 8: Smooth the hair and create a traditional three strand braid. Hold two of the chunks in your left hand and one chunk in your right hand.

Scarlett Johansson Love Song For Bobby Long LA Premiere 12/13/2005

Take the outermost section in your right hand and cross it over the middle piece in your left hand, grabbing onto it with your left hand so it becomes the new middle piece. Then take the outermost piece in your left hand and cross it over the new middle piece, grabbing onto it with your right hand.

Step 9: Repeat these braiding steps until you reach approximately one inch from your ends. Experiment with leaving longer of shorter "tails" or ends to create a funkier look. Secure with a Blax or similar hair friendly elastic.

Step 10: Working directly across your head from the first braid separate a 2-inch section of hair from above your left ear and divide it into three equal sections. Repeat the braiding steps listed above.

Step 11: After the first two braids are created and secured, separate the remaining hair at the back of your head into either two or three sections of hair that is the same thickness as the first two braids. Braid each new section..

Keep in mind that the goal of this style is to have a series of equally spaced braids with the same amount of hair in each braid distributed around your head.

Step 12: When finished, take the "tail" of each braid and loop it upwards towards the scalp. Secure it tightly in place with two or three bobby pins. Experiment with different ways of looping the finished braids.

Step 13: Finish with a spritz of hairspray. For touchable braids, choose a soft or flexible hold formulation that provides subtle support without the stiffness.

(Hairsprays to try: PhytoPro - Instant Hold Spray #15, Rene Furterer - Instant Hold Finishing Spray, Paves Professional - FLAWless Convertible-Proof Firm Hold Repairing Hair Spray for Dry Damaged Hair)

Step 14: 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)


Scarlett, as profiled in Bazaar Magazine, appears to put a lot of time and thought into creating the public image that she wishes to display. It's not surprising that this talented actress constantly reinvents her hairstyles to accessories her eye popping array of designer gowns.

Watch for this sizzling actress who won kudos for Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" and "The Girl With The Pearl Earring" to win some major awards for her work.

What's next? Scarlett is currently working on The Black Dahlia which is the fictional account of the 1947 murder of Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short.

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