Jennifer Kate Hudson is having a Dream Year by all accounts. The wildly talented former American Idol contender was born September 12, 1981, grew up in Chicago, Illinois.
At the age of seven Jennifer started singing inspirational gospel hymns in the church choir.
In 2004 she entered the third season of FOX TV's popular American Idol contest where her big voice and stunning talent was a huge hit.
Although she was shockingly eliminated from American Idol in a controversial decision that left her in sixth place, Jennifer did not let defeat stop her from following her dreams of a performance career.
The song bird beat out a reported 450 other females for her role of Effie Melody White in Dreamgirls, loosely based on Florence Ballard of The Supremes. Ironically one of the girls she beat out for the role was Fantasia Barrino (who beat out Jennifer for the American Idol title).
Jennifer was spectacular in the role of Effie and by many accounts stole the film. As a result of her incredible performance in Dreamgirls she has been nominated for a dizzying array of awards, winning all of them, including the recent 2007 Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress.
During her time working on Dreamgirls Jennifer also bonded with another famous rising star by the name of Beyonce Knowles. At the December 11th Los Angeles premiere of Dream Girls, Jennifer told Life & Style Magazine "Beyonce is my dream sister".
Jennifer put to rest any false rumors of a stressful relationship by underlining the fact that Beyonce "is just an angel and a beautiful person".
Golden Globe Hairstyle
At the recent awards show the gorgeous rising star wore a luscious Vera Wang gown that perfectly hugged her curves.
She looked like a goddess as she strolled the Red Carpet and glided across the stage to accept her prestigious award.
Jennifer topped off her award winning gown with a mane of soft and sexy ringlets which framed her beautiful oval face.
Jennifer's tresses were colored a rich dark chocolate hue that was glossy and shimmering.
Her hair had hints of contrasting toffee highlights woven throughout which gave Jennifer's strands the appearance of rich fullness and luster.
The alternating toffee highlights placed against the dark chocolate base also helped to bring out that magnificent shine.
Ironically Jennifer's tresses were considered controversial during her American Idol tenure.
Her initial medium length hairstyle consisted of a natural African American "afro" hair style with very tight curls.
As Jennifer progressed into the Idol finalist's round, her hair was dramatically restyled by famous American Idol hairdresser, Dean Banowitz.
Applying a chemical relaxing formula, Dean took Jennifer from her natural kinky curls to stick straight tresses.
The famous celebrity hairdresser also reshaped her hair by carving in long, graduated layers which softly hugged her beautiful face along the sides. He opened up her face by removing most of her forehead hugging strands.
Since leaving American Idol in 2004, Jennifer's look has become incredibly polished and gorgeous.
The aspiring actress has also remained connected with many of her competitors from American Idol.
After wining the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress she told the media she was "sharing her Golden Globe win with Idol friends Jasmine Tiras, Fantasia Barrino and the rest of the American Idol Season Three finalists".
Back To Jennifer's Long Luscious Waves & Curls
At the much anticipated Dream Girls Premiere a few weeks before The Golden Globes (12-11-2006) Jennifer showcased her stunning gown with another sophisticated off-the-side formal hairstyle.
Her tresses were softly coiffed into barrel curls and worn cascading off one side of her gorgeous face in a classy formal style. She looked spectacular.
If you look closely at her photo, you will notice that her Dreamgirls style was brushed off her face without any sign of a part.
Depending on her ultimate hairstyle, Jennifer at times has utilized side and center parts as well as playing with wispy fringes along her forehead.
Jennifer often wears her hair with lots of movement and volume and down around her shoulders. She often alternates the texture between long and sleek with lots of soft undulating waves.
Steal Jennifer's Golden Globe Winning Hair Style
Jennifer has a mixed face shape that combines elements of oval and square shapes.
Her award winning Golden Globe hairstyle can be customized to work with just about any face shape, hair type or texture.
This style is ideal for hair that is has a slight bend or wave.
For naturally curly hair the strands must be either pre-straightened or blow dried straight with waves then created on the pre-straightened style with hot rollers or curling irons.
For naturally wavy tresses you may opt to use a long finger diffuser to blow dry with the goal of creating looser waves and curls without utilizing a curling iron or hot rollers.
This style is idea for hair that is medium in thickness that is shoulder length or a bit longer. If you have short or medium length tresses or hair that is thin and fine, you can also instantly recreate this style with one of the great new HairDo clip-in hair extensions from Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves.
Step By Step Instructions
Follow the steps below to re-create Jennifer's style:
Start with a precision layered long strands. Work with your hairdresser to achieve the correct basic layered cut. Be willing to modify the style depending on your face shape, hair type, length and texture.
1. Start by washing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care.
If your hair is colored like Jennifer's be sure to use a color maintenance system to extend the life of your gorgeous hair color.
2. Rinse hair well and then apply a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged.
If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option.
4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.
5. Towel blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner and detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots.
Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.
Note: If your hair is prone to frizz apply a defrisant product or mix with your other styling products. It has been reported in the past that many celebrities are big fans of Phytodefrisant for her naturally curly hair that tended to frizz.
7. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a boar's bristle round brush. Blow dry the top sections of hair using fingers to lift individual top strands and direct the air flow from ends to roots. Use the brush to turn the ends under around the edges and slightly in towards the neck.
Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a boar's bristle brush instead.
8. When hair is completely dry separate into individual 2" strands. Use a 1 1/2" barrel curling iron, large hot rollers or 2" self adhesive style rollers.
Spritz each section with a firm holding hairspray or styling product. Roll each individual strand around either the curling iron or curler of your choice.
Work your way around the entire head of hair either curling with an iron or rolling into curlers.
9. Let hair completely cool. If you are using a curling iron, after curling each section, use fingers to roll into a large barrel curl and pin into place to allow new curls to properly cool.
10. When the entire head is curled and the new curls are completely cool, carefully remove each curl one at a time.
11. Spritz strong holding hairspray over the top of the newly released curls.
12. Use your fingers to carefully arrange the curls into the desired style.
13. You may wish to use a curling iron to touch up any sections that need a tighter curl pattern.
Additional Styling Options
If you have natural waves or very loose curls you may prefer to re-created Jennifer's Golden Globe style with a long-finger diffuser.
1. Apply a curl-enhancing cream through the entire length of the hair. 2. Blow dry damp tresses with a long finger diffuser to magnify natural curl and wave patterns. 3. For tightly defined curls, divide the hair into smaller sections after it is completely dry and curl with a curling iron. 4. Once all of the hair has been curled, pin the hair into desired curl formations and let cool. 5. Spray with a firm hold hair spray. 6. When hair has cooled and dried, remove and arrange curls with fingers. 7. Use a curling iron to touch up any sections that are too loose. 8. Use your fingers or a boar bristle brush and direct the newly created curls over to one side of your head as Jennifer did for her Showgirls premiere.
Utilize bobby pins the same color or your hair to anchor the back sections of the hair so that all the hair cascades completely to one side of the head.
9. Finish with a swipe of shine serum and a spritz of firm hold hair spray.
Other options for this style include adding a soft side-swept fringe, playing with a variety of parts or pulling the hair into a half up-half down style allowing the luscious curls and waves to cascade around your shoulders and down your back.
Since she left American Idol, which in retrospect was one of the greatest things that happened to her career, the multi-talented entertainer received rave reviews for her delivery of Easy To Be Hard in the hit Broadway musical Hair. Her performance was part of an ensemble cast HAIR benefit album released in 2005 and was applauded by fans and critics alike.
Jennifer's powerful voice has a six octave range and has been compared to Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Holiday. American Idol showcased only a very tiny example of her vocal abilities. This talented lady delivers.
Jennifer Hudson is a headed for a major career. The sky is the limit and there is no doubt she will soar as high as her heart desires.
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