I have been writing about pop superstar Christina Aguilera since the very beginning of HairBoutique.com. I have covered all of her vast array of hairstyles which have ranged from every possible length and color imaginable.
In November 2005 the very talented but always controversial Xtina, as she is known in the music biz, married Jordan Bratman. In 2010 the platinum blonde announced she and Bratman were divorcing.
Note: Check out Christina Aguilera Hair: White Blonde On White
Us Weekly reported that at her wedding the hair rebel "wore her white blonde hair pulled back into a bun that was topped with white flowers". Which of course, base on hair history was quite tame.
Christina has been busy recording her sixth album titled Back To Basics - a double CD - due out in August of 2006 and has changed her hair, fashion and songwriting image.
In her previous popular single - What A Girl Wants - Christina sings about being "so confused" and "while she got it together and figured it out".
It seems that her marriage to Bratman has transformed the rebel and she has not gotten it together and found herself. Not only are her most recent hairstyles less dramatic and more sophisticated, her career seems to be back on track.
Christina's Hair Controversies
In the months before her marriage the media speculated that Christina was going bald due to excessive use of hair extensions and hair dyes to constantly change her image.
Indeed, Christina had regularly morphed from short to long strands and utilized a wide range of hues for her public displays.
Did Christina suffer from hair loss from her performance career? It's definitely possible but the recording superstar is currently focused on her new marriage along with the work on her upcoming Back To Basics CD. Besides changing her hair and fashion image, her new album is reported to be a departure from some of Xtina's previous works.
According to reports from industry insiders the platinum tressed singer has incorporated more "beat-driven productions" with the second disc featuring her with Linda Perry, her Beautiful collaborator.
The double set is designed to pay homage to Christina's favorite historical eras which includes the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Blending together elements of jazz, blues and soul with edges of hip hop, the double album is eagerly awaited since it has been almost four years since Christina's last work - Stripped.
Christina performed at the recent MTV Movie Awards and performed "Ain't No Other Man". In interviews about her upcoming LP and her performance at the Movie Awards Christina has said that "I wanted to make it light and easy for people to dance to and sing along to". She reported that "Ain't No Other Man is based on feel-good elements of soul, blues and jazz".
Steal Christina's MTV Retro Hair Style
Christina honored her interest in bygone historical hair eras by wearing her platinum hair in a classic finger wave style (created with traditional pin curls) that featured big waves that cascaded down one side of her face with the other side tucked behind one ear.
Between you and me when I look closely at Christina's hairline it appears that she might be wearing either a half or full wig. Which makes total sense knowing what I know about Hollywood hair events.
It is likely that Christina's hairdresser utilized a wig, half wig or add-on strands that were pre-washed, set and styled before being applied to Christina's head.
Keeping in mind that Christina has the best hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists at her fingertips, her hairstyle, to duplicate exactly would take a lot of work. Traditionally finger waves are created through a 'wet set' that involves carefully placed finger curls set in different directions and carefully placed in a methodical manner from the hairline to the nape of the neck.
If you want to copy Christina's style but with a quick rendition, opt for buying a platinum (or whatever hue desired) wig that is already formed into precise finger waves. Even better, wear your hair pulled back and up except for a section on one side and finger way only that section.
If you want to recreate Christina's hairstyle on your own hair follow the instructions listed below. This style works best on medium to below-the-shoulder length strands. For a perfect recreation it is highly recommend that you work with a professional hairdresser since this can be a time consuming and styling intensive style.
Creating Pin Curls For Ultimate Finger Waves
1. Shampoo hair in lukewarm water with products designed to address your current hair type, texture and condition. For colored or chemically treated hair use products to protect and maintain. For dry hair use products to add moisture. If you tresses are damaged consider diluting the shampoo or doing a conditioning only cleansing.
2. If appropriate utilize rinse out conditioners. Follow with a cool/cold water rinse.
3. Towel blot hair to remove excess moisture.
If you have dry strands or tresses that are prone to frizz, add a good defrisant like Phytodefrisant to your mix.
5. Create a wet pin curl set.
For quick wet pin curl set or for spot pin curls read: Creating Pin Curls - Short Cuts
For precision pin curls created on the entire head in a uniform pattern read: Creating Pin Curls - Detailed Steps
To create rag curls instead of pin curls read: Curling Your Hair: Pin Curls & Rag Curls Made Easy
Styling Steps After Removing Pin Curls
1. After you have carefully created the pin curls, let them dry naturally in the air or sit under a hood style dryer until the curls are completely dry.
If you have plenty of time, let the curls set overnight for a much tighter set. Pin curls are easier to sleep in compared to brush or large style rollers.
If you're in a hurry and can't wait several hours or overnight for your pin curls to air-dry then use a blow dryer on a slow speed, medium heat with a diffuser attachment to dry but curls but avoid over blowing them.
2. Once your strands are completely dry, remove the clips and use fingers to gently pull, fluff and arrange the curls into the desired finger wave pattern.
For more volume or a bigger hair look, use a boar's head bristle brush (like Mason Pearson, Kent or similar) to gently brush out the curls in a uniform direction. Use your fingers to help pull out and direct the curls.
3. If you prefer a more finished look, sculpt the sides with a comb. Keep in mind that the more you handle the curls, the softer and looser they will become.
If the curls become too loose, touch them up with a hot curling iron.
5. Attach any desired hair accessory to the finished style. Because this is such a glamorous style, if accessories are added, they should be small to avoid detracting from the incredible beauty of this classic pin curled style.
Note: Remember to always attach accessories last after all styling products have been applied to avoid damaging delicate accessories.
6. Finish with a good application of hairspray for long term hold. One to try: Rene Furterer Instant Hold Finishing Spray.
Christina Aguilera has gotten her life together. Not only did she marry the man of her dreams, she is getting ready to release a double album which is eagerly awaited. She has also changed her hairstyle and fashion to reflect a more sophisticated and more mature image.
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Original Publication Date: 06/18/2006 - Revised Date: 11/19/10
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