Hanna Dakota Fanning was born February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia.
The precocious blonde has grown up right in front of the eyes of her adoring fans as a result of her many film roles starting at age five when she first burst onto the small screen in a Tide commercial.
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Her first significant acting job was a guest-starring role in the NBC prime-time drama ER, which remains one of her favorite roles.
She told the media "I played a car accident victim who has leukemia. I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked."
Dakota was the darling of the movie industry winning accolades for her acting talents. Most experts tie Dakota's breakthrough performance to her stunning acting in I Am Sam in 2001.
As a child actress, she appeared in high-profile films such as Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, and Charlotte's Web.
Dakota eventually began transitioning to more adult roles with Hounddog and The Secret Life of Bees. She's won numerous awards and is the youngest person (7 years old) ever to have been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG).
Dakota has been a frequent guest on The Ellen Degeneres show due to the fact the bubbly young actress portrayed a young Ellen on The Ellen Show. She also played a young Ally McBeal on the Ally McBeal show.
Dakota's No Slouch In Beauty Department
Dakota is famous for her beautiful buttery blonde tresses which she wears straight with a hint of bend throughout the ends. Her tresses are always shiny like shimmering golden silk.
On a recent appearance on Oprah as well as on Jimmy Kimmel, the wise beyond her years actress, looked stunning with her lush straight stands.
A long time veteran of TV and films, Dakota has access to the best and brightest hairdressers and make-up artists in the business. She also appears to have naturally straight tresses which are fine to medium in texture.
Achieving straight sleek strands are definitely easier for someone like Dakota who was blessed with a tresses which have just a slight bend or wave.
It's easy to straighten Dakota's tresses with styling product, a blow dryer and a hot iron.
Dakota's Hair History
Since she first appeared in her Tide commercial Dakota has showcased shiny blonde tresses. As she's gotten older over the years the vivacious actress' hair has slowly transitioned to a darker blonde.
Recently the grown up former child actress appeared on the Red Carpet promoting her latest films with much lighter and brighter buttery baby blonde tresses.
The high school cheerleader has morphed from that adorable cute little girl to a savvy blonde with laser beam blue eyes.
The seasoned young actress is the darling of the magazine world and will soon be seen on the covers of a myriad of publications.
Dakota's Hairstyle On Eclipse
Dakota's hair in Eclipse was not the focal point of her look. Instead, it was her eyes which were transformed into fiery red globes with the help of special contact lenses.
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Additionally, as Jane, she often wore her hair pulled back into a hood to redirect attention away from her beautiful blonde hues and onto her face which was designed with make-up to look evil.
The actress was thrilled at the opportunity to play the evil vampire Jane in the Eclipse movie. Another perk of the Eclipse movie was the opportunity to work with her close friend, actress Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella.
Dakota and Kristen appeared together in the biopic film The Runaways which was released earlier this year (2010) at which time the pair cavorted - on stage and off - as rockers Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.
During the film the two locked lips and Stewart has teased that Fanning is a better kisser than either of her two male love interests in Twilight.
Stewart revealed on the recent Oprah appearance that even though Dakota is only 16 to her 20, she depends on Dakota for advice. Stewart told Oprah that Dakota acts much older than her years and is fabulous at providing good answers.
Oprah recounted a story told to her by actor Tom Cruise where he reported Dakota was very mature for her age. Tom and Dakota worked together World of the Worlds.
Adjusting To Different Hairstyles And Colors
Dakota and Kristen wore completely different hairstyles and costumes for their two different films. It took both actresses a bit of adjustment when they reunited for Eclipse after The Runaways.
Dakota told the media "during the summer, when we were doing The Runaways, we both had in the back of our minds that she would have to go do Eclipse pretty much right away."
Although Dakota originated the role of sadistic Volturi immortal Jane in last year's The Twilight Saga: New Moon she had limited connection with Stewart at the stage.
When they got together for Eclipse it was a completely new story because they had become close while filming The Runaways.
Dakota admitted it was weird to see Stewart "in different costumes and being different people because we got so used to seeing each other as Joan and Cherie, especially with her (Stewart) having the short black hair"
Dakota noted Kristen "has green eyes in real life, so she had brown eyes again and long hair, for Elicpse, it was so weird. Obviously, our relationships are very different in The Runaways and Eclipse. That was kind of fun, but it was really, really weird at first."
From most angles Dakota appears to have a classically square face with a strong jaw line and slightly rounded chin.
Some beauty and hair experts might classify Dakota as having a heart face shape, but as she ages it definitely appears to be square.
Although she wore her hair much shorter during the earliest years of her career Dakota now wisely wears her tresses chin length or longer which softens her jaw line and square face shape.
The bubbly Dakota looks great with her sleek straight strands. She would also look gorgeous with barely-there waves.
The biggest secret to Dakota's well groomed silky blonde locks are regular deep conditioning treatments combined with regular trims to keep her ends in tip top shape.
It was also reported that for her hair on the set of Eclipse shine serum was used to give her hair a spectacular shimmer.
Although her natural hair color is blonde, as demonstrated in her earliest TV and film roles, she does have her tresses regularly highlighted which can cause strands to become dry when not properly moisturized.
Quick Hairstyling Tips:
Dakota's sleek and shiny straight hairstyle is ideal for anyone with shoulder length or longer tresses which are medium in thickness which are naturally straight or can be straightened.
Her hairstyle is best achieved on freshly cleansed hair properly prepped with styling products to give the hair appropriate workability.
Follow the styling tips below:
1. Cleanse hair with products designed specifically for your hair's type, texture, condition and/or special needs such as colored hair or to add volume. Add rinse-out conditioner and final cold water rinse.
Work styling cocktail through strands starting at the hairline and working down through the ends. Apply volume enhancing spray to roots for lots of lift.
Note: If your hair is prone to frizzing apply a defrisant product or mix with your other styling products. Many celebrities are big fans of Phytodefrisant. If your hair is naturally wavy and/or curly you may need to add a straightening balm to your cocktail to help straighten strands.
3. Dry with a large boar bristle round brush and blow dryer with concentrator attachment. If you prefer to create tousled separation rather than sleek volume and straight strands use a long finger diffuser instead to amp up waves along edges.
Flip head back to finish ends. Use a 2-inch round boar bristle brush. Turn hair slightly under at the ends. Blow hair back at temples. Direct strands away from the face briefly to create additional lift and shape.
4. Once hair is 100% dry separate into 2" strands and use a flat iron to achieve straight sleekness.
Note: If you want more defined waves, separate your tresses into 2" sections and curl with large barrel curling iron. After curling each section, roll into large curl with your fingers and pin to the scalp to cool.
After entire head is blow dried and cooled, unpin all the curls and tousle lightly with your fingers.
5. Finish styling process with light holding spray.
6. Swipe with light shine serum to capture random fly-a-ways and add bouncy shimmer.
To Add More Volume
Roll target sections towards back of head on large self adhesive rollers. Or roll entire head in 2-inch sections down the middle of the head all the way to the nape of the neck.
Slightly back comb throughout crown and adjacent to hairline to add more volume. Finish with mist of light finishing spray.
To Add More Texture Around The Edges
You can easily achieve Dakota's classy sleek style which combines smoothly blown out hair with lush volume built throughout the top and crown.
What's next for the very talented Dakota? Of course she will continue to act, but she's looking forward to college. Although the bubbly blonde beauty has picked out a school she's interested in, the doesn't want to mention which one. Smart thinking.
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- Revised Date: 10/26/10