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Dana Delany's Hair: Desperate Housewives Coiffure

Introduction

Dana Delany 2007

If you're a fan of ABC's smash hit, Desperate Housewives, you already know there's a new housewife in town causing all sorts of delicious mischief.

Award winning actress, Dana Welles Delany, has one of the most coveted new Fall 2007 Season roles on Housewives. She plays the mysterious Katherine Mayfair, back on Wisteria Lane after a sudden unexplained absence of several years.

Katherine Mayfair rolls into town with her gorgeous doctor husband (Nathan Fillion) and Dylan, her stunning teen-age daughter (Lyndsey Fonseca).

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What initially appears to be the perfect little family, turns out to be a household jam-packed with juicy little secrets.

Although viewers have so far only been teased with hints of hidden Mayfair skeletons, we did learn Katherine Mayfair is fiercely competitive.

Determined to show up ruby tressed Bree (Van De Kamp) Hodge, (played by Marcia Cross), the auburn tressed Katherine deliberately switched her lemon meringue pie for Bree's highly touted version. Katherine's sneaky actions infuriated the uptight Mrs. Hodge.

In a hilarious series of scenes, Katherine and Bree battle intensely over pie supremacy with Katherine winning round one and Bree showing her poor loser side by trying to steal Katherine's locked up recipe.

Dana Delaney's Life Imitates Art With Housewives

Dana Delaney's new role as Katherine Mayfair is life imitating art.

As widely reported in the media, Dana was Marc Cherry's original choice for the part of Bree Daniels for Housewives. She turned him down, not once but three times.

Lucky for Dana, Marc doesn't hold grudges. After her role of Ellie Cain on last season's Kidnapped sank, she had another opportunity to join the cast of Desperate Housewives. Marc offered Dana the role of the long lost housewife whose past sudden departure from Wisteria Lane was covered in mystery. Now she's back to add lots of spice to the already yummy plotline.

Dana Delaney's Hair Style History

Dana Delany 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 09-08-01

Dana has had an impressive acting career during which her tresses have evolved through a series of noteworthy styles, hues and textures.

Famous for her long role (1988 - 1991) on China Beach as beloved Nurse Colleen McMurphy, Dana became a short hair icon. During her appearance on China Beach, Dana wore a series of sleek short hair styles appropriate for a harried nurse dodging life threatening enemy fire in a combat zone.

During her run as Nurse McMurphy Dana's hair was styled in a range of lengths, textures and textures to complement different episodes. For the majority of the series Dana's hair was worn simply sleek and often in a classic bob hairstyle.

Since her spectacular run on China Beach Dana has popped up in a variety of interesting roles including the deceased Francesca Sorelli, mother of the Sorelli sisters, on TV's Related.

The fabulous actress also had a spicy role as the conservatively coiffed Senator Barbara Grisham on the L Word where she attempted to seduce the stunning Bette Porter played by Jennifer Beals.

Steal Dana Delaney's Hair Styles

Dana Delany 4th Annual Fashion Forward Luncheon 11-13-04

For her role on Housewives Dana is wearing her hair in a series of below-the-shoulder styles highlighted with lush waves punctuated with large loopy perimeter curls. The hairstyles perfectly suit the character of Katherine.

Looking at an extended hair history of Dana's strands, it appears the gorgeous star has some natural wave and bend which makes creation of curls and waves easier to accomplish.

Yes, it's true that some people are born with hair textures that make it easier to hold waves and curls. However, if you love Dana's Desperate Housewives hairstyles, steal it with a little planning, the right cut and styling tools and products.

Start With Natural Texture

Hair which is naturally wavy, curly or has some bend, like Dana's, will hold a curl pattern much easier than thin, fine or stick straight strands.

The type of hair texture you possess determines the type of curling tools and techniques you should utilize to recreate Dana's wavy hairstyles.

Starting With Natural Curls

Even though you may be blessed or cursed (depending on your own opinion) with a head full of ringlets, you may still need to fine tune the curls.

Dana Delany 2007

What many people don't realize is that those perfect tendrils worn by many celebrities were created after hours of diffuser drying and styling with curling irons.

While some natural curl experts can get even the wildest curls to behave by twisting them around some strategically-placed fingers, this may not always be the case when you try the same hair tricks at home.

Depending on which hair expert you speak o, the very best products and tools for naturally curl hair include:

1. Curl enhancing shampoo and rinse out conditioners. 2. Curl defining leave-in conditioners. 3. Frizz fighting products. 4. Mousse, gel or curl enhancing styling glazes to help define natural curls. 5. Long finger diffusers that attached to the nozzle of a blow dryer and allows curls to be gently lifted into the diffuser bowl by the diffuser fingers and dried to perfect formation. 6. Rollers, hot or not, to allow curls to re-form as they cool from blow drying. 7. Hot rollers or Marcel irons to fine tune curls into perfect ringlets. 8. Serums to help lock in moisture, add shine and block humidity.

Whether you decide to utilize rollers, or a curling iron, often depends on the quality of your current cut and shape of your natural curls.

In some cases, if you have a great cut that enhances your own personal curl pattern, you won't need to utilize a curling iron to fine tune the shape of your ringlets. A good long finger diffuser will encourage the formation of your natural curls without any heat intervention.

Natural Waves

Dana Delany 2007

Naturally wavy hair may or may not contain natural curls. If your goal is to just enhance your waves, you may be lucky enough to be able to wet bun your tresses and then allow the waves to form naturally as your hair air-dries.

Naturally wavy hair is also a great candidate for damp hair scrunching as well as damp hair rag rolling and braiding.

If you wish to convert from natural waves to curls, you have the ideal hair texture for creating long lasting ringlets.

The very best products and tools for transforming waves to curls include:

1. Curl enhancing shampoo and rinse out conditioners to encourage waves to curl. 2. Curl defining leave-in conditioners that do not soften hair excessively. Overly soft hair will not hold curls and will tend to revert to waves. 3. Styling products such as mousse, gel or glazes to help define natural curls. 4. Round brush used in conjunction with blow dryer to form barrel curls or ringlets. 5. Curlers applied as part of a wet set to form solid curl patterns. The heat from a hood or cap dryer will help reform natural waves into curls. 6. Hot rollers or hot curling or Marcel irons to fine tune newly formed curls. 7. Firm holding hair spray or similar products designed to hold new curls firmly in place. 8. Shine serum to add atomic shine to barrel and spiral curls.

Creating Dana's Waves On Stick Straight Strands

Dana Delany 2007

Stick straight strands with little or no bend can be the most challenging tresses to wave or curl. This is even more true when the hair texture is super soft, fine or thin.

If you wish to create waves or curls for special events you can utilize the following products and tools:

1. Curl enhancing shampoo and rinse out conditioners to encourage waves or curl to form. 2. Curl or wave defining leave-in conditioners which do not soften hair excessively. Overly soft hair will not hold curls and will tend to revert to waves. 3. Styling products such as mousse, gel or glazes to help define natural curls. 4. Round brush used in conjunction with blow dryer to form barrel curls or ringlets on individual 1-2" sections of your hair. 5. Salon clips. Each new barrel curl should be clipped with a salon clip to the scalp to allow the newly formed curl to set and cool. 6. If you prefer, you can also apply curlers as a wet set to form solid curl patterns. The heat from a hood or cap dryer will help reform natural waves into curls. 7. Hot rollers or hot curling or Marcel irons to fine tune newly formed curls. 8. Spritz with Firm holding hair spray or similar products designed to hold new curls firmly in place. 9. Shine serum to add atomic shine to barrel and spiral curls.

If your hair is fine, slippery or impossible to curl consider the following tricks for long last curls and waves:

Dana Delany 2007

1. If you want curls and/or waves for a special hair event, consider using hot rollers applied to hair that is not freshly washed. You may wish to wash your hair in the morning in preparation for an evening hair event. 2. Always prepare your hair, newly washed or not, with good setting/styling products to help any curls or waves to hold as long as possible. 3. Separate hair into individual sections and set on medium hot rollers (approximately 1" in diameter). Let rollers cool completely while set against your head. 4. Remove the cooled curls one at a time. Pin each of the curls back into place to allow for maximum curl formation time. Spray with a medium to firm hold hairspray. 5. Wait until you are almost ready to leave the house before taking down the pinned curls. Use a Mason Pearson or similar style boar's bristle brush to style and break up the curls. 6. Arrange newly formed curls into desired ringlets or style and then use a hot curling iron to touch up any loose or misbehaving curls. 7. Finish with a spritz of firm hold hairspray. 8. Apply one drop of shine serum to the palms of your hands and swipe hands over the top of your finished style. Be careful and don't overdo the shine serum or it will make hair drop.

You may also want to have a back-up plan for drooping curls. Tuck a headband with teeth or bobby pins and Blax into your purse so you can whip your hair into an instant twist if curls start to drop by the ends of the evening. If you wish to convert your stick straight strands to more permanent curls and waves you might be a good candidate for a similar curl creation chemical treatment.

Chemical Waving Options?

Dana Delany Cure Autism Now's CAN:DO Gala 11-06-05

If you desperately want and need curls but don't have time for a daily battle with the hot rollers or curling irons, you might investigate the advantages and disadvantages of chemical curl solutions.

The large majority of hair experts frown on using chemical texturizers to create curls and waves because of possible long term damage to your hair. However, each person should be considered as an individual case and the options should be discussed with your hair care professional.

Combination Hair

Naturally wavy hair may or may not contain natural curls. If your goal is to just enhance your waves, you may be lucky enough to wet bun it, rag roll or braid it and then allow the waves to form naturally as your hair air-dries. Naturally wavy hair is also a great candidate for damp hair scrunching.

The key to combination hair which includes some straight, curly and/or wavy textures is to address each individual type of texture separately.

Dana Delany 2007

Additional Wave Creation Tips

Is your hair all one length or layered? This can make a huge difference on whether waves you apply will hold or not.

The more layered your hair is, especially if it is short or medium in length and has natural bend, the more curls you can create and the longer they will hold.

If you wish to create waves and curls like Dana's but have stick straight hair that doesn't easily hold waves or curls, why not go with a 23" long and wavy synthetic hair extension from the Jessica Simpson HairDo Collection which can instantly allow you to create the wavy look that you desire in just a matter of minutes.

Adding HairDo Hair Extensions

During Photo Kelsey Receiving HairDo Extensions Ken Paves Beverly Hills Salon Julianne Moore Makeover April 2007

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Wash, dry and style hair as desired with waves, curls or a combination of both.

Using a comb with a long rat tail, create a vertical part just below the crown which extends from temple to temple. Pin the top section of hair up on top of the head with a large salon style clip.

Wrap the bottom strands of hair into a secure circular bun as shown to the side.

Unclip a few pieces of hair from the top of the head along the section where the hairpiece will clip into the natural hair. Lightly backcomb tresses where the extension is to be clipped into place.

Add a 23" long and wavy synthetic hair extension from the HairDo Collection attaching it right at the newly created part. The clip-in extension is part of the fabulous collection designed by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson.

After the color matched hair extension piece is clipped into place release the hair clipped on top of the head and all the hair to cascade down over the top of the clip-in hairpiece.

Use your fingers to carefully arrange and finish the newly created style.

Note: The Synthetic HairDo™ Clip-in Extension Systems are available in a variety of color levels. These extensions have been specially processed so that they hold the gorgeous waves. The entire HairDo line is available at HairBoutique.com.

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All HairDo™ Clip-in Extension Systems consist of one multi-level, contoured piece that creates an easy, fashionable style without the hassle of working with several individual wefts.

Affordable, lightweight and easy to attach, these virtually undetectable extensions can be put in and taken out in a matter of minutes.

Steal Dana's Long Wavy Style With Put On Pieces

If you adore curls but have stick straight hair that doesn't naturally curl, why not go with HairUWear's fabulous line of Put On Pieces that can instantly allow you to create any look that you desire with any type of curls. When in doubt, ask your hairstylist to help you select the best Put On Pieces for you.

If you are looking for a dramatic hair accent – Put On Pieces MiniClips are the perfect answer! Available in wavy or straight texture and six easy-to-match TRIO COLORS, these clip-in streams of hair are perfect for turning an ordinary style into something special! Use one or add a multiple of MiniClips – depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Other great options include the Vibralite Synthetic Extensions or the Ten-piece Systems.

Long Wavy MiniClips

Follow the steps listed below for creating your own version of a great wavy style:

1. Purchase the fabulous MiniClips (shown to the side) from Put On Pieces in the length, style and color that is compatible with your current hair hue or the look you wish to achieve. If you prefer, your favorite hair extension expert can also craft a custom style for you and your hair using the fabulous Great Lengths extensions wefts also available from HairUWear. When in doubt, ask your hairstylist to help you select the best Put On Pieces for you.

2. Whether your hair is super short or longer in length, match the rest of your hairstyle with the add-on hair pieces. Prepare your hair by washing, blow drying, curling and brushing so that the front and sides smoothly and seamlessly merge with the ponytail to give a natural look. If you wish to exactly copy Debra's look, brush the front of your hair up from your forehead. Back comb the strands to create lift around the crown section Brush the sides and back of your hair up towards the crown so that you can attach the Put On Pieces MiniClips where your natural hair comes together.

3. Anchor the Put On Pieces very carefully and securely to the rest of your head. Take your time to make sure the MiniClips are firmly attached. Experiment with using headbands or other hair accessories to create a more natural looking connection.

4. Apply a light shine defrissant product to the palms of your hands and carefully glide over your own hair and to the ends of your ponytail to add shine and remove any frizz.

Ten Piece Wavy

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5. For a sassy look, use a curling iron for just a few seconds on the ends of your add-on hair to enhance the waves and curls slightly. Note: Do not leave the iron on the ends more than a few seconds.

6. Try other related looks for an instant change.

Summary

Regardless of the length or condition of your own hair, add-on strands offers endless possibilities for instantly updating and changing your style.

About Vibralite

Made from our exclusive Vibralite synthetic fiber, Put On Pieces Clip-in Extensions Ten-piece System are available in straight or softly waved sets. The straight hair is 16” and the softly waved hair is 18”, and both textures are available in 20 multi-tonal shades that have been created to blend with just about any hair color. Both the straight and wavy sets consist of 10 pieces in varying weft widths

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