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Hair Play Rule: Simply, Sexy Hairstyles & Hairdos

Introduction

Amy Adams Enchanted Los Angeles Premiere 11-17-07

Whether you're floating down the aisle to marry the man of your dreams or down a winding staircase to dazzle your Prom date, simply sexy hairstyles and hairdos which combine lush waves worn captured on the side are a brilliant hair play.

Leave it to hair fashion runway trendsetters like gorgeous red tressed Amy Adams, beautiful blondes Carrie Underwood and Julianne Hough as well as brunette babes Paula Abdul and Molly Sims to show the way with their simply sexy hairstyle examples.

Side parted tresses set the stage for a wide range of hair moods ranging from pure romance, demonstrated by Amy, Carrie and Julianne to sassy sexiness shown by Paula and casual, edgy classiness showcased by Molly.

What's even more fabulous than the finished hairstyles is the fact they can be easily created in a matter of minutes either at home or with the help of your favorite hairdresser.

Advantages Of Simply Sexy Side Hairstyles

Amy Adams Enchanted Los Angeles Premiere 11-17-07

The side styled hairstyles featured in this article are taken from some of the most recent celebrity tresses spotted on the Red Carpet.

The advantages to wearing your hair in a side styled look include:

1. Works well with a wide range of parts ranging from center, deep side, messy or a combo. 2. Can complement any style of fringe or bangs from matching side-swept (in the case of Carrie Underwood) to "barely there" bangs pulled to the side ala Amy Adams. 3. When combined with the proper partings, crown height and forehead fringes, can flatter most face shapes.

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Amy Adams Enchanted Los Angeles Premiere 11-17-07

4. Can easily be created at home by yourself or with the help of a friend or either newly washed or day old strands. 5. Shows off beautiful earrings and necks as well as flatters most gowns. 6. Can be combined with lots of volume along the crown for a combined formal hairstyle. 7. Depending on texture desired (wavy, curly, straight or combined), this hairstyle can be morph into a range of moods (romantic, sexy, sassy, sophisticated). 8. This style can even be created on shorter strands with the help of a range of clip-in hair extensions or hair pieces. Even better, this style works great with many different types of hair accessories.

Note: To instantly add length to your shorter strands for creation of any of these gorgeous side gathered styles, check out the many clip-in extension options from Jessica Simpson's HairDo line or from the HairUWear Pop collection.

Both collections offer a range of synthetic or human hair options at affordable prices. Pop in a clip-in and most of your styling is done. Even better, many of the Jessica Simpson clip-in options come with pre-set hair textures ranging from wavy to silky straight.

Considerations For Creating Simply Sexy Side Hairstyles

Carrie Underwood 10-20-05

With every hairstyle there are both advantages as well as disadvantages.

While there are many fabulous advantages with the Simply Sexy Side Hairstyle there are also some potential challenges which might include those listed below:

1. For some face shapes the side ponytail may actually make the face look wider or rounder. Although you should always select a hairstyle because you love it, some may not like the added width. 2. Although this hairstyle can be worn by all hair textures from naturally straight to naturally ringlet infused, those with curls and waves may prefer to try the hairstyle after first temporarily straightening their strands for a sleek look. Of course natural curly strands can be pulled into a side pony. 3. The side-swept fringe and side pony may not work with all hair lengths unless clip-in hair extensions are added. You may need to use clip-in extension strands to seal the deal. 4. You will most likely have to spend a little time fine tuning your hair texture with either a hot iron, rollers or other hair texture creating tools. 5. To hold the texture in place, you will need to utilize styling products such as hair gel, mousse, lotions, creams or hairsprays. 4. If you desire volume along the top like Carrie and Paula, you will need to either utilize volume enhancing products, some back combing and/or some other styling products for lots of lift. 5. Depending on which of the styles you select you may have to spend more time fine tuning the look. 6. If you desire a more complicated style like Carrie Underwood's, you may wish to work with a professional stylist. 7. Sometimes a side style may feel different than your normal style and may need a little adjustment time for feeling comfortable. 8. This style may not work as well with some types of earrings as they may get tangle in your hair.

Step By Step Instructions

Carrie Underwood 2007

All of the on-the-side hairstyles shown in this article follow the basic Getting Started Steps.

1. Shampoo hair with a product designed to address your hair's special needs. If you color, highlight or chemically treat your hair, select a shampoo that supports those treatments. If you prefer, use a dilution formula or a conditioning only (CO) treatment. Note: For extra volume in the crown or top of the hair areas, try PhytoVolume Shampoo.

Note: It is often easier to create all of these various on-the-side hairstyles when hair is slightly aged from the last shampoo. Newly washed, soft, or slippery hair, can often be trickier to work with then “day old” hair. If your hair is naturally slippery, you may wish to let your hair "age" a few hours after shampooing before attempting an of these styles. 2. Apply the appropriate rinse-out conditioners. (Avoid if hair is super thin or fine). Keep in mind that if hair is too soft it will be harder to back comb. 3. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to close cuticles and encourage natural shine. 4. Towel blot and apply very light cocktail of desired leave-in detangler, conditioner or styling products (firm holding mousse or gel depending on your type and texture of hair). 5. For extra volume along the crown and sides, apply a firm holding or sculpting gel. 6. Blow dry hair straight using a blow dryer with a concentrator attachment. If hair is naturally curly or wavy, apply a straightening balm like Phytodefrisant or similar to damp strands. Use a boar's head style paddle brush and separate hair into individual sections.

Note: For detailed tips on how to blow dry hair perfectly straight read Celebrity Hairdresser's Tips: Blow Drying Your Hair

To re-create the individual styles worn by all the celebs check out the following individualized instructions.

To Create Amy Adam's On-The-Side Loose Waves Style

Amy Adams Enchanted Los Angeles Premiere 11-17-07

Complete the basic Getting Started Steps listed above. 1. Once hair is completely dry, create the desired part. Amy rocks a deep side swept part that directs a large section of hair up and over to the left side of her square shaped face. 2. Use a brush or fingers to smooth hair along the hairline and the sides. 3. Pull all hair into a traditional ponytail. You have the option to position the base of the pony behind the ear like Amy, or position the base underneath the ear lobe. Use a Bungee Band, Blax or similar "hair friendly" elastic band in the same color as your hair. 4. Use a small to medium barrel curling iron to create a series of curls. Note: As you release each curl from the iron, roll it around your finger and then pin against the scalp to allow the curl to cool into a tighter coiled shape.

5. When all the curls are cool, unpin them and use fingers to tousled into soft waves and curls like Amy's. 6. Take one strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it up and over the base. Use a bobby pin in the same color as your hair to secure the strand of hair around the base. Spray well with firm holding styling spray.

7. Apply a light touch of shine product to add shimmer. Remember not to apply too much shine product.

8. For extra dazzle, attach a jeweled ponytail wrap or pin a simple jeweled bobby along the hairline.

If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you may prefer to create this style by using a long finger diffuser on your strands to create natural waves.

To Create Carrie Underwood's On-The-Side Veronica Lake Style

Carrie Underwood 2007

Carrie looks stunning for a formal event in a super sleek, sophisticated yet sexy side hairstyle.

Complete the basic Getting Started Steps listed above.

1. Once tresses are completely dry, create the desired part and fringe or bang area.

Carrie has a very deep part that extends all the way back from the crown of her head with all of the hair brushed forward towards the face line and then over into a very full Veronica Lake style eyebrow covering veil of tresses.

The dramatic side-swept part works perfectly with the On-The-Side pony that nestled onto Carrie's shoulder and offsets her classic heart shaped face.

The key to copying Carrie's hairstyle is the fact that the hair is silky straight throughout the crown and sides and has a hint of soft wavy texture in the pony section. Which means that the strands must be blow dried straight to create this smooth finish.

2. Use a flat brush to smooth hair along the hairline and the sides.

3. Pull all hair into a traditional ponytail. You have the option to position the base of the pony behind the ear or position the base flush with the ear lobe like Carrie's style. Use a Bungee Band, Blax or similar "hair friendly" elastic band in the same color as your hair.

It should be noted that not only is Carrie's pony positioned over her ear and in front of it. the front side-swept section flows into the ponytail base providing the illusion of a seamless connection between the front part of the hair and the ponytail base.

4. Wrap a small section of hair from the pony length around the base and pin it securely so that the bobby will not show. 5. Use a large barrel curling iron to create fullness with a slight hint of curve. Unlike Amy's side do, Carrie's hair looks full and lush with only a slight wave. 6. When hair is completely curled and cooled, spray well with firm holding styling spray.

7. Apply a light touch of shine product to add shimmer. Remember not to apply too much shine product.

8. For extra dazzle, attach a jeweled ponytail wrap or pin a simple jeweled bobby along the hairline.

To Create Paula Abdul's On-The-Side Style With Full Crown

Paula Abdul 2005

Complete the basic Getting Started Steps listed above.

The key to Paul's hairstyle is to create lots of lush volume and lift throughout the sides and the crown. Paula also has sections of hair that cross-over from the crown to one side and are directed forward to add additional lift and movement.

Her Big Volume style combined with a slight pony pulled forward and over to one side not only balances her heart shaped face, it directs attention to her gorgeous gown.

1. Once tresses are completely dry, create the desired part and fringe or bang area.

2. To re-create Paula's lush sexy crown volume you will need to combine volume enhancing products (shampoo, root lift) with back combing.

3. Separate bangs and clip out of the way. Clip all of the hair except for a one inch section at the nape of the neck out of the way. Take the one inch section of hair and pull it tight. Using a comb with tightly spaced teeth, gently back comb it up towards the scalp.

4. Focus on directing the back combed hair towards the root area about 2 inches from the actual roots. Consistently pack the hair tightly towards the scalp to achieve a strong base to for a bigger overall style. For more details click on the link to How To Back Comb Your Hair for step by step instructions.

Note: Repeat the back combing process working completely around your head from side to side until all of your hair is backcombed to the height and volume you desire. Take your time and focus on using a consistent back combing technique. 5. After you have achieved the desired fullness and height, spray well with a strong finishing spray. Let the hairspray dry while you move to the next section of hair.

6. Use your hands or a Mason Pearson, Kent or similar boar's bristle brush to gently smooth all the teased hair down. Use a flat brush to gently smooth hair along the hairline and the sides.

7. Pull the hair in back into a traditional ponytail that has a base that rests to one side of the nape of the neck like Paula's. You also have the option to position the base of the pony behind the ear or position the base flush with the ear lobe. Use a Bungee Band, Blax or similar "hair friendly" elastic band in the same color as your hair.

8. Wrap a small section of hair from the pony length around the base and pin it securely so that the bobby will not show. 9. Use a large barrel curling iron to create fullness with a slight hint of curve. Paula has only a slight hint of curve along the length of her side pony. 10. When hair is completely curled and cooled, spray well with firm holding styling spray.

To Create Julianne Hough's On-The-Side Twisted Style

Julianne Hough 2007

Julianne Hough is the essence of beauty and sheer romance with her soft over-the-side twisted pony style that cascades down from an off-center part combined with loose sassy hairline strands and the appearance of twisted sides.

The two time champion of ABC's Dancing With The Stars has a gorgeous face and lush blonde highlighted strands that look spectacular when worn on-the-side. Julianne has worn this style on Red Carpets and on stage while performing her award winning dance routines.

Complete the basic Getting Started Steps listed above.

1. Once tresses are completely dry, create the desired part and fringe or bang area.

Julianne has an off-center part that extends all the way back from the front of hairline back to the crown.

Loose sections of slightly twisted strands have been pulled out from the sides and allowed to nestle along the perimeter of Julianne's face creating a softening to her square shaped jaw and chin areas.

2. Use a boar's bristle brush or fingertips to smooth hair along the hairline and the sides.

Julianne Hough ABC - Dancing With The Stars Episode 507 - 11/5/2007 With Partner Helio Castroneves ABC/Carol Kaelson

3. Pull all hair into a very loose ponytail. You have the option to position the base of the pony behind the ear or position the base to the far side of the nape of the neck like Julianne's. Use a Bungee Band, Blax or similar "hair friendly" elastic band in the same color as your hair.

It should be noted that not only is Julianne's pony positioned over her ear and in front of it, the front and side section flows into the ponytail base providing the illusion of a seamless connection between the front part of the hair and the ponytail base. This is a similar style to Carrie Underwood's side pony.

4. Wrap a small section of hair from the pony length around the base and pin it securely so that the bobby will not show. 5. Since Julianne's hair is pulled into a twisted three strand braid, separate hair into three individual strands and twist each strand as you braid. Wrap a section of hair around the base of the braid and pull the tail up into a loop and pin it into the braid for a finished end. 6. When hair is completely styled, spray well with firm holding styling spray like PhytoPro Strong Finishing Spray.

7. Apply a light touch of shine product to add shimmer. Remember not to apply too much shine product.

8. For extra dazzle, pin a simple jeweled bobby along the hairline.

To Create Molly's Casual On-The-Side Style

Molly Sims 2005

Molly Sims combines a stark side part and off-the-face hairline with a stream of soft sleek hair pulled in front of her ear and worn to one side. The look is clean, casual yet edgy and with a hint of sophistication.

Since the former supermodel has a gorgeous face, she easily rocks the off-the-face, hair on the side look. Her style is very easy to re-create at home and doesn't even require freshly washed hair, unless that is desired.

Complete the basic Getting Started Steps listed above or if desired, go with day-old hair.

1. Create the desired part and fringe or bang area.

Molly has a messy, deep side part that merges into her hairline giving an edgy separation.

2. Use a boar's bristle brush or fingertips to smooth hair along the hairline and the sides.

Molly Sims 2005

3. Pull all hair from one side and direct it along the back and in front of the alternate side.

It appears that Molly has simply pulled all her hair to one side of her head for a casual sexy look.

While it is easy to redirect all the hair to one side, it may not hold for the long term if it is not secured with discreetly placed hair accessories. If you wish to create a more secure over-one-should style, place a series of bobby pins or large rectangular barrette along the back of the head to direct all hair to one side.

4. Use a wide barrel curling iron to create loose waves/curls throughout the length of the hair pulled to the side. Let hair cool completely. 5. When hair is completely styled, spray well with firm holding styling spray.

6. Apply a light touch of shine product to add shimmer. Remember not to apply too much shine product.

Molly's current casual style can instantly be dressed up by pulling it into a pony like Amy's or adding lots of volume around the crown like Paula's hairdo. The beauty of Molly's current style is that it is soft and sexy but definitely relaxed.

Summary

Side-gathered hairstyles that caress one side of the neck are a hit with celebrity hairdressers as well as their celebrity clients. Famous hairdresser Jimmy Paul who has worked with a wide range of celeb heads over the years was quoted in the September 2007 issue of Allure Magazine as saying, "soft wispy hair that shows off a woman's neck is just so feminine".

Whether you combine the side-swept tresses with a deliberate side part or not, Jimmy says "it's a great way to show off healthy, glossy hair" and it works on both updos and loose down around the neck styles.

Try some of the different styles featured above and you can instantly change your hairstyle and create a wide range of moods.

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- Revised Publication Date: 08/23/11

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