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Long Hair Celebrity: Joss Stone


Joss Stone (Joscelyn Eve Stoker) was born on April 11, 1987, in the pastoral county of Kent is a long hair lover's dream child. The beautiful blonde was born on April 11, 2987 in Dover, Kent, England.

(Image of Joss Stone at Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards - 10-10-05 - - all rights reserved).

As the story goes, Joss spent her teen years in the rural county of Devon where she happened upon her first Aretha Franklin album. Aretha's Greatest Hits inspired her to become a singer. At the tender age of 14 she auditioned for the BBC show Star for a Night. She wowed the crowd and from there the beautiful blonde has been taking the world by storm.

Joss has become known for her giving nature. She recently joined up with North Shore Animal League America to help rescue and adopt pets left homeless by the recent hurricanes (Katrina & Rita) in the US. She recorded a Public Service Announcement which urged public support for the campaign which was designed to find loving, caring homes for animals abandoned during the storms.

Getting Started Notes

Whether you admire her loving heart or her soulful music, if you have seen photos of Joss you can't help be fascinated by her gorgeous long blonde tresses that spill out over her tall model physique.

(Image of Joss Stone at Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards - 10-10-05 - - all rights reserved).

She is famous for appearing in flowing "hippie" style gowns with bare feet and dozens of bracelets clanging on her delicate wrists. She is blessed with beautiful skin and soft hazel brown eyes. Ironically she has been noted for having perfect teeth.

She has been compared to so of the great soul singers in the last 100 years. Joss admits that even her own mom "says that I sound a lot like Janis Joplin or Whitney Houston". She young star doesn't agree with that opinion.

(Image of Joss Stone at Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards - 10-10-05 - - all rights reserved). Joss has been growing her hair longer for the past few years. And yes, the rumors are that she does help Mother Nature a little bit with some extensions to give her long locks more fullness. How much she "cheats" with add-on tresses is unknown.

However, a review of her images over the past three years show her with hair that has been slowing inching down her back.

Creating This Style At Home

Joss recently posed for the December cover issue of Elle Magazine. Her hair was luscious, long and softly tousled courtesy of the celebrity hairdresser Oribe. Her gorgeous wardrobe was styled by Isabel Dupre and her makeup was by Ayako for NARS.

(Image of Joss Stone at Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards - 10-10-05 - - all rights reserved).

Joss is blessed with naturally thick and textured hair with lots of bend. Waves and loose ringlets are less of a challenge for her to accomplish. Although she is sometimes seen with her hair worn straight, she seems to prefer lots of texture.

Best Styling Tips

This style works best for hair that is shoulder length or longer and medium in texture. Although this messy style might be difficult to recreate on ultra curly hair, it would work well on strands that are straight, pre-straightened or with slight waves and curls.

(Image of Joss Stone at Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Awards - 10-10-05 - - all rights reserved).

One of the best ways to re-create this style is using traditional rag rollers. If your hair is waist length or longer, rag rollers would be the best way to create the soft tousled waves and curls.

Before you start make sure that you have all the proper tools including plenty of rag curlers, a good brush and comb.

The instructions below involve the use of home made rag curlers. If hair is exceptionally long there is a chance that the strands will be too long for traditional sponge, Velcro or Conair rag rollers. In that case it will be necessary to make your own rag curlers from clean rags.

Prep Time - Making Rag Rollers

Depending on the thickness and ultimate length of your hair, plan to make 40-60 rag rollers before you begin to curl your hair.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005).

Use clean old sheets which make perfect rag strips. The softer the sheets, the better the results.

The standard rule of thumb is to cut or rip the sheets into 6" long by 1" wide strips. If your hair is exceptionally long you may want to make a few "test" strips to make sure that your hair will roll completely around the curlers. Adjust the size of your rag strips accordingly.

Keep in mind that rag rollers are tied off at the scalp to hold them snugly against the head. Allow plenty of "tail ends" for this purpose.

Instructions - Steps to Create

To copy the luscious long curls and waves that Joss is wearing above, perform the following steps:

1. Begin by washing hair with shampoo designed for your type, texture and current condition of hair.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005).

If your hair tends to be dry, select a super moisturizing shampoo formula like Robert Hallowell's Shine Booster Shampoo which celebrity hairdresser Robert actually uses on many of his celebrity clients.

Other formulas you might try include Phytojoba or one designed for colored hair like Phytocitrus. For ultra dry or super fragile strands, use the dry hair formulas and dilute the shampoo for extra gentleness.

Note: If you hair is long or prone to damage, consider either washing hair with conditioner only, or diluting the shampoo formula to save wear and tear on your strands.

2. For hair that is dry, damaged or chemically treated, follow the shampoo with a rinse-out conditioning treatment.

Apply your favorite rinse-out conditioning product. Robert Hallowell's Prawduct - shine booster conditioner is an excellent rinse out conditioner for all hair types.

3. Be sure to match the product to your hair type, texture and condition. Work the conditioner into the driest parts of your hair. Leave on for up to five minutes. Rinse well. Finish with a cool to cold water rinse.

4. Towel blot hair (do not rub) and gently squeeze excess moisture.

5. Detangle hair with fingers or a smooth detangling comb and create desired front part.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005).

6. Apply a cocktail of leave-in conditioner and anti-frizz products. For soft hold, apply a mousse. For extra hold apply a gel or gel/mousse product. Distribute well from roots to the ends.

7. Let hair air dry until 80-90% dry. If you wish, sit under a hood dryer or use a blow dryer on low speed, cool air to remove excess moisture.

8. Work from one side of the head to the other. Use a wide tooth comb or hair pick and separate hair into 1-2 inch sections.

9. Starting at the end of the hair section, roll the hair around the strip of your prepared rag curlers. With rag curlers you can make the hair sections as large or small as you wish as long as your strip of rag is long enough to completely encase your hair.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005).

10. Roll the section of hair up from the ends to your scalp. The tighter you roll the rag curler, the tighter the resulting curl. You can either secure the rag curlers with bobby pins or you can tie them at the ends to hold them in place against the scalp.

11. When your entire head has been put in rollers, either go to bed for the evening, or sit under a hood dryer on medium heat to get the curls to "set".

12. When removing the rollers, unwind one section at a time. After all the curls have been unwound, spray your entire head with a soft hold hairspray.

Ones to try: Rene Furterer Instant Hold Finishing Spray, Robert Hallowell's Rawhold Hairspray. 13. Use fingers or wide tooth hair pick to gently arrange the curls that cascade freely down towards the top of the shoulder.

14. For extra shimmer, apply a drop or two of a shine serum like Phyto's PhyoLisse, Rene Furterer's Spray Gloss or Robert Hallowell's Love That Shine Drops to the palms of your hands. Rub the serum into the palms and then lightly glide over the top of the style to add instant shimmer and shine.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005).

15. Spray well with hairspray like Phytolaque or Jessica Simpson’s favorite Phytolaque Soie made with real silk to give an extra glossy look to the style.

16. Attach any desired hair accessory to the finished style. Because this is such a unkempt style, if accessories are added, they should be small to avoid detracting from the style’s ultimate design.

Note: Remember to always attach accessories last after all styling products have been applied to avoid damaging delicate accessories.


The variations on this tousled style are endless. Instead of wearing curls and waves loose, you have the option to sweep the sides up and softly capture them at the back of the crown. Of you can wear one side in front and the other pulled back behind one ear.

(Image of Joss Stone - - all rights reserved - 2005). Have fun with this style and experiment with randomly pinning up alternate strands in the back allowing others to hang precariously to give that free Joss Stone look.

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