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Jennifer Lopez: Hair Notes


Jennifer Lopez MonsterInLaw Premiere June 4, 2005

If you're taking hair notes about Jennifer Lopez you need to note that she's a bona fide hair goddess.

Whether you love her ever changing hairstyles, length, color or texture, people can't stop watching Jennifer to figure out what she's going to do next.

Note: Visit the Jennifer Lopez Hair Gallery

Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Canales

When in doubt about how to wear your hair, you can always get new inspiration from the multi-talented performer who has worked with some of the top names in the hair world since the very beginning when she first started with Oribe Canales.

At the time Jennifer first became a hair client of Oribe Canales she was brand new in the entertainment business.

Although she's worked with other celebrity stylists over the years, she still collaborates on her hair with Oribe for a variety of hair events.

Jennifer Lopez With Marc Anthony

Over the years I've heard so many tidbits about Jennifer Lopez and her hair that I almost feel like I know her personally.

Of course I don't really, but after chatting with several of her celebrity hairdressers for the past several years, I have had the great fortune to hear about her hair on an ongoing basis.

Besides famed hairdresser Oribe, Rita Hazan in New York has been doing Jennifer's color "forever".

Oribe, is responsible for some of her most recent stunning hair transformations from long sultry curls and waves to her sexy sassy shoulder length tapered bob.

Although a range of hairstylist work with Jennifer on her movie sets, music videos and her most recent turn as a judge on American Idol, she maintains a solid and ongoing hair vision.

First Conversations

When Jennifer appeared at the MonsterInLaw premiere she stunned the media with a much shorter length than her normal long hairstyle.

Jennifer Lopez October 2, 2004

It turns out Oribe chopped over 8 inches of hair from Jennifer's length and sculpted it into long sexy angles topped off by a long sweeping side-swept bangs.

When you look at the before and after photos, Jennifer's new sleek bob was a stunning transformation.

Rita Hazan added her magic to the finished hairstyle by weaving a web of beautiful highlights and lowlights throughout Jennifer's hair.

Steal Jennifer's New Bob Hairstyle

To get Jennifer's bone straight bobbed style, visit your hairdresser and take a photo of her angled bob.

This look starts with a carefully constructed bob which may or may not work for all hair types, textures and conditions.

To steal Jennifer's hairstyle, complete the following steps listed below:

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with your normal products designed for your current hair type, texture and condition.

Jennifer Lopez September 2005

If your hair is highlighted like Jessica's use either a moisture enhanced or color enriched formula.

If your hair is dry from chemical processing, consider diluting the shampoo formula to protect your strands or use a no poo or CoWash option.

(Shampoo products to try: Phyto - Phytojoba Hydrating Shampoo)

If you have fine or thin hair, use a volume enhancing shampoo. Skip any rinse-out conditioning products that might make hair too soft and flat.

If you must use a rinse-out conditioner, make sure that you limit how much you use and that you concentrate on the middle to the ends.

Rinse well with a cool water spray which helps build natural volume and increases shine.

Step 2: Towel blow strands. Detangle strands from the ends to the roots.

Jennifer Lopez August 29, 2004

Step 3: Apply a volumizing gel or similar products to the roots.

To protect against heat and add body, distribute a leave-in conditioner, mousse or gel from the top of the ears to the ends. Distribute well.

Note: If your hair tends to frizz or is naturally wavy or curly, you may wish to combine a volume product for the roots with a smoothing serum for the rest of the hair.

(Anti-Frizz Product to try: Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz and Root volume products to try: Phyto - Phytovolume Actif)

Step 4: Working from side to side use a boar's head or natural round brush combined with your blow dryer to straighten and build in body.

Step 5: To build in volume at the roots, use the round brush to lift your tresses up and direct the air flow from the dryer up the hair shaft to the root. This "ruffles the cuticle" helping to add natural fullness.

Jennifer Lopez April 18, 2004

If you prefer, bend over at the waist and direct the air flow of the dryer up the hair shaft towards the roots. When hair is 90% dry, bend right side up and work on the hair from the ears down to the ends.

Note: Hairdressers differ on their opinion whether it is beneficial to blow hair "upside down" or not. Use your own judgment on which technique works best for you.

Step 6: Use the round brush to straighten the remainder of the hair by rolling individual sections carefully around the brush and directing the air flow down the hair shaft towards the ends.

This helps to straighten, close the cuticle and adds shine.

Step 7: While drying the ends, use the round brush to turn the ends under slightly while finishing.

Step 8: Seal the style by finishing up with a blast of cool air, if possible, from your blow dryer.

Jennifer Lopez August 29, 2002

Step 9: Carefully comb in your desired part.

Step 10: To add soft curls and waves to Jessica's straight hairstyle, separate hair into 2-3 inch sections. Working from side to side near the roots, use a 1 1/2" curling iron and create big curls with the iron.

Release each curl and then carefully pin into place with a bobby pin. Continue to curl and pin until the entire hair has been finished. Let the curls air dry until 100% cool

Step 11: Spray the pinned curls with a strong hold hairspray or volume spray. Carefully unpin the curls.

Step 12: Apply a tiny drop of shine serum, drops or spray into the balms of your hands.

Lightly brush the palms over the top of your style and you are ready to rock ala Jennifer Lopez style.

(Shine products to try: Phyto - PhytoLisse (Formerly Phytodefrisant RelaxSerum)

Jennifer Lopez March, 2002

If you prefer, you can use a curling iron to turn under the ends a little bit or use a straight iron on selected pieces around the face to give a contrasting texture to the bobbed look.


Jennifer Lynn Lopez is a fiery Leo (July 24, 1970) with a Moon in Aries. This combination makes her flamboyant and spontaneous. It also makes her open and willing to experiment with her hairstyles.

She loves to make a dramatic entrance and enjoys constantly changing her hair length, color, texture and hairstyle.

It's no surprise her hair is always morphing through a series of different hues, lengths and styles.

When it comes to Jennifer Lopez and her hair change is always good.

- Revised Date: 12/27/11

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