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Kara DioGuardi Hairstyle - How To Style


Kara DioGuardi American Idol 2009

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Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive and TV personality.

She generated lots of controversy in Season 8 of American Idol when she added judge to her growing list of credentials.

Although Kara is famous in the music industry for her work writing music in the light pop-rock, dance and R&B genres she was not really known by the general public.

Kara has worked with Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff and Paula Abdul. She is currently working with Kris Allen the winner of the 8th Season.

Kara is Vice President of A&R for Warner Brothers Records where she was appointed in 2008. She is a cousin to TV personality Regis Philbin.

Controversy has followed Kara with the announcement of her successful negotiation of a new contract for the 9th Season of American Idol even though long term beloved judge Paula Abdul was not able to work out a similar agreement.

Many fans felt when Kara joined American Idol she was brought in to push Paula out. Whether that's true or not, the controversy has swirled around Kara who had some public clashes with American Idol's Simon Crowell.

Kara DioGuardi's Hairstyle On American Idol

Celebrity hairdresser Robert Hallowell worked briefly with Kara DioGuardi at the beginning of her time as the new judge on American Idol. He reported she was "very lovely to work with" and had beautiful hair which she wears long and with lots of natural texture.

Kara alternates her hair with a variety of looks ranging from soft, barely there waves, to a more polished half up/half down style with more defined curves.

Hair Texture, Face Shape & Styling Options

MY NAME IS EARL "We've Got Spirit" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Jenna Elfman as Kimmi Himmler -

NBC Photo Chris Haston All Rights Reserved.

For her appearance as the badgered cheerleader, Jenna wore her hair long and it was appropriately staged for the Early setting.

Jenna always looks great as a blonde but for the badger show her hair, which was worn mid-back length, was designed specifically to look like it had been colored at home from a box.

The top of Kimmi's hair was a very light yellow blonde but the bottom half was much more platinum. This is very realistic due to the fact that when the hair is either overlapped or the color isn't taking as well, the blonde may turn baby duck yellow.

Jenna as Kimmi also had "big" hairline flips and curves probably the result of teasing and lots of hairspray.

Ultimately Jenna's hair was done perfectly for the character she was playing - a small town cheerleader from 10-15 years ago before state-of-the-art hair extensions were available and hair consumers knews as much about hair color as they do today.

Key Styling Tip:

Step 1: Work a dime-size amount of lightweight styling lotion onto damp hair and blow dry two-inch sections straight with a paddle brush. Step 2: Mist a one-inch vertical section of hair with styling spray. Avoiding the top half, wrap the section around a large curling iron and direct the curl away from your face. Hold for a few seconds to set the curl and then release and repeat until all hair is done.

Steal Kari DioGuardi's Hairstyle

Follow the steps listed below to recreate Kari's basic long lush wave infused hairstyle:

MY NAME IS EARL "We've Got Spirit" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Jenna Elfman as Kimmi Himmler -

NBC Photo Chris Haston All Rights Reserved.

1. Start by selecting a shampoo and conditioner with a color safe formula like the Phyto Colored Hair System, to preserve any blonde highlights or lowlight hues.

If you have the baby yellow duck hue at the top of Kimmi's hair, make a beeline to your local hair color correct specialist to help you achieve a more natural color and to help you get a consistent color from roots to ends.

One you have your blonde colors back on track consider using a color appropriate shampoo like Rene Furterer Okara Repairing Shampoo or select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair. Eliminate dry strands with J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair.

2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask such as Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask to intensify your existing color. Avoid using the conditioner on super fine hair or near the roots.

3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.

4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.

5. Coat damp strands with your favorite customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.

MY NAME IS EARL "We've Got Spirit" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Jenna Elfman as Kimmi Himmler -

NBC Photo Chris Haston All Rights Reserved.

6. Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush (shown to the side - Conair Round Brush) for strong, lasting support. Direct the air flow down from the roots towards the end to build in shine and smooth strands.

7. Use fingers to lightly pick and lift near the roots for desired volume and lift while using a round brush to lightly roll the ends of the hair under.

8. When hair is 100% dry use a tail comb or brush to create the desired part.

Separate hair into individual 2" sections and set on medium sized hot rollers, or curl with a medium sized curling iron to add movement to the strands.

If curling with a curling iron, after working with each section, roll the newly formed curl with your fingers up towards your scalp and pin into place to allow the curl to cool completely. Work around the entire head until all sections have been curled and pinned to the scalp. Spritz lightly with a soft hold hairspray.

If curling with hot rollers, let the curlers completely cool before removing. Once all the rollers have been released, let new curls dangle free before styling. Spritz lightly with a soft hold hairspray.

9. Use your fingers and/or a boar's head brush to lightly break up the curls and arrange into a soft finished halo of bouncy waves that terminate into a slight curl at the tips.

Apply a small drop of shine serum to the tips of your fingers and massage into the palms of your hands. Lightly brush your serum infused palms over the top of the finished hairstyle.

If you prefer, use a shine spray product and spray into the palms of your hands and then glide over finished style. Another option is to finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.


Kara will be back on Fox/TV for Season Nine of American Idol in the Fall of 2009. Stay tuned to check out her latest collection of stunning style.

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