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Sarah Jessica Parker Classic Sophisticated Wavy Hairstyle


Sarah Jessica Parker at the Premiere Of "Did You Hear About The Morgans" December 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Sarah Jessica Parker who is fondly referred is SJP (born March 25, 1965) is best known for her leading role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City (SATC), for which she won four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and two Emmy Awards.

SJP is almost as famous for her naturally textured hair as she is for her role on Sex And The City. SJP often wears her hair in an array of classically sophisticated wavy hairstyles.

SJP played the same role in the 2008 feature film version of the show, Sex and the City: The Movie and its sequel, Sex and the City 2, which is scheduled to open on May 28, 2010.

She has also appeared in other films such as "The Family Stone", "Smart People", "Failure To Launch" and most recently in "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" which was released in December of 2009.

Besides her spectacular run as the New York sex columnist who ultimately gets Mr. Big, the man of her SATC dreams, Sarah Jessica is known for her famous Manolos, her amazing fashion sense and her history of amazing hairstyle changes and transformations.

Looking back in time over the course of her acting career, SJP's hairstyles have morphed from her original natural curly hair strands through a series of blonde and brunette hues.

Her current dark blonde base with precision placed highlights and lowlights creates a rich sophisticated look which instantly detracts years from her pretty face. Sarah Jessica's current warm hues works in perfect harmony with her long lush S shaped waves which are often offset by a few well-placed ringlets around her hairline.

The noted fashionista has found success not only with her hairstyle and color, she has a thriving acting career, successful fragrance lines and three adorable children. SJP's fans are already planning for the SATC 2 film which has been suggested may be one of the most successful films for 2010.

Sarah Jessica is the woman that other women want to have as their best friend. She has triumphed over a number of challenges many women face with grace and elegance.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Kodak Theatre, Hollywood 2-22-09 All Rights Reserved.

Sarah Jessica Parker Hairstyle 411

One thing is pretty clear, Sarah Jessica has rich long hair which she dresses up for Red Carpet events by changing up the texture from sleek and straight to undulating ripples of soft waves.

For her role as Carrie she often wore her hair in an array of edgy and Boho styles ranging from rocking her natural curls to wearing them ironed stick straight.

SJP's Carrie was innovative with her fashions and her hair accessories. Carrie and her many looks triggered a range of style trends including hair accessories.

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Sarah Jessica Parker has worked with a dizzying array of celebrity hairdressers over the years. The word on celebrity mane street is that the actress likes to try different hairdressers in order to get a fresh set of scissors on her naturally curly tresses.

For SATC2 Sarah Jessica and the rest of the cast had their hair coiffed by Frank Barbosa who has worked with a long list of celebrities in the past including Anne Hathaway for 'Rachel Got Married'.

Sarah Jessica has been known to wear add-on hair for SATC, film roles and Red Carpet appearances to add volume and fullness to her natural curly strands. The actress has worn her tresses coiffed into a range of chignons, topknots and finished ponytails in keeping with her casual elegant style.

Whether Sarah Jessica is wearing add-on strands or not it is always impossible to tell because her hair, make-up and fashions are always the picture of perfection. In SJP's case it really is true that only her hairdresser knows for sure if it's all her natural hair or not.

Sarah Jessica Parker Kristen Davis 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Hairstyle Color: Warm toast dark blonde base

Hairstyle Highlights/Lowlights: If you look closely you will see what appears to be a hint of lighter golden blonde highlights with contrasting caramel lowlights infusing Sarah Jessica's strands with luscious warmth, movement and shimmer.

Texture: Sarah Jessica has naturally curly hair which is famous for its tendency to frizz and pouf. Photos of her in the early days of her career have portrayed her with tightly curled big hair.

Her current wavy hair appears to have very slight layers skillfully placed around the perimeter of her hairstyle. It's quite possible SJP has had her natural curls professionally relaxed to soften them from her tight coils to the softer ringlets and waves she has been wearing regularly since 2009.

Whether she's had chemical relaxing or not, certainly the added weight from her longer lengths will help flatten her natural texture into more compressed waves and ringlets.

For the Red Carpet SJP's tresses are usually styled with lots of body and volume which cascade from a sleek crown. Sarah Jessica is careful to avoid too much volume throughout the top of her scalp which would give her tresses a big hair profile.

For less formal events she generally wears her hair either pulled back in a casual twist or she wears a nape level pony.

Fringe: Sarah Jessica rarely wears a fringe which is probably due to the fact she has naturally curly tresses which are not well suited for a full frontal bang.

The SATC star appears to prefer to wear her hair either cascading off a side or off center part. The hair around her cheekbones in the front adjacent to her hairline are usually waved or softly curled to give contract to her face shape.

Sometimes Sarah Jessica's hair is brushed off her hairline in such a style that no obvious part is visible.

SJP with SATC Co-stars 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Face Shape: Sarah Jessica's face shape is a blend of oval and square. She has full round cheeks which slope into a squared off chin.

Hairstyle Works Best: Sarah Jessica's hairstyle works best for hair which is shoulder length or longer which is all one length or with very subtle stacked or nestled layers.

The best texture for recreating this hairstyle is hair with some bend, natural waves or light curls. It can be copied with or without a fringe.

Hair Tools Required: Large barrel curling iron or large hot rollers, 100% boar bristle brush, long tail comb, bobby pins, styling spray and/or cream, sculpting hairspray, shine spray and/or serum drops.

To add strategically placed volume, fullness and length you may wish to play with clip-in hair extensions.

How To Recreate Sarah Jessica's Wavy Hairstyle

Sarah Jessica wears her tresses in hairstyles which work with the event she is attending while complementing her face shape and fashions.

SJP and Fashion Style Guru Tim Gunn 2009 All Rights Reserved.

To copy Sarah Jessica's long wavy hairstyle follow the simple steps listed below:

1. Start with either freshly cleansed and completely dry hair or with day old hair with a cream or spray designed to help with the creation of soft hair waves.

Depending on your hair type and texture you may prefer mousse, gel or some other styling product.

Note: If you shampoo your hair before styling be sure to use products for your hair type (fine/thin, medium, thick, very thick), texture (straight, wavy, curly, kinky) and current condition (normal, damaged, extremely damaged).

2. If you wish to copy Sarah Jessica's look completely, create a deep side (or off-center) part extending directly off the hairline using a long tail comb. If you prefer, you can copy Sarah Jessica's hairstyle with a fringe or different part although it may not look exactly the same.

3. Use a 100% boar bristle brush or similar and separate remaining hair into two-inch sections. Clip all remaining hair out of the way.

4. On each section, spritz styling spray or apply cream, starting approximately 1-2" below the root area.

After prepping hair with spray or similar, wrap around a large barrel curling iron (or large hot rollers) for a few seconds to avoid burning or damaging strands. Hold the iron until you feel the heat coming off of the hair.

Sarah Jessica Parker SATC Movie 2008 All Rights Reserved.

5. After creating the hot curls and removing the iron, re-roll curl around fingers to recreate the curl. Pin to the scalp.

Note: If you prefer, you can opt to use either large barrel hot rollers or create a wet set with traditional style sponge, rag or adhesive style rollers to achieve similar results.

6. When all the sections of hair have been completely ironed, reformed and pinned, spritz the entire head lightly with a setting or styling spray.

7. When hair is completely dry and cool, unpin each curl.

8. Separate a 2-4 inch section of hair, depending on your preferences, from the right side part off the hairline. Lift the section and backcomb it with a brush or comb to achieve the desired height.

Spray well and then smooth back and over to the opposite side of the head from the part to achieve that sexy sweep of hair on either side of the face Sarah Jessica is famous for showcasing.

9. Rake through the remaining hair with your fingers to arrange hair into sexy waves just like Sarah Jessica is wearing on The Red Carpet above. For added tousle you may bend over at the waist and gently shake your strands.

10. For Sarah Jessica's brilliant shine add a few drops of shine serum, spray or shine enhancing hairspray to the palms of your hands and then wipe lightly over the top of your tresses. Remember that a little bit of shine product goes a very long way.

Sarah Jessica Parker All Rights Reserved.

Note: If the waves are too well formed use a 100% boar bristle brush to break up the waves a bit and make them softer. Remember the smaller the curling iron barrel, the tighter the resulting curls and waves.

Sarah Jessica's hairstyle is a classic style and truly gorgeous. It can be worn for any Holiday or Party Hair event ranging from a formal or semi-formal dinner or a special formal dance or Prom.

This is a classic hairstyle which never goes out of style. To amp up the look even more add a bejewelled hairpin clip on one side of the hairline or slide or a jeweled headband.

Stretch the hairstyle after the waves start to drop by pulling into a nape neck ponytail or wrapping into a tousled chignon positioned in the middle of the back of the head.

Or play with a half up/half down hairstyle which allows the waves to billow out over the back of the shoulders.


Sarah Jessica has been quoted in the media as saying her status as a fashion icon hasn't necessarily boosted her ego.

Sarah Jessica Parker on cover of Harper's Bazaar

Harper Bazar All Rights Reserved.

She has said “my self-esteem is not boosted (by being a fashion guru). I don’t know that you can really base your own opinion of yourself on what others think or say about you. That’s just a nowhere road."

The mother of three also has said she doesn't Goggle herself because "I can't really pay attention to all the chatter about me - that may or may not exist, positive or negative. I just don't see that's really a valuable use of my time."

Indeed, no one is busier than the working mom who alternates acting with working on her various fragrance, fashion and related lines. All of her SATC fans are just grateful she makes times for appearing in the SATC movies.

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Original Publication Date: 01/02/10 - Revised Publication Date: 08/23/11

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