Can we all please pause for a moment of silence in honor of Cate Blanchett.
The woman easily swept every red carpet look this season and the Oscars was her coup de grâce!
I mean it.
Cate Blanchett’s Oscar look - hair to toe - was a death blow to the “competition”. Notice I put competition in quotes as if there was any…okay - Charlize Theron came in a very close second, but in a hair-to-hair fight, Blanchett still won for consistency from Globes to Oscars.
I plan on writing to Ms. Blanchett's publicist to tell him/her to hire some small children to run ahead of her red carpet arrivals and scream,
“ She's coming! Everyone go home! It’s useless! You are all peasants!”
Once again Blanchett stormed the red carpet impeccably coiffed! She changed it up completely and "fired shots" by cutting nearly six inches off her hair for the Oscars. Blanchett’s stylist Robert Vetica said that they discussed making this cut for a while and decided that the Oscars was the time and the intricate Armani Prive gown was the place, for the debut of a this ultra chic bob. It wasn’t just a bob though was it.? It didn’t just lie there. There was volume and texture. So how does one create a bob like this that doesn't flatten out through the course of the evening especially on ultra fine Type 1 and Type 2 hair?
Here’s the play by play to create Blanchett's look for Type 1 and thinner Type 2 hair types straight from her hairstylist, Robert Vetica! First Vetica used Wella’s professional Haircare Range EIMI to blow out the hair. Although I couldn’t find specifics on the line of the EIMI range he used, I would venture to guess he used Volume. The stylist then used a round brush to smooth it out, before putting in four velcro rollers at the top of her head for a little volume and slight wave. "I sprayed it really good with hairspray and Wella Dry Me dry shampoo, which gives it a nice volumized texture, then brushed it out."
Now there’s a tip!!! I would have never thought to layer products in that way! 1. Hair spray - I’m guessing that Vetica used EIMI Non-aerosol working spray Flexible Finish, and THEN 2. Dry Me dry shampoo for texture? I am blinking. Really???!!! Super fine, Type 1’s please take notice!
Daisy Ridley got high marks from me with a glossy, futuristic and lush up-do that reminded me of a Bvlgari perfume bottle. It seems like Robert Vetica was the man of the hour as he also created this perfect complement to Ridley's Chanel Haute Couture dress. Thicker hair types with length should attempt this style. You need no shudder with despair if your hair isn’t sweeping the ground though.
Robert Vetica created this amazing look with Ridley’s SHOULDER-LENGTH bob…and a 22 inch hair piece… okay - that was a bucket of cold water.
After reading a bit about the creation of this complex look, more tip GOLD! Vetica points us to Olivia Garden’s styling tools. All I can say is wow! Olivia Garden has everything from shears to brushes to curlers. Ridley’s look was created with three of the brushes from this company: Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Eco-Friendly Bamboo Professional Ionic Vented Paddle Brush; Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Thermal Round Brush; and Olivia Garden Style-Up Teasing Brush.
I am not familiar with, but plan on exploring this Belgian company. If anyone has tested these tools and cares to comment please leave a note below.
The 2016, Olivia’s Red Carpet Hair Series is at an end. We’ll leave the stars for now and travel back to Earth where we mere mortals (me the most mortal of them all) grapple with hair do’s, don'ts, style, retention and health. There is so much more to come!