ERROL DOUGLAS TALKS BAFTAS HAIR

BATD ON Feb 17, 2014 AT 1:12 pm

by Annie Vischer

Errol Douglas

Errol Douglas

Errol Douglas MBE is an award-winning hairdresser with clients ranging from Brad Pitt and Cindy Crawford to the titled likes of Lady Helen Windsor and the edgily cropped Annie Lennox. His red carpet hair-know-how is equalled by very few, and his diversity in styling skills is apparent in his colourful client list. Whilst we were marvelling at the various twists, backcombing and curls that made their away along the red carpet at this years’ BAFTAs (take a look at our BAFTAs 2014 roundup here), Errol Douglas was on hand with his frightfully valuable pearls of wisdom to send us on our way to recreating some of his favourite looks. First up? Fearne Cotton.

Fearne Cotton at the BAFTAs 2014

Fearne Cotton at the BAFTAs 2014

Fearne Cotton is not averse to a little adventure when it comes to her hairstyles. She’s done long, short, fringed and even pink! This year though, for her sting as host for the Red Carpet for E! Channel, she opted for an altogether more classic look. With a bit of an edge of course. Of Fearne’s mussed-up vintage look Errol says that it was ‘old school glamour from Fearne. Her large vintage perfectly-set roller waves matched with a beautiful side parting brought Marilyn into 2014 and complimented her William Vintage gown perfectly. The key to this look for just-below-chin-length hair like this is to build in volume from the roots right from the blow-dry, without sapping too much moisture in the process. A sppedy dry with my Infared Pro Hairdryer (¬£49.99) and a large barrel brush will give an ‘inside-out’ dry to lock in moisture. This will preserve shine in the finish and avoid the hair looking dryer after styling. Once dry, use a wide, large, round tong from the crown through to the ends, aternating each section with an inward or ourtward flick before releasing, to build in more texture and variation, pinning each section as you go along. Leave the pins in right until the last minute, before gently taking out, raking into place with fingers and finishing with hairspray.’

Uma Thurman at the BAFTAs 2014.

Uma Thurman at the BAFTAs 2014.

The up-dos are always an intricate affair. Uma Thurman opted for one that looked deceptively simple this year, but of course as seasoned awards onlookers, we know better than to mistake a tousled bun for a mere few minutes in front of the mirror. The more pretty little wisps and undone allure a style has, the harder it seems to achieve. Of Uma’s look, Errol said that ‘ this really does say modern movie star. A sophisticated simplicity is mixed with just a little sexiness by opting for an up-do that’s loose, slightly nonchalant in its execution and flattering, with the subtle lift at the crown and wisps on each side. The texture is created at the back in an upwards direction through loose plaiting teased back out with a tail comb. It walks a great line between occasion hair and a casual do. Go easy on the product, and using hands to scrape up and tease out random pieces. This will ensure the style maintains a modern feel. Build in shine with a treatment mask the night before’. Any excuse for a pre-party pamper session right?

Amy Adams at the BAFTAs 2014.

Amy Adams at the BAFTAs 2014.

We don’t know about you, but as soon as we saw Victoria Beckham tweet about Miss Adams sporting one of her recent designs on the red carpet, we couldn’t look up the red carpet snaps fast enough. Not only were we rewarded with the leading lady looking dazzlingly slim and sleek in the black column dress, but a gleaming and sophisticated chignon to boot. If she was looking to step away from the look she played out to perfection in her American Hustle¬†guise, she couldn’t have done it better. The perfectly groomed up-do stood in stark contrast to the big, bold and occasionally permed 70s styles she appeared with for the movie.

Errol Douglas describes the style as ‘glossy hair in a side-swept bun. It has added dimension delivered by dividing the bun into 3 sections for a little braid effect, before pinning just behind the ear. It’s a great red carpet choice to show off her Victoria Beckham gown. Keeping the finish tight with a clearly defined side parting brings the drama into the look, and allows the high-shine of Amy’s great conditioned hair to really take centre stage. Lock moisture in at every stage of styling, right from when it’s wet to putting the final pin in. Divide the hair into two sections when dry to create the side parting. Sweep both sections in to join behind the opposite ear, secure with a non-pull bungee cord before dividing the pony into 3, loosely plaiting before twisting anti-clockwise and pinning at 3 points in the circle bun created. Use the handle of a tail comb to very gently tease each section of the bun out slightly for a litle definition before setting with hairspray.’ It’s a one stop shop for formal sophistication. One more tip? Loosen slightly before going to bed, shake out in the morning, and the twists will have created lustrous waves that will see you set for beautiful and bouncy hair the next day. We do love a multi-tasking hair-do.

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