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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Designed Architectural Hair At The Gotham Awards

Last night I had the honor of working on Gugu Mbatha-Raw for the Gotham Awards. What a fun night of getting ready, laughing and listening to music! She wore Calvin Klein so that clued me in to what kind of hair I needed to create – sleek, sexy and modern. I knew that the hair couldn’t be her usual girl next door look and that it had to have a certain kind of feel. I always say that hair and clothes dictate each other. They have to have some kind of continuity and flare. I love for women to look sexy and Gugu definitely looked it last night! Here’s how I created this look for her.

1)      Gugu has very curly hair so I started off by applying L’Oreal Professionnel’s Gelee Cashmere mixed withKerstase’s Elixir Ultime on damp hair for sleekness.

2)      Next, taking 1 inch sections I blow dried her hair with a flat brush because I didn’t want any lift at the scalp. By taking these sections I was able to smooth her hair effortlessly and create shine immediately.

3)      As I finished blow drying I added Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade to her hair then smoothed it with a flatiron! I LOVE SLEEK SHINY HAIR!!

4)      I wanted her to be all face so I pulled her hair to the back of the head attached a bungee to hold it in a ponytail then added 3 elastics to the ponytail to create a tiered pony. Then twisted it into this super cool architectural bun.

5)      I wanted her to be all face so I pulled all of her hair to the back of her head and wrapped a bungee to make a ponytail. I then added 3 elastics to create a tiered pony.

6)      I didn’t want her to have a typical bun, so I created a super cool architectural chignon by first twisting her ponytail. I then brought her hair up to a point and away from her head so that it projected a bit, adding bobby pins along the way to hold it in place.

7)      I finished by spraying her flyaways with L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold to ensure that she stayed extra smooth for the evening.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Look For the NYC Premiere Of ‘Beyond The Lights’

Gugu wore an amazing Lanvin emerald green dress with one shoulder. It reminded me of a classic Hollywood actress. I wanted to take it a step further by giving her classic #gibsongirl  hair! I only had about 45 minutes to take her from curly girl next door to red carpet goddess and I did just that. Here’s how to get her classic Hollywood chignon.

1)      I started by applying Kerastase’s Volumifique mousse to her hair for volume. I then blow dried her hair with a small round brush to smoothen her curls.

2)       After straightening her hair I parted it on the side and taking a 1 inch curling iron I curled her entire head. I then brushed it out with my Mason Pearson brush.

3)      Next, I used my marcel iron to create a marcel curl effect with the hair at her front part. I love this look because its very regal and has a 1920s feel.

4)       I pulled everything back into a low ponytail, securing it with an elastic at the nape of her neck. I then twisted her pony and rolled the twist around the elastic to form a bun.  I pinned it with bobby bins to hold everything in place.

5)      A hairdresser’s nightmare is the rain and naturally, it started to do just that so I sprayed Gugu’s hair with tons of L’Oreal Professionnel’s Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray to hold her look in place.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Do For The LA Premiere Of ‘Beyond The Lights’

It’s all about the sexy French twist! All of my years doing fashions shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris taught me to be able to change hair in an instant. I definitely needed those skills working with Gugu yesterday! I felt like I was backstage at Chanel, Naomi just came from another show and I had less than 15 minutes to go from girl next door to hot sexy movie star! I was up for the challenge. Here’s how to recreate Gugu’s French twist.

1)      I first used Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime throughout her hair as a blow drying agent to add moisture, protect her hair from heat and add a sleek and smooth shine. I also appliedKerastase’s Mousse Bouffant for more volume.

2)      I then sectioned her hair taking 1 inch sections and smoothed out her hair with a flat iron.

3)      I wanted some drama in the front, so I left a small section of hair out around the perimeter of her hairline and backcombed the front of her hair for some height. I also backcombed the middle to have enough lift to form my French twist.

4)      Next, I brushed the left out hair in the front over the backcombed hair and pinned it to hold it in place.

5)      Covering the section I backcombed at the nape of her neck, I pulled all of her hair back with my fingers and rolled the hair onto itself vertically to form a French twist, securing with bobby pins.

6)      I finished with and L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold to hold the look in place.

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