Celeb Transformations

Under the Dryer

Saturday, May 21, 2011    

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They're style makers and trendsetters, always switching up their looks and keeping the world on its toes. Some watch their every whimsical, or sometimes calculated image change and mimic them accordingly, while others simply keep tabs for discussion purposes. Today's Under The Dryer takes a look at style-conscious celebs who have traded in their signature looks or not-so-outdated 'dos for newer, on-trend hairstyles.

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Arguably the most influential artiste -- when it comes to style, that is -- Rihanna's hairstyles never go unnoticed. So much so that whenever she changes her 'do, thanks to her trusty celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen, women the world over change theirs to mimic her look. Little wonder that red is the rage this year, and so, too, are super-long extensions.

The Look: Super-long, super-bright red tresses.

The Stylist: Ursula Stephen

Ursula's Take:

According to Stephen, Rihanna is "committed to having fun" with her hair, and toyed with the idea of going red for a while, so they waited "until the time was right" to execute it. The look was achieved with dyed human hair extensions, which were then bonded onto the singer's real hair. Motions Silkening Shine Hair Relaxer System is used to keep her tresses silky smooth.

The Verdict:

If anyone can make an outlandish hairstyle work, it's Rihanna. And while we think she's working the red, it's definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Our Advice:

The best way to adopt this look is to make it your own. While Rihanna's tomato-red tresses work very well for her image as a singer, it might not be in your best interest to choose a colour that bright. So if you like her look, consult your stylist first to find out which shade of red is right for you.

Keri Hilson

We're loving Keri's updated 'do, which is a slightly longer, lighter version of the über-cute bob cuts she sported when she burst onto the scene two years ago.

The Look: A two-tone blonde blow-out.

The Stylist:

Maisha Oliver

Keri's Take:

The artiste admits that when it comes to her hair, she usually has a good idea of what styles she'd like to try. However, she credits Maisha's "improvisations" for "making the styles unique".

The Verdict:

It's fun, flirty, and totally flattering. We also love how it makes her features pop.

Victoria Beckham

The former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer is among the world's biggest style icons. But she's recently received mixed reviews for her latest hairstyle which she debuted at the Royal Wedding -- a sleek, ultra-long ponytail inspired by Spring/Summer runway looks.

The Look: Ultra-long locks, usually worn in a high fashion, super-sleek ponytail.

The Stylist:

London-based Ben Cooke -- who happily set up shop in LA when she moved there.

The Verdict:

Austere though it may be, our Under The Dryer team firmly believes that the look worked. Kudos to Victoria for taking a risk!

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé has experimented with her hair quite a lot, and evidently prefers lighter hair colours. The multi-platinum singer and actress recently upped the style quotient by swapping her sun-kissed auburn hue for a much lighter shade of blonde. And luckily for her, it actually complements her complexion, as not many naturally dark-haired women can pull off this shade of blonde.

The Look: Lengthy platinum-blonde locks.

The Stylist:

Kimberly Kimble

The Verdict:

Beyoncé has worn various shades of blonde before, but this is the lightest one yet. Our Under The Dryer team absolutely loves it! It's the perfect complement to her ultimate diva/Sasha Fierce persona.

Drew Barrymore

Predominantly known for her role in romantic films, actress Drew Barrymore has been known to play it safe with her hair over the years, with her hairstyles and colours being conservative for the most part. But we're loving how she upgraded her sandy-blonde ombré hair colour with a fiery red.

The Look: A chestnut red 'do that's innocent, yet girl-next-door alluring.

The Stylist:

Tracey Cunningham, Redken creative consultant for colour.

Tracey's Take:

The stylist shared that Drew wanted to try red, as she has tried a number of brown and blonde-based colours over the years.

The Verdict:

Naturally, Drew is in love with the new tone, and so are we! It adds a warm, healthy glow to her complexion and makes her general countenance appear brighter for a much more youthful look. Way to go, Drew!

Blake Lively

Blake Lively catapulted to style maven status almost instantly with her Gossip Girl role as Serena Van Der Woodsen, and was even named The Bombshell by Vogue magazine earlier this year. Little wonder her transformation from blonde bombshell to red-hot maiden turns heads wherever she goes.

The Look: Fire Opal-hued lengthy tresses.

The Stylist:

Rona O' Connor

Rona's Take:

Lively's longtime colourist layered a blend of highlights - gold, gold apricot and fired copper, which they both named Fire Opal after one of Lively's favourite stones - to create this gorgeous, natural-looking shade of red.

The Verdict: Though we admit that the All-American California blonde look seems to be made for the actress, it's clear that the new red 'do is also very flattering against her skin tone.

Our Advice: Like Lively, it is best to also dye your eyebrows to match your hair when changing your hair colour for a more natural look.

Keyshia Cole

The soulful R & B crooner has never been one to shy away from experimenting with her hair. She recently switched up her raven-haired pixie for a curly, mid-length 'do, and the colour is quite similar to the one she sported when she debuted her first single.

The Look: A bold red-orange 'do that rests gently on her shoulders.

Our Thoughts:

Keyshia burst onto the scene with fire-engine red tresses complete with large, platinum blonde streaks ahead of upgrading her look completely for a cropped honey blonde style. But it was when she opted for a darker hair colour that she really began to turn heads. The singer recently revisited her signature red-haired look, albeit in a different shade.

The Verdict:

Keyshia wears red very well, and though the new ginger tone is a lot brighter than the first, it complements her features just as well, or perhaps even more so than the darker hue she previously sported. It does not, however, create as striking an effect as the dark hair did, but it still works quite nicely.



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