At Cutler Salon in New York, Matrix celebrity stylist Nathan Rosenkranz often fails to recognize his famous clients. But it makes no difference. “Whether I know who they are or not, whether they’re famous or not, I treat every client like a celebrity,” he laughs.
In preparation for the fall red carpet season, Nathan has identified three key trends that he believes will suit many of the high-profile models and actresses who turn to him for pre-event primping. And in keeping with Nathan’s “every woman is a celebrity” point of view, these looks are also perfect for dances, weddings, parties and other events at which the paparazzi aren’t necessarily present!
Red Carpet Trend #1: Does She or Doesn’t She? Waves
The uniform “beach wave” will give way to a more natural configuration this season, manifesting in a wave pattern that leaves people wondering whether the texture is natural or created. Before heading to a swanky event for a top cosmetics brand, European actress and model Elisa Sednaoui stopped off in Nathan’s chair and the undone wave was born. After prepping her fine, damp hair lengths with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse and the roots with Total Results Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter, Nathan dried the hair with a large, round brush to create maximum volume. Next, he wrapped sections around a large-barrel, open curling iron, omitting the final inch to inch-and-a-half at the ends. Once the waves cooled, he lightly tousled her hair with his fingers and misted with Matrix Vavoom ShapeMaker Extra-Hold Hairspray.
Red Carpet Trend #2: The Urban French Twist
Think the Bohemian section of Paris, rather than a high-class arrondissement—the Urban French Twist is more casual and careless than its polished, uptown cousin. Nathan reveals that he recently created two versions of his twisted “twist”—on actress and television personality China Chow and pouty supermodel Lindsey Wixson.
“I did Lindsey for a public appearance and she wanted to wear her hair up,” he says. “To get the look, I prepped her damp hair with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse to support her thick strands. I dried it and then set it directionally with a curling iron to create volume and control.” Once Lindsey’s hair cooled, Nathan brushed through and fashioned a classic French twist. Then he loosened the look with his fingers, roughing-up select strands to create a “lived-in” texture. Before Lindsey headed out the door, he misted her twist with Design Pulse Hard Lock Extra Strong Hold Hairspray.
A short time later, Nathan created a similar look for Bravo TV’s China Chow. As with Lindsey, he prepped China’s coarse, strong, damp strands with Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse before drying and setting her hair for volume. After releasing the curls, he worked a small amount of Matrix Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil through his hands and raked his fingers through China’s hair to add shine. He fashioned a classic French twist, but allowed the ends to remain unsecured, directing them downward for an irreverent effect. As a finishing touch, he misted her hair with Biolage Shine Endure Spritz and tucked an exotic orchid behind her ear!
Red Carpet Trend #3: Modern Movie Star
A modern blow dry set, directed away from the face, recalls the sexy Hollywood style of Marilyn and Rita. Nathan’s version featured a looser wave than the ‘40s and ‘50s version, but maintains all of the polish of the originals. A center part also updates the look. He recently created the look for leggy TV personality and current Clooney squeeze Stacy Keibler, who was performing as “bartender” at a celebrity event for a beverage company. To begin, Nathan prepped damp hair with his favorite cocktail for style support: Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Extra Strong Hold Mousse and Total Results Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter. He performed a blow dry “set” with a medium round brush, clipping each barrel curl in place after shaping. As the curls cooled, Nathan misted hair with Matrix Vavoom ShapeMaker Medium-Hold Hairspray. After removing the clips, he raked through the curls with a few drops of Matrix Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil to separate and shape the curls and direct the hair up and away from the face. He finished off the look with a bit more Vavoom ShapeMaker Hairspray.
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