Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated July 15, 2019)
A couple of years ago I saw Rory Gilmore's soft curls on Gilmore Girls and knew I had to have that look. We've all had that feeling of needing a particular hairdo we see on our favorite television or movie star. Celebrities are some of the people who control the fashion industry and popularize fashion trends and hair styles. We all want our hair to look like the celebrities' so how do we do it? Like with almost anything in life this concept is one that becomes perfect only with practice.
When I wanted Rory Gilmore's hair, the first thought that came to mind was using a curling iron to create the soft, ringlet curls and so the next open Saturday morning, I tried it. Alas, the curling iron did not work out so hot for me. It looked pretty good initially, but the curls soon went flat and whole head of hair went limp. Blast. The next trick I tried was using hot rollers. This worked a bit better for me and yielded more of the results I desired. Granted my hair still did not exactly replicate the personal-team-of-stylists look of Rory's, but I did achieve the general soft-curl look. What I determined when it comes to celebrity hairstyles is that you need to pick a way to do it, test, and then practice. I've spent many a time in front of the bathroom mirror trying different ways to put in the rollers and different ways to blow my hair and different amounts of hairspray to spray. The common adage, "practice makes perfect" still applies to hair.
Many times if you want a specific celebrity hairdo, you can take a picture or two to your hair stylist and they can give you the cut and the tips you need to best achieve that look. Even if you still can't pull off the celebrity look you so desire, you'll usually find a hairdo that you like just as well or better than your original objective. Ask your friends how they do their hair and you can also play around with that.
In this area of hair however (hair imitation), do be aware that you probably won't end up looking exactly like Ashlee Simpson or Reese Witherspoon, regardless of how desperate your desire. Remember that these celebrities pay people to perfect their hair whereas we just go at it on our own and hope it turns out. Imitating celebrity hairstyles is fun, but remember to practice and practice and practice! And while you may not achieve exactly what you wanted, chances are you'll end up with a hair style you like anyway!
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