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Tips and Tricks for Recreating a Famous Hairstyle

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If you’re the type of person who enjoys reading about celebrities, no doubt you’ve seen a hairstyle on a celebrity before and wondered how you can recreate it. Some celebrity hairstyles are extremely complicated and very difficult to recreate, while some are much simpler and easier to recreate. Regardless of which side the hairstyle you’re interested in falls on, here are some tips and tricks that can help you recreate it for yourself.

1. Try to Find Pictures From Multiple Angles

When you first decide on a hairstyle you want to recreate, try to find pictures of that style from multiple angles. It’s best to find as many pictures as possible so you can see what the hairstyle truly looks like, not just what it looks like from one side. That will help you actually understand the hairstyle as a whole.

If you’re trying to recreate a hairstyle the paparazzi captured, do your best to look at a variety of pictures from this paparazzi encounter. If you’re interested in recreating a hairstyle from an awards show, music video, or other official appearance, it’s common for the celebrity to post multiple pictures and for the stylist to post their own pictures.

2. Break the Hairstyle Down Into Multiple Parts

A hairstyle that’s especially complicated might be a hairstyle that has multiple less complicated parts. If you’re able to break down the hairstyle into its less complicated parts and then understand how to do each of those parts, you’re much more likely to be able to recreate the hairstyle, even if it looks confusing once it’s done.

For example, a stylist may choose to pair a half-up look with space buns. That stylist could then curl or otherwise style the hair that’s still down. Although it might look very confusing from just a quick glance, it’s actually not as difficult to understand as you might assume. That makes it much easier to recreate these styles.

3. Find Tutorials for Styles That Look Similar

Sometimes, a stylist just puts their own twist on a relatively simple style. For example, a French braid that a stylist does the “opposite way” will result instead in a Dutch braid. When you first see a seemingly complicated style, you might want to start by researching styles you already know that look similar. Look through images until you find one that looks about right.

If you’re able to find the original simple style, you can typically find tutorials for that style. Follow these tutorials, changing small things until you’re able to find the change that the stylist implemented. Trial and error will be your best option when you start with a style that looks similar (but not identical) to the one you’re trying to recreate.

4. Try to Practice on Other People First

It’s extremely difficult to try out a new style on yourself first. More often, you want to try and practice on others before you try to do a style yourself. This makes it much easier for you to understand the intricacies of a specific hairstyle, including making sure the style looks the same as it did on the celebrity.

Whether you’re practicing on your best friend, one of your family members, or even a mannequin, trying out styles on other people is a great way to make sure you’re able to succeed with your style. That way, you’ll be much more likely to get the famous style correct. From there, you can do it over and over again until you’ve memorized how to accomplish it.


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Recreating a famous hairstyle isn’t always easy, but what if you’re extremely good at it? If you find that you have a seemingly natural talent for hairstyling, especially when it comes to recreating other stylists’ styles, you might want to look into a cosmetology program. That way, you can turn your hobby into a career. Request more information from Ogle School to learn more about your options for hairstyling as a career.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.