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Creating a hairstyle just as beautiful as those glimpsed on the red carpet is easier than you think. In our corner, celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims who shares the insider intel on how he crafted coifs on Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union and How To Get Away With Murder beauty Aja Naomi King for the recent Vanity Fair Academy Awards party…

steal these styles 1Gabrielle’s Gorgeous Fringe
Sims first preps hair with mousse then blows out length with a round brush to achieve a shiny, smooth texture. Next, he flat irons the fringe around the face over the left eye. Still working with the flat iron, he takes random chunks of hair and creates bends in various directions toward the ends of the hair. Once set he shakes out the hair and mists with Smooth ‘N Shine Spray-On Polisher for a dazzling finish.


steal these styles 2Aja’s Amazing Waves
To start styling, Sims works in a hair polish throughout to create intense shine. Next he takes small sections of the hair and, starting at the nape, he uses a barreled curling wand to fashion waves, making sure to wrap each section in the same direction. Once the entire head is curled, the mane pro forms a  part on the left side. Then, after the curl has set, Sims brushes the hair out to create synchronized waves. Finish by tucking the left side behind the ear and misting with holding spray.

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