As a part of the ensemble cast of the Oscar-nominated film "Les Miserables," Samantha Barks was a stunner not only on the red carpet, but also during the cast's touching performance of the emotionally-charged medley from the film and into the night at the exclusive Oscar parties. In order to pull out the stops with Samantha's three different looks, go-to celebrity hairstylist Creighton Bowman of Exclusive Artists Management turned to René Furterer to create the modern styles."I could have only achieved these three looks using René Furterer products," Creighton says. "They gave me incredible diversity to interchange the textures without having to wash Samantha's hair each time." Read on to see how Creighton achieved Samantha's three Oscar-worthy looks.
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Channeling Sophia Loren for the Red Carpet
« "For Samantha's red carpet look, we went for a modern take on the breath-taking allure of the legendary Sophia Loren," says Creighton. "The hair needed to be high and stunning to add to the knockout silhouette created by her black Valentino gown and Forever Mark jewels." Here's how Creighton achieved the sexy, textured updo.
« I began the look by applying René Furterer STRAIGHTENING GEL from roots to ends on towel-dried hair.
« Next, I applied René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray - no rinse and René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing foam - no rinse at the roots to tame any flyaways and to give the hair more lift.
« To give the hair extra shine and health, I worked a few drops of René Furterer KARITE leave-in nourishing cream into the ends.
« Next, I did a round brush blow dry with a small round brush. Using a 1" curling iron, I curled and clipped hair section by section, setting the hair in a classic pin curl set. Once the hair cooled, I took out the pin curls, brushed out the hair with a flat bristle brush. For height and texture, I back combed hair from the roots.
« I sprayed René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY onto my fingers and then ran my hands through Samantha's hair to keep the texture loose. Next, I pulled the hair up into a relaxed high knot at the crown. Last, I secured the updo with large hair pins. Samantha was ready for her moment on the red carpet.
Quick Change for Les Miserables Cast Performance
« For her stirring performance with fellow cast members including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, Samantha was all elegance in a svelte Jenny Packham gown. "We decided to go with a softer look to complement the easy glamour of Samantha's gown," says Creighton.
« "After Samantha's performance, we had to get her into yet another wardrobe change," says Creighton. This called for a more relaxed, yet sophisticated hairstyle that would last through the evening's Oscar parties.
« To achieve this look, I ran a brush through Samantha's soft waves to loosen up and smooth out the hair from her earlier performance look.
« Last, I gave hair a few quick spritzes of René Furterer GLOSSING SPRAY. I love how it adds a high shine without weighing hair down. Samantha was ready to party into the night.