Leave it to Halle Berry to bring all the drama to the Oscars 2017 red carpet with help from a brand-new, mega-voluminous ‘do. The actress showed off what we’re calling her most dramatic tress transformation of all time—a gorgeous headful of voluminous ringlets—moments before taking her seat at the star-studded awards show.
And lucky for us, Berry’s hairstylist, Castillo, filled us in on the natural-textured look just minutes before the actress hit the red carpet. “It’s something so different, right?” Castillo told Allure on the phone mere minutes after perfecting the actress’s curly style. “We wanted to bring out her natural texture, but also make it something that was red carpet-ready. When we were going through different hair trials, we fell in love with this organic, effortless, and very powerful look. She was still very true to herself.”
In total, the curly style took about two hours to create, says Castillo, and it required lots of blow-drying, curling, and a jam sesh to Bruno Mars’s new album. To get the look, the hairstylist added a volumizing cream (MOP C-Curl Defining Cream) to Berry’s damp hair—from midshaft to the ends to create a little extra lift. From there, Castillo diffused the star’s hair using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer and the SoftTouch 2 Diffuser. Once Berry’s hair was completely dry, Castillo started adding in the curls—in all different sizes and textures—using the T3 Twirl Convertible Curling Iron. The finishing touch? The MOP C-System Firm Hair Spray, which the hair pro spritzed throughout the style to hold the curls and give it that silky, shiny glow.
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And while we’re used to Berry experimenting with different hairstyles—she’s tried everything from a her trademark pixie cut to a shoulder-grazing bob over the years—this might be her most stand-out style yet. “She just finished filming a movie in which she wore an everyday [curly] look so she was vibrant and excited about trying something similar tonight,” says Castillo. “She loved it.” Yeah, we do, too.
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