Wella Styles the 63rd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards

On Sunday, September 18th, 2011 Hollywood’s elite descended on the red carpet at for the 63rd Annual Prime Time Emmy awards. Starlets Emily Blunt, Heather Morris, Gretchen Mol, Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough had their locks styled using Wella Professionals. Here’s how their stylists created the look for their big night:


Styled by Laini Reeves using Wella Professionals

Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada.


QUOTE: “We wanted to balance the complexity of the dress with a simple, modern hairdo.”


To create this very simple and very flattering up do

1.       Wash hair using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner to maximize volume and shine

2.       Power dry hair in different directions for a nice lift at the root

3.       Using a 2inch barrel curling iron, create spiral curls all over and work through fingers

4.       At the base of the neck, create a ponytail tease the ponytail and split it in two then twist and wrap the hair like a ballerina bun at the nape of the neck with a nice messy texture

5.       Finish with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray


Styled by Paul Norton using Wella Professionals

Heather Morris is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her role as the cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce in the musical comedy series Glee.


QUOTE: “Emmys are the biggest night in television! When styling hair, you must take into account the girls personality and her dress, but it’s important to show your own creative edge,” said Paul Norton, “She’s not necessarily super ‘Hollywood’ and it was so great working with her because she let me do whatever I wanted with her hair!”

INSPIRATION: My idea was based off of a French-twist style. Once I got involved, it turned into a lot more of a polished look. It’s a mix between rough and polished.


Here’s how to get Heather’s ultra-modern up-do:

1.       Start by applying Wella Professionals Curl Craft Wax Mousse to give hair tons of texture and a lot of body

2.       Blow out hair after applying Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Hair Primer with a round brush and then curl the hair away from the face with a 1 ½ barrel curling iron

3.       Pin a Mohawk section from the hair up and out of the way, then divide the remainder of the hair into three sections

4.       From left to right, use a boar bristle brush to smooth hair upwards as if putting into a pony tail, start twisting hair sections inward and secure with bobby pins, repeat on right hand side and secure in same spot, the center section will be left creating what looks like a small pony tail

5.       Once bottom part is secured, use 3 inch section around the face, spritz with Wella Professionals Create Character Texturizing Spray and back-comb hair for extra volume and pin down as a slight pompadour

6.       Roll the remaining  back section under, and secure with bobby pins

7.       Keep the look playful by pulling some pieces out so the look has a bit of edge, so as not to look overdone

8.       Secure look with an all-over spray of Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray


Styled by Nathaniel Hawkins using Wella Professionals

Gretchen Mol is an American actress known for her role as Gillian Darmody in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.


QUOTE: “I wanted her hair to look loose, modern, and a little messed up – but still beautiful and elegant with an overall feeling of ultimate glamour.”

INFLUENCE: The beautiful, simple L’Wren Scott dress made her look all about the hair and makeup!


Here’s how to recreate Gretchen’s glamorous ‘do:

6.       Evenly coat damp hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier

7.       Apply Wella Professionals Extra Volume Styling Mousse directly to a vent brush and comb from the root to the end for thorough application

8.       Blow dry roots of the hair up and away from face with medium heat – high heat can cause hair to soften too much for a sturdy updo –and then scrunch hair dry at mid-shaft until hair is 100% dry

9.       Spray hair evenly with light application of Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray and then curl sections of hair starting from front top hairline with a  1 ¼ inch barrel curling iron

10.    Brush sections out and immediately, while hair is still warm, pin in purple Velcro curlers, repeat for entire head

11.    Allow hair to cool for 20 minutes, which is important for the hair to set, then remove curlers and brush out roots to get rid of set marks

12.    Spray hair with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray to create matte texture to create the loose – slightly undone look

13.    Aerate hair with fingers then set with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray to control fly-aways


Styled by Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon using Wella Professionals

Gretchen Mol is an American actress known for her role as Gillian Darmody in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.


QUOTE: “Nina’s red Donna Karen dress basically chose this effortless look itself. The dress was so beautifully powerful therefore we wanted something not too done, loose, soft and romantic.”


Here’s how to create Nina’s effortless look:

1.       Blow out hair with Wella Professionals Flowing Form Smoothing Balm to create lots of body and lift, and then set hair in Velcro rollers

2.       Take a 1 ¼ inch curling iron and curled and pin hair in horizontal  sections

3.       Let hair set for about 20 minutes and then brush hair off to one side with a boar bristle brush

4.       Lift bang area with a rattail comb and spray with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray 

5.       Spritz the hair with Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray for an all over radiant glow


Styled by Campbell McAuley using Wella Professionals

Julianne Hough is an American professional ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress, most widely known for being a two-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.


QUOTE: “For Julianne’s hair, I wanted a look that was chic and classic, but also natural, to complement her beautiful 1950’s-inspired form-fitting dress.”


To recreate the easy and elegant parted & pulled-back bun:

1.       Prep wet hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer, then blow-dry the hair with a large round brush

2.       Use Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Spray to add extra natural shine to the hair

3.       Create a center part in the hair and lightly brush her hair down, then back into a low, natural ponytail

4.       Circle hair into a bun and secure with a pony tail

5.        Spritz hair with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray to set the look



Andy loved the simple glamour of Nina’s side-swept, voluminous hair which can be recreated by women everywhere using these tips:

1.       Prep the hair with one pump of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to damp hair

2.       Blow dry hair straight then spritz hair with Wella Professionals Thermal Image to give the hair lasting sheen and then curl with 1 inch barrel curling iron in 2-3 inch sections

3.       Use one pump of Wella Professionals Pearl Styler to coat hair and create a foundation for lasting style

4.       Part the hair in a dramatic side part. Using a bobby pin, secure the smallest section of hair behind the ear and let the hair fall naturally over it to hide the pin

5.       Work hair loosely through fingers with a pump Wella Professionals Pearl Styler and pin back majority of hair away from face, about three inches above the ear with a yoyette clip

6.       Spray the hair all over with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix to hold the style, and lightly aerate the curls with a wide tooth comb

7.       Release the yoyette clip, leaving an old-Hollywood like curl that keeps the hair out of the face




Ric picked Padma’s piecy updo as his favorite because it was a cohesive overall look – her hair complemented her dress perfectly.  Her hair looks naturally thrown up, as if she did it herself, which is a very sexy look.  It would be great for date night!

To recreate this slightly unkempt, relaxed and sultry look:

1.       Start with proper care – clean and condition hair with Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner (for fine/normal or thick hair).  Conditioner for colored hair

2.       Prime hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier while hair is wet, followed by Wella Professionals Extra Volume Mousse for maximum volume and fullness

3.       Blow dry hair and lift the root for volume to set the stage for wave and movement

4.       Once the hair is blown dry, spray Wella Professionals Thermal Image on dry hair to help smooth out frizz and protect hair from heat styling

5.       Set the hair in big rollers or use an 1.5 inch curling iron (ceramic for fine/normal hair; titanium for thick hair)

6.       Section hair, twirling it around a flat iron almost as you would with a curling iron to achieve a mixed curl results, some hair section strands are curlier and others are straighter

7.       Tease the root at the front to create volume around the face and lift at the top of the head

8.       Pull back the rest of the hair in a loose, natural piece-y chignon and pin it with a mixture of bobby pins and long T pins

9.       Spray the finished look with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray to set


Wella Professionals Styling is a complete series of new products that caters to a variety of hair care needs. All products contain proven formulas and new innovation, resulting in a high performance collection that delivers a range of benefits, while complementing Wella Professionals Care and Color.  The new products combine wet styling, dry styling and finishing products, with each range offering four levels of hold.  Wella Professionals Care and Styling launches May 2011 at a suggested retail price of $12 - $17.  Products can be purchased at professional salons across North America.  For more information, visit www.wella.com.