You may have already noticed how obsessed we are with the ’70s fashion featured in American Hustle (in theaters now) about con-artist Irving (Christian Bale), his lover-slash-partner-in-crime Sydney (Amy Adams), his wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), and FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), in a story where deceit, scandal, and romance ensue. And naturally, we’re just as obsessed with female leads Adams and Lawrence’s hair onscreen (and off)!
Wavy, spirally, or fashioned in an fancy updo, we just had to find out how to recreate the looks, so we reached out to celebrity hairstylist Aviva Perea (who has styled the hair of Elizabeth Olsen and Zoe Saldana) to find out how to re-create the looks — with a modern twist, of course. Here’s what she told us:
To Get Amy Adams’s Voluminous Waves
1. Spray damp hair with a volumizing spray, like Phyto Actif Phyto Volume Spray ($18; sephora.com).
2. Blow out your hair using a mixed bristle brush. Perea’s favorite is by Mason Pearson ($170; barneys.com).
3. Pick the side that you want the part on, and then starting from the bottom and working toward the top, wrap 2-inch sections of hair around a 1-inch curling iron going in the same direction. Secure with hair clips to set.
4. Once hair is cool, take out the clips and brush hair out.
5. To make the look more modern, add texture with a texture spray like Oribe’s Apes-Beach spray ($37; oribe.com), then finish with L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray ($15; ulta.com) for shine and hold.
To Get Jennifer Lawrence’s Party Updo
1. Set hair with 1 1/4-inch hot rollers (do your makeup while it sets).
2. Once hair is set, brush it out with a mixed bristle paddle brush, then section off the crown of hair from ear to ear and pin it up.
3. Take the back section and tease it — a lot — and twist into a French twist and secure with bobby pins.
4. Release sectioned-off hair, and starting just behind the bangs, take 2-inch sections and wrap them around your fingers to create the curled-look on top. Secure with bobby pins, finishing at the top of the French twist.
5. To make it a bit more modern, don’t make the face framing pieces so defined, but more whispy and flirty. Finish with a healthy dose of strong hold hairspray like Alterna’s Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18; sephora.com).
To Get Amy Adams’s ’70s Spirals
For a modern take on this look, Perea suggests using a slightly larger curling iron, such as a 3/4- or 1-inch, which will make the curl a little less tight.
1. Start with damp hair and depending on your texture, give a healthy dose of Oribe’s Hair Plumping Mousse ($35; oribe.com) from root to end and then flip your head over and rough dry without a brush.
2. When it’s dry, flip your hair back over and take 1-inch sections of hair and wrap them around the curling iron, all going in the same direction away from the face.
3. Shake out hair with your fingers to break up the curl a little. If you want to be really ’70s, leave it in the ringlets, just shaking your head a little.
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