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Claire Danes’ fishtail braid chignon should have won an award at the 2014 Emmys

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Screen Shot 2014 08 26 at 11.53.59 AM Claire Danes fishtail braid chignon should have won an award at the 2014 Emmys
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Claire Danes, star of Homeland, wore a seriously stylin’ fishtail updo last night at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Everyone may have been wearing red, the statement colour of the evening, but this unique take on a chignon was the real big news. (Spoken like a true beauty editor – of course hair is a bigger priority than wardrobe.)

Created by hairstylist Peter Butler, this updo took the idea of a classic chignon and combined it with the so-popular-it-hurts fishtail braid to create something fresh, exciting and elegant. To get a look like this, you’ll need to start by making a fishtail braid and then roughing it up a little around the edges (take note: the key to a modern, youthful updo is that things are not perfect). Then anchor it to your head with lots of hair pins and a massive cloud of hairspray. The messier it gets as the night wears on, the better.

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Ombre isn’t over, according to Kerry Washington

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kerry washington ombre Ombre isnt over, according to Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington rocking ombre at the 2014 Emmys. Image courtesy Getty.

OK so maybe she didn’t say it, but she surely showed it. The new mum and Scandal star showed up at the Emmy red carpet last night with a freshly chopped blunt lob the the most subtle of ombre hair colour in her beaded Prada gown. If there’s one big picture question I ask myself every night before falling asleep, it’s WHEN WILL OMBRE HAIR DIE? It’s not even that I’m sick of it (though I am) it’s that it’s always done *so* poorly which as a result causes my irises to bleed.

However.

Is it possible that Olivia Pope has waved her magic wand and convinced me that, when executed by professionals, this hair colour trend still has legs? Is still beautiful? Washington’s execution of it was also spot on: a clean part with worn-in yet polished texture–not faux-looking barrel waves.

What have you done to me,  Kerry Washington?

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Beauty News: Lena Dunham goes platinum blond

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lena dunham platinum Beauty News: Lena Dunham goes platinum blondFor real? Lena Dunham’s new ‘do. Image courtesy Instagram.

It’s official: platinum blond hair continues to dominate the hair colour game, with Girls creator Lena Dunham making the upgrade to a whiter shade of pale. She unveiled her new lid via her Instagram account, with many asking the obvious question: Is that a wig? It most certainty is not.

I’m really into the colour, not at all into the cut (blunt bags with her wavy hair texture? Nope) but am also really struggling with the idea of Dunham keeping this for her Girls character. I doubt it will last that long before it breaks off. Sorry, that’s just a #beautytruth when it comes to this hair colour.That hasn’t slowed its  Many celebs have been getting in on this hard-to-maintain shade for a while, with some of our top runway models embracing it too.

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