Cheryl Cole’s hair has come a long way since the limp, centre-parting days of Popstars: The Rivals. Indeed, Cheryl, 29, has become the ultimate poster girl for voluminous hair, a status which she cemented after she became a spokesmodel for L’Oreal Paris and put a Geordie spin on the adverts’ iconic line: ‘Because you’re worth it’.
Back in the day: Cheryl Cole’s hair evolution (image: hellomagazine.com)
And now the pop star’s marvellous mane has been making headlines again – this time at the Cannes Film Festival. On Saturday, Cheryl joined her fellow L’Oreal Paris ambassadors
(including newfound twinnie
Eva Longoria, 38) on the red carpet, where she sported a stunning floor-length gown. The maroon creation, with its sheer overskirt and sequinned embroidery, was truly eye-catching. However it was Cheryl’s fabulous fishtail plait
which really stole the show. Tall, abundant and lightly tousled – Cheryl’s highlighted ‘do perfectly complimented her Zuhair Murad
Cheryl Cole sported a fishtail plait to the Cannes Film Festival
Like the majority of the population, I’ve always been enamoured with Chezza’s towering locks; and my love for her bouffant reached new heights when I went to see Girls Aloud at the 02 arena for their reunion gig back in March (don’t judge me). Seeing Cheryl’s demure gown for the Cannes film festival reminded me of the Jessica Rabbit-esque number she wore during the concert, proving that a striking red dress works well on the starlet, especially when teamed with big hair. Observe:
Cheryl knows how to work red (image on right: hellomagazine.com)
During the concert, I remember being astounded at how Cheryl’s hair managed to stay in position – especially given the amount of shapes she was throwing throughout. I can only assume a colossal amount of hairspray was involved…
Cheryl Cole wowed the crowd with her bountiful bouffant
I’m partial to a bit of strong-hold myself, however I’ve recently discovered a great alternative to hairspray: dry shampoo (in particular Batiste Dry Shampoo – Dark & Deep, £3.99). Dry shampoo has all the benefits of hairspray as it gives your hair body, movement and hold, however it’s far less sticky and rigid. It also makes your hair feel lighter and smell fresher, too.
Cheryl Cole at the 02 arena
When styling big, I also like to dust a small amount of Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder (£5.49) onto my roots. The white, powdery substance has a watery quality upon contact with the skin, and gives hair incredible volume. Use sparingly though, and if you decide to backcomb after applying the powder, do so with caution.
Cheryl’s hair stayed in shape throughout the concert
Oh and, if you’re going for dramatic hair a la Cheryl, why not complete the look with some Eyelure Girls Aloud lashes? I wore the limited edition set to the concert and they were absolutely fab. Scroll down for some more snaps of Cheryl from the concert, in addition to a step-by-step guide to achieving her Cannes fishtail plait. You’ll be ready for the red carpet in no time…
Not a hair out of place; Cheryl looked in the zone at the 02 concert
Want Cheryl’s fishtail plait? Lisa Laudat, the creative genius responsible for the ‘do, explains how to do it yourself:
Step One: Prep wet hair with Elnett Heat Styling Spray Volume at roots, set in rollers and dry.
Step Two: Section an inch of hair from each temple and secure at the crown with an elastic.
Step Three: Take the remaining top section of hair and backcomb to create height and volume. Secure by twisting the lengths and pinning over the elastic.
Step Four: Starting with mid-section of hair at the back of head, loosely plait and work in larger sections of hair from underneath & behind the ears until the plait reaches nape of neck, then secure with a ribbon.
Step Five: Take all remaining lengths and work into a demi plait before securing with another ribbon.
Long live Cheryl’s tresses