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So it was the Oscars weekend and we stayed up to see all the pretty couture dresses taking to the red carpet because let’s face it, there’s nothing we at Sleek love here more than some awesome couture gowns and some perfectly done hair. So we’ve put together the most epic of long posts for you here to show you just how to get your favourite stars Oscars look. Whether it was the Red Carpet Glam you were after or the Vanity Fair after party glitz, we have both here on display. Let’s get to it!

HBERRY

Let’s start off with Miss Halle Berry. Looking everything glitzy in her plunging neckline Versace gown, Halle lived up to our expectations entirely. She is never one to shy away from something a bit different on the Red Carpet and we do worry sometimes she takes things a bit too far in the wrong direction but this is spot on. She had her trademark short hair up in soft spikes, adding more drama to her look, her short her suits her down to the ground. We know that not everyone wants to take the plunge into short hair though, and that’s where Sleek comes in to play! Try out our Wig Fashion Human Hair Gloria Wig, for a short spiky style without having to commit to getting rid of your own locks! Easy!

JHUD

Jennifer Hudson looked like a dream in blue on the Red Carpet for the Oscars. She wore a Roberto Cavalli long sleeved, blue sequin gown. It fit like a glove and left her looking like something a bit like a classy, chic little Mermaid. We loved the colour and the shine! Her hair was the talking point at Sleek HQ though, have you ever seen such perfectly straight long locks with such a perfect statement fringe? So on trend right now and a look we’re truly coveting. To get this yourself go for the Hair Couture Soft Net Wig Sandy. The hair is perfectly straight and the high quality means you get no frizz and your fringe stays fabulous!

KROW

Kelly Rowland must be taking lessons of Beyonce, because she has been kicking it on the Red Carpet lately with her flawless selections of couture. Monochrome is so on trend right now, showing all over fashion week and Miss Rowland’s black and white strapless Donna Karan gown is perfectly chic, we love the big of leg she’s showing too. Makes the whole ensemble more playful.  We also love her hair pulled up into this braided bun paired with this super blunt cut, full fringe. Have some fun recreating this look with Hair Couture accessories! Swirl Bunny will give you the perfect bun; try wrapping around some Headband Hair Braids to give it an interesting edge. We even have a Hair Couture clip in front fringe, for the perfect blunt cut, full bangs. The entire on trend look with none of the effort.

KWASH

Oh Kerry Washington, you are so pretty! We’ve loved watching Kerry rock every Red Carpet she comes across from all of the Django Unchained press to all of the awards shows; her fashion choices are always unique and daring in a crowd of really bland beige ensembles. Kerry just looked divine in her coral Miu Miu couture gown. We love the embellished bodice against the simple coral gown and the train was to die for. Not many ladies can carry off such a colour and such a bodice but Kerry works it all well. The trick to this is her hair and makeup is super simple. She’s middle parted her long locks and kept them pushed behind the shoulders and straight. To get this look go for Sleek’s Spotlight Dainty Synthetic Lace Wig. It’s perfectly straight and frames your face well; also the lace front means it has versatile parting options that always look natural. Experiment like Kerry and see what you can achieve!

NHARRIS

Naomi Harris really was a golden girl on the Red Carpet. We loved her edgy embellished, gold gown with a daring split by Vivienne Westwood; she looks like she’s trying to be one of the statuettes themselves! She really compliments the look with her accessories, which are also gold but look stunning and provide some glitz to everything that’s going on here. Her hair is classic, a deep side part and long curls pulled over one shoulder which really is Old Hollywood Glamour 101 and a look you can’t go wrong with for a formal event. If you want to go for this deep parting go for Sleek’s Fashion 101 Lily Synthetic Lace Wig. The handmade full lace at the front and the back mean you can part your hair in all sorts of places and it will still look natural. The style itself has the curls to create the glamour! What are you waiting for?

OSPEN

Octavia Spencer looked amazing on the Red Carpet. Her one shoulder, blush tulle gown with a hand-beaded bodice and lace underlay couture gown from Tadashi Shoji really just suited her so well. She looked like a princess, but a classy princess not a childish Barbie princess. The colour is so subtle and it just really gives this a floaty, dreamy, romantic feel. With such a pretty, but quite heavy dress we are glad she went with a simple up do and a fringe. Seeing the trend with big fringes now right? Go for a playful up do using Sleek’s EZ Ponytails as a base, we’d suggest the Euro Long in this case. Then perhaps use a clip in Hair Couture Fringe to get your bangs bang on, and then go find your best couture gown (or some jeans, jeans are good too!).

ZSAL

Last but by no means least we have Zoe Saldana. She look absolutely elegant in a gray crepe bustier gown with a belted waist and feminine floral applique neckline from Alexis Mabille. The four tones on the skirt and train of this we LOVE. Who knew grey could look so good? Though perhaps it’s a little busy on top, take away the bow or the belt and you have perfection right there! Zoe is pairing this look up with a really chic and sleek wavy shoulder length do. It’s so simple and so perfect for her outfit. You can grab this look yourself with Sleek’s Wig Fashion Angelina Synthetic Wig. Go for a side parting and keep your curls on your back for a clean finish. Oscar perfect in no time at all!

Here are some pictures from the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards that were over the last weekend, which we were proud to sponsor alongside Laura’s Hair World. It was a glitzy affair, who needs the Oscars really? We certainly didn’t! Check out our pictures of the night’s festivities below, including Jodie Lundstram looking fabulous in our Sleek Style Icon Hair Extensions. We had a fantastic night!

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ELTON JOHN’S OSCAR VIEWING PARTY

First of our mega Oscar round-up posts today sees us checking out the fashions at Elton John’s Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing Party. The event bought out all sorts of fashion choices, and a lot of white outfits graced the red carpet at the event at the Pacific Design Centre on Sunday, in West California. Although it wasn’t as glamorous and full on as the actual awards ceremony’s red carpet we enjoyed the most understated fashion none the less! Here’s what we at Sleek HQ thought were the best looks of the night with handy tips on how to get the look with Sleek Hair.

NICKI

First up we have Miss Nicki Minaj, famed for her crazy outfits and even crazier hair. We are used to seeing Miss Minaj bearing all with a wild array of rainbow hair accompanied by a whole face full of makeup but for the Elton John party we found her looking toned down, chic and pretty. Nicki was rocking a sparkly, white mini dress and adding a pop of colour to the whole look with some purple lipstick. Her hair was long, soft blonde waves, that really looked classy on her. We love it when she tones down the crazy, she always looks so well put together! To get your own middle parted, perfect soft waves we suggest you go for Sleek’s Wig Fashion Synthetic Angelina wig. It has the right length and curl and comes in a range of colours to suit your skin tone. The hair is also all tongable about to 200’C, so it’s the easy option to achieve an instant Nicki Style.

EMELI

Emeli Sande was looking lovely in her white and black animal print bodycon dress. The monochrome palette is so on trend right now, and was big across catwalks at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, the animal print makes Emeli’s take on the trend really stand out. Retro hair is big in fashion too, and she was sporting her now trademark short hair and quiff in platinum blonde. It’s a bold look that Emeli pulls off perfectly due to her face shape. If you want to go short but don’t want to commit entirely to hacking off all your hair why not go for Sleek’s Wig Fashion 100% Human Hair Wig Audrey. It’s super short, natural looking and can be styled as crazy as you’d like. Rock the short hair without losing your own hair!

NAOMI

The original Supermodel and Miss Diva Extraordinaire Naomi Campbell took to the red carpet in a stunning floor length black gown; she looked classic, flawless and every bit the supermodel in it. Her look was accentuated with diamonds, because really what else would she be wearing? Diamond bangles and a diamond necklace, but what we really adore is her hair. Long curls and a super on trend fringe have this look all pulled together. To get Naomi’s always on point hair try out Sleek’s Hair Couture Synthetic Straight Sandy wig. The wig is straight, but has super long length like Naomi’s and that all important fringe. You can curl this up nicely as the synthetic hair is tongable up to 200’C, holding curls longer than normal synthetic hair. Perfection made easy!

LFW

Our Fashion Icon 101 hair extensions were used on models in Haizhen Wang’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show at London Fashion Week the other day. We are thrilled with what he’s done with our brand, showing that synthetic hair can look high fashion and chic.

Wang used our extensions to make long, sleek, straight ponytails on his models. We loved the futuristic vibe from the visors and make up. All in all we think it made a great look! You can get our Fashion 101 line at all good hair shops near you. Pop over to our website to see our range!

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Today we look back over the hair styling’s of the Queen of the Weave Miss Tyra Banks. Tyra is a lady who is never afraid to change up her style, and she has sported some crazy hair pieces over the years. She’s also gone from super weave lady to totally natural to back to weaves again, so we know she’s a lady who can work whatever hair is on her head. Get ready to smize ladies as we show you how to get the look of the one true America’s Next Top Model.

TYRA

Tyra had a period of long, blonde locks, but wasn’t afraid of changing up her colours to include fire red and platinum blonde. But whatever colour Tyra was sporting you can be sure her weave was of the highest quality and always looked fierce. You can get Tyra’s fantastic curls in absolutely no time with Sleek’s Fashion Idol 101 Wig Coral, it is premium synthetic tongable hair that will hold its curls and style. The full lace front and back means you can tie it up and part it anywhere for a natural, realistic style. If you want something sleek and straight with a dead center parting try out Sleek’s Spotlight Human Hair Wig in Pizzazz. It frames your face perfectly and is made from the highest quality human hair.

TYRAUPDO

Miss Tyra is also Queen of the Up-Do. She can go classic and chic with a perfect low bun or go daring and fabulous with a bun or hair piece at the front of the head. Sleek has a range of ponytails, buns, hair pieces and braids that you can experiment with on your up-do’s. Go a bit wild and place our Swirl bunny braid on the higher part of your head and wrap around a Braided Head Band. It will be a classic look with a modern, edgy twist. Tyra really likes clean, polished up hairstyles, so make sure you don’t try and mix in any grunge or romantic trends!

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When Tyra went back to her natural locks she revealed a shoulder length cut with the perfect curls and waves. Now we know this may be Tyra’s natural hair but girl went through a lot of product to tame those curls! She looks beautiful! But we also know that not all of us have the time to keep out curls frizz free and perfect. If you want Tyra’s look but without the effort go for out Wig Fashion Jessie wig. It has the perfect length and the perfect curl just like Tyra’s hair. Get on your smize and strike a pose and you’ll no doubt be America’s Next Top Model too!

We love Fashion Week, and are always going through images of what was gracing the catwalks and with London Fashion Week starting today we thought it would be a good opportunity to look back over the New York Fashion week just gone at hair trends on the catwalk. There are four main looks going on Grunge, Romantic, Retro and Up-dos/Ponytails and we’ll show you just how to recreate these looks yourself using Sleek Hair with no fuss!

RETRO

RETRO

So this season Retro hair was all the range, from beehives to victory curls to 1940’s waves. Beehives were shown on many a catwalk, ranging from the big and bold to the more understated and modern. This look requires a hell of a lot of backcombing and boosting. Our Hair Couture Monofilament Wigs can stand up to all the styling required for such a daring look. Pair one up with a Swirl Bunny to add some boost and you’ll be a 60’s Diva in no time!

We also saw a lot of 1940s-esque bobs, with volume and really soft curls. These are usually about jaw length, with a really deep slightly quaffed side parting and one or two very loose curls. To recreate this look you can use our Fashion 101 Ellie Wig. It’s super straight and has the perfect length but is also made from tongable synthetic so you can add the curls and they will have a long lasting hold.

Lastly go for a 1920’s feel like at the Carolina Herrera show with accessories and details! The wide width headbands on the models with low pulled back hair really gave the whole look a retro feel. It’s also all in the details! Small braids at the side of your head, or small victory rolls will give you that old time look but with a slightly more modern twist! Go all Downton Abbey on everyone, we assume this is why this trend is so hot right now!

GRUNGE

GRUNGE

Ah Grunge, it’s gone from dirty teenagers and 20 something’s in the 1990’s trying to rebel to a catwalk staple trend that has stuck around for nearly two seasons now. We admit that it’s not to everyone’s taste but here at Sleek we feel you should always be trying something new and there’s nothing wrong with roughing it up and going a bit punk to chop and change from all the glamour. The secret here is grunge is long hair, worn down and messy and with a wet look. You want bed-head! We suggest going for wigs like our Chloe or Retro, for the wet look sort of curl you can style up to be grunge. Brush it all back, pin it a little and away you go. What could be easier?

To add a bit of punk to your grunge we suggest jumping on and getting some funk in your fringe. Adding texture and height to a short style can really make it funky and fresh with very little effort.  We’d go for the Retro Wig Fashion wig again here, because the curls already add structure, it’s up to you how far you want to go with your extreme hair.

PONYDO

PONYTAIL/UP-DO

Now we’ve been talking about the virtues of a good ponytail here at Sleek for what seems like an eternity and once again they have shown up all over NYFW. Generally they are low ponytails, worn just at the nape of the neck and are long and straight and sophisticated. A long, sleek ponytail really goes well with a classy ensemble for a work party or a more formal night out. Go for something in our EZ Ponytail range like the Slick Pony or perhaps the Euro Long, to get the dead straight hair and the long length.

We’ve grouped up-dos in with the ponytails since they really all start life as a ponytail! We saw a lot of buns on the catwalk, again worn low at the nape of the neck and a lot of romantic and messy up-dos held up with plaits and bobby pins. Using the EZ Ponytail as a base you can add items like the Swirl Bunny, to help boost a bun or a Braided Head Band to add detail and a soft look and really make your up-dos look special.

ROMANCE

ROMANCE

We’re not just saying romance is a trend because Valentine’s Day just passed us by (we hope you had a great one by the way!) but soft, ethereal sorts of hairstyles are really on trend at the moment. We love the fact that there are short, really fluffy, curly looks going on. Remember these are not polished so let tendrils free if you pull up the hair so they frame your face and also go creative with the accessories. A lot of the time all you need are a few grips to create some shape, but braids, headbands, silk scarves and flowers are all great.

To get this look we suggest our Spotlight Beauty Lace Wig or for some serious luxury and smoothness our Moroccan Weave in our Remy Touch Choice range. Our Remy Touch Choice is a mixture of Remy and Human hair that has all been fortified with nutritional oils so you get the softest, silkiest touch and hair that really feels and looks like your natural hair. Remy hair is the highest quality, most natural and most durable hair that money can buy and our Remy Touch Choice range offers a more affordable way to have fabulous Remy hair.

We’re not entirely sure what Ashanti has been doing music wise for the past few years, but we do know that she keeps popping up on the Red Carpet flaunting some serious style and some amazing hair. Whether she’s wearing it up and sophisticated or down and full of curls she always looks fabulous. So let’s take a look back on some of Ashanti’s best looks and how you can get the look yourself!

ASHANTICURLS

Ashanti likes her curls, and when she has them she likes them big and bold and with lots of length. We like a lady who’s not afraid to be dramatic with her hair here at Sleek! We also know that this look takes time and none of us ever have any time spare at the moment. So why not try out our Fashion Idol 101 Honey Weave for quick, simple, dramatic curls. All the Fashion Idol 101 Tongable Synthetic Weave is made of premium synthetic hair that can withstand heat styling of up to 200’c. Our range here has been made with women who like styles that are low maintenance ultra affordable and like the appearance of natural, un-relaxed hair; much like what Ashanti likes to sport in the picture above.

ASHANTISTRAIGHT

She also likes to go sleek and glamorous and straighten her hair out. We love how perfect and frizz free it is, there truly isn’t a hair out of place on this lady. We also like how she enjoys styling her hair up, using things like braids to make a straight style way more fun. If you fancy going super straight and super smooth try out our Spotlight wigs, we would suggest either the Human Hair wig in Diva or if you fancy a lot more length and drama go for the Spotlight Synthetic Wig Venice. Both styles offer you straight hair that won’t lose its shine or frizz up. The lace front wigs can also be adjusted for the perfect fit and also feature combs on each side for extra security. If you want to mix it up with some hair braid headbands Hair Couture do a fantastic one in a range of colours!

ASHANTIUPDO

Ashanti also likes to play with her hair in up-dos. She mixes up long ponytails with quiffs and really classic buns placed right at the top of her head.  Ponytails, up dos and buns are really on trend at the moment and you can get a great range of clip in and Velcro ponytails over at Hair Couture. We’d suggest the Swirl Bunny from hair couture to add oomph to your bun. For a long, straight ponytail the Velvet synthetic Velcro ponytail is the key to a fantastic look or for more curl and bounce in a ponytail go for out EZ Ponytail Bootylicious. Wear them high and slung over one shoulder for a really classy, quick hair style or low at the nape for the neck for something a bit more high fashion. Either way you’ll look and feel as much of a star as Ashanti.


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