L’Oréal Paris catches up with one of L.A.’s most sought-after celebrity colorists, Jennifer J. to dish this year’s hottest Emmys trends!
L’Oréal Paris: Did you color anyone’s hair for the Emmys?
Jennifer J: Yes, I colored January Jones’ blonde for the awards. The color is actually lighter at the bottom but she wore her hair up in a bun so it’s hard to see the subtle gradation.
L’Oréal Paris: What hair color and coordinating dress trends did you notice this season?
Jennifer J: It’s funny but a lot of the celebs with similar hair colors wore dresses in similar hues as well. The brunettes (such as Jena Malone, Kat Dennings and Ginnifer Goodwin) wore a lot of red dresses and/or red lips (in maroon, oxblood and true red shades) while many of the blondes wore pastels, taupes and grays (Heidi Klum, and Emily Van Camp).
L’Oréal Paris: Do consumers come in often asking for so-and-so’s red carpet cut, style or color? Anyone in particular that you hear requested again and again?
Jennifer J: Definitely. In LA, blondes often ask for January Jones’ hair color because it’s the perfect light blonde. Brunettes love Sofia Vergara’s rich, caramel brown and redheads ask for Christina Hendricks’ shade of red – it never looks faded.
L’Oréal Paris: What trends are currently hot for fall (among celebs and average consumers)?
Jennifer J: Brunettes are going for a richer, darker color that is either on the espresso or auburn side or a fresher ombré look which is much more toned down. Redheads are choosing mostly rich coppers, while blondes are showing more of their roots with one or two colors of highlights mixed in.
L’Oréal Paris: Is there a specific look/trend that you see frequently year after year on the red carpet?
Jennifer J: Over the past few award seasons, I’ve been noticing very casual up do’s – either low or high buns with bangs or pieces loosely hanging down, which makes them feel more effortless and less “done.”
L’Oréal Paris: Do a lot of celebs turn to wigs and extensions/clip-on hair pieces?
Jennifer J: Yes, they pretty much use them all the time. However, this is the first time in a while where I’m seeing more natural hair, both in color and style, as the looks were much more relaxed. I could tell that a just few celebs used extensions to add some volume to their hair, but that was about it.
L’Oréal Paris: Were head bands and hair accessories popular on this year’s red carpet?
Jennifer J: Not this year – accessories were super minimal. There weren’t even as many earrings; it seemed like celebs focused on a statement ring or bracelet instead. I did notice that side parts were a big styling trend this season – accessory-free!
L’Oréal Paris: Are the crazier colors – like Kelly Osbourne’s lilac hue – getting more popular on the red carpet?
Jennifer J: Surprisingly, not really. But I think those fun shades are usually brought out for the VH1 or MTV awards. At this year’s Emmys, I noticed that brunettes were either going for a rich, all-over color (i.e. Kat Dennings, Zooey Deschanel) or a medium brown with caramel highlights (i.e. Sofia Vergara or Giuliana Rancic). Blondes were looking much more natural and many were highlighting their natural hair, instead of applying single process color first.
Get the look!
- Dark brown: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème in 4 Dark Brown, $8.99 at drugstores
- Caramel brown: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in UL63 Hi Lift Gold Brown, $9.99 at drugstores
- Blonde highlights: L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights in Golden Honey, $12.99 at drugstores
L’Oréal Paris: What do you think is the must have product to stash in your clutch for touch ups?
Jennifer J: I usually recommend including Elnett Satin Hairspray in Travel Size or a texture spray, like Wella’s Velvet Amplifier.
- L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray in Travel Size, $6.99 at drugstores