Get Carrie's, Nicole's and Taylor's award-show looks

Look like a star! Quick directions for achieving celebrity looks at home.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood glowed on the red carpet this past weekend at the 43rd Annual Country Music Awards. Her look was romantic, polished, and ultra-glamorous. Alterna’s Global Creative Director, Michael Shaun Corby, explains how to re-create this glam-curly, red-carpet look at home.

  • Work a volumizing styling lotion into damp, freshly washed hair like Alterna’s Hemp with Organics Thickening Compound and create a side part
  • Blow-dry hair with a round brush to achieve volume, especially at the roots
  • Back-comb the top back portion of the hair lightly and carefully to get volume at the top of the head
  • Lightly spray the entire head and hair with Alterna’s Caviar Working Hair Spray
  • Use a wide-barrel curling iron to curl sections of the hair from mid-shaft to the ends, spraying each curl with Caviar Working Hair Spray after it’s been curled, to maintain the shape
  • Pin back a small amount of hair from the sides, securing just below the back-combed section and pushing it up and back slightly to get extra height
  • Use fingers to lightly separate the curls to add some texture
  • Finish with a light spray of Caviar Working Hair Spray and Hemp with Organics Spray Shine for a brilliant sheen

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s fun, feminine updo perfectly complemented her elegant sparkly gown. We love the loose curls that fall along her face! To get this look at home, Alterna's Corby offers a few easy steps using Alterna products:

  • Work a small amount of Alterna’s Hemp Shine & Texturizing Catalyst into damp, freshly washed hair for smooth, soft, weightless volume and create a side part
  • Blow-dry hair with a round brush
  • Lightly spray the entire head and hair with Alterna’s Caviar Working Hair Spray
  • Use a small-barrel curling iron to create ringlet curls throughout the hair from mid-shaft to the ends, spraying each curl with Caviar Working Hair Spray to maintain the shape
  • Coat fingers lightly in Caviar Anti-Aging Shaping Balm, and use fingers to lightly separate the curls and add texture with the balm
  • Pin up the hair by rolling the ends under for a ‘faux bob’ effect and pinning to secure. Make sure to leave some loose curled strands to fall along the face
  • Finish with a light spray of Caviar Working Hair Spray and Hemp with Organics Spray Shine for a brilliant sheen

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman's hairdresser David Babaii created Nicole's loose waves for the award show.

  • Shampoo and condition hair with David Babaii for WildAid Amplifying Shampoo and Conditioner for volume. His motto is: rinse, rinse rinse so you have a clean canvas. This is a must for achieving a "good hair day!"
  • Spray the entire head with David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and scrunch the product into hair. This gives just the right amount of texture and movement.
  • To create added volume while blow drying, move hair in various directions. Once dry, section the hair into 3 different parts: top, sides and back, leaving the nape area free. This is vital because you need to have constant control over the hair at all times. He used a 1 ½" sized FHI Heat Ceramic curling iron to create these luscious loose curls. To achieve natural looking curls and/or hide any partings, take alternating "V" shaped partings and wrap the sections around the inside of the barrel and hold for 10 seconds. Clip each curl and allow them to cool.
  • To style, remove all the clips and rub a small amount of David Babaii for WildAid Hair Polish into your hands and finger tips. Gently run your fingers through the curls to loosen (no comb or brush, please!) Remember, your hands can be your best styling tools. To create these loose curls, take random sections and run your fingers through to separate and define.
  • For additional lift or volume at the scalp area, use David Babaii for WildAid Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier. With fingers, lift sections for extra volume and height.
  • To complete the look, spray David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray.