• Pittsburgh hair stylist, styling for Oscars, talks red carpet hair trends

    By: Carly Noel


    PITTSBURGH,None - Izzazu artistic director John Vella is in Los Angeles to style hair for the Oscars on Sunday. 

    He’s staying at the Montage Beverly Hills, where he’ll style between 12 and 15 people.  His clients must be kept a secret.  Aw, nuts. 

    Vella told me he’ll begin working at 9 a.m. and style hair up until 3 p.m. for his clients going to the awards ceremony.  After 3 p.m., he’ll begin styling hair for his clients just going to the after-parties.

    I asked him what hair trend we’ll see on the red carpet.

    “The hair trend is soft, romantic and wavy detailed work.  It will probably be up.  You’re going to see a couple hair ornaments,” said Vella.

    Will he be following the trend?  Vella said the hair depends on the dress.

    He explained some basic hair rules to me. 

    “If the gown is fuller, the hair should be wider and have more movement.  If the gown is straighter, the hair should be closer to the head,” said Vella.

    Vella said A-lister Julia Roberts always follows the rules.

    “She always gets it right.  She’s such an established actress.  The hair always suits the gown,” said Vella.

    Of all the beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Vella looks forward to seeing Michelle Williams on the red carpet most. 

    “She did such an amazing job in ‘My Week with Marilyn.’  Michelle is a very striking woman.  I think she’s a young starlet of today.  I believe whatever hairstyle she wears on Sunday will set the trend for spring and summer,” said Vella.

    For those of us who won’t be hitting the red carpet and are curious about regular spring and summer hair trends, Vella had this to say:

    “I saw this in Italy about a year ago.  They were pushing double-processed blonde,” said Vella.

    And, what’s the trend for brunettes like me?

    “Brunettes are still playing along the lines of the ombré trend, only they’re not doing it with blonde color.  They’re using red,” said Vella.

    Vella styles hair at Izzazu’s Wexford salon.  His clients include Channel 11 anchor Peggy Finnegan and some Pittsburgh Penguins.  Click here for more information about Vella.

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