After more than 10 years of playing brainy Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson is all grown up and casting a spell on style critics across the world. She recently showed off a sophisticated new look at the international premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment of the popular wizardry films based on a series of books by J.K. Rowling. For the premiere, which took place July 7, 2011, in London, Watson walked the red carpet with a new graduated bob from hairstylist and Cutler Salon founder Rodney Cutler, who helped the actress make waves last summer with a sleek pixie cut.
"Emma's look is evolving from the highly celebrated pixie to a longer length," Cutler says. "I created a classic graduated bob reminiscent of the Louise Brooks era but with modernized layers on the interior and soft, sweepy bangs. The layering and cutting technique allows the style to have flexibility and can be shocased in a series of ways, such as brushing it out for a messier, edgy feel or slicking it back. For this premiere, back-combing the crown added height to balance out and conform to the elegance of the dress." Here's how to achieve Watson's latest look:
1. Apply Redken Sheer Straight and Root Lifter, then wrap blow-dry the hair so the strands appear naturally straight.
2. Gently flat-iron pieces from mid-lengths to the ends of the hair shaft, lightly flipping out the ends. Sprat Fashion Work 12 hair spray to ensure hold on the red carpet.
3. Back-comb the crown to give it a touch of height and finish off with Cutler Shine Tattoo.
Along with her updated style, Watson also debuted a new honey brown hue created by Cutler Salon Color Director Ben Stewart. Says Cutler, "Enriching the look with rich golden brown and soft honey pieces enhances the texture of the haircut and complements her skin town and eye color."