Get the Look: Katherine Heigl's Movie Premiere Coiff

In an era of beachy waves and voluminous blow-outs, a classic coiff can seem dated, but when Katherine Heigl showed up at the premiere of the new movie One for the Money, the textured updo gave a roughed-up cool vibe to her natural elegance. “I imagined Grace Kelly coming off her yacht in Monaco,” says David Babaii, celebrity stylist and mastermind behind the ’do.

Here, Babaii shares how to re-create the red-carpet look on your clients:

  1. Tell the client to wash her hair the night before, not immediately before styling.
  2. Apply Miracle Oil Hair Elixir by David Babaii throughout the hair and rough-dry it with the T3 Evolution Dryer. Stylist tip: Have your client lean her head back during the rough-dry to prevent a natural part from forming.
  3. Next, use a clampless curling iron (Babaii’s go-to tool is the T3 Singlepass Whirl Wand) to add a subtle wave to random sections of hair, moving from the front to the back of her head.
  4. Pull the hair back in whatever direction it naturally moves. The look maintains its carefree appearance by not worrying too much if bobby pins show or if the shape is flawless. “It’s a somewhat ‘chaotic’ bun, formed to her head shape,” Babaii says. “This look is not about the hair wearing the woman, it’s about the woman wearing the hair.”

—Megan Rupp