Earlier this week, Claire Danes was snapped with some Farrah Fawcett-style waves on the red carpet outside the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Not sure if channeling Farrah was intentional—if it was, I'm all for '70s revival—but this look just isn't working for our girl Claire.
Here's why it flopped (literally).
The iconic Fawcett feathered look (RIP, Farrah!) was achieved via layers cut in different face-framing lengths. (I know, I cringe at the word 'feathered' too, but we're talking about the '70s.)
To style her hair into "flippy curls," Farrah used this weird-looking gadget:
Yikes! Why does it squirt?
Clearly, hot tools have come a long way. But even a circa-2013 curling iron didn't save Claire's look. Her waves fall in front of her face and end up making her look kind of old, which is crazy since she's only 34!
One reason is because Claire's layers are much longer compared to Farrah's. I'm not advocating anything different, mind you (nor would Michelle), but that's why the curls are drooping instead of flipping.
Another reason is that fine, straight hair is naturally quite slippery and doesn't hold curl well unless it's prepped with products to add volume and "grip." TRESemmé expert hairstylist Susana Hong suggests using a body-boosting shampoo and conditioner, and then brushing in a mousse such as TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Amplifying Mousse before blow-drying hair with your head flipped upside down. Before it's completely dry, flip it back over and smooth out the ends with a round brush.
That's how she would've achieved these soft waves a few months ago at the Golden Globe Awards. Much better, right?
(Or, she could have used Michelle's hot roller back-brushing trick to get the look.)
Alternatively, for a style closer to Farrah's feathers, Claire just would've needed to follow Susana's instructions for adding volume—but direct the waves AWAY FROM (instead of toward) her face. That's how Charlize Theron, whose hair texture is similar to Claire's, did a much better job of The Farrah:
A couple other things to consider:
What's up with Claire's hair colour?
Her usual bright blonde is looking a little brassy, which definitely isn't helping things.
And second, we've got a case of the Eagle: her face doesn't match her neck. (Don't celebrities have makeup artists to ensure this never happens?) Her foundation is really, really pink!
Are you a fan of The Farrah?
What do you think was Claire's biggest beauty mistake here?
What's YOUR trick for preventing waves from falling flat?