I've never been daring or adventurous when it comes to my hair. I have a thick, wavy mane that sometimes I'll make stick straight and maybe every six months I'll lighten up my brownish/blonde locks and get a trim. Two hair disasters in my youth have prevented me from ever going really crazy. There was the perm in the seventh grade that my mom talked me into and there was the Saturday night my junior year of high school when I decided to dye my hair myself. I don't think I need to delve any further into those disastrous results and relive the pain . . . we've all been there, right? I'll just say I may or may not have had orange hair in the yearbook that year. At least I never got the urge to grab the scissors! OK! Manicure Monday: Get Kylie and Kendall Jenners Nail Art But I was ready to jump back in and take my boring longish hair of today with the predictable left part and drab highlights to the next level. Something subtle and easy but a cut/color that would make an impact. Flipping through a magazine one night, I was finally inspired when I came across a pic of the one and only Blake Lively. OK! Exclusive: Lauren Conrad's Summer Hair and Beauty Secrets I knew I couldn't copy her locks exactly (no one can and I'm okay with that) but I thought perhaps I could emulate her volume and her bright color. And that's where the amazing Ammon Carver, Matrix Artistic Director and Celebrity Stylist over at MIZU Salon in New York City became my saving grace. OK! News: Jessica Alba Has Bangs! Ammon didn't laugh when I told him I wanted to look like Blake. In fact, he gave me some amazing tips that everyone should follow. Straight from Ammon himself, he explains what he did to get the right color on me: "We started with a base color to warm up and lighten up your natural color—your roots. Then I put highlights all over, but more heavily in front of your face. I used the base color at the scalp and then put the highlights, merging them into it so nowhere will the highlights look like they're growing out of your scalp. Now you’re looking at more locks where the highlights illuminate within the hair color, instead of hair color that grew out of straight out of her scalp. It’s not realistic. And in that regard, it’s also easy to maintain because you don’t have highlights that within two weeks have roots showing. I touched up the base first. In each foil, I put on the base on the roots and then I use our new light master, which is a highlighting system to softly merge the two colors together, so you’ll a beautiful flow between the two. We rinsed with shampoo and did a glaze for shine and toning." OK! Exclusive: Don't Stress Out Your Tresses! And the essence of Blake's look is her amazing volume and shine. I don't think she's ever had a frizzy strand of hair in her life! So after Ammon gave me a great cut that touched up my split ends and spruced up my parted to the left side bangs, it was all about the products to get a cut that Blake herself wouldn't be mad to show off. Here's what Ammon used: Total Results Blonde Care Flash Filler for soft, healthy shine and to protect the hair cuticle ($16) Design Pulse Go Big Mousse for volume and control ($15) Total Results Amplify Hairspray for lasting hold and finish ($15) Availability: Visit Matrix.com for salon locations And to help with overall frizz during the humid summer months, Ammon recommends a light oil because moisturized hair doesn't have flyaway issues nearly as bad as dry hair. He says to try Biolage Exquisite Oil ($22, Visit Matrix.com for salon locations). "It's lightweight and can be used on many different hair types. It can be used on damp hair before styling or after styling as a finishing serum," Ammon explained. Soooooo . . . ready to see my Blake look? Ha–that was the work in progress! Check out the real deal here: What do you think? What celebrity cut are you looking to rock this summer? Have you tried any of Ammon's tips or recommended products? Tell us in the comments section below or tweet @OKMagazine! Photo credit: Splash and Getty
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Imagine it's your first big break, and you're in a scene against the woman who made Tony Soprano look like a teddy bear. Meet Betty Gilpin, the new star on Nurse Jackie. She has sparked some sexy, new energy on the show, and in anticipation of the season finale this Sunday, June 16, she talked to us about her role and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch. Photos: Eight TV relationships that are definitely doomed! OK!: What was it like growing up in New York? Betty Gilpin: It was fantastic. It was my own little concrete playground. Both of my parents are actors, so I grew up backstage with them. I would see some of their shows 30, 40, 50 times. I would have it all memorized. I loved it. OK!: Were you acting from that young age? BG: No. My parents wanted me to do anything but. The rule was I had to go to college, and I couldn’t even go to theater camp. I wasn’t allowed to audition for anything professionally until I was—I guess I cheated a little bit and started when I was in college, but I graduated! Barely. OK!: When did you feel that you had your first big break? BG: This business trains you to think that you never have it. [laughs] But Nurse Jackie has been great for me. Photos: Check out the best houses on television! Take a tour now. OK!: What is your role on Nurse Jackie? BG: I play Dr. Roman. She’s new this season, and a first-year resident. I would describe her as Jessica Rabbit meets Elaine Stritch. She’s sort of sexy and cool and crabby. Being in a hospital out of med school, it’s accessing a vulnerability and a fear in her that she didn’t think was visible to other people. Of course, Jackie sees it immediately. OK!: Were you intimidated working with Edie Falco? BG: The first day that I had a scene with her, I was freaking out. I was like, they are going to call action, and I’m going to faint and wake up in a real hospital, and I’ll get fired and have to move in with my parents. But I started the scene and she was the most calming, welcoming presence because she was so real. That’s a testament to her insane, one-of-a-kind talent. Photos: The costume designer on Mad Men tells OK! about her favorite looks from the series. OK!: Can you give us any spoilers? BG: It's going to be crazy. You'll be doing a lot of screaming at the TV, which I do every episode even though I've seen the script and know what happens. [laughs] OK!: Whose career would you love to have? BG: I mean, Edie Falco has it good. She does plays, then shoots this great show. I respect her so much. She commands respect without being bossy or mean or a diva. I would like to emulate her energy, and hopefully a good career would follow. OK!: Which dramas do you watch, other than Nurse Jackie? BG: Mad Men, definitely. Do you know the Wallander series? It's with Kenneth Branagh. It's a Swedish series. And the Sherlock series, the British one. [Benedict Cumberbatch] is a real genius. He is insane on that show. I can't wait for it to come back. OK!: It comes back in the UK in the fall, which means it won't air here until 2014. BG: Well, I'm moving to the UK. [laughs] Do you watch Nurse Jackie? What do you think of Betty's character? Do you think you would faint if you were working with Edie Falco? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @OKMagazine.
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