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We said that Gina Rodriquez was someone we wanted to see more of in 2015, and the Jane the Virgin actress already granted our wish, winning Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. And she may still be a fresh young ingénue, but she looked every bit a seasoned star with her Old Hollywood-inspired style. If you’re dying to steal her look—and we know you are—Gina’s celeb hairstylist Paul Norton shares the step-by-step, must-steal tips, and what it was like to work with the star. And yep, she is every bit as lovable as you’d expect her to be.
How to Recreate the Look
Norton prepped Gina’s hair for a soft, all-night hold by applying Joico Power Whip ($16.99, loxabeauty.com) from root to tip before blowing out her hair with a boar bristle brush. Next, he spritzed her locks with Joico IronClad Thermal Protectant Spray ($16.99, loxabeauty.com) and curled two-inch sections, maintaining a deep side part and securing the curls in alligator pins for about 15 minutes in order to let them cool and set (don’t skip the cooling step, Norton warns, or else your curls will fall flat). Check out Norton’s adorable behind-the-scenes Insta for reference:
Once the curls cooled, he released them from bottom to top and vigorously ran his fingers through Gina’s hair to break up each curl. After, he applied Joico Crème Wax Texture and Shine ($15.99, loxabeauty.com) from root to tip, combing it away from the face. Once everything was in place, he secured the shape with large black bobby pins and sealed the look with Joico Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray ($16.99; loxabeauty.com) and Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Dry Oil Spray ($18; loxabeauty.com).
If Gina’s look seems daunting to you, Norton says not to be afraid to add a little red carpet flair—A.K.A., the power of illusion—to your routine. “Don’t just think you’re going to achieve the style you want just on your natural, raw hair,” he says. “Sometimes it’s about the product, sometimes it’s about the hair extensions, sometimes it’s about understanding the proper execution.”
As for what you can steal from Gina’s look, minimal effort required, Norton has two suggestions for you: the deep part and the volume. “The deeper the side part, the more drama,” he says. “It’s a great way to add instant mystery and sexiness to your look. It’s a game-changer.”
To achieve Gina-like volume, Norton is a big advocate of a good back-comb for teasing—as long as you don’t overdo it. “Wherever you decide you want your volume, go an inch further back than you normally would so you force yourself to be conservative.”
Working with the Star
We know that Gina is a well-spoken and charming rising star, but what was she like to work with? Unsurprisingly, a dream client. “The reason we do such a good job is because she allows us to,” says Norton. “She says, ‘You guys are the artists, do it.’ And then we have a great time and have a blast together because there’s no micromanaging, there’s no nitpicking. She trusts in our abilities.” Oh, and there’s no question among her team that she definitely deserved her win: “She’s such a classy, honest, respectful person,” says Norton. “This is her good karma being paid back.”
As if we needed another reason to love her.
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