The hit HBO show, “Girls”, has been taking a lot of hits. The show has been criticized for everything from a lack of racial diversity for a show set in Brooklyn, to the weight and oversized tattoos of its creator/director/star, Lena Dunham. For all the barbs that have been leveled at hit shows on television, like the fact that on what planet can Carrie Bradshaw afford all those Manolos on the income of a sex columnist for an off brand newspaper, to how can a potential bunny boiler get to such a high rank in the CIA, one would think that a show where the stars wear the same outfits in consecutive episodes, and the lead flaunts her cellulite, would be welcomed. But in a TV land where reality stars all sport red carpet ready looks in almost every scene, it might take a little while for audiences to fully appreciate a lead character who does lines off the seat of a public toilet and sports skimpy halter tops that showcase her muffin top.
For all of Hannah Horvath’s sartorial carelessness, there is no denying that the show’s other three stars, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet, all present the perfect image of gorgeous and stylish young babes. While William’s character, Marnie, tends toward Ann Talyor and a Junior League demeanor, she has the wild locks of a secret vamp. Kirke’s Jessa is the hippie bohemian of the group, and her Lady Godiva tresses flow in a loose tangle over her shoulders and down her back. Mamet’s Shoshanna is the more prim of the quartet, but, possibly owing to her deflowering last season, her hair has taken on a more wanton abandon as well. The hair styles of the girls are already being copied and shared via Youtube tutorials, and young women around the city and across the nation are aping the casually studied styles on their own, or asking their stylist to help them out.
Last season, in the episode “All Adventurous Women Do”, William’s character takes a call at her job from Hannah, and she is sporting some pretty amazing twists in her do. It is hard to ignore, as Williams turns her head this way and that, her lovely and enviable chignon. The first impulse of any self confessed style addict is to promptly imitate the look on one’s own head. In Sunday night’s episode, both Jessa and Shoshanna are rockin’ some seriously sexy braids on their domes. Shoshanna tells off the guy who took her virginity, and it is hard not to notice the very stylish braid knotted around her ear. Jessa hosts a porch sale on the steps of her Brooklyn apartment, and she sure looks lovely with that gypsy braid trailing down her back. Marnie keeps it loose and free in the same episode, and Hannah sports sweat streaked coke head, but we can count on it that the girls will be coiffed with stylish aplomb no matter what crummy situation they fall into.
The stars of a hit HBO series can count on the expertise of the best hair stylists network dollars can buy to create their casually sophisticated looks, but what about the rest of us? New York City ladies are lucky to have, right in the heart of midtown, a celebrity hairstylist ready to show them a step by step to recreating any look of a favorite TV character or hot celeb. Angelo David, of the Angelo David Salon, has loads of experience when it comes to the manes of some of the city’s most stylish trendsetters and exacting divas. He tends to the tresses of a few of the Real Housewives, and his salon recently hosted nine of the wives of the New York Giants. His personally trained staff is an extension of his own meticulous knowledge, and he knows exactly who is best suited for a particular client’s needs. When he was asked to demonstrate how to get the hair looks of the girls of “Girls” he was right on it, and his braid expert, Lachers Reese, was more than happy to demonstrate five different ways to braid the hair.
Reese has been braiding hair since she was four years old, and has parlayed that gift into stints styling the locks of runway models in Europe and NYC, as well as her gig with the Angelo David Salon. She knew exactly what to do, when shown a few photos of models and actresses and asked to demonstrate how to master the technique for any cool or sexy or sophisticated braid style. Setting up her blow dryer and round brush in one of the private rooms of the Angelo David Salon, she went to work and created each look, as this photographer snapped away a step by step “how to” create the braid looks of “Girls”. Check out the sexy styles in the slide show.
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