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As a Best Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nominee, all eye were on Kerry Washington at this evening’s awards ceremony. To make sure her locks were red carpet ready, celebrity hair stylist Marcus Francis wanted to give her a special look that didn’t appear too overdone.

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“It is a big day for Kerry being a nominee, and we both wanted to make this look a memorable one,” he says. “Her Marchesa dress has a soft elegance to it that subtly commands one to double take.  Kerry and I agreed that we wanted the overall look to be ‘classic simplicity’ with bouncy, shiny waves.”

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Follow Marcus’ tips for getting Kerry’s gorgeous look:

• We first started with Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence and left it on for 15 minutes to help promote shine as a part of the foundation.  Then we cleansed the scalp and hair with Shampooing Reviviscence.

• On towel-dried hair, I sprayed Leonor Greyl Condition Naturelle from roots to ends. This helped to protect her hair from heat while giving volume throughout. Then, I combed it through to help distribute and applied a large amount of Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice to the ends for added bounce and lasting texture. I blow-dried with a medium size round brush working around an off center part. Then, I set a large velcro roller at the crown to give that natural lift and height.

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• Taking 2-inch sections of Kerry’s hair, I lightly sprayed Leonor Greyl Voluforme on each piece before wrapping it around 1 1/4″ curling iron from roots to ends. I pinned each section vertically throughout to promote lasting volume at the ends. Then, I wrapped the hair away from the face on each side, and alternated directions in the back. For the face framing layers, I just took the curling iron and wrapped around once to create a bend at the eyes and let set without pinning.

• After 10 minutes, I unpinned all the sections and brushed out her hair (with a paddle brush like by Mason Pearson) to soften the curls into more of a natural wave shape. I undid the velcro roller at the top and gently teased for a little extra height (you can tease for more height as desired). Then, I used a quarter size of Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel styling cream to seal the ends and smooth out any unwanted frizz. Next, I tucked her hair behind her ear and used a bobby pin to keep it in place.  Once we had the look of easy, effortless wave and body, I gave a final spritz of Spray Structure Naturelle for all night touchable hold.

Leonor Greyl products are available at Leonorgreyl.com.

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