Tag Archives: Kerry

The Only Hair Tool You Need to Get Kerry Washington’s Effortless Waves


March 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Kerry Washington is known for her chic style choices both onscreen and off (did you see her in Miu Miu at the Oscars?). But lately we’ve been obsessing over the versatility of her shoulder-length haircut that can do it all—straight, slicked back, or our favorite, tousled bedhead.

For our March cover shoot, hairstylist Mark Townsend used R Session Pro Tools Nalu Waver ($ 130; rsessionprotools.com for stores) to create the perfectly imperfect style. “We wanted her hair to have movement, so I used a double-barreled iron to form waves,” says Townsend, who first prepped the star’s hair with a smoothing serum.

RELATED: The First Time Kerry Washington Found “Red Carpet Kerry”

Though the tool might look daunting (we recommend using the heat resistant glove that comes with it), it’s surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. First hold the curling rod perpendicular to hair and wrap large sections, starting about two inches from the root, around each barrel in an S pattern. Then turn your wrist slightly, so that the two barrels go from being on top of each other to side by side. Keep ends loose and run your fingers through your stands for a relaxed finish. The result? #Iwokeuplikethis perfection.

For more from Washington, pick up InStyle’s March issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

PHOTOS: Kerry Washington’s Best Beauty Moments Through the Years

From Kerry Washington to Lupita Nyong’o, Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Celebrated at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Kerry Washington, Garcelle Beauvais, and Alfre Woodard stepped out on the red carpet in bold frocks at the 7th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon to celebrate Lupita Nyong’o, who received the Best Breakthrough Performance Award. ”Thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood,”says Nyong’o during her acceptance speech.

As stars mixed and mingled, and enjoyed a savory lunch complete with beet carpaccio, stuffed chicken, and a vegan eggplant dish, Nyong’o ended her emotional speech with a touching message for every girl and woman. “I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey,” she adds. “That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” How inspirational! To see who else stepped out for the event, look through our gallery!

Similar Articles:

• Lupita Nyong’o and More Honored At Alfre Woodard’s Annual Soiree

• The 2014 Oscar Contenders Talk About Their Nominated Roles

• See the Most Memorable Oscar Gowns 

—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Heather Newgen