Get Hair like Denise Richards
Celebrity stylist Richard Marin shares how to get 3 of her iconic looks at home.
He's the man behind the demise of "The Rachel." That's right; Jennifer Aniston reportedly brought him onto her hit show Friends to rid her of the hairstyle she'd become so famous for. After tackling that, Richard Marin tamed the tresses of Hollywood's elite, including Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, and Jodie Foster. But, another one of his a-list clients, Denise Richards, is also known for her amazing head of hair. We asked Marin to show us three iconic looks he created for the actress and tell us how we can achieve them at home.
"I created this style for a red carpet premiere event," Marin says. "It's a classic 1940's look, but it has more movement." Marin achieved this look using hot rollers like Remington's T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Heated Clip Setters, for a style that lasts all night!
How to get the look:
- Begin with the slightest mist of water onto dry hair to help ensure a long lasting curl.
- Section hair into two parts: one from the back of your ear, across your head to the back of your other ear (use a comb to make the part), and whatever is left is the other section. Ponytail it to control your set.
- Take a 2x2-inch section of your front hair and place the roller in. Repeat this until you have a "headband" of rollers from ear to ear.
- Next, release the ponytail and set your larger rollers on the ends of the hair.
- After rollers have cooled off to room temp, remove them and apply hairspray to the entire head.
- Let it dry, then brush hair out repeatedly. Marin says brushing the hair until it is smooth is what gives it the polish!
Classic Beachy Waves
I call this one "The Denise." "It's our go to style," Marin says. "It's wavy, textured, and even curly in sections. The true key in this look is the ease and effortlessness in the style."
How to get the look:
- Begin by spritzing your hair with a texturizing spray or working in a curl enhancing mousse.
- Using an ionic blow dryer with a diffuser nozzle, blow dry with your hair flipped forward to achieve maximum volume. Remember to not separate your hair with your fingers while drying-that can cause frizz.
- After hair is dry, use a large barrel curling iron to create a relaxed wave. Take 2-inch sections of hair and wrap them around the double barrel in a figure 8 pattern. Hold the hair for a few seconds and then pull the iron away.
- Next, alternate curling other sections using a tool like the Remington Wrap to Waves Styler to create looser curls. Once the entire head is curled, use a dry spray shampoo, shake it out, and separate the sections with your fingers to add even more texture and movement.
"The best advantage of this look is that it needs no maintenance, just a shake or a flip forward and you're ready to go," Marin says. "It's best when not over-styled!"
The jury's still out on this one. Some red carpet critics panned this poufy party ‘do that Richards rocked for a New Year's Eve event in Vegas, but the hairstylist considers it one of his most "fun" looks. "It's a bit Barbie and 1960's meshed together, all about volume and texture," Marin says. "Denise's hair has a natural slight wave [to it], so I let it air dry and just added more texture and straightness in key areas."
How to get the look:
- Curl just the ends of the hair using rollers or a curling iron.
- Create volume at the top of the head by taking the top portion of hair in 1x3 inch sections and spraying a combo of dry shampoo and light aerosol hairspray.
- Then, use a dryer set on cool to lock in the products.
- Finish by backcombing the roots and pull back that top section into a structured bump. Leave bangs hanging long. Then, ponytail the backcombed section to create a half up half down effect.
"The volume at the crown with the long side-sweeping bang is what gives this look its impact. I like the bang area to move so that even though this is a very styled hairdo, it has an ease to it and still looks sexy and touchable," Marin adds.
Jené Luciani is a fashion journalist, stylist, and regular correspondent and contributor to national media outlets such as NBC's TODAY and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She is the author ofThe Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra. Find her on Facebook or Twitter @JeneLuciani.