Jennifer Coolidge "Bardot from the 60s" The hairstyle is everything – here’s how to create it

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3Jennifer Coolidge is known for many things. First of all, her extraordinary personality, her iconic character Tanya McQuoid in White Lotus and her penchant for classic red carpet glamour. The latter certainly worked during yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Coolidge appeared on the red carpet in an elegant Saint Laurent gown paired with diamond-studded jewelry. However, the real star of this look, at least in our opinion, was her retro hairstyle. With plenty of volume, big, voluminous curls and a sleek black headband to hold them in place, Coolidge has evoked the classic French style popularized by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. such as Gwen Stefani, Rita Ora and Adele as clients. “I really wanted Jen to be the ultimate bombshell,” he says. “This look is all about volume and soft waves.” Keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide on how to recreate Coolidge’s red carpet hairstyle.


To begin with, Knight prepared mousse for Coolidge’s wet hair. The formula is lightweight and provides flexible hold and volume. He applied it directly to the brush and combed her hair to “distribute it perfectly evenly.” Take it from us; do not sleep on mousse if you want to create a voluminous hairstyle. This is very helpful, especially for those of us with thin hair.


Here is the brush Knight used to distribute the mousse evenly throughout Coolidge’s hair. He said the “two-tiered teeth gently combed the hair while distributing the lather evenly.”

When he was sure that the product was evenly distributed, he reached for the hair dryer. Using medium heat, he dried Coolidge’s hair, using a round brush to add volume.


Before applying heat directly to her hair with a curling iron, Knight sprayed each section with this hairspray for two reasons. The first was heat protection (protects hair up to 410 degrees). The second was to maintain strength without stiffness (remember that Brigitte Bardot’s style is all about volume and movement).

From there, Knight moved on to curling her hair. “I took a 1.5-inch curling iron, pulled out 2-inch sections, and curled around the barrel,” she says. “I curled all the hair from the top of her ears towards her face, and all the hair above that away from her face. Doing that is flattering because it gives volume to the shape.”


Then it’s time to tease Coolidge’s hair. “When the hair was curled, I used a tail comb to tease the hair on top of my head as much as I could,” says Knight. “It’s important that your hair stands on end if you want it to stand up to brushing.”

When he did, he applied this volumizing and textured spray hybrid along the entire length. This gave Coolidge’s hair even more volume and volume. The bigger the better.


After applying a volumizing and texture spray hybrid, he went further and smoothed the top layers of Coolidge’s hair with this brush for a voluminous yet smooth look.


“We added a black headband to the front of the hair for a bit of ’60s Bardot vibe.” Knight says. “You can also add ribbon or a large hairpin, whatever you like!” All in all, it’s not a red carpet style that’s too hard to recreate on your own.

Just don’t forget to spray with hairspray. Knight says the finishing touch was a “generous cloud” of this hairspray that held the hairstyle all night long. Works on all hair types and provides a strong hold without stiffness.

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3A dull faux leather headband? Yes please.

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3They are comfortable and extremely budget friendly.

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3We like this puffy version of the classic headband.

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3This headband is stretchy and has an extra wide fit.

jennifer-coolidge-sag-awards-hairstyle-3It doesn’t have to be a headband. You can also give a 1960s Bardot vibe with a simple black bow.

Then recreate the Zendaya Dreamy Pink SAG Awards makeup with the exact same products.

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