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Hair Stylist Deena Alawaid Shares Her Celebrity Glam Secrets From Cannes 2023

Makeup: Sam Tsan for Charlotte Tilbury. Photo: Rani Fawaz

A celebrity favorite when it comes to high impact hair looks, global hairstylist Deena Alawaid was in demand at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Below she shares her behind the scenes diary, for an exclusive look at the film festival’s most stunning red carpet looks.

Photo: Karl Dagher

Maya Diab

“For Maya’s snatch, we brought her hair up in three parts to get it super clean. Using Color Wow products, we created this braided bun with a super high gloss to it. The piece in the front ties in the illusion of wet hair to her glossy make up and shimmery dress.”

Photo: Karl Dagher

Natalia Vodianova

“Natalia is so effortlessly beautiful, and she has this signature hair look which she loves. Her waves have bounce allowing for all her jewelry to show, yet they’re sexy and effortless all night. I used the Guts hair product from Redken to help create that volume above her ears, allowing for her earrings to show all night, then went over with the Dyson Supersonic for a smooth blowout followed by loose curls. We needed a versatile look as she was using the same glam to both walk the Chopard show and attend their event. With her make up by Andreea Ali and styling by Hugo Toucas, the entire look came together as very effortlessly sexy.”

Laila Abdallah

“For this look I was inspired by how simple yet Grecian Laila’s look was. I wanted to push her towards something more interesting with the hair as the dress was simple but elegant. Together with her team, we decided on this. It’s my favorite of the season.”

Makeup: Sam Tsan for Charlotte Tilbury. Photo: Rani Fawaz

Nojoud Al Ruhaimi

“Nojoud’s dress was so stunning and elegant. When I met her, she had mentioned she wanted something more retro for the hair. I was inspired by the shine on her dress to keep the look glossy and modern.”

Makeup: Tamzin for Charlotte Tilbury

Abby Champion

“Abby is so naturally stunning and she actually sent me a few inspiration images of hair up that she felt went with her overall look. During our glam session I suggested making her sophisticated look a little younger by created an interesting shape instead of a typical bun in the back, and this is the result.”

Rose Bertram

“Rose is absolutely stunning and has a very cool vibe to her fashion which makes it so easy to be inspired during our glam sessions with makeup artist Manuel Losada. We always create Pinterest boards of looks we think would suit my clients so when we glam, we can pick out her looks quicker. We kept going back to a short hair model as inspo, and I suggested creating a short look on Rose. To create this look, as her hair is naturally longer, we braided all of her long hair out of the way, then used Rumour Hair extensions and cut them to our desired length.”


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