When it comes to looking polished and professional, general consensus dictates that going for a structured look from head to toe is the best (if not only) way to do it. That goes for your ensemble, naturally, whether it be a pencil skirt and a prim blouse or sleek coordinating separates, but it also applies to your hair — you've probably paired such an outfit with a simple chignon or pulled-back ponytail more times than you can count. But Katie Holmes' soft waves prove that a sharply tailored suit can benefit from a more delicate beauty look. Next time you get ready, throw convention out the window and take a page from the style savvy celeb.
On Sept. 26, actress and activist Katie Holmes stepped out in New York City to speak at a press conference for Global Citizen, wearing a bold blue wool silk blazer and trouser suit set by Gabriela Hearst. The softly structured suit took center stage thanks to simple styling courtesy of Julia von Boehm — her only accessories were a nude clutch handbag by the same designer and low-profile stud earrings — but it was her soft, ultra-feminine hair style that truly turned heads.
Instead of sleek tresses worn pin straight or pulled back into a bun, Holmes' hairstylist DJ Quintero opted to give her soft waves with plenty of body and movement. The look still reads understated and polished (it's impressive what a simple tuck behind the ear can do) but gives her power suit moment an extra dose of much-appreciated glamour. It's a welcome alternative to 'dos that can come off overly prim when paired with well-structured apparel.
The good news? Recreating Holmes' sleek and soft hairstyle is just about as effortless as it looks. Start by washing hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner that'll add softness and shine — try R+Co's Bel Air Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner set, $50 — and then prep your hair for blow drying and styling with a heat protectant spray that seals each follicle for a silky appearance. After it's dry, section your hair off and use a curling wand or a rounded flat iron to create large, gentle waves that look done, but not too done. Finish with a volumizing hair spray like Not Your Mother's She's A Tease, $6.99 at Ulta, focusing an extra spritz at the roots to achieve the same body as Holmes' hair.
Score the essentials you'll need to nail the delicate balance between glamorous and demure hair just like Holmes', below.