Beauty and Fashion

Here’s how Emma Stone gets her iconic red hair

Emma Stone is one of the most successful actors of the last decade, and while her personality shines through every interview and red carpet appearance, so too does her iconic red hair. And lucky for us, her long-time hair colorist Tracy Cunningham revealed the secret to getting the Oscar-award-winner’s luscious red locks to Refinery29.

Firstly, it’s important to note that one of the reasons Stone’s red always looks so good is that she has the right skin tone for it. “I always tell people that one of the biggest reasons why Emma’s hair looks so incredible red is because she looks like a redhead,” Cunningham told Refinery29. “Despite the fact that her natural colour is blonde, the red suits her so well. It’s a unique case, because almost everyone in Emma’s family has red hair except her. Her mom is a beautiful natural redhead, and it’s actually on both sides of her family.”

Emma Stone's colorist Tracy Cunningham uses hair gloss instead of dye

But what’s the secret to her color? Redken Shade EQ gloss. Yes, because of Stone’s light natural hair color, Cunningham reaches for gloss instead of hair dye. “That color gloss is amazing because it feels like a conditioner, but it actually stains the hair,” Cunningham revealed to Refinery29. “It’s not a real color dye, but because it’s acid-based, it lays so nicely on the hair, giving it that shine,” she continued.

As colorist Lucille Javier of New York’s Sally Hershberger Salon explained to ELLE, using gloss instead of hair dye is quite common. “If you don’t have much grey, there are ways to blend in your color,” Javier explained. “Blondes can definitely get away with glossing your hair different tones, even if it’s just your ends. Also, if you hair is light enough, you can just deposit tone on the hair.” We know what we’re asking for next time we’re in the salon!

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Sharon Stone Reveals Why She Wore That Iconic Gap Shirt to the 1996 Oscars

Who knew?! Sharon Stone wore one of the most iconic Oscars looks of all time. Now she’s sharing the story behind it.

In 1996, the blonde beauty was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Casino. But instead of wearing a glamorous, show-stopping designer gown to the awards, she showed up in a Gap turtleneck. Why? Because her dress options were ruined just 24-hours before the big event.

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On Thursday, April 16, the 62-year-old appeared on Naomi Campbell’s YouTube series No Filter With Naomi where she discussed this epic choice.

“Vera [Wang] was making me two dresses and we were trying to make one from this Fortuny fabric and it kept stretching and changing and moving, so we weren’t quite sure it would come together but we were experimenting,” she explained. “And we were making this other great dress, this pink dress and it came and the FedEx guy dropped it out of the back of his truck and backed up over it. The box broke open and the dress had a black tire track across the whole of the front — the day before the Oscars.”

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Naturally, the actress was “freaked out” seeing that this was such a major moment for her. “I finally made it to this big moment in my career and the guy ruined my dress. There’s a big tire track down my dress.”

So she had to come up with a new game plan and quickly. She enlisted her bodyguard to find the costume designer from Basic Instincts, Ellen Mirojnick, to help her come up with a new look.

“I said ‘Ellen you have to come over, I am so, so screwed.’” After looking at the ruined dress, she told Stone to pull her favorite clothes from her closet, no matter what it was. Stone said she came back with everything black she owned, throwing them on the bedroom floor.

“She just kept sitting there looking at them like it was a science problem,” Stone recalled. “She eventually started putting things together, so we ended up putting together this Gap shirt and a ready to wear Valentino skirt, then I had this Armani tuxedo dress that I wore as a jacket and I picked a Gardenia out of the garden and that was it.”

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A Rolling Stone Reviewer Called Queen 'the 1st Truly Fascist Rock Band' in 1979

Whenever you think a rock band is — and always has been — universally adored, go back and check out reviews of their records when they first came out. Start with the ones that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.

If you did that with the first Led Zeppelin album, you’d find a curious assessment of a landmark record. Writing his first review for the fledgling publication in March 1969, a 21-year-old UCLA student named John Mendelsohn described Robert Plant as “nowhere near as exciting” as Rod Stewart.

But Mendelsohn didn’t stop there. While calling the music on Led Zeppelin “weak” and “unimaginative,” the wise young man said British blues acts like the Zep merely followed the “formula” that involved getting a singer “who can do a good spade imitation.”

Rolling Stone readers would see plenty more where that came from in the following decade. By 1979, when Dave Marsh sized up Jazz, the new album by Queen, he took things to another level by calling Freddie Mercury and his bandmates fascists.

Rolling Stone’s Dave Marsh went off on Queen in his review of ‘Jazz’

Marsh didn’t waste any time getting to the point in his February ’79 review of Jazz. “There’s no Jazz on Queen’s new record, in case fans of either were worried about the defilement of an icon,” Marsh wrote. “Queen hasn’t the imagination to play jazz — Queen hasn’t the imagination, for that matter, to play rock & roll.”

If Queen fans hadn’t taken offense by then, the following lines took care of that problem. After referring to the band’s music as “a dull pastiche,” Marsh called the band members “arrogant brats” whose level of self-regard is so disconcerting because it’s “so unfounded.”

While you mightn’t think it possible, the review actually goes downhill from there. A few paragraphs later, Marsh says Mercury “too much of a boor to feel stupid about” his “shamelessness.” (That comes as a reference to “Let Me Entertain You.”)

But the kicker is really something. After declaring “We Will Rock You” the group’s “marching order,” Marsh writes that “Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band.” Then he signs off calling Mercury and company “creeps” with “polluting ideas.”

Another RS reviewer slipped ‘Nazi’ into the next Queen album review

With that Jazz review on the books, Rolling Stone handed off the next Queen album (1980’s The Game) to Steve Pond. This time around, the review featured a more positive tone, if only by comparison. “The Game is less obnoxious than Queen’s last few outings,” Pond wrote.

But he couldn’t finish writing that sentence without another reference to reactionary politics. “It’s harder to get annoyed with a group that’s plugging away at bad rockabilly than with one blasting out crypto-Nazi marching tunes,” Pond wrote.

Meanwhile, if you’re wondering what happened when Led Zeppelin II hit record stores later in ’69, we’ll offer up a clip from Mendelsohn’s review of that masterwork. “Who can deny that Jimmy Page is the absolute number-one heaviest white blues guitarist between 5’4″ and 5’8″ in the world?”

Indeed, if Mendelsohn’s collegiate sarcasm didn’t knock you out, his estimation of the height of Jimmy Page (who stands somewhere around 5’11”) must have.

And if you think the story ends there, we’ll point your attention to a great site that’s taken to compiling the worst Rolling Stone reviews in history. So far, the count has topped 500. They don’t seem finished.

Also see: David Bowie Recalled Smoking Pot for the 1st Time With the Pre-Zeppelin John Paul Jones

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