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Mischa Barton hair tutorial

How-To: Mischa Barton's Closing the Ring Curls

Mischa Barton looked undeniably chic at the press conference for Closing the Ring in Tokyo yesterday. Her outfit was cool, her makeup was great — but I think her hair was the real show stopper.

I love her new bangs (they're so versatile), the toffee highlights, the extensions, and the soft curls mixed with just the right amount of volume. Want to know how to re-create it at home? If so,


  • STEP 1: Begin with clean, wet hair and apply a generous amount (about a palmful — more or less depending on the length) of mousse to hair. Follow with some curl-enhancing spray. Distribute it with your fingers and comb through using a plastic, wide-tooth comb.
  • STEP 2: Next, blow-dry hair without using any attachments on your dryer. Use your fingers to tousle the hair until it is about 90 percent dry.
  • STEP 3: Then, separate the crown of your hair from the bottom, and secure the top section. Then divide the bottom into two sections and clip them in place. Next, divide the crown of your hair into three sections: left, right, and front. Clip each of those so that you can work with one at a time. As you begin each section, lift hair at the roots and spray in a volumizer. Then, blow-dry using a medium-sized round brush to get more volume. Repeat on the two remaining sections of the crown.
  • STEP 4: By this time, the bottom sections of your hair should be dry. Take a large (one-and-a-half- to two-inch) barreled curling iron and curl an inch of hair at a time. Hold in place for about 15 seconds (hair should be hot, but not scalding) and gently unwind. Keep curling until the bottom sections are finished. Next, touch up the crown by curling slightly larger sections. Tip: don't wind the iron all the way to the roots; it looks less natural.
  • STEP 5: Lastly, bend your head over and shake it vigorously to loosen up the curls. Flip your head upright and mist your entire head with a medium-hold hairspray. Find your part using your fingers. As a finishing touch, lift the sides of your hair approximately two inches away from your face and spritz with a quick shot of hairspray. Now you're Mischa-licious!


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ahahaha sorry i just can't stop laughing at the fact that some poor soul is at home attempting this wet dog looking :)
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i'm not loving this. her hair looks sticky!
Sorry but her hair looks repulsive's so ratty and damaged looking. I definitely would not choose to recreate this one!
emalove emalove 9 years
I prefer her hair straight...but she's so pretty, she can pull off almost anything.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 9 years
It looks a little messy, and I agree, you can definitely tell they used way too much hairspray. I saw another picture of her taken on this day at a different angle, and I still didn't like the style. I do like the colour though.
peptor85 peptor85 9 years
The color is good but the style looks so 80's to me.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
I don't know... my hair looked like that this morning after I slept on it. Stylin' in less than 5 steps.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm not a fan of this look. It's too big on her frame. I hate what she did with her bangs.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No thanks...
yeokr yeokr 9 years
this is the best mischa has looked in a while, in my opinion. she is finally back to the perfect hair color!
Jenny86 Jenny86 9 years
Cute hairstyle. I sometimes do it like this. I go throw a similar method.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
You can tell they used WAY too much hair spray.
rafaela-losardo rafaela-losardo 9 years
the angle of this shot is not helping...but I saw other pictures of the premiere and the hair is really cute!!!
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Usually I really like her hair, but this sort of looks stiff to me.
cookie23 cookie23 9 years
I have to agree with the pack ... its not sooo fab
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
I actually really really love this! I'm surprised that the rest of yous don't!
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
It looks like dog's hair.
emososays17 emososays17 9 years
I like what you described in the step by step and I think ym hair would look nice with it, but what Mischa sporting pictured above just looks unkempt.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Not loving
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I love her hair here...but for some reason, my hair will never look like this.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
i dont think i would recreat this. i like her bangs flat but this just looks grimey and messy... just my opinion!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
It's a Cali-girl cut.
sldc sldc 9 years
Er, sorta like my phrasing. Heh, home sick today.
sldc sldc 9 years
I think I like the colour of her hair, but the style sorta disjointed.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I don't really like her hair here..It looks too messy.
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