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Hairstylist to Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock gives his Oscar tips


February 28, 2011/3.11

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We had wondered who would be the first to send us an Oscar-related bulletin this year. That honour goes to hairstylist David Babaii, for his work on Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.
   Babaii had previously worked on Kidman at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and gave these tips through publicist Janice R. McCafferty:

After washing and gently towel-drying, apply Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment (now available at to nourish and protect the hair against thermal styling.
   Next, dry the hair thoroughly, applying additional Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment to serve as a UV protector against the sun and drying winds.
   After applying a small amount of the Pequi Oil to the hair, divide into four parts: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Starting at the nape area and taking small sections one at a time, comb the hair before starting. Depending on the size of the wave or curl you desire, wrap the bottom half of the section around one to three fingers, creating a large pin-curl type curl.
   Using the IT&LY Hairfashion Digital Styling Iron, take the open flat iron and carefully place the curl inside and clamp down, holding for 10–15 seconds. Repeat if the curl is large or hair is thick so you have covered the entire diameter of the curl. Clip the curl and proceed to the next. If necessary, apply additional Pequi Oil. It is lightweight and will not weigh the hair down.
   After completing the entire head, remove the clips and allow the curls to relax and fall naturally into place. Apply additional Pequi Oil to your hands and use your fingers to brush waves into place. Now anyone can achieve smooth, shiny “beachy romantic” waves with only two products: Pequi Oil and the IT&LY Hairfashion flat iron. If you wish, spray with a light hold styling spray.

   Meanwhile, the Oscars’ formula was a little different, as we received word half an hour ago:

David always begins every red carpet look with clean hair followed by applying Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment (now available at to her entire head. It is derived from the pequi fruit, known for centuries as the beauty secret of the Amazon rainforest. Once applied, David is amazed at how Nicole’s beautiful red hair colour looks so fresh and vibrant. The Pequi Oil Treatment also instantly absorbs leaving hair smooth and shiny.
   He then sectioned off a bang and cut a French fringe to frame the face.
   Next, he blow dried Nicole’s hair with the IT&LY Hairfashion Ionic Dryer that supplies super-fast drying power along with a large round brush. At the bang area, he gently bumped the ends under.
   After the hair was dried, he applied an additional amount of Pequi Oil to create a smooth and shiny surface.
   To begin the “Playful Ponytail” up-do, he used his hands to sweep the hair into a ponytail creating a slight bump at the crown and securing with a band. To finish the French fringe, David added additional Pequi Oil to his fingers to define.

Nicole Kidman   For one of our favourite German-speaking actresses, Sandra Bullock:

Start with a clean canvas by rinsing all the shampoo and conditioner from the hair. After gently towel drying, David applied Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment to the hair, using a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the product. The Pequi Oil tames frizz, mends split ends while providing hair with incredible softness and shine.
   Then, he dried her hair with a round brush for a smooth finish.
   Once dry, David applied additional Pequi Oil and brushed her hair straight back.
   With the IT&LY Hairfashion Digital Styling Iron, he took random half-inch sections starting at the front and twisted the hair. Once the strand is twisted, take your flat iron and press down the entire length of the strand to set a wavy texture in. Allow each strand to cool and release itself naturally. David continued taking half-inch sections throughout the front half of her head until he achieved enough texture.
   When complete, additional Pequi Oil was added to his hands to finger-comb the hair back into a ponytail above the nape area. He then wrapped her hair around the band and secured with bobby pins allowing any loose hairs to fall naturally.

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