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Rita Ora x ghd: 2017 MTV EMAs

I created 10 looks for Rita Ora for last night’s EMA’s. For some of the looks I had just 3 minutes to create them! Good tools that don’t damage the hair are essential when creating different looks backstage fast and effectively, which is why I use ghd!– Brent Lawler, hair stylist.

At the 2017 MTV EMAs, Rita Ora took infinite styling to a whole new level. Hosting the show for the first time, the singing superstar teamed up with celeb stylist Brent Lawler to pull off 10 unique looks across the course of the evening. Rita is known for her fabulous styling, so she certainly didn’t hold back on the night!

From embellished masterpieces to super-cool waves, Brent managed to create all the looks in no time at all, thanks to having the ghd nocturne collection in his styling bag. After the awards ceremony, we spoke with Brent to get the lowdown on some of the looks he created with the ghd styling essentials, and what his and Rita’s inspirations were for the looks.


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The look: Groomed & Glam

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “This look is more dressed hair. I curled it
with just the ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong and then
flat ironed the roots with the ghd platinum® nocturne styler to lay the hair flat and make the hair feel much more groomed
and glamorous. To finish the look I sprayed the hair with ghd final fix hairspray and ghd final shine spray
.”

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ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong

ghd platinum® nocturne styler

ghd final fix hairspray


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The look: Editorial Blonde Blunt Bob

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “I wanted Rita to have a high fashion moment,
with a very blunt and severe platinum blonde bob.
To create the asymmetrical, sleek and super straight bob
I used the ghd platinum® nocturne styler, pressing the hair section by section to make sure every hair was completely poker straight and smooth
.”

 

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ghd platinum® nocturne styler


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The look: Relaxed Flat Iron Waves

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “This was Rita’s performance look and Rita
wanted it to feel less “done “ - more lived in and natural. I ran the ghd platinum nocturne styler through the entire back section, and left the hair around the face softly curled, enhancing the curls using the ghd platinum® nocturne styler to add movement. This gave the hair a relaxed look
.”

 

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ghd platinum® nocturne styler


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The look: Hollywood Glamour

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “Rita was wearing a long sequined gown
and wanted to have a very set and glamorous hair look.
I used the ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong like you would use rollers. Curling the hair section by section back from the face and holding in place until cooled. Then I added a little
back-combing at the roots and ghd final fix hairspray.
Finally the hair was brushed out with the ghd oval dressing brush to give a Hollywood glamour finish.

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ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong

ghd final fix hairspray

ghd oval dressing brush


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The look: The Textured Red

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “We thought that we should do a burst of
colour in the show. Rita is wearing Comme des Garçons
and I thought we should do a very textured look so we
used the ghd contour® professional crimper just at the
roots to give instant root lift and then the ghd platinum® nocturne styler was used on the ends to make the hair
spiked and give it a more modern texture.

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ghd contour® professional crimper

ghd platinum® nocturne styler


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the look: The Textured Pony

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “Rita and I wanted to create a fresh, fashion forward and
modern look. A crimped high ponytail was what we decided on,
giving the ponytail lots of volume and lift using the new ghd contour.

Hair was blow dried using the ghd air hairdryer and large
ghd ceramic vented radial brush, to get lots of root lift. Although the ponytail was very sleek we still wanted what’s in the ponytail to have volume. The hair was pulled back nice and tight, then secured
high on the top of the head. I sectioned off small sections
of the ponytail and crimped the hair using ghd contour, holding down
for a few seconds until I got a nice strong indentation - this gave
maximum volume when brushed out. After crimping all of the sections I brushed through the ponytail and sprayed with ghd final fix hairspray - to give a super full and almost fly-away big ponytail, secured with a cute ribbon.
"

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ghd contour® professional crimper

ghd air® nocturne hairdryer

ghd final fix hairspray


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the look: The Golden Hour

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “This is Rita’s golden glitz and glamour. The
large ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong was used
on the very ends, in sections all around the face. These sections were then gelled down to sit flat around her face, framing the face and giving the appearance of old 1920s
finger waves but more modern. I then placed a net over the head and dried it with the ghd air® nocturne hairdryer on a very slow and medium heat. Once dried I sprayed
the hair with gold hair paint and finished the look by adding Swarovski crystals. She is wearing Maison Margiela
and we thought it was important to stay in the DNA of the designer and bring some magic to the night
."

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ghd curve® nocturne soft curl tong

ghd air® nocturne hairdryer


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the look: The Fashion Fantasy

By: Brent Lawler using NEW ghd Nocturne collection

Brent says: “Saving the best til last! Rita is wearing Vivienne Westwood and I wanted to do something very over the top and creative with her hair. I straightened Rita’s hair with the ghd platinum® nocturne styler; it’s impossible to do this look unless the hair is completely straight. Parting the hair in the middle and pulling it high up on the crown into a chignon, the rest of the hair we braided into small braids from the chignon down the back of her neck to mirror the same shape as the earrings and headpiece we had made for this finale look. It’s pure couture; a fashion fantasy!"

 

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ghd platinum® nocturne styler


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