Sydney Sweeney’s Emmy’s Hair Transformation Was Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence

“We wanted something new and effortless.”

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Sydney Sweeney’s new honey blonde lob is amazing, but her inspiration for the hair transformation? Well, that’s even better. “We’ve been wanting to do a completely new look for quite some time,” hairstylist Glen Oropeza, aka Glen Coco, exclusively tells Marie Claire. While the pair were mulling over what to do (big decisions, people), they looked to none other than Jennifer Lawrence’s long bob circa fall 2015. 

Fast forward through a lot of work, a big chop, and color consult with hair colorist Matt Rez, and the Euphoria star had a *major* transformation—just in time for the 2022 Emmy Awards. “We wanted something new and effortless to contrast her dress,” Oropeza adds. 

Once the inches had been cut and the color perfected, it was time for the styling magic. And lucky for us, Oropeza shared exactly how he got the textured look. For starters? He applied the Nexxus Weightless Style Smooth & Full Blow Dry Balm all over, focusing the product on the ends. “I specifically wanted to apply this product to ensure a flexible blowout with body and movement,” he told us. 

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Fast forward through a round brush blow dry with the Shark Flex Dryer (he recommends using small sections and drying outwards) and it was time to add in some curls. “The combo of these two gives me a polished and refined outcome that’s still voluminous yet bouncy. They’re the fundamentals for any textured look,” Oropeza explains. “The Blow Dry Balm creates a great base and helps with frizz control and gives volume, while the round brush attachment on the Flexstyler allows you to manipulate the hair while drying into any shape with much more control.”

Pair the gorgeous hair with her understated makeup, and there’s no question that the actress had one of the best beauty looks from the red carpet. Want to try and recreate Sweeney’s hair look at home? Shop all the products used in the making, below.

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.