By now, the Jennifer Lopez stans (opens in new tab) among you should have seen her astonishing Ralph & Russo ensemble at Monday's IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards (henceforth to be referred to as the Gotham Awards). You've also, I hope, paid appropriate attention to her elaborate updo, created by celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton (opens in new tab). Let's be honest with ourselves: Most of us will never recreate something quite that fancy at home. But Appleton did share an insider product tip to add depth to your updos—even if said updo is a ponytail. That's as far as my hairstyling capacities extend, alright?!
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On his Instagram story, Appleton posted a photo of Lopez' Gotham Awards look, writing, "I love using @colorwowhair Root Cover Up especially when doing a snatched look to add dimension." As Allure notes (opens in new tab), said Color Wow Root Cover Up is a pressed powder typically used to cover up root regrowth, as you've probably determined from the name. It's available in eight shades, and comes in a handy compact complete with a little brush. Oh, and it retails at just under $35—not a budget product, but not bad for something J. Lo approved. And it's currently on sale for just under $25!
Appleton isn't the only celebrity stylist to use Root Cover Up to add dimension: Ouai founder and Kardashian-Jenner favorite Jen Atkin uses the same method. "I brush it along the part and around the face and the nape of the neck if I do a bun or ponytail to fill in any exposed scalp," Atkin told (opens in new tab) Allure. "It makes your hair appear fuller, especially in photos." Looks like my half-assed ponytail and I have a new trick to try out!
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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