How to Get Keira Knightley's Hair

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While British actress Keira Knightley admits that she is not a fan of the red carpet limelight, she is known for her daring willingness to change her hair length and style to suit any role or whim. Adopting Keira's hairdo may not rocket you to immediate fame, but you'll achieve a natural, breezy glamour that's the envy of pirates and soccer players alike.

Things You'll Need

  • Styling gel
  • Blow dryer
  • Diffuser
  • Round brush
  • Straightening balm
  • Straightening iron
  • Wax product
  • Root amplifier
  • Hot rollers
  • Texturizing spray
  • Finishing spray
  • Adopt Knightley's ultra-short style from her bounty hunter role in Domino if you're looking for a carefree, summer cut. Her lengthy, side-swept bangs help minimize the focus on high foreheads and the style's textured look can be achieved in minutes. Ask your stylist for a short cut with long top layers, and complete it by applying styling gel and blow drying the ends down and under with a large, round brush. If your hair tends to remain wavy after it's dry, apply a bit of straightening balm and finish off your style with a straightening iron. Spray lightly to maintain your hair's shape, and use a wax product to accent the many pieces of the style. The many layers do particular justice to subtle, added high or lowlights.

  • Get Keira's tomboyish, "Bend It Like Beckham" bob, which is quick to style and simple to maintain. The style is all one length, with the exception of the bangs, and can be scrunched with root amplifier and styled by blow-drying it upside down with a heat diffuser. When your hair cools and the blood has sufficiently run to your head, flip over and finger-comb, adding a light-hold hairspray to finish the style.

  • Knightly loves Frederik Fakkai's Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel from Sak's, which her stylist Adir Abergel uses throughout her long hair before drying it and wrapping sections around hot rollers (see Resources below). When the rollers come out, Abergel curls the British star's hair around a 1/2-inch curling iron barrel to set the curls in dangling spirals. He finishes Knightley's elegant look by shaking out the curls and applying Frederik Fakkai's Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray, creating a noticeable part down the center of her head.

  • Don your best pirate frock and get ready to walk the plank with Knightley's "Pirates of the Caribbean" hairstyle. Similar to her "Atonement" style, Keira's hair is blown dry upside down after applying a straightening balm, and then flipped over and finger combed for a wavy, disheveled look. Keira does, after all, look a bit mussed after hanging out with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. But what can a girl expect after a day of fighting fleshless skeleton zombies? There's no time for primping, matey.

  • Sweep longer hair into an elegant updo if you're attending an evening event.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a pair of flashy, dangling earrings to Keira Knightley's shorter styles if you're going for enduring elegance.
  • Get specific styling instructions for more of Knightley's looks by becoming a member of TheHairStyler.com (see Resources below).
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