As he celebrates 25 years in hairdressing, Charles Worthington, official hairdresser at the BAFTAs, shares his tips for recreating red carpet glamour at home.

His mantra is “bouncy, shiny, touchable hair that looks full of life”


Stars spend weeks prepping for their big red carpet moment, according to Charles, diet included.

“If you want to boost your diet with supplements to help your hair health, then take vitamin B complex, zinc and Omega 3 that will provide essential fatty acids.”


Styling your hair when it’s not freshly washed provides better hold.

“Freshly washed hair can be slippery, so day-old hair is always better,” Worthington explains.

“Spritz a volumising spray into dry hair, then rough dry to achieve more texture to work with for dressing your hair.

“If you have greasy hair, use a dry shampoo first.”


Hair looking bouncy but lacking lustre? Fake that Hollywood shine by ditching the hairspray and using volumising spray and shine serum instead.

“A little trick of mine is to apply a tiny amount of serum to the palm of the hand then, using a large make-up brush, lightly sweep over the hair for subtle glossiness and shine,” he recommends.

Also try blasting cold air at the end of each blow-dried section to set the style and seal the cuticles with extra shine.


Matte hair grips are an essential in Charles’ wardrobe of hair essentials because they have a firmer hold and show up less than shiny ones. “If you’re dressing hair bend back one corner of a hair pin to form a fish hook – it means that when you put the pin into the hair, it can’t come out.”


Worthington cites a style he created for Emilia Fox at the BAFTAs as a red carpet favourite – a side-on, tousled low bun. “The one big advantage of this style is that it’s at the side of your head so you can see what you’re doing, which means you’re cheating to start with,” he says.

“You can use a big bun ring – my favourite secret weapon to create the illusion of plentiful hair.”

Put your hair in a ponytail and pull through the ring, gripping sections of the hair to the ring.

“We also worked with model Jodie Kidd for one of our hair collections. We wanted to create a Twiggy-esque look so we got her to wear a short wig as her hair was long at the time. She loved having an elfin look so much that it was shortly after the shoot we decided to cut her hair short. Wigs are a great way to give people insight into how they might look with short, long or curly hair and can help to give you the confidence to make a big change.”

*Charles Worthington is celebrating his silver anniversary his fourth year as official hairdresser for the BAFTAs with a gift – a limited edition BAFTA and CW 25th Anniversary Collection of products featuring Full Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, £5.19 each; Volume Body Booster Mousse, £5.19; Big Bounce Spray, £5.19 and Volume Mussed Up Texturising Spray, £5.19. From