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Brianne Aumack after makeover
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After: Brianne Aumack

“The rule of thumb is your hair shouldn’t be longer than the back band of your bra, or you start to get that Charlene Tilton–on-the-old-Dallas look,” says Rodney Cutler, owner of the Cutler/Redken Salons. Off went six inches of Brianne’s mane. Then Cutler gave her bangs: “They accentuate her strong features—her big eyes, her Roman nose—and give her hair a real ‘look.’ ” Colorist Carly Missico added natural-looking reddish highlights on the underside of Brianne’s hair to give it more life. “It’s subtle, and you won’t ever see roots,” Cutler explains. Says Brianne, “I have gotten so many compliments! It actually has a shape and looks much more fashionable. And I can wear it wavy or straight.”

Best for: Any type of hair except curly; any face shape except for oblong.

Styling tips: Apply a setting spray, like Redken Spray Starch 15 Heat Memory Styler ($16.50, drugstore.com for info) or AG Hair Cosmetics Spray Gel Thermal Setting Spray ($18, ulta.com), on hair while wet, says Emily Heser, a stylist at Cutler/Redken Salon. Then blow hair dry while coiling the ends around a round brush. For more defined curls like Brianne’s, “use a one-inch curling iron and wrap medium to large sections around the barrel” while leaving the ends of hair loose, says Heser. If your bangs won’t lay flat because of cowlicks, she suggests applying a strong gel, such as TIGI Bed Head Head Shrink Mega Firm Gel ($20, amazon.com), along the hairline before blow-drying. Finally, to hold Brianne’s style, Heser sprayed on Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray ($17, ulta.com).

 

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