Quick Tips for Knockout Hairstyles
Here’s happy news: You can kiss the bad-hair day good-bye. An attractive hair accessory, a how-did-you-do-that braid, a polished upgrade to a ponytail: All make great options on those days when your hair just doesn’t have it. Or even when it does.
Shown: Jennifer Ouellette headband, $79, jenniferouellette.com. Others to try: Looby Lou double-strand satin headband, $9.50, etsy.com. Tortoise headband, $18, jcrew.com.
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Big Bangs Theory
What to tell your stylist: Ask for bangs that start one to three inches back from the hairline, with jagged ends that hit right between the brows and the lashes. Trim every two weeks or so. (Yes, they’re a commitment.)
How to style them: Work volumizing mousse (Townsend likes Dove Style+Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse; $4, walmart.com) through damp hair. Holding a blow-dryer set to medium above your head, dry bangs to the left, then switch to the right. By the time they’re dry, the bangs will hang straight down. Apply hair spray to a small brush, then run through bangs to set.
Step 1: Tease. Using a boar-bristle brush, back-comb hair at the crown until you reach the desired height.
To buy: Conair Styling Essentials Teasing Hair Brush, $6, walgreens.com.
Step 2: Slide on a headband. Then carefully smooth out the top layer of hair with the brush.
To buy: Goody headband, $5 for two, at drugstores.
Step 3: Set with finishing spray. Look for one that’s formulated not to weigh down teased hair. You want it to look soft, not helmet-y.
To buy: Redken Quick Tease 15, $18, redken.com for salons.
See our recommendations for a good curling iron and other beauty gadgets.