Quick Tips for Knockout Hairstyles
The girlie classic has grown up: These dramatic pieces can be the crowning glory of any outfit. To change your look, simply slide the bands closer together or farther apart.
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.
Admit it—you’re drawn to those Taylor Swift waves, even if you don’t happen to be a twentysomething pop sensation. Actually, these sculpted but touchable curls are easy for mere mortals to wear, and they’re even easier to create. The trick is the direction of the curl: With a two-inch–barrel curling iron, twist the sections at the hairline toward the face; twist the rest of the hair away from the face. Let cool, then gently finger-comb.
Here’s the real beauty of this siren-worthy hairstyle: It’s easy enough to do with your own two hands (no big sister required). Instead of dividing your ponytail into three sections, split it into two. Then take a thin section of hair from one side and pull it over to the other side. Keep doing this, alternating sides as you go, until you reach the ends.
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Here’s an impressive hot-weather style that won’t make you break a sweat: Sweep back one side of your hair with a bold blossom. Try centering an oversize bouquet right above one ear.
Big Bangs Theory
Flattering thick fringe, à la Zooey Deschanel, played a starring role on the spring runways. Here’s how to get the look, according to Mark Townsend, a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles.
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.
And we have liftoff! Major volume at the roots was the mane event on fall 2012 runways (like at Carolina Herrera, left). It’s OK if you’re not up for beehive-high hair. Even the slightest bump is more than enough to elevate your look. Want to keep it sophisticated and retro—not Snooki and Co.? Add a slim ballerina headband. Here’s how.
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.
First popularized by California girls and Brigitte Bardot, this perfectly imperfect style makes somewhat sloppy very sexy. To make waves, use a one-inch-barrel curling iron to roll up random sections of hair, says Linda Flowers, a leading hair designer for films. Repeat all over; let cool. Last, run a brush through your hair to loosen the curls. Continue brushing until the waves flow together.
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