THE LOOK -Half-up with cascading curls
HOW-TO- Using a curling iron, curl one-inch sections around the entire head. After all the hair is curled, gently loosen the curls with your fingers. Tease the hair at the crown and secure pieces from the sides of the crown with a pretty clip, letting bangs or face-framing pieces fall out. Finish with a light coating of hairspray.
TRICK -"Make sure the ends are smoothly clamped into the curling iron so you don't get split ends," says stylist Jerome Lordet..
THE LOOK -Shiny long curls
HOW-TO -Start by drying the bangs. "Always do your bangs first before the rest of the head," says stylist Guy Riggio of L.A.'s John Frieda Salon. Follow with a rough blow-dry on the rest of the head. When dry, use a large-barrel curling iron to wrap sections horizontally. Start just above the ear and wrap the curling iron under and hold for ten seconds. Tuck the hair behind the ear on the parted side, and finish with a coat of hairspray.
TRICK -After you finish curling the hair, gently pick up each curl and shake it out a bit to give more fullness and separation.
THE LOOK- Bohemian updo
HOW-TO -Start with a golf-ball size amount of light mousse and comb through hair. If you have naturally wavy hair, dry it with a diffuser. If you have straight hair, blowdry with your head upside down. Then curl random sections to give it some loose curls. Pull it up into a ponytail and secure it. Take curly pieces and pin them around the crown.
TRICK- Skip the shampoo. "Dirty hair holds much better for any updo or braid," says stylist Michael St. Germain of L.A.'s John Frieda Salon.
THE LOOK -Updo with straight face-framing pieces
HOW-TO- The first steps are to add volumizing mousse, blow-dry, and tease the crown to create the volume. Make a two-inch center part, and leave the pieces on either side of the part down. With a fine-tooth comb, pull the rest of the hair back, twist it and secure with bobby pins, or an elastic if you do a ponytail or chignon. With the palm of your hand, push the hair up from the back to give extra height at the crown. Secure the whole head with hairspray.
TRICK- To get the front pieces smooth, use a flat iron.
THE LOOK -Classic French twist
HOW-TO -If you start with freshly washed hair, stylist Michael St. Germain recommends adding volume spray before you blow-dry to add body. If hair is dirty, add a styling spray for extra texture. Then simply pull hair back just above the nape and twist upward and into itself, tucking the ends in at the top. Place pins in the twist to secure it.
TRICK -This style looks best with a side part and a panel slicked across the top, or bangs pulled to the side.
THE LOOK- Loose updo
HOW-TO -Apply a light styling gel to damp hair and blow-dry with a medium round brush to create movement and curl at the ends. Tease hair at the crown and then run a Mason Pearson brush over the hair gently to smooth it out, says stylist Patrick Melville, of the eponymous N.Y.C. salon. Twist hair into a low knot or French twist and secure with bobby pins. Finish with hair spray.
TRICK -To get the pieces in front to stay in place at the sides, pin in place and hairspray. Let set for 10 minutes and remove pins.
THE LOOK- Half-up with volume
HOW-TO -Apply a volumizing product to wet hair and blow dry with a medium-size round brush. Curl two-inch sections of hair into large Velcro rollers and let sit for five to ten minutes. Pull back a section of hair on the top and tease for added height, and secure with a barrette.
TRICK- When pulling back hair, take a section that extends from the outer corner of one eye to the outer corner of the other eye, says stylist Elvin Arvelo.
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THE LOOK -Huge twist with sleek top
HOW-TO -Use a smoothing spray as well as a thickening spray on wet hair, then blow-dry with a large round brush. Part hair on the side, and make another part on top of the head to create two sections: one from the crown back and the front panel. Back-comb at the crown and gather hair into a ponytail (not secured, though), in the middle of the head. Twist upward into a French twist and secure with pins. Lightly push up on hair to re-emphasize the volume. Then pull the front panel to the side and secure with a long boby pin (or other decorative pin). Add plenty of hairspray.
TRICK -Spritz a fine-tooth comb with hairspray and gently smooth it over the panel and the beehive to tame it – but don't run the comb though the hair.
THE LOOK- Long shiny waves with a front swoop
HOW-TO -Apply styling cream to damp hair and blow-dry straight using a paddle brush until hair is completely dry, making sure to pull bangs taut to the side and blow-dry the roots so they lie flat. Part the front section and secure behind the ear. Using a large-barrel curling iron held vertically, wrap the ends of hair in two-inch sections around iron and hold for 15 seconds. Finish with flexible hairspray for light hold.
TRICK -To get the best volume on longer hair, stylist Joaquin Hortal recommends making sure the roots are completely dry before working on the ends.