Can't decide if you want a braid or not? Do like Blake Lively, and have it both ways. The normally polished star gave her look a boho feel by pulling a messy pony to one side and weaving a braid in the center. Make it blend in by using thin, see-through elastics rather than thick, colored hair-ties.
If tight curls leave you feeling like you booked a one-way ticket on the Soul Train, get control by pulling them back and to the side. We love full, voluminous body, like Eva Longoria's, but think it's more formal-appropriate to tame bouncy strands with a low, side ponytail. Fight all-over frizz by coating fly-aways with curl-control serum.
A messy ponytail, like Sienna Miller's, works well for dirty hair, since clean strands don't have as much hold. Get extra texture, before putting your hair up, by spritzing roots with an aerosol spray dry shampoo and dispersing product evenly through hair with a boar bristle brush. Then, bend at the waist and pull your hair into a ponytail, letting gravity give you extra height at the crown. For added oomph, tease hair around your face and on the underside of your head.
Glossy curls tossed over one shoulder are effortlessly glam and were seen up and down the red carpet on stars, like Liv Tyler, this year. Starting with a full head of curls, use a large paddle brush to guide hair over one shoulder (the brush will help disperse oil and shine). The trick to making strands stay is using small pins to strategically keep shorter pieces in place and coating locks lightly with a anti-humidity hairspray.
J. Lo's perfected what we like to think of as the mullet of the bun world (a good thing!): All business in the front with sleek strands, and party in the back with a tousled updo! Achieve this look by starting with a secure, tight ponytail. Then go at it with U-shaped hair pins, haphazardly twisting and pinning pieces around the base of the pony. Just remember to pack extra bobby pins.
The Morning After
French actress Clémence Poésy's gorgeous, sexy waves are the perfect hair for Lazy Girls. Put clean, dry hair in hot rollers at night while watching TV or reading, take out after 20 minutes, and secure strands into a loose bun with a clip (not a ponytail!). The next morning, take out your bun and gently work out any knots. Think of the process as getting deliberate bed head.
Pomp & Circumstance
We love the effect of having added height at the crown. It makes you look taller, thinner, and just, well, better. The trick is not going overboard. Before styling, give hair lift by applying dry shampoo at the roots and dispersing through strands with a stiff, bristle brush. Tease hair at the crown before pulling all of your hair back into a mid-height ponytail. If youre not getting perfectly coiffed helmet, like Anna Paquin's, right awaysmooth hair by running a comb spritzed with hairspray over bumps and lumps.
We loved the relaxed, yet chic, look of Tyra Bank's soft waves. Harness your hair's natural body (or fake it 'til you make it) by applying volumizing mousse to damp hair and air-drying until it's slightly damp. Finish drying with a diffuser to keep waves in place.
Make a simple ponytail feel more formal by sculpting face-framing pieces with a medium-barrel round iron. Just dont hold the iron clamped for more than 3 secondsthis will result in tighter curls (the enemy of an easy, romantic look, like Taylor Swift's). When curling, twist away from the face instead of inward to ensure youll get a windswept look, not a poodle 'do.
Pass The Bubbly
This bubble ponytail wow'ed us when we saw it on Olivia Wilde this summer, and the look's best copied with long hair. To get it at-home, pull hair into a high, tight ponytail. Using clear elastics, tie off in two-inch segments starting at the base. Continue until you reach the end of the ponytail. Then, gently tease the hair on the outside of the ponytail to create width and volume in each section.
We've been obsessed with fishtail braids since seeing Mara Hoffman's version at Miami Swim Fashion Week. Rachel Zoe uses the easy style to glam up for a night out. Run some shine serum in your locks before weaving to make them look glossy and help them easily slide into place.
Band of Gold
Amp up your regular, go-to style with hair accessories. Mila Kunis took this easy, romantic look up a notch by opting for thin, metallic headbands to accentuate her school-girl center part. Placing bands closer to the hairline also helps to create a chic tiara effect.
Toeing the Line
The secret to Elizabeth Banks' not-a-hair-out-of-place look? The strict part. Make yours razor-sharp by using the pointed, bottom end of a comb to divide hair. Start at the hair line and draw backward. The precision will make everything else appear like you spent hours laboring over it (even if you just smoothed with a brush and went out).
A Little Twist
Long and sleek hair is pretty but predictable. Hailee Steinfeld puts a spin on her signature glossy mane, literally, by pulling a small front section of hair to the side, twisting it, and securing it with a dainty hair clip. For a more pronounced style, use a bit of styling wax while spinning hair to keep the coil in place and nix any wispies.
Give pulled-back hair some height and modern edge, like Claire Danes, by back-combing the front-and-center section of hair at the top of your forehead. Use a pointed comb to separate the section, spritz with hairspray, and gently fold the section back towards the crown of your head. Secure with pins as needed and pull the rest of your mane back into a pony or bun.