1 SLEEK, LOW BUNA strong center
part and tons of shine spray make a low chignon instantly classic (add smoky
eyes and it’s ridiculously sexy, too). To get this pretty loop, draw a center
part and clip aside a one-inch chunk of hair from each side of the hairline.
Gather the rest in a low ponytail at the nape and roll (rather than twist) it
up toward the base, pinning it against the head. Then pull each of the front
pieces back around the loop, pinning them into place. Finish with a generous
dose of glossy shine spray, like Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.
|SLEEK, LOW BUN
2. BOUNCY PONYTAIL
The last person to
create a ponytail this perfect was a toy designer at Mattel. To get the effect
in real life, hairstylist Owen Gould misted Sachajuan Ocean Mist salt spray
through Chrissy Teigen’s damp hair, rough-dried it, and then curled her entire
head with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. He sprinkled volumizing powder
(we like Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder)
through her roots and back-combed them, then pulled all her hair into a
ponytail at the back of the head. To get the lifted tail, grab each side of the
ponytail and pull them apart to tighten the elastic, then tease the
3. WAVY PONYTAIL
This barely there
ponytail is sexy and sporty at once. Work a palmful of mousse (Karolina
Kurkova’s stylist Bryce Scarlett used Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice)
through damp hair and blow-dry it smooth with a medium round boar-bristle
brush. Roll each section up to the head and secure it in place with a metal
duckbill clip until the entire head is set. Wait 20 minutes, unclip the hair,
then slip a clear elastic loosely around the tail below the nape. Don’t double
up the elastic—if it looks like it’s going to fall out, you did it right.
4. TOUSLED TOPKNOT
The topknot of 2015 is cool, textured,
and not even close to prissy. To get it, work mousse through damp hair and
really rough-dry it, embracing whatever gorgeous natural texture you’ve got.
Once dry, use your fingers (not a brush) to sweep the hair up to the crown, tie
it in a ponytail with an elastic, then loosely rope it around the base and
secure it in place with bobby pins. Massage your hairline with your fingers to
loosen some pieces for an effortless finish.
5. WOVEN BRAID
This style requires one
thing and one thing only: a kickass (and preferably very long) scarf. Place it
a half-inch back from your hairline and tie it securely at your nape. Divide
all your hair into three sections (two small outer sections and one large center
section). Put the ends of the scarf in the outside sections, then braid all the
hair together very tightly until you reach the ends. Double-knot the scarf and
you’re out the door.
6. SLICKED BACK
This is hands down
the easiest, neatest way to pull back your hair (and deal with growing-out
bangs). Grab a chunk of hair from the front of your hairline—about
one inch deep and as wide as space between your eyebrow arches. Mist it with
hair spray, then brush it straight back as far as it will go. Secure it with a
clear elastic (if it’s past the crown) or a Goody Jenna Metal Domed Barrette.
Flatiron the loose sides of your hair for a smooth finish and mist with shine
spray (like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine 5-in-1 Serum
Spray) if necessary.
7. MODERN FRENCH TWIST
and a little lopsided, this is how cool girls wear French twists. “The
messiness makes it sexy, not fussy,” says hairstylist Orlando Pita. To get
the rough texture, mist dry shampoo (like Batiste Dry Shampoo Original) from
roots to midlength, then spray your hands with hair spray (like L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray)
to create finger grooves as you gather it at the nape. Slowly twist the hair up
the head, and secure it by sliding long, U-shaped pins into the seam. Tuck any
loose pieces down into the roll and finish with another layer of hair spray.
|MODERN FRENCH TWIST
8. VOLUME-BOOSTING BANGS
Bangs are an immediate way
to add fullness to flat, fine hair (and, no, not in an ’80s way). Ask your
stylist for Karlie Kloss’s brow-skimming, side-swept ones. “But don’t cut
too far into the temples or your hair starts to look thin,” says
hairstylist Mara Roszak.
9. OMBRÉ HIGHLIGHTS
Ombré hair shouldn’t look like a
black-and-yellow Rothko painting. Instead, ask your colorist for highlights
that are just barely lighter than your natural hue, working them into the ends
and in random sections throughout (rather than perfectly spaced ones). Leave
the roots untouched, and you won’t have to touch up your color for up to six
10. RUMPLED WAVES“This started
as a backlash against the professional blowout,” says hairstylist Chris
McMillan. “Smooth hair looks high maintenance.” For easy waves like
these, spray volumizer (like Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray)
through damp hair and blow-dry your hair upside down. Once your hair is 75
percent dry, part it in the middle and twist it into two low pigtail buns,
leaving the ends out so they stay straight. Aim the blow-dryer at the buns for
several minutes until they’re dry, mist them with hair spray (like Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Layering Hairspray),
undo the pins, and shake your hair out in all its rumpled glory.
11. ALL-NATURAL CURLS
Getting these sexy, lush curls comes down
to your hair texture. Those with straight hair will need to wrap one-inch
sections around a three-quarter-inch curling iron, spritzing with firm-hold
hair spray along the way (in other words, see you in an hour or two). Those
born with these amazing curls can stretch them slightly by combing styling
cream—like Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream—through damp hair
and then blow-drying with the nozzle, suggests hairstylist Diego Da Silva. Use
your fingers to open and separate the curls until the hair is soft, dry, and
12. FAUX UNDERCUT
We don’t need to
explain how cool a faux undercut is. But here’s how to make one: Create a deep
side part, following the part all the way down to the nape of the neck. Clip
all the other hair out of the way. Brush the side with less hair back and
secure it very tightly with a clear elastic under the other section. (You can
also French-braid it, cornrow it,
twist it, or Bop It.) Now, unclip the other side and scrunch a handful of
strong-hold mousse (like Vidal Sasson Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Mousse)
into it from roots to ends. Blow-dry the hair (even though it’s dry) while
pulling the hair upward with a round brush for the most dramatic volume.
13. CLASSIC GAMINE
“The length really accentuates her
bone structure,” says McMillan, who’s been cutting Michelle Williams’s
hair for years. The sides and back are close to one inch long, but the top
layers, about six or seven inches, give texture—and make growing it out much,
much easier. Just know that you’ll need to see your stylist every four weeks
for maintenance before that happens.
14. PINUP-GIRL PIGTAILS
We know how annoying it is to read a hair
tutorial that asks you to curl your whole head before braiding it, but trust us
here. Wrapping it around a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron “is like using
a magic wand,” says hairstylist James Pecis. “It sets the foundation
for soft hair with bend and movement.” Once you finish, tease the hair at
the top and back of the head (roots to midlength) until it looks like cotton
candy. Tie the hair in two low pigtails, braid the tails, and secure them with
a second set of elastics. Then mist it all with hair spray (like Living Proof Flex
15. FAUX BANGS
For an instant change with zero
commitment (when does that happen?), try clip-in bangs. You’ll need a quality
piece made from real hair and your stylist to help you cut them and match the
color, if necessary. After parting the hair, tease the roots and spritz them
with hair spray, then slide the piece underneath and snap it in. “Feather
the bangs out over the forehead and brush your own hair over the top so they
look seamless,” says hairstylist Garren.
16. UNDONE UPDO
We love absolutely
everything about this style. The undone texture (created by blow-drying the
hair with a small and medium round brush for a natural wave). The swoop (blown
out with a big round brush, then tucked behind the ear). And the knot (first
secured in a ponytail, then messily twisted around the base and pinned inch by
inch with Goody bobby pins).
17. BUBBLE BRAID
This is the ideal style
for when you buy a pack of hair ties (because God knows where they go after
that). Start by placing the first one at the nape of the neck. Then slide in
another one a few inches below that. Every time you slide a new elastic in,
hold the tail firmly with one hand and push the elastic up into the tail with
the other hand to create the bubble effect.
18. MUTED HEADBAND
Muted, nude tones
hit fashion, nails, and
hair color this season. Another popular place for them? Headbands. Select a
nude or brown two-inch cotton band (choose one that is closest to your hair
color—Scünci has good, cheap ones). Push it past your forehead so it just
barely hides your hairline. Let your hair fall loosely behind it, or wrap it
into a ponytail or bun.
19. SCHOOLGIRL HAIR
cool, and imperfect,” says hairstylist Eugene Souleiman. It’s also
ridiculously easy. To get this airy, matte texture, Souleiman misted salt spray
through the hair (try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray), then
swept a large piece across the forehead and slid in a visible black
20. RETRO WAVES
Hollywood meets ’90s-era Madonna” waves are all about shine, shine, shine.
At Chloe Grace
Moretz’s September 2014 Allure cover shoot, Garren
wrapped the hair at the crown in medium hot rollers for lift. Then he curled
the rest of the hair with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron, wrapping it in
alternating directions so it didn’t fall into one wave pattern. He brushed the
hair slowly with a boar-bristle brush and smoothed over it all with a couple
drops of smoothing oil (like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine).
21. BRAIDED PRINCESS LEIA BUNS
These quirky Miu Miu buns are cooler than
George Lucas’s version, thanks to their glossy sheen. Work a shine-enhancing
gel, like Wella Pearl Styler, from
roots to ends, then make a strong side part. Divide the hair in half and create
tight pigtail braids from behind the ears to the ends, securing with two
elastics. Twist the two braids into buns at the nape, finishing with bobby
BRAIDED PRINCESS LEIA BUNS
22. OFF-DUTY BALLERINA BUN
Furstenberg]wanted a ballerina-inspired bun, but a ballerina in
rehearsal,” says Pita. He worked dry shampoo into the hair before tying it
in a ponytail at the back of the head. He back-combed the tail with a teasing
comb, then twisted it into a bun with bobby pins. He broke up the bun with his
fingers to create the messy, imperfect finish.
|OFF-DUTY BALLERINA BUN
23. BOMBSHELL BLOWOUT
Blake Lively’s messy waves are “sexy,
wild, and almost furious,” says hairstylist Stephane Lancien. He started
by prepping her hair with mousse and rough-drying it. Once it was dry, he
wrapped random, face-framing layers around a large curling iron and messed them
up with his fingers to create the tousled texture.
24. OVERSIZE CROWN
A small, sparkly hair accessory is
perfectly cute and sweet. An over-the-top crown: totally badass. Hairstylist
Tommy Buckett suggests doing as little styling to your hair as possible.
“You want to let the headpiece speak for itself.” Jennifer Behr makes
great ones, or you can find more affordable versions on Etsy or at Urban
25. MICRO BANGS
Micro bangs give instant sex-kitten
appeal and edge to any style. But they’re also a major commitment, so make sure
you’re ready for daily (sometimes twice-daily) styling. Still in? Ask your
stylist for a soft arc that falls two inches from the hairline.
26. FISHTAIL BUN
Once you’ve mastered the fishtail braid, it’s
time for the fishtail bun. Pull your hair into a low ponytail and fishtail it
to the ends. Wrap the fishtail around the back of your head and use U-shaped
pins to secure it, catching both the hair against the back of your head and the
hair in the braid with each pin. Tuck the ends into the braid and finish with
hair spray (we love Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Hairspray Maximum Hold).
You don’t want to be stuck with your
hands above your head searching for an elastic (trust us, been there). So first
lay out a sectioning comb, five duckbill clips, and five small, plastic
elastics. Then, starting at the middle of your hairline, create three to five
clean, one-inch-wide sections with a comb and clip each out of the way. Make
sure the center section is perfect. “That’s where the eye goes
first,” says Pecis. Start French-braiding the center section, crossing the
hairs under rather than over, which is what makes the braid pop out. Braid
tightly until you reach the crown, secure the ends with a small elastic, and
give your arms a quick break before moving on to the remaining four sections.
28. SEXY PIGTAILS
Here’s why your pigtails will look
freakin’ hot—and not like the bouncy, playground version: You will create a
messy, off-center part, you will tease the hair at the crown first, and you
will secure the hair just under the ears so it falls neatly on your shoulders.
This looks best on those with shoulder-length hair.
29. WOVEN PONYTAIL
Make sure your
roommate is home when you start this, because it takes two to complete this
intricate ponytail (but it will be so worth it). Blow-dry and flatiron your
hair straight. Section the top half of hair from temple to temple and make a
middle part, crisscrossing each side tightly over each other. Secure each piece
behind the ears with a small elastic (this is where you need two people so the
sections don’t droop). Repeat the process using sections from the side of the
head and crossing them over the nape. Tie the hair into a low ponytail and wrap
a section of hair around the elastic before spraying it with hair spray (like Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold
30. UNDONE BRAID
The low placement
of this braid isn’t just effortlessly beautiful, it also creates two styles in
one (faux lob in the front, braid in the back). Mist a texturizing spray, like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray,all
over dry hair. Then start braiding from midlength to the ends (the braid will
drop slightly from where you start it). Secure with an elastic after two or
three rotations and wrap a piece hair around it and pin for a polished finish.
31. BARDOT BLOWOUT
blowout is missing its signature step: back-combing. “Teasing turns it
retro,” says Pita. Instead he prepped the hair with volumizer (like Kérastase Lift Vertige), rough-dried
it, curled it with a large-barrel curling iron for an airy effect, and worked
dry shampoo (like Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk)
into the roots while roughing them up with his fingers. “The dry shampoo
makes the hair stay up,” Pita says. Plus, it’s not a pain in the B to
brush it out in the morning.
32. MODERN CRIMPS
Crimping is back, but don’t be scared.
This time it’s subtle, random, and surprisingly refined. For a ponytail like
this one, take a mini crimper to three or four random sections of your hair
(roots to ends) before delicately smoothing it into a low ponytail. You can
also leave your hair loose—just be sure to spray it with some salt spray (like O&M Surf Bomb Sea
Salt Spray) to keep the texture cool, not considered.
33. LOOPED-THROUGH BUN
Two is better than
one in the case of this sporty headband look. Start with a one-inch headband of
any color, then layer a double-strand black headband on top of it (Scünci makes
them). Tie your hair in a ponytail, then loop the tail through the black headband.
That makes the hair follow the line of the neck so it looks more elegant, says
hairstylist Odile Gilbert.
34. HALF-UP LOOP
When you pull your
hair half-up, please remember two things. 1) Never pull back literally half of
your hair, or the hair below will look thin and shrimpy. A better ratio is
70/30. 2) If you have a round Céline barrette, by all means use it. If you
don’t, Mrs President & Co. makes an amazing dupe (now only
available in silver).
35. RIBBON BRAID
Don’t try to make this
perfect, or you’ll lose all the fun. Section off the hair on top of your head
in a horseshoe shape (the base of the horseshoe is at the crown). Clip the hair
from the sides and back out of the way. Gather all the hair from the front and
tie a long black ribbon (twice as long as your hair) around the base. Separate
the hair into three parts and place the ribbon in the two outside sections.
Every few rotations, tie the ribbon in a knot and begin braiding crazily again.
Use bobby pins the same color as your hair to push any saggy pieces into your
braid and enhance the Mohawk shape.