Get inspired by these styles. There’s a fresh, sexy look for everyone.
A TIGHT BRAID
Apply gel to your roots and use a brush to pull hair into a high ponytail. Then braid the tail, securing the ends with an elastic. “It’s good for a party, because it looks great with a cocktail dress,” says hairstylist Ryan Trygstad of the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
A BLUNT CUT
Long layers are unfailingly pretty—don’t get us wrong—but updating your look with a more severe cut like this one is a quick way to add drama to straight hair. Here’s what to ask your stylist for: A cut that’s “blunt at the shoulders and has strong fringe,” says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York Salon, who created this look. “The sides and back are slightly layered to create the thatchy, wispy look.” To style it, pull out pieces on the sides and mist all over with hair spray to hold the sharp, graphic shape.
A MINI POMPADOUR
Not all poufs are created equal—and this one is definitely more sophisticated, less Snooki. For this half-up style, Buckett says to grab the section of hair on the top of the head between the temples and tease it at the roots to create height. Smooth it out with your fingers and pin down the hair at the center of your crown; let the rest loose.
A seemingly simple chignon is suddenly dressed up when you add a jeweled comb or barrette. “Slide it in right above and behind the ear so you can’t see it from the front,” says Garren. “It’s a good place for an accessory, especially if you’re going to be wearing earrings.”
Some things in life are hard to define. Curls, though, are easy. Start by coating them with a moisturizing cream, like Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector, then blow-dry with a diffuser while gently twisting them into coils. “I love the diffuser from Devachan that looks like a hand,” Trygstad says. “It dries the hair without blowing it around.” Apply a mist of shine spray (try Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray) for that extra layer of gloss.
Thin hot rollers will give shoulder-length hair massive volume and sexy, springy spirals. Twist a one-inch section, then place a half-inch roller at its roots; wrap the hair around it. Once it’s all been set this way, let it sit for 15 minutes, then gently brush it out.
To get loads of volume, run mousse through damp hair, then pick up your blow-dryer and round brush. “Start blow-drying hair to the side immediately,” says Buckett. “Then wrap sections of hair around the brush, holding each in place for a few seconds so that you’re using the brush as a Velcro roller, heating the hair on it instead of pulling it smooth.” When you’re finished drying, rub a dab of pomade, such as L’Oréal Professionnel Lumi Contrôle, over your fingers, then use them to tousle the ends.
A BOUNCY PONYTAIL
For an elegant take on the signature cheerleader high ponytail, Garren suggests center-parting the hair in the very front, then using hair spray to slick it over the head. Make your ponytail at the back of the crown. Flatiron the tail, then tease the hair underneath the base of the ponytail “to get that puff,” says Garren.
A BIG UPDO
This particular style is a little extreme, but a tamer version would be perfectly appropriate anytime. “Pull hair back in a high ponytail, then tease the tail,” Trygstad says. “Then make one big loop with it by wrapping it under itself, pinning down the ends at your scalp.” Slide on a thick knit headband at the hairline as a bold finish.
via 31 New Hair Ideas for 2011: Inside Allure: allure.com.