Tousled waves look sexy, soft and effortless, so it’s no wonder that the popularity of beachy looks continues into winter. But for straight haired ladies like me, getting gentle undulations can be challenging. There are many methods for coaxing texture from straight locks, however, depending on your hair type, some of these may leave you with weird kinks or little more than a ripple. Click style notes for a review of the basics, along with advanced tips on getting the most oomph from your tresses. –– Laura Martin
There’s nothing more classic than a simple ponytail, which is why we love seeing twists on this standard style. Olivia Wilde added some pizzazz to her ponytail by creating a banded style with plenty of volume. Paired with her deep-set bangs, the look is still classy, but it has a fun, fresh quality. For ladies with long hair like Olivia’s, this is a great, simple way to jazz up those long locks.
If you’re anything like us, you hit the snooze button one too many times in the morning, and then you get a spontaneous invitation to a evening soiree for which you must look good. Because we haven’t got time for time-consuming beauty routines, we’ve learned to be prepared. Knowing the right techniques and having the proper tools within reach is essential to quick and easy beautifying. For our tips on getting a wow-factor look in five minutes flat, click style notes. – Michelle Rotbart
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with a new look, and highlights are the most popular salon service for anyone looking to add a splash of color in spring and summer. Artful applications by your colorist can emphasize bone structure, make hair appear more reflective in the sun, and add dimensional shine. Go wrong, however, and your head can turn into a stripy mess. To avoid the thick, chunky highlights of the early 2000s –– remember the heavy lines on Kelly Clarkson’s head –– and, instead, enhance your natural, radiant beauty, click through to style notes for our professional highlighting tips. — Michelle Rotbart
You can thank –– or blame –– Sienna Miller or Kate Moss, but it’s time to accept that bangs are the season’s trendiest look. Fringes have been popular through fashion timelines as both men and women can wear them with a number of hairstyles. Influential bang wearers include silent film star, Louise Brooks, fetish model, Bettie Page, original boy band, the Beatles, rock-star girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, and fashionable model, Alexa Chung. We especially love Alexa’s lighter fringe for the summer; it’s sexy and chic and won’t be plastered on our foreheads come noon. To learn how to get the best bangs for your bucks, click through to style notes. — Michelle Rotbart