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As the go-to haircut for many models and celebrities, the long layer has well deserved popularity. Overall length with shorter pieces framing the face gives softness and movement to long hair without thinning ends. Minimal layering makes updos a snap and leaves soft tendrils around the face when hair is pulled back. Emma Stone looks stunning in the popular shape and takes advantage of its versatility, wearing a multitude of up and down styles. The looks shown here can be achieved in a few minutes without washing the hair, which is important since over-shampooing removes the hair’s natural oil, leaving ends dry and fragile. Restyling instead will help you feel fresh without stressing your cuticles. Read on to learn the tricks. –– Laura Martin

Step: For an easy day look, apply curl enhancer and hydro mist to clean, towel-dried hair. Coil random strands to unite texture and reduce frizz. Dry with a sock diffuser, disturbing the hair as minimally as possible. Finish with a light mist of healing oil, focused on tips.

Step: For an easy updo, part hair deeply on one side and spray roots with refinish dry shampoo. Gather strands at the nape, leaving front loose. Twist into a loose bun on one side and use bobby pins to attach the shape at the hairline, just below the ear. Pull a few wisps loose around the face for added softness.

Step: For a new style the next day, add more dry shampoo and gently brush through. Mist hair with protective thickening lotion and use a curling wand to refresh and refine texture. Wrap vertical sections away from the face and use fingers to loosen and perfect the shape. Finish with holding spray.

Step: For evening, gather hair from the same side as the parting and brush back tightly against the head, pinning behind the ear with bobby pins. Use a styling wand to touch up texture as needed. Mist with holding spray to solidify coils and prevent flyways.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted 

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