I have a love/hate relationship with the simplicity of my current style, a lightly layered, long bob with bangs. Most days, I spend 2 minutes drying my bangs and scrunching in some hair cream and my hair still looks stylish, which is lovely. But on those rare occasions when I want to look a little different it can seem downright impossible. But with some inspiration from 50s starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and a little old school technique, I’ve found a perfect solution. Try this look for a romantic evening, a cocktail party, or a seasonal soiree. Learn to create it yourself in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Step: Heat a set of electric or steam rollers. Mist clean, dry hair lightly with protective thickening lotion. Divide hair in 3-5 rows, from forehead to nape, using the width of a roller to section.
Step: Beginning at the front hairline of the center section, take a subsection the width of a roller. Pull hair up and forward and wrap down around the roller. Repeat through the remainder of the section, lifting hair up and wrapping down with tension.
Step: On side sections, use the same method as the top, but pull hair forward, parallel to the section and wrap back. When all hair is set, allow to cool completely.
Step: Gently remove rollers and gently brush through set. Massage roots with finger to break up part lines. Use fingers to recoil individual curls at the nape and front hairline. Mist with holding spray and gently slide a wide-tooth comp through edges to add separation.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle
Amanda Seyfried long blonde locks reminded us of the golden days of tinsel town –– but not any more. The star of Ted 2 and Lovelace went to similarly polar opposites for her new look, eschewing timeless long flowing, feminine waves for a trendy shoulder-grazing lob. Lightly layered and bang-less, the shape feels effortless and slouchy. Read on for steps to achieving this chic, easy style.
If you remember the late nineties then you probably remember “The Rachel,” a layered shoulder length cut popularized by Jennifer Aniston’s character on the TV show Friends. For a while it seemed every girl in America was wearing that cut. Rumor had it that it looked great on everyone, but it didn’t. In fact, it looked pretty terrible on a lot of people, and it required a lot of mouse, a big round brush, and some serious styling time to look right. Now we have a new one-size-fits-all cut: the wavy bob. But if you have stick straight hair (or tight curls) beachy waves are a lot of work. And if you are over 30, or have a round face, or aren’t wearing the right makeup, the shape can feel more soccer-mom than super model. If styled wrong it can quickly go from cutely tousled to tangled mess. The pictures above provide some of my least favorite celebrity versions. Click the style notes to see more questionable examples. –– Laura Martin
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