Hairstyles in 15 to 30 Minutes

Style your hair in no time.

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Tresses and toast — style your hair in the time it takes to make breakfast!
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Spritz some styling spray into your hair (to give it some guts) and quickly blow-dry, shaking hair out with your fingers so you ramp up the volume.

Take a large-barreled (1.5 inch) curling iron and wrap 2-inch sections of hair.

Take a natural boar-bristle brush and brush through the curls to loosen them into waves. To make this look a little more special/offbeat, add a whimsical headband to shake up a more traditional evening look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
PROTECT strands with Dove Advanced Care Heat Shield Styling Spray, $4.99.

CURLING IRONS give you a little wave with heat. T3 1.5 Inch Twirl, $215.

BRUSH with natural bristles to add shine, sans product. Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush, $170.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Blow-dry hair with a large vent brush, pulling hair up and back as you go along. Don't worry about hair getting too big, fine hair will fall as you style it so the more volume at the root the better.

Make a deep side part so most of the volume is to one side of the part.

Roll one-inch sections of hair halfway with small Velcro rollers and spray with hairspray so you get a slight bounce to just your ends.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Salon Selectives Healthy Volume Shampoo, $4.49, adds oomph.

VELCRO ROLLERS add style without heat damage. Velcro Rollers, $5.

VENT BRUSH like Avon Advanced Techniques Vent Brush, $4.99.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Getting the right combo of straight and wavy textures is easy if you have the right cut. "A few layers throughout makes styling so much easier," says NYC stylist Ted Gibson.

Use a volumizing spray all over. "People always think of volume at the top, you want it in the back and on the sides as well," says Gibson.

Run some serum through bangs and blow-dry but don't flat iron them — it'll make the look too severe compared to the rest of your wavy-ish texture.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
WAVY HAIR SPRAY like Frédéric Fekkai Tousled Wave Spray, $23.

VOLUMIZING SPRAY like Alterna Life Volume Spray Mousse, $21.

SHINE POMADE with Modern Organic Products Separation and Shine Pomade, $12.99.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Use a leave in conditioner as an overnight treatment.

In the morning, rinse hair thoroughly and shampoo just the roots.

Work a texture spray through damp hair and blow-dry on a cool setting. You should get a straight but modern looking result.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Sebastian Laminates Detangling Milk Leave-In Conditioner, $9.99.

TEXTURE PASTE like Min New York Texturizing Paste, $20.

MOISTURE RICH SHAMPOO like The Body Shop Honey Moisturizing Shampoo, $15.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
For a sleek bob, wash hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product buildup.

Then, blow-dry using the tiniest bit of shine glaze to curb frizz.

Finish by running a flat iron though the front pieces only-you want sleeker in front and a little fuller in back.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CLARIFYING SHAMPOO like Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo, $9.99.

SHINE SERUM like Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk, $16.49.

MINI FLAT IRON like Warren Tricomi Hot Iron, $90.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Deep-condition your ends, especially if you haven't gotten a cut in a while.

Use a smoothing styling product (something with a little hold) and dry with a round brush.

Mist with a light shine spray and then run fingers through your hair to encourage a little movement to go with your movie-star gleam.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DEEP CONDITIONER like Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment, $55.

SMOOTHING STYLER like Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti Frizz, $17.59.

LIGHT SHINE SPRAY WITH UV PROTECTION like Frédéric Fekkai Summer Shield, $22.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
First thing's first: Get shiny sideswept bangs. Run a styling cream through and dry immediately, making sure you pull the brush down and to the side as you go, training the bangs to stay put.

Comb an anti-frizz through your hair (use a brush to make sure you really distribute the product).

Blow-dry sections in back with a round brush to smooth out the look. Then, dry the front pieces by combing them through with your fingers so you get that great, sexy wave.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING CREAM like Rusk Str8 Lotion, $10.95.

ANTI FRIZZ will tame flyaways without weighing down fine hair with Neutrogena Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti Frizz Cream, $7.39.

ROUND BRUSH like Earth Therapuetics Radiant Round Brush, $8.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
If you want a quick way to modify a frizzy look, spritz hair with spray gel and rake fingers through hair.

Gather hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, securing with a small elastic. Then twist the hair, secure the impromptu chignon with large bobby pins, allowing the ends to stick out.

Pull a few pieces out in front if you want a slightly more undone appearance.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SPRAY GEL like Matrix Biolage Bodifying Spray Gel, $16.99.

SHAMPOO like Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $2.49.

BOBBY PINS like Scunci No Slip Grip Bobby Pins, $3.29.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Combine a little styling and a little air-drying to vary your texture. Use volumizer and blow-dry at the roots for lift.

Run a tiny dollop of straightening styling cream through the rest of your hair, and let it air dry while you do your makeup and get dressed.

Blast hair with a dryer on a cool setting to add some shine without layering on more product.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZER like Amplify by Matrix Volumizing System Thicklift Liquid Volumizer, $15.

CLARIFYING SHAMPOO like Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $2.49.

STYLING SPRAY like Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Shagg Spray For All Hair Types, $12.49.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Condition hair overnight so ends stay healthy-looking. Rinse hair in the shower in the a.m.

Run a leave-in conditioner through your hair and take one- inch pieces and twist them, creating a ringlet curl that goes about halfway up.

Diffuse the ends to the mid-shift so you get conditioned bouncy curls.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

OVERNIGHT TREATMENT like Phyto 9 Day Cream for Dehydrated Hair, $26.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like EO Conditioner in French Lavender, $8.59.

DIFFUSER like Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Diffuser, $13.99.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Comb a conditioning mousse through damp hair. Layer an anti-frizz on top.

Blow-dry combing fingers through your hair-thanks to the product cocktail, your hair will behave even though you're not pulling it straight with a brush.

Use a little more anti-frizz wherever you notice flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
ANTI FRIZZ like John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Leave In Conditioning Spray, $5.99.

CONDITIONING MOUSSE like Dove Volumizing Body and Lift Mousse, $4.29.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alberto VO5 Daily Weightless Leave-In Conditioner, $4.89.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Wash and condition hair, then towel-dry lightly-don't overdo it because roughing up your hair with terrycloth can actually create frizz.

Use a dab of styling cream and blow-dry hair with a round brush.

For a chic, matte finish, use a bit of dry shampoo-extra volume too!

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CONDITIONER FOR LONG HAIR like L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioner for Long Hair, $4.99.

STYLING CREAM like Samy Get Thick Styling Lotion, $5.99.

DRY SHAMPOO like Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, $21.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Spritz a thermal protective spray through dry hair to prevent damage.

Use medium-sized hot rollers and roll two-inch sections all the way up. Let rollers sit until they're nearly cool (about 10 minutes).

Mist with a hairspray and unroll hair for voluminous curls that stick around.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

ROLLERS like BaByliss Ceramic 20 Roller Hair Setter, $39.95.

HAIRSPRAY like Got2B 2 Sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray, $5.99.

THERMAL PROTECTIVE SPRAY like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $4.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Spritz a thermal protective spray through dry hair to prevent damage.

Use medium-sized hot rollers and roll two-inch sections all the way up. Let rollers sit until they're nearly cool (about 10 minutes).

Mist with a hairspray and unroll hair for voluminous curls that stick around.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
ROLLERS like BaByliss Ceramic 20 Roller Hair Setter, $39.95.

HAIRSPRAY like Got2B 2 Sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray, $5.99.

THERMAL PROTECTIVE SPRAY like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $4.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Spritz a leave-in conditioning mist through dry hair to prevent damage and breakage.

Wrap two-inch sections halfway up with hot rollers, rolling them back away from the face to create volume. Mist with a setting spray. After five minutes, undo rollers.

Run a tiny but of shine serum through your hair to work curls into softer looking waves.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Motions At-Home Nourish Leave-In Conditioner, $3.79.

HOT ROLLERS like Vidal Sassoon 60 Second Fast Heat-Up 20-Roller Hairsetter, $35.00.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
To accentuate shorter layers, style them first and make their texture stand out. Take shorter, face-framing layers and coat in shine serum.

Blow-dry just these sections so they fall smoothly into play. Brush shine serum into the rest of your hair (put a dab on a vent brush) but let it air-dry.

Toss head upside down and spray with aerosol hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SERUM like Pureology Shine Max, $18.99.

VENT BRUSH like Avon Advanced Techniques Vent Brush, $4.99.

AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY like Jonathan Product Finish Control High Shine Hair Spray, $30.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Spritz a thermal protective spray through dry hair to prevent damage and breakage.

Use a large curling iron and wrap two-inch pieces around the barrel, holding the iron parallel to your head.

Run a tiny but of shine serum through your hair to separate curls so they look softer.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

THERMAL PROTECTIVE SPRAY like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $4.

CURLING IRON like Revlon Studio 35 Professional Styling Iron, $6.99.

SHINE SERUM like Motions At-Home Smoothing Shine Serum, $5.99.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
The healthy shine makes this classic "straight hair, middle part" style look a lot more modern.

Wash and blow-dry hair with a round brush. If hair isn't lying flat enough, set in extra-large Velcro rollers (the size of a coke can.)

Spritz rollers with a shine spray. Let everything set for about 10 minutes.

Take rollers out-hair should lie flat against your head but have great looking gleam.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SPRAY like L'Oreal Studio Line Smooth Spray, $4.99.

VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Kanebo Volumizing Shampoo, $30.

VELCRO ROLLERS Assorted Velcro Rollers, $5.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Blow-dry bangs with a round brush and styling spray to fight frizz.

Then, take a dab of straightening balm and work through damp hair before drying. Take smaller sections as you work toward the front of your head.

Use a dab of styling cream and work it thought the ends so you get a little extra bounce.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SPRAY like Thermasilk Detangling Shine Spray, $4.49.

SMOOTHING SHAMPOO like L'Oreal Vive Pro Smoothing Shampoo, $4.99.

STRAIGHTENING BALM like Redken Straight Hair Balm, $16.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Finger-comb through dry hair to get a little volume and separation.

Mist hair with spray gel to give separation, texture and hold.

Pull one side loosely back, keeping hair in front of your ear-this should look undone and almost messy.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SPRAY GEL like Pureology Spray Gel AntiFadeComplex, $20.99.

ANTI FRIZZ like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream, $5.99.

CURL SHAMPOOO like Samy Curls Shampoo, $5.99.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Run a moisturizing styling cream through damp hair and blow-dry straight.

Spritz dry ends with setting spray and loop two-inch sections once around Velcro rollers so every end is set in a curler. Let them sit for 5-7 minutes.

Take rollers out and blast hair with a hit of cool air from the dryer.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
MOISTURIZING STYLING CREAM like Kiehl's Heat Protective Silk-Straightening Cream, $19.

VELCRO ROLLERS Assorted Velcro Rollers, $5.

SETTING SPRAY like Biolage by Matrix Thermal-Active Setting Spray, $15.49.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Wash hair with a curl-enhancing shampoo/conditioner — a great way to bring out your natural wave.

Then, rake a leave-in conditioner and tiny bit of styling gel though your hair with your hands. Scrunch and pile hair on top of your head and clip with little claw clips.

Take hair down 10 minutes later and let it air-dry loosely.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CURL CONDITIONER like Deva Curl Conditioner, $37.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like TRESemmé Detangle Leave In Spray, $4.79.

STYLING GEL like Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel, $20.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
A volumizing shampoo that adds moisture is perfect for daily use. Plus it cuts back on the amount of product you have to use.

Spray volumizer all over-sprays instead of creams and silicone sprays add the right amount of oomph.

Use a teeny bit of shine serum if you need to smooth down frizz-less is more.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO Pureology Volume Care Shampoo, $20.

VOLUMIZER like Paul Mitchell Extra Volume Sculpting Foam, $9.99.

SHINE SERUM like TIGI Bedhead Shine Serum, $14.99.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Naturally curly hair sucks up moisture so stick with a great, emollient leave-in conditioner on soaking wet hair.

When you get out of the shower, towel-dry lightly. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair working from the ends up to the roots.

Use a diffuser on a low heat to dry hair partially, letting it air-dry the rest of the way for best results.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Modern Organic Products Leave-In Conditioner, $10.99.

WIDE-TOOTH COMB like Vidal Sassoon Wide-Tooth Comb, $1.29.

DEEP CONDITIONER like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask, $6.99.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

A close crop requires heavy-duty hydration to look chic. Always use a moisture-rich conditioner.

Wet hair with a setting lotion and sit under a drying hood on low heat to bring out hair's natural texture.

Work a little leave-in condition through a few pieces in front.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Charles Worthington London Results Leave-In Conditioner, $5.99.

HAIR MASK like Pantene Pro-V Strengthening Mask, $3.99.

GEL like Soft Sheen Carson Protein Styling Gel, $4.29.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Run a straightening cream through damp hair (to really lock in the moisture) and blow-dry.

Be sure to create a face-framing shape with the front layers instead of drying them straight down. Pull hair out and then toward your chin with the round brush as you dry.

Spritz the whole look with a bit of shine spray-you'll be able to refresh the look more easily the next day the less product you apply.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Marc Anthony True Professional Straightening Cream, $7.99.

SHINE SPRAY like Avon Mark Salon Straight Shine, $5.

HYDRATING TREATMENT like Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat, $16.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Use a light conditioner to add shine and rinse with a half-cup of apple-cider vinegar.

Work a texture cream through the ends before blow-drying on low heat.

Pull a little more texturizer through your ends to emphasize movement and separation.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DEEP CONDITIONER like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask, $6.99.

TEXTURE CREAM like Cutler Definition Cream for Shine and Texture, $25.

MOISTURIZING VOLUME SHAMPOO like Ojon Hydrating Thickening Shampoo, $22.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Lather up with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product buildup that weighs thin hair down.

Use a volumizer and blow-dry hair without using a brush. Then, take the section of hair you're pulling across your forehead and back and backcomb it, so you get a little extra lift.

Spritz the whole look twice with a shine spray-hold the bottle at least eight inches away from your head so you don't overdo it.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CLARIFYING SHAMPOO like Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo, $9.99.

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

SHINE SPRAY like Chi Shine Infusion Thermal Polishing Spray, $12.95.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook

Always deep-condition after you wash your hair. Choose a product that's full of replenishing oils.

Blow-dry hair in small sections keeping the dryer on low heat and angled down from the root, says Pantene stylist Tippi Shorter.

Use a flat iron sparingly to get a bone-straight finish.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

DEEP CONDITIONER like Burt's Bees Hair Repair, $7.99.

FLAT IRON like Hot Tools Ceramic Flat Iron, $59.99.

HAIR MOISTURIZER like Infusium 23 Leave In Conditioner, $6.99.

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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
Use color-enhancing shampoo designed to bring out blonde tones in your hair-it'll make your highlights look bolder.

Run a straightening product through your hair and blow-dry using a big round brush.

Work a little mousse into dry hair to give it a little extra life.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BLONDE ENHANCING SHAMPOO like Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo, $22.50.

STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Bumble & Bumble Straight, $32.99.

MOUSSE like Alberto VO5 Vivacious Curls Mousse, $3.39.
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