Must-Have Haircuts for Every Woman

The cutting edge: What better time for an iconic haircut?

celebrity hairstyles
The cutting edge: What better time for an iconic haircut?
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles
We invited star stylist Chris McMillan — who created Jennifer Aniston's trendsetting "Rachel" 15 years ago — to set his scissors to work and show us this season's hottest looks for every texture, from curly to straight.
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

FRESH CROP
"Layering keeps short hair moving so it doesn't become a helmet. I love a geometric shape, although I do soft edges around the face to make it approachable."
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

THE NEW BOB
Short hair needs monthly trimming to maintain its shape. To keep layers defined, apply a small dab of smoothing serum to damp hair. After drying, work shaping paste into ends with your fingers and tame flyaways with an iron.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Star Hairstyles

MC Recommends: Remington Professional Flat Iron, $45; Chris McMillan Hair Defining Paste, $25; Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, $24
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

GREAT LENGTHS
"Long hair needs to be trimmed as often as short hair; layers look best blended, not jagged."
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

FLATTERING LAYERS
Blended, "invisible" layers are best for long, medium-to-thick hair. Chunkier layers give fine hair the appearance of fullness. For a glossy finish, smooth on a lightweight shine serum after blow-drying.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Star Hairstyles

MC Recommends: David Babaii for WildAid Ionic Hair Dryer powered by FHI Heat, $119.95; Chris McMillan Hair Glossing Serum, $35; Nexxus Volume Effexx Jumbo Brush, $15.99
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

CURVES AHEAD
"Wavy hair looks newest with a wild fullness at the bottom. Grow out your long layers to achieve a big bell-like shape."
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

WILD WAVES
Use a large-barrel curling iron in random sections around the face to lend textural variety to curly or wavy hair. Separate the ringlets with a styling cream or mousse, then finish with a light hairspray mist all over.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Star Hairstyles

MC Recommends: Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime Spray, $36; Sunsilk Hairapy Hydra TLC 24/7 Crème, $3.49; Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Mousse, $3.99
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

BANG ON
"Adding heavy, blunt bangs like Chrissie Hynde's gives freshness to any cut. I always start women off with a brow-sweeping length."
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

BIG-BANG THEORY
To protect long strands from heat, apply a styling cream sparingly throughout before drying — go extra easy on the bangs. "Tucking hair behind the ears creates a nice imperfection when you let it loose later," adds McMillan.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Star Hairstyles

MC Recommends: Arrojo Nylon and Boar Bristle Paddle Brush, $25; Kiehl's Stylist Series Crème With Silk Groom, $17.50; Sebastian Professional Liquid Gloss De-Frizz Polishing Drops, $16.95
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

TWISTED SISTER
"If you've got curly hair, I say go for it! Get a cut that exaggerates the shape and wave pattern. Your goal is volume and definition."
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Don Flood
Star Hairstyles

TWISTED CURLS
Curly hair tends to be drier because of the shape of the cuticle. Comb through alcohol-free mousse (which works like a leave-in conditioner) to define and moisturize curls. Air-dry.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Star Hairstyles

MC Recommends: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam, $8.95; Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum, $16; Goody Detangling Comb, $2.99
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