Styling Tips for Medium Length Hair

Not too short, not too long... get your medium length hair just perfect with these styles.

By Elizabeth Flahive

August 1, 2008 9:39 AM
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For sexy, Veronica Lake waves, use a gloss-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. Then blow-dry hair straight as you would normally.

With the front/face-framing bits, hold the ends around the barrel of the round brush as you dry, so you get a strong wave at the bottom.

If you need an additional curl to the ends once hair is completely dry, get a large curling iron to create a more dramatic swoop.


MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SHINE like Artec Textureline Smoothing Serum, $11.99.

SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER like Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin Shampoo, $27.99.

CURLING IRON like Remington Digital Curling Iron, $16.99.

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Run a styling cream through hair before blow drying. If your hair is super straight veering towards flat, dry hair without a brush and then smooth with a styling cream when everything's dry.

Flip hair over and mist with shine spray for extra gleam.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

STYLING CREAM like Pureology Nanocream Styling Glaze, $33.

HAIR DRYER like Conair Infiniti Nano Silver Tourmaline Ceramic Styler, $39.99.

SHINE SPRAY like Sunsilk ThermaShine Detangling Shine Spray, $4.49.

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For a sexy, sideswept look, work a texturizer through dry hair with a boar bristle brush.

Spray a little hairspray onto a vent brush and tease hair at the crown for a little extra height. Then grab that section and sweep loosely back to the side, fastening with a flower pin accessory.

Mist entire head with a light hairspray to keep the sexy, tousled look working hard all night.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

TEXTURIZER like KMS California Hair Play Texture Blast, $16.

HAIR SPRAY like Dove Advanced Color Therapy Hair Spray, $5.

SHAMPOO like Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Shampoo for Wavy Hair, $9.49.

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Coat damp hair with a straightening cream. Blow-dry and quickly flat-iron.

Take a pomade and work through the top layer to make this straight style a little more rock and roll.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

STRAIGHTENING BALM like Alterna Hemp Straightening Balm, $22.

POMADE like Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade, $21.99.

BLOW DRYER like the Super Solano Hair Dryer, $100.

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Take curly hair from day to night by spritzing with a refreshing, enzyme-rich spray to bring back the bounce. Or use a little beachy spray.

Rake hair back with your fingers (to create lift) and fasten loosely with a small claw clip.

Finger-twirl a few of the loose pieces for extra polish.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
REFRESHING SPRAY like David Babaii WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray, $11.95.

CLAW CLIPS like Goody Clips, $3.99.

SPRAY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alterna Hemp Spray Leave-In Conditioner, $20.
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"The perfect blowout isn't about getting your hair pin-straight, it's about getting that soft, moveable sexy look that will last a few days," says L.A. stylist Rod Ortega.

Start from the back of your head and move forward. Run a little straightening cream through your hair-the less product you use, the longer your blowout will last-and dry two-inch sections using a large roundbrush.

For extra volume around the sides of your face, pull the round brush out to the side of your face instead of down as you go.

To curb frizz, warm up a tiny drop of anti frizz in your hands and run your palms lightly over your hair.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BLOWDRYER like Chi Rockey Professional Hair Dryer, $135.

LARGE ROUND BRUSH like Conair Round Brush, $9.99.

ANTI FRIZZ like Dove Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream, $4.49.
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Use a straightening iron to get hair to lie flat against your head.

Make a deep side part and pull hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Fasten in a loop so the ends stick out.

Mist entire style with shine spray. Add a whimsical accessory right over the part.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
FLAT IRON like Hot Tools Flat Iron, $39.99.

SHINE SPRAY like Thermasilk Detangling Shine Spray, $4.49.

BALM like Frédéric Fekkai Straight Away Straight Balm, $17.50.
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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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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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To keep hair from getting too oily, use a clarifying shampoo before styling so you're not layering new products on top of product buildup.

Keep product away from your scalp and work it through the rest of your hair.

Dry hair without using a brush, on a high power and heat. Use a tiny bit of pomade on your ends.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

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

SHINE SPRAY like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shine Glossing Spray, $10.92.

ROOT LIFTER like Frédéric Fekkai Root Lifting Spray, $19.50.

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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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Run a quarter-sized dollop of leave-in conditioner through hair. "It's important to start from the back of your head when applying product and work your way forward," says NYC Stylist Ted Gibson.

Diffuse hair until half dry and let it air-dry the rest of the way.

Once hair is totally dry, spritz with shine spray-keep a travel-sized version in your bag.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Jonathan Product Conditioning Leave-In Gloss, $22.

DIFFUSER like Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Diffuser, $8.

SHINE SPRAY like L'Oreal Studio Line Shine Spray, $4.99.
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Unwashed straight hair is the perfect foundation for this style. Run a little mousse through hair to give it some extra hold and volume.

Make a deep side part and tease the front section pulling it loosely back, over your ear instead of tucked behind it. Do the same with the other side.

Use a little styling cream on your ends and pull loose hair forward over your shoulder.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
MOUSSE like Davines Defining System Volume Mousse, $22.99.

STYLING CREAM like Kérastase Nutri Sculpt, $29.00.

BRUSH like René Furterer Round Brush, $30.
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Preserve your color with a gentle shampoo that's sulfate-free — harsh detergents are a color killer.

Dry hair with a round brush-use a big dollop of smoothing styling crème to tame frizzies.

Flat-iron bangs so they fall off to the side and stay that way.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO like Louis Galvin Shampoo, $24.

STYLING CRÈME like L'Oréal Studio Line Out Of Bed, $4.99.

FLAT-IRON SPRAY like FX Flat Iron Spray, $5,99.
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A combination of blow-drying and air-drying creates a great, balanced style. Use a little straightening balm and blow-dry heavier bangs so they lie straight.

Run a little anti-frizz through hair and let the rest air-dry while you do your makeup.

Shake hair with your fingers.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING BALM like Redken Straight Hair Straightening Balm, $16.

ANTI-FRIZZ like Garnier Fructis Leave-In Anti Frizz Serum, $5.99.

SPLIT-END REPAIR like Clairol Herbal Essences Long Term Repair Leave In Split End Protector, $3.99.
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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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If you want your natural curls to look girly and polished, wrap up sections of hair in hot rollers and mist with a setting spray.

Then, remove the hot rollers from the back of your head after two minutes. Then, take out the rest of the rollers after five minutes in order to create a cascading effect.

Spritz with shine spray to add sparkle, and don't forget to toss your hair when you walk!

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HOT ROLLERS like Remington All That! Hair Setter, $15.79.

SHAMPOO FOR DAMAGED HAIR like Aussie Moist Shampoo for Dry to Damaged Hair, $7.49.

SETTING SPRAY like Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray, $24.99.
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To loosen natural curls, take a wide-toothed comb and rake some mousse through dry hair.

Then, grab a large-barreled curling iron and wrap different sized sections (1-3 inches) around the iron loosely. The heat will help cut down on the frizz. Don't do your entire head, just a few pieces.

Then, flip your head over and spray with hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
MOUSSE like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam, $19.99.

WIDE-TOOTH COMB like Scunci Style and Detangle Wide Tooth Comb, $1.99.

CURLING IRON like Infiniti By Conair Tourmaline Curling Iron, $28.99.
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A color-protecting shampoo is a must: Your single-process lasts longer and you can stretch time in-between appointments.

Spray damp hair with a volumizer and work a little volumizing mousse into the ends.

Let hair air-dry-you save yourself the damage of heat-styling and still get amazing results, thanks to the height-boosting products.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
COLOR PROTECTANT SHAMPOO like L'Anza Color Care Color Preserving Shampoo, $42.

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

VOLUMIZING MOUSSE like Charles Worthington Big Hair Salon Shine Mousse, $6.79.
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Use a moisturizing color-enhancing shampoo to keep dark shades glossy and healthy. You want to keep up a mirror-like surface and darker shades get duller faster.

Dry hair quickly, brushing with a flat brush as you go.

Run a shine serum through the top layer of your hair.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SWITCH to John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo, $6.49.

SERUM like Citre Shine Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum, $6.99.

COLOR CONDITIONER like Pantene Pro-V Brunette Expressions Color Enhancing Conditioner, $6.38.
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Mix a little leave-in conditioner and gel in your palm and then apply to damp hair.

Use a diffuser and work until hair is mostly dry, but not all the way — it's good to let a few curls dry on their own for a more natural texture.

A deep side part gives this style extra sexiness — it's a great way to give curly hair an evening-ready edge without actually doing anything to your hair.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Korres Natural Products Leave-On Conditioner, $19.50.

GEL like Pantene Pro-V Curl Defining Scrunching Gel, $4.49.

CURL SHAMPOO like Kérastase Nutritive Curl Definition Shampoo, $31.99.
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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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If your hair is on the thin side-and curly, you want shine and control without the weight. Look for stylers without silicone and use leave-in conditioner sparingly on damp hair.

Flip head over and scrunch curls lightly with a towel. Finger-curl a few pieces to give definition, but avoid heat styling.

Finish off the look with hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Philip B Lovin Leave In Conditioner, $24.

NON-SILICONE POMADE like Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade, $21.49.

CURL CONDITIONER like John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Around Conditioner, $5.99.
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Wash hair with a shine-boosting shampoo and conditioner to get a little extra gloss in the shower.

Spray a volumizer all over and then blow-dry hair with a round brush.

Set two-inch sections of hair with large Velcro rollers, allowing them to sit for at least 20 minutes. Remove rollers and mist entire head with hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SHAMPOOO like Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo, $4, leaves hair 10 times silkier.

VOLUMIZER like Alberto VO5 Root Blast, $4, gives you a natural-looking lift at the root.

ROLLERS for a vavavavoomy style. Velcro rollers, $5.
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This look is all about beachy ends and lift at the roots. Spray some volumizer all over your roots and quickly blow-dry aiming a nozzle right at your roots.

After towel-drying hair, wet with a beachy salt spray so you get a laidback, undone texture.

Flip head over and shake out your hair to distribute and activate the product.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BEACHY SPRAY like Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves, $22.

SUPER ABSORBANT TOWEL for faster drying like Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel, $18.

VOLUMIZER like Sunsilk Daring Volume Volumizing Spray, $3.99.
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The great thing about curly hair is you don't have to wash it every day to look great. Two to three times a week is plenty so your curls hang onto moisture.

Refresh curls with a styling spray that's loaded with conditioning botanicals. Use your hands to scrunch curls back to life.

To tamp down frizz, smooth a little silicone-based serum over trouble spots.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BOTANICAL SPRAY like Ouidad Botanical Boost, $16.

SILICONE-BASED SERUM like Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum, $26.

CURL SHAMPOO like Kérastase Nutritive Oleo Shampoo for Curl Definition, $31.99.
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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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Use a little curling-gel spray on damp hair to add hold.

Then, twirl one- to two-inch sections around your fingers and then let the curled sections drop. Once you've done your entire head, let hair air-dry.

Once dry, pull apart the larger curls to be as loose as desired and spritz entire head with a little hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CURLING GEL/SPRAY like Redken Fresh Curls Spray Gel, $15.99.

HAIRSPRAY like Suave Professionals Hair Spray, $2.99.

SHINE-BOOSTING CONDITIONER like Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner Sleek and Shine, $3.99.
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Blow-dry hair straight so you get a smooth, silky finish.

Using various-sized hot rollers, roll up your entire head of hair (some all the way up, some only half way so you get a variety of textures and curls. Spritz with setting spray and let sit until cool, about 10 minutes.

Undo rollers and flip hair upside-down. Then, take a few front pieces and pull up and off to the side, fastening with a small bobby pin for a loose, sideswept effect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HOT ROLLERS like Conair Instant Head Hair Setters, $29.99.

SETTING SPRAY like Biolage by Matrix Thermal-Active Setting Spray, $15.49.

BOBBY PINS like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins, $1.29.
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This look is so '60s sexpot — and it's easy! Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to amp up hair's natural volume so it doesn't look heavy.

Run a dab of leave-in conditioner through the end, towel-dry and blow-dry hair with your head mostly upside down.

Flip hair back over and make a deep side part. Smooth down flyaways with a little anti-frizz cream where needed.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Dove Extra Volume Shampoo, $7.29.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Bumble & Bumble Leave-In Conditioner, $23, keeps ends from looking fried.

ANTI-FRIZZ CREAM like Neutrogena Hair Care Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti-Frizz Cream, $7.39, keeps every strand in order.
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Use a smoothing shampoo with proteins and amino acid, which help to seal the cuticle for a sleeker style. "A cool rinse after your conditioner is a great way to add a quick hit of shine in the shower," says NYC/Sally Hershberger Salon stylist Tommy Bucket.

Blow-dry hair with a vent brush and then run a flat iron over one-inch sections, flipping the ends up slightly.

Grab two or three large bobby pins. Take a section of hair a few inches back from your hairline. Spray it with a setting spray and roll the section forward over a round brush to make a clean loop of hair. Tuck the ends under and fasten very securely with the bobby pins. Mist the rest of your hair with a shine spray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SMOOTHING SHAMPOOS like Clairol Herbal Essences Smoothing Shampoo, $3.99, work wonders.

SHINE SPRAY like TIGI Bedhead Headrush Shine Spray, $15.29.

BOBBY PINS like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins, $1.29.
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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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Use a deep conditioner once a week to add shine and manageability to thick, shorter cuts.

Blow-dry hair on a low heat to cut down on frizz. If you have serious issues with frizz, mix a dab of gel and styling cream together and run through wet hair before styling.

Spritz a shine spray for that mirror-like gleam.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SHINE SPRAY like Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine, $23.99, gives hair a hydrating hit of rice bran oil-and smells so good.

GEL like Ouidad Curl Quencher Gel, $24.20, is made with vitamin B and botanicals so it conditions as it controls.

ANTI-FRIZZ like Renee Furterer Straightening Gel, $24.

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If you have a cut with a lot of layers, this style is easy to achieve. Use a color-boosting shampoo to keep your highlights looking vibrant.

Run some anti-frizz cream through hair from root to tip.

Then blow-dry roots and bangs with a round brush.

Leave the ends damp, and roughly dry them so they add texture to the look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HIGHLIGHT-BOOSTING SHAMPOO like L'Oreal Professional Vitamino Color Shampoo, $28.

STYLING CREAM like John Frieda Frizz Ease Weather Works Cream, $5.49.

ROUND BRUSH like Earth Therapuetics Round Brush, $8.
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Create a quick half-updo by gathering hair loosely back to softly frame your face.

Fasten with a small barrette and pull hair out so it's loosely framing the sides of your face, adding volume and softness.

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Rough up ends with a little TEXTURIZING SPRAY like, Ted Gibson Build It $28, so the style looks refined but sexy.

HYDRATING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER keeps hair healthy. Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo, $18.

SCULPTING WAX like Terax Hair Care Sculpting Wax, $16, gives you an undone texture.

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Unwashed hair is a great way to kick-start this style. Make a deep side part before you run a little volumizing mousse through dry hair.

Flip hair over and comb through with a vent brush. Flip head back up.

If you want a little extra polish, use a large curling iron just on the ends and then shake your hair out again with an upside-down flip.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
A GREAT COMB like Sephora Wide Tooth Comb, $4, will last for years.

VOLUMIZE with René Furterer Anti-Dehydrating Volumizing Mousse, $23.

A VENT BRUSH really works product through your hair evenly. Bio-Ionic Vent Brush, $23.
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“For shine that lasts, make sure that your hair is hydrated so the light bounces off it,” says NYC stylist Ouidad. Deep condition twice a week for best results.

Blow-dry hair on a medium heat setting and finish with a shot of cool air to seal the cuticle.

Spritz with a thermal protectant spray before flat ironing to keep hair healthy. Make a deep side part, once you’ve gotten your hair as sleek as possible.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HYDRATING SHAMPOO like Matrix Biolage Hydrating Shampoo, $14.99.

DEEP CONDITIONER like L’Oreal Professional Absolut Repair Mask for Very Damaged Hair, $30.

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY like Cutler Specialist Protectant Spray, $21.
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Add bounce to a relaxed style by spritzing ends with a conditioning mist.

Put a few ceramic hot rollers in for three minutes, tops. Relaxed hair is delicate and you don't want to cause breakage with heat styling.

Shake hair out and spray lightly with a setting mist.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

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

CONDITIONING MIST like DevaCurl Mist-er Right, $17.95.

SETTING SPRAY like Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray, $15.50.

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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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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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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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Use a shampoo for straight hair which repairs and smoothes a color-damaged cuticle.

Use a wet-to-dry flat iron in order to combine two heat styling steps into one.

Backcomb the section of hair you're pulling up and back so you get a slightly more formal-looking lift in front. Fasten with a few light-colored bobby pins.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
WET-TO-DRY FLAT IRON like Chi Wet To Dry Flat Iron, $250.

STRAIGHT-HAIR SHAMPOO like Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo, $3.99.

BOBBY PINS like Ricky's NYC Bobby Pins, $3.79.
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Refresh your straight style by taking a shine serum and running it through your hair.

Use a flat iron on pieces in the front, pulling each section down and toward your chin to create a face-framing shape. Keep the heat setting at a medium level so you don't cause damage.

Spritz with a setting mist to fight flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

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

FLAT IRON like BaByliss Ionic Flat Iron, $85.

SETTING SPRAY like Matrix Biolage Thermal-Active Setting Spray, $15.49.

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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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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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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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Get glossy shine with a silk-protein-spiked shampoo.

Use a shine-boosting style and work a generous amount from root to tip. Blow-dry using a natural boar bristle brush.

Finish with a hit of cold air from the dryer to seal the cuticle.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHAMPOO like John Frieda Brilliant Brunette, $6.49.

SHINE SPRAY Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Star Shine Styling for All Hair Types, $12.49.

SHINE POMADE Got2b Define + Shine Pomade, $5.99.
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Deep-condition hair twice weekly—curls drink up extra moisture like a sponge.

Rinse hair lightly leaving a little conditioner in there—it’s a great base for styling thicker, more coarse textures.

“Rub a shine glaze together in your palms and distribute it evenly throughout your hair,” says NYC stylist Ouidad.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DEEP CONDITIONER like Burt’s Bees Hair Repair with Shea Butter and Grapefruit, $7.99.

SHINE GLAZE like Ouidad Shine Glaze, $17.

CURL CRÈME like Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Crème, $30.
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Use a color-enhancing shampoo to liven up your highlights and add shine.

Douse hair in volumizer and then blow-dry using a vent brush.

Add a little shine serum to the bangs and front layers to give them additional polish.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
COLOR-BOOSTING SHAMPOO like Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Shampoo, $5.79.

VOLUMIZER like Amplify by Matrix Volumizing System, $16.49.

SHINE SERUM like Salon Selectives Smoothing Serum, $4.49.
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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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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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Towel-dry hair vigorously and run conditioning styling cream through your hair and let it air-dry as you style your bangs.

Blow-dry your bangs with a round brush, making sure they're completely dry.

Run a tiny dab of shine serum over bangs to add a little polish to the look. If the rest of your hair isn't close to almost dry, attach a diffuser and quickly dry the ends.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING CREAM like Pureology Nanoglaze Styling Cream, $33.

ANTI FRIZZ like Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Shine Anti Frizz Serum, $6.49.

DIFFUSER ATTACHMENTS like Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Diffuser, $8.
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Wash your hair with a highlight enhancing shampoo. Work a bit of volumizing mousse through your roots so you get extra lift without working too hard.

Quickly blow-dry on a medium heat (don't worry about getting every strand perfectly smooth, you can tame flyaways with a little anti frizz serum later.)

Make a deep side part and pull hair loosely back from either side of the part, fastening hair with a tiny claw clip. This way you'll have that tousled, loose effect but your hair will still hold where you clip it.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZER like Clairol Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse, $3.99.

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

HAIR CLIPS like Goody Colour Collection Claw Clips keep it loose, $2.99 for 4.

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Use a straightening balm and blow-dry bangs so they're smooth and sleek.

Run a light styling gel through damp hair and let it all air-dry so you get control and a little extra volume at once.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING BALM like Wella Color Perserve Straightening Balm, $14.99.

STYLING GEL like TIGI Bed Head Power Trip Hair Gel, $11.99.

DRY SHAMPOO like Samy Salon Systems Dry Spray Shampoo, $7.99.
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Get a rocker-chic bob by keeping hair perfectly straight with a blow dryer and flat iron.

Then, add a little shine to the bangs to keep the look from getting too severe.

Offset the sleek bangs with a worked-over texture on your ends-matte and piecey with a little extra volume.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
MATTE PASTE like Redken Rewind Styling Paste, $15.99.

SHINE BALM like Davines Defining System Shine Pomade, $27.99.

VOLUME SPRAY like Phyto Actif Volume Spray, $28.
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This is a great look for unwashed, straight hair. Grab the section of hair right at the front of your crown, making sure not to pick up any of the side pieces. Backcomb it so you get some real lift. Then spray that section with a non-sticky hairspray and backcomb a little more.

Pull the section back and a little to the side and fasten it with bobby pins so the ends are sticking out but you're keeping the height at the roots.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING CREAM Run a little styling cream through the sides of your hair so they don't look frizzy. Kérastase Nutri-Sculpt, $27.99.

HAIRSPRAY A good hairspray gives you hold but not helmet head. Alberto VO5 Brush Out Hairspray, $4.29.

BOBBY PINS to anchor your style like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins , $1.
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A great way to go from day to night: add curl to a straightened look, even if your hair is already dry. Start by misting a heat protection spray and a wave spray onto the bottom half of your hair. Without opening the clamp, twist small sections around a curling iron, from midway to the ends of the strands. Use hairspray to hold it all in place.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HEAT-PROTECTION SPRAY like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, $4.75

WAVE SPRAY like Sally Hershberger Wave Spray, $12.50

HAIRSPRAY like Sebastian Original Shaper Hair Spray, $12.99
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A Cleopatra style — think blunt, eyelash-grazing bangs and thick, straight locks — works well for most hair types. To get it just right, use a leave-in conditioner and a straightening balm on wet hair. Divide it into sections and blowdry with a round brush. Then, flatiron the top layer, pulling downward. Finish it off with shine spray — more is better; you want it really sleek.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Paul Mitchell Original The Conditioner, $17

STRAIGHTENING BALM like Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, $26

SHINE SPRAY like Philip B. Shin Shine, $27
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Get this shaggy, layered cut to turn your naturally straight hair into a sexy, tousled style. Start by air-drying your hair; then, mist in some surf spray and scrunch. To make your bangs look more finished, roughly blowdry them. If you still need oomph, wrap large sections around the barrel of a curling iron — twisting some forward and some backward for an intentionally messy effect. A dab of shine cream on the ends finishes off the look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SURF SPRAY like David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray, $9.99

CURLING IRON like Hot Tools Jumbo 1" Professional Curling Iron, $20.99

SHINE CREAM like Pureology StylingLotion Support Hold Shine, $21
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Exaggerate your smooth, wispy texture with an angled cut and bangs. Then, make it look professional by styling with a flatiron. Use a heat protection spray to minimize damage. Pull the iron straight down through small sections, beginning at the crown. Bend the ends of your bangs under slightly. Then, to make the look even more modern, finish it off with mattifying spray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY like Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray, $11.99

FLAT IRON like T3 Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron, $69.95

MATTIFYING POWDER like Schwarzkopf OSiS Dust It Mattifying Powder, $13
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A blowout is the best way to make short, thick hair look polished. Start by distributing a liberal amount of blow-dry lotion throughout your tresses. Separate top and bottom sections and begin drying underneath, curling hair around a round brush. Then, do the same with the top section. Smooth flyaways with shine serum. Patience is important — the more time you spend, the better it will look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BLOW-DRY LOTION like Redken 02 Satinwear Ultimate Blow Dry Lotion, $19.50

ROUND BRUSH like Conair Performers Full Round 100% Boar Bristle Brush, $10.99

SHINE SERUM like GHD Shining Serum, $18
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To quickly turn your naturally curly hair into soft waves, let it partially air-dry and mist it with a prepping spray. Then, using a round brush, blow-dry the front sections smooth. Spritz with a frizz-controller and wrap large sections around a big-barrel curling iron, starting about halfway up the hair. For shine and extra conditioning, twist the ends with a hydrating oil.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
PREPPING SPRAY like Jonathan Product Prep Spray, $20

FRIZZ SPRAY like Citre Shine Miracle Mist Anti-Frizz Spray Laminator, $4.05

HAIR OIL like Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum, $16
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