Hairstyles in 15 to 30 Minutes

Tresses and toast — style your hair in the time it takes to make breakfast!

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August 1, 2008 6:33 AM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A great way to alter an everyday blowout is to go for a fringey effect. Run a styling paste or pomade through the ends of damp hair.

Blow-dry hair while brushing it in downward strokes with a vent brush. You'll get a flare at the ends and a separation thanks to the pomade.

Flat-iron bangs-carefully since fine hair is more delicate-so they lie close to your forehead.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
PASTE like Kiehl's Creative Cream Wax, $15.50.

STRAIGHTENING STYLING CREAM like Kiehl's Heat Protective Silk Straightening Cream, $15.50.

FINE-HAIR SHAMPOO like Bain de Terre Lemongrass Volumizing Shampoo, $21.25.
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Roughly dry hair on a medium heat without applying any product beforehand.

After hair is dry, add a dry spray wax and work through hair until you get that perfect unwashed look with just the right amount of volume.

Add a teensy bit of shine just to your bangs.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DRY SPRAY WAX like Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty Dry Wax, $18.95.

SHINE POMADE with Modern Organic Products Separation and Shine Pomade, $12.99.

VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo, $8.19.
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Making your hair dramatically flat and dramatically matte is a great way to alter your look. Flat-iron your bangs (make sure they're cut very blunt) and then spray them with a dry shampoo to counteract the shine brought on by heat styling.

Work a matte paste through your ends, taking care to work a small piece at a time. You don't want a ton of product but want to take the time to separate strands for a deliberate, piecey look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DRY SHAMPOO like Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder, $34.95.

FLAT IRON like Babyliss Pro Natural Ionic Flat Iron, $169.

HAIR PASTE like Aveda Control Paste, $26.99.
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Go from wavy to curly in no time. Start with a few spritzes of heat-protectant spray — it'll save you from damage and help the style hold.

Using a large-barreled curling iron, wrap hair from the midshaft to the ends around the barrel. Do your entire head.

Mist everything with a little shine-boosting hairspray and pull out curls so they look varied and imperfect — a.k.a. natural.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CURLING IRON like Remington Digital Curling Iron, $24.99.

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY like Joico Thermal Styling Spray, $14.96.

SHINE BOOSTING HAIR SPRAY like Got2B Laminating Shine Hairspray, $5.99.
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Treat the roots and bangs like you're on a mission to straighten. Blow-dry with a round brush and use a flat iron too. Leave the area from mid-strand to your ends damp and untouched by heat stylers.

Mist the rest of your head with a leave-in conditioning mist.

Scrunch your hair to help form the curls and allow to air-dry for the right mix of sleek and wavy.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING BALM like Rusk Str8 Anti-Curl Lotion, $10.95.

LEAVE-IN MIST like Motions At Home Leave-In Conditioner, $2.99.

SPRAY GEL like Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray Gel, $3.99.
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Wash hair with cool water (for extra shine) and towel-dry.

Coat hair in straightening cream and blow-dry with a large round brush, flipping hair up at the ends.

Make a deep side part, smoothing down any frizz at the crown with a touch of anti-frizz.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Frédéric Fekkai Straight Away Hair Balm, $17.50.

ANTI FRIZZ like Herbal Essences None Of Your Frizziness Cream, $3.99.

ROUND BRUSH like Goody Tufted Round Brush, $4.99.
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Spritz a thermal protective spray through dry hair to prevent damage and breakage.

Use a large curling iron and wrap 1-2 inch pieces around the barrel, holding the iron parallel to your head. Start wrapping from just above the middle of each section so your roots lie flat.

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, $4.79.

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

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

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Use an overnight conditioning serum-getting ready in the morning will go a lot faster. Just rinse your hair in the shower (skip shampoo and just give your scalp a good massage).

Then, apply a styling cream — thanks to the overnight deep conditioning, your hair will be so much more manageable.

A long, layered cut allows your hair to air-dry brilliantly — no heat-styling needed. So you get great style and healthier locks.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

OVERNIGHT TREATMENT like Ted Gibson Replenish Goodnite Hair Serum, $200.

STYLING CREAM like Kérastase Creme Nutri-Sculpt , $29.99.

ANTI FRIZZ like Dove Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream, $4.49.

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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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To keep thick, tight curls from taking over, use a leave-in conditioner and a gel with serious hold for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Pull hair back while still wet, training curls to lie flat.

Once hair has air-dried, use a serum to touch up any frizz or flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
GEL like Frédéric Fekkai Styling Gel, $17.50.

CONDITIONER like Terax Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner, $22.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alterna Leave-In Conditioner, $20.
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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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Deep condition hair three times a week with a super rich conditioner to flight frizz and breakage.

Try a leave in conditioner and a strong hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Let hair air dry and touch up with a serum to control any frizz or flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

GEL like Ouidad Climate Control Gel, $22

SHINE SERUM like Motions Smoothing Shine Serum, $5.99

LEAVE IN CONDITIONER like Joico KPax Conditioner, $16,

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Get shiny without making your head look like an oil slick. Start with a shine-boosting shampoo and conditioner. Give your hair a cold-water rinse.

Use a drop of a light straightening product-a quarter-sized dollop for your whole head is enough. With a round brush, dry on a cool setting.

Run a flat iron through your hair. Be warned, this might make super-fine hair look finer so once you've flat-ironed, flip your head over and blast your whole head with the dryer. You'll add a little movement back into your straight, shiny 'do.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
FLAT IRON like Ted Gibson Flat Iron, $225.

SHINE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER like Modern Organic Products Glisten Shampoo, $11.49.

STRAIGHTENING CREAM like KMS Flat Out Straightening Cream, $17.96.
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Texture and volume combine to make this look edgy and sexy. Run a texturizing cream through damp hair and roughly blow-dry, shaking your fingers through your strands as you go.

Then, add a little dry shampoo to your bangs so they don't look shiny and have a little extra lift.

Warm up a little light pomade in your hands and define your ends by pulling them out. This will give your style shape.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
A LIGHT, NON-STICK TEXTURIZER like Short, Sexy Hair Texture Crème, $20, gives your hair that slept-in vibe.

DRY SHAMPOO like Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, $11, gives you volume instantly.

VOLUME SHAMPOO like Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo, $8.49.
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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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Use a moisturizing shampoo to add shine and fight static.

Run a little mousse through damp hair to get extra oomph when you blow dry.

Use a round brush and dry hair on low heat to cut down on flyaways, making sure to turn brush under to get a bounce at the ends.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO like Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo, $11.

MOUSSE like Redken Full Frame Protective Volume Mousse, $16.

ROUND BRUSH like Sephora Medium Round Brush, $16.

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Keep your sleek bob looking chic by going in for frequent bang trims. Eye-skimming and eye-covering are two very different looks.

Use a color-enhancing shampoo to keep dark locks glossy.

Use an anti-frizz serum before drying hair so hair doesn't get too bushy.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

COLOR ENHANCING SHAMPOO like Ultimate Brunette Shampoo with Vibrant ColorComplex, $4.99.

ANTI FRIZZ like Suave Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream, $2.99.

SMOOTHING CONDITIONER like John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Lustrous Touch Smoothing Conditioner with Satin Finishers, $6.49.

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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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Deep condition hair three times a week with a super rich conditioner to flight frizz and breakage.

Try a leave in conditioner and a strong hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Try not to play with your hair as it dries, the more you touch it the frizzier and less chic it will look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

GEL like, Ouidad Climate Control Gel, $22

SHINE SERUM like, Motions Smoothing Shine Serum $5.99

LEAVE IN CONDITIONER like, Joico KPax Conditioner, $16

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Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add oomph to each strand.

Blow-dry while raking fingers through your hair. Use a bit of volumizer at the roots.

Make a side part and take a section on one side of the part. Backcomb it to create height and then push the hair forward to create a "bump." Secure with bobby pins.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUME SHAMPOO like Neutrogena Clean Volumizing Shampoo, $3.79.

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY like Cutler Specialist Protectant Spray, $21.
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CONDITIONING MOUSSE like Dove Volumizing Body & Lift Mousse, $4.29.

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To get perfect, tight curls sans frizz, you need a cut that supports your curl pattern. Make sure to tell your stylist that you wear your hair naturally so she can give you the cut you need.

Make sure to deep-condition overnight so you get that extra dose of moisture coarse curls need.

Run a thick leave-in conditioner and serum through your hair.

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

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

SERUM like John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum, Thermal Protection Formula, $9.

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Add volume to second-day, unwashed hair by running a curling iron through the ends.

Warm up a dab of texture pomade in your palms and then rake hands through your hair.

Flip hair over and blast with a cool shot of air from your dryer. The result: Sexy, polished bedhead strands.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

CURLING IRON like Conair Satin Finish Ceramic Curling Iron, $19.99.

TEXTURE POMADE like Pantene Pro-V Texturize! Defining Pomade, Texture & Shine, $4.49.

HAIR DRYER like Chi Turbo Hair Dryer, $135.

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Wash with a protein-spiked shampoo for extra strength and shine.

Use something that will boost shine but won't weigh anything down (like a bit of spray-on leave-in conditioner to prep the hair for heat). Use a round brush for the smoothest blowout. Tip: Blow-dry small sections. It takes longer but looks better.

Put a dab of shine serum on your hands, rub them together and run them over your hair so you end up using just the right amount of product.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
A NON-OILY, SUPER-SMOOTHING SHAMPOO makes a difference. Phytobrush Special Smoothing Shampoo for Blow Drying, Anti-Frizz, $24

A BIG ROUND BRUSH holds hair right where you want it while you blow-dry. Conair Round Brush, $7.99.

PREP TREATMENT like Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Style Primer for Normal to Thin Hair for a bonus layer of protection and conditioning. $24.98.

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Try a leave-in conditioner and a strong-hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Rake the product cocktail through damp hair with a wide-tooth comb. Scrunch hair to add volume.

Once hair has air-dried, use a serum to touch up any frizz or flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

GEL like Sexy Hair Concepts Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel, $12.49.

CONDITIONER like Dove Daily Moisture Therapy Conditioner for Dry Rough Hair, $4.99.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alterna Hemp Leave-In Spray Conditioner, $20.
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Run a shine spray through dry hair.

Use large rollers on the very ends of your hair and let them sit for five to ten minutes.

Work a silicone-based serum through the ends to pull the curls out, leaving the softest hint of a wave.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SHINE GLAZE like Frédéric Fekkai Salon Glaze, $28.

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

SHINE SPRAY like Alterna Spray Shine, $18.60.

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First, consider a few layers. "The longest styles look even longer right after a good cut that adds movement even if it takes off half an inch," says NYC stylist Ted Gibson.

If you haven't gotten to the stylist yet, use a curling iron and roll two- to three-inch sections halfway up the barrel.

Spritz with hairspray and then pull the curls out so they turn into long, loose waves at the bottom. You'll get the same kind of bouncy look you'd get after a $200 haircut.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

CURLING IRON like T3 PRO EverTwirl Curling Iron, $70.

HAIRSPRAY like Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hair Spray, $19.95.

LONG HAIR SHAMPOO like L'Oréal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo for Medium to Long Hair, $4.99.

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Go movie-star glam — and start with unwashed hair. If it's looking a little greasy, grab some dry shampoo and use a sprinkle on your roots.

Spray the rest of your hair with styling spray and roll halfway up with hot rollers, the bigger the better. Then while they're still warm, spritz with hair spray. Take curlers out immediately.

Make a deep side part and shake hair out so curls loosen. A little mascara and you're good to go.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HOT ROLLERS like Conair Instant Heat Velvety Rollers, $29.99.

HAIRSPRAY like Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hair Spray, $19.50.

DRY SHAMPOO like René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, $23.

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Deep condition hair three times a week with a super rich conditioner to flight frizz and breakage.

Try a leave in conditioner and a strong hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Let hair air dry and touch up with a serum to control any frizz or flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

GEL like, Sexy Hair Concepts Volumizing Gel, $12.49

SHINE SERUM like, Motions Smoothing Shine Serum, $5.99

LEAVE IN CONDITIONER like, L'Occitane Shea Butter Conditioner, $17

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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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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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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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A super-moisturizing shampoo and conditioner hydrates in the shower so you can use fewer products afterwards.

Generously work a prep spray or style primer through damp hair, to bring out your hair's natural texture and allowing it to air-dry almost perfectly.

Use a little shine serum to fight frizzy ends — the tiniest bit will do the trick.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
PRIMER like Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Style Primer, $24.98.

MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO like Freeman Papaya Massive Moisture Shampoo, $3.59.

SHINE SERUM like L'Oréal Studio Line Glossing Cream, $4.61.
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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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Rocker waves are easy if you use the right combination of products. First, work some dry shampoo through your hair, you'll get volume and soak up any greasiness.

Then, use a little texture balm, warm it up in your palms and really work the product into your strands. Too much will actually weigh your style down so less is definitely more here.

Flip hair upside-down and scrunch hair using a spritz of spray gel. You don't want loads of frizz to take your look from sexy to sloppy.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DRY SHAMPOO like Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleanser, $24.

SPRAY GEL like Frédéric Fekkai Spray Gel, $25.

WAVY SPRAY like Sally Hershberger Shagg Spray Styling For All Hair Types, $12.49.
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Show off your layers by bringing out the wave in your hair. Switch to a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product buildup, which can weigh your natural texture down.

Run a conditioning styling cream through your hair and let it air-dry while you get dressed, do your makeup and eat breakfast. Try not to touch your hair while it dries to avoid causing frizz.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CLARIFYING SHAMPOO like Terax Latte Clarifying Shampoo, $20.

STYLING CREAM like Nexxus Smoothing Cream, $11.99.

ANTI-FRIZZ like Marc Anthony Anti Frizz Balm, $6.49.
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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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Try a leave-in conditioner and a strong-hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning.

Rake the product cocktail through damp hair with a wide tooth comb. Scrunch hair to add volume.

Let hair air-dry and touch up with a serum to control any frizz or flyaways.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

GEL like Sexy Hair Concepts Volumizing Gel, $12.49

SHINE SERUM like Motions Smoothing Shine Serum, $5.99

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alterna Leave In Conditioner, $20

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Spritz hair with styling spray and blow-dry with a round brush for volume and so ends are smooth and polished.

Take medium-sized Velcro rollers and wrap hair down around them in one-inch sections. Leave rollers in your hair for at least 20 minutes. Spray with a fine-mist, strong-hold hairspray before removing the rollers.

With a natural boar bristle paddle brush, brush out the front/top section of your hair so you get that swooshy, sexy hair-falling-over-one-eye effect. Leave the rest of the curls more solidly in tact. Just shake them out a little bit so hair looks soft.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING SPRAY like Ojon Plump and Hold Spray, $22.

HAIRSPRAY like Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray $11.

CONDITIONER like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Conditioner $6.99
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Make you curly hair look date-worthy-sexy by adding extreme lift at the roots. When your hair is damp, flip your head and work a volumizing mousse near your scalp. Scrunch the ends with a moisturizing, curl-defining cream and blowdry on low with a diffuser attachment. Mist with finishing spray for shine and humidity protection.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING MOUSSE like Alterna Life Solutions Volumizing Spray Mousse, $21

CURL CREAM like Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Calming Crème, $27

FINISHING SPRAY like Joico JoiMist Medium Styling & Finishing Spray, $14.95
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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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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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Really long hair looks beautiful when it's smooth, shiny and healthy. Always use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for long styles. For maximum growth, strengthen your ends with a leave-in conditioner. To eliminate frizz, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of smoothing cream into one hand and warm it between your palms. Smooth it evenly over your hair - an inch from your roots down to the tips.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER like Pantene Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner, $9.99 each

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Nexxus Headdress Weightless Leave-in Conditioner, $19.99

SMOOTHING CREAM like Tigi Bead Head After Party Smoothing Cream, $17.50
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To make your curly hair look more polished, let it air-dry and then smooth out strategic sections. Start by misting a glossing spray all over. With a curling iron, flatten any cowlicks around your face and curl a few front pieces to create more dramatic ringlets. (The size of the iron should be only slightly larger than the width of your natural curls.) Spray hairspray on your fingers and carefully run your hands over the curls to de-frizz them without breaking them up.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
GLOSSING SPRAY like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Instant Glossing Spray, $5.95

CURLING IRON like Conair Satin Finish Ceramic Curling Iron, $23.99

HAIRSPRAY like Garnier Fructis Style Full Control Hairspray, $3.99