Blonde Hairstyles

Expert hair tips for blonde hairstyles.

By Elizabeth Flahive

August 21, 2009 12:20 PM
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Hairstyle Handbook

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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In the shower, go easy on the shampoo — the more natural oils left in your hair the better.

Steer clear of vigorously towel-drying and instead, blot hair so your bathroom floor doesn't end up covered in water.

Then cocktail equal parts gel and leave-in conditioner and coat damp hair in the mixture. Carefully and lightly scrunch hair (stopping a few inches below the root, so you get the top to lie flat). Air-dry, and keep your hands off since touching your hair creates frizz.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CURLY HAIR TOWEL like Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel, $16.99.

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

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, $16.99.
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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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Apply volumizing mousse to the ends of your hair while damp.

Work to really smooth the hair at the roots as you dry with a round brush. Then, scrunch and shake from the middle to the ends of your hair as you dry to get that extra texture.

Work a little texture cream into the ends to ramp up the piecey effect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING MOUSSE like Garnier Fructis XXL Volume Mousse, $3.99.

TEXTURE like Paul Mitchell ReWorks Texture Cream, $17.99.

BLONDE SHAMPOO like TRESemmé Color Thrive Shampoo in Blonde, $4.99.
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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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Getting a sexy tousled look with fine hair is a little more work, but definitely doable. Wash hair with a volumizing shampoo — skimp on the conditioner since you want healthy hair but don't want to weigh it down.

Spray volumizer all over and blow-dry hair fast and furious without a comb or brush, just shaking your fingers through to rough up the texture.

Once it's absolutely dry, use a bit of dry shampoo to ramp up the bedhead-y texture.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo, $6.52.

VOLUMIZING SPRAY like TRESemmé Big Boost Root Spray, $4.49.

VOLUMIZING CONDITIONER like Joico Body Luxe Thickening Conditioner, $12.96.
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A quick updo for short hair. Grab a handful of bobby pins and take little sections of hair and twist them back leaving the ends sticking out so you get a messy chignon effect.

Spritz your bangs with a little volumizer at the roots and blow-dry them so they lay sideswept across your forehead.

Finish with a light, fine mist of hairspray to keep everything in place.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
BOBBY PINS are one of the fastest ways to get a whole new look. Scunci Bobby Pins, $1.29.

VOLUMIZER like TRESemmé Volume Big Boost European Root Lift Spray, gives you instant oomph. $4.69.

HAIRSPRAY Keep a bottle around, even if you hardly ever use it. Aussie Catch The Wave Hairspray, $3.99.
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Refresh slept-on curls with a few sprays of leave-in conditioner mist.

Tame flyaways with an anti-frizz serum. Work it through your hair and scrunch to reform curls.

Use a little mousse on the ends so they don't droop.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

CONDITIONING MIST like Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner, $4.43.

ANTI FRIZZ like Sebastian Laminates Crema Styler Anti Frizz, $27.92.

MOUSSE like TRESemmé Curl Enhancing Mousse, $4.35.

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Curly hair lends itself nicely to a messy chignon.

Flip hair over and spritz with hairspray all over. This will give your hair a little extra grit and keep your chignon from wilting after an hour.

Rake hair up and back with your hands, pushing it forward at the roots to encourage lift, and secure ends in a twist at the nape of your neck. Keep sticking in bobby pins and pulling out pieces to loosen the style.

Then, mist the twist with a little shine spray. This shouldn't look perfect but fast/sexy/chic.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HAIRSPRAY like Aussie Catch The Wave Hairspray, $3.99.

BOBBY PINS like Scunci Comfort Curve Bobby Pins, $1.29.

SHINE SPRAY like Charles Worthington All Over Shine Spray, $6.49.
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Refresh your style with a little hairspray and heat. Flip your head over and spray with a fine-mist aerosol spray that boasts moveability.

Still keeping your head upside down, grab your dryer and give already-dry hair a shot of heat to reactivate the leftover product from the day before.

Use a tiny bit of styling wax to define a few pieces in front. This look is so sleepy-movie-star.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING WAX like Bumble & Bumble Sumo Wax, $28.

HAIRSPRAY like Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray, $24.95.

REFRESHING MIST like Ouidad Botanical Boost, $17.60.
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This look is all about layering products. Start with unwashed hair and apply some dry shampoo to your roots.

Work a texture cream through your ends — just a tiny bit to get an undone appearance.

To add a little volume to the rest of your hair, go for a mousse and work it haphazardly into dry hair. This look should seem naturally windblown, not styled, so don't try to get textures perfect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DRY SHAMPOO like Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder, $19.

MOUSSE like Joico Firmwhip Design Foam, $16.

VOLUME SHAMPOO like Finesse Volumizing Shampoo, $4.29.
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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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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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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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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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Before styling, treat just the ends of your hair with deep conditioner and leave on for five to 10 minutes in the shower. (Long hair shows damage mostly at the ends.)

Run a straightening balm through your hair. Using a natural boar-bristle round brush, dry hair on medium heat.

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

HYDRATING SHAMPOOO like Biolage by Matrix Hydrating Shampoo, $14.99.

STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Marc Anthony True Professional Straightening Cream, $7.99.
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This updated Veronica Lake-ish style gives you wave and shine without looking overworked. Run a styling cream through your hair and blow-dry straight. Take a tiny dab of product and smooth it over dry hair to fight frizz.

Then, take four medium Velcro rollers and set two one-inch sections on either side of your part (in front).

Spray with aerosol hairspray-a pump spray won't evenly distribute product-and allow to set for at least 10 minutes. Blast with a little hot air from a dryer before removing rollers.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VELCRO ROLLERS like Roller 3" Super Size Plus, $3.49.

STYLING CREAM like Frèdèric Fekkai Coiff Anti Frizz Silkening Crème, $25.

HAIRSPRAY like Suave Volumizing Hair Spray, $2.99.
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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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