Layered Hairstyles

62 expert hair tips on how to style layered hair.

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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

Start with a shine-boosting shampoo so hair looks glossy.

Blow-dry hair straight, concentrating mostly on the roots to mid-shaft.

Use large hot rollers on your ends, leaving them in for two to three minutes for the slightest wave.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SHINE BOOSTING SHAMPOO like Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Shampoo, $4.99.

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

SHINE SPRAY like Garnier Fructis Glossing Spray, $3.99.

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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

Make a little cocktail of smoothing cream and anti-frizz through damp hair.

Run fingers through your hair as you blow-dry, shaking and twirling pieces, so you get a light, natural wave.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SMOOTHING CREAM like Tigi Bedhead After-Party Smoothing Cream, $11.99.

ANTI FRIZZ like Alberto VO5 Sheer Hairdressing Weightless Leave-In Anti-Frizz and Shine Cream, $5.99.

SHAMPOO like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo, $6.62.
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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

Use a shampoo that's full of hydrating botanicals to maintain shine and keep hair strong.

Combine a little volumizer and leave-in conditioner and run it through damp hair. Blow-dry with a round brush at a low heat.

Use a little anti-frizz to smooth down any flyaways without weighing down hair with excess product.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
HYDRATING SHAMPOO like Matrix Biolage Hydrating Shampoo, $13.95-$25.95.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Terax Hair Care Life Drops Leave In Protein Conditioner, $20.

VOLUMIZER like Suave Volumizing Root Lifter Spray, $2.99.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Work a texture cream through the ends of your hair. Take a flat iron and use a little heat at the roots so everything is straight and shiny.

Use a small curling iron on the ends to make them flip up a bit so you get a different sort of texture.

Run a shine serum through your hair for a more polished look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

TEXTURE CREAM like Sexy Hair Concepts Short Sexy Hair Slept-In Texture Cream, $15.99.

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

SHINE SERUM like Citré Shine Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum, $7.99.

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Hairstyle Handbook

Use a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner to keep your single process from fading away and looking dull.

Use a volume mousse right at the roots and dry hair with a nozzle attachment to focus air right at the roots.

Drop the brush and shake out your hair as you dry so you get extra oomph all over.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
COLOR PROTECTING SHAMPOO like René Furterer Color Protective Radiance Shampoo, $23.

VOLUME MOUSSE like TIGI Catwalk Extra Strong Mousse, $12.

COLOR PROTECTING CONDITIONER like Phyto Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner for Color-Treated or Permed Hair, $26.
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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

Wash and condition hair, then towel-dry lightly-don't overdo it because roughing up your hair with terrycloth can actually create frizz.

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

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

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

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

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

Thick wavy hair will give you that incredible, movie-star bounce-and-gleam if you get long layers cut.

Combine leave-in conditioner and styling cream for the perfect balance of hydration and control, comb through damp hair and air-dry.

Rub a little shine serum in your palms and gather hair like you're making a ponytail so you evenly coat every strand.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Paul Mitchell Original The Conditioner, $16.

STYLING CREAM like Philip B Crème of the Crop Finishing Crème, $25.

SHINE GLAZE like Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, $6.49.
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Hairstyle Handbook

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

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Hairstyle Handbook

Get a more rock and roll style (and add volume to fine hair) by only shampooing a few times a week.

Get that messy, edgy texture by spraying your strands with a dry shampoo to sop up excess oil but add lift and texture.

Add the tiniest bit of polish to your look by flat ironing your bangs. "If you take a few minutes to style your bangs, you can get a away with a much messier overall vibe but still look chic," says NYC stylist Ted Gibson.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CONDITIONING/VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo, $7.99.

DRY SHAMPOO is a great way to save time (and water) and add volume to your hair. Korane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo, $14.99.

A TINY FLAT IRON lets you precisely straighten even the shortest bangs without singing your forehead. Warren Tricomi Hot Iron, $90

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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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Hairstyle Handbook

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.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

Take advantage of your endless mane and go for loose, glossy waves. Start by blow-drying well-conditioned hair with a round brush so it looks silky.

Take the sides and back of your hair and roll them up using large hot rollers. Mist with setting spray and take out after only two to three minutes so hair doesn't look too done.

Spray top pieces (that are dried sleek and straight) with a shine spray and pull over and back, loosely. Fasten with a bobby pin and push forward to create some height in front.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

HOT ROLLERS like Conair Instant Heat Hair Setters, $21.99.

SHINE SPRAY like Biosilk Shine On, $13.

DEEP CONDITIONER like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner, $6.99.

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Hairstyle Handbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wash hair with a gentle shampoo and conditioner for dry/damaged hair — you get the benefits of a conditioning mask without weighing your hair down.

Run a straightening balm through your hair and let it air-dry.

Once it's dry, use a tiny dollop of mousse and scrunch into the midshaft for a face-framing tousled look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHAMPOO like Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo, $6.99.

STRAIGHTENING BALM like Faroux Systems Straight Guard Styling Cream, $13.99.

MOUSSE like Samy Mucho Mousse, $5.99.
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Hairstyle Handbook

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

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

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

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

STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Bumble & Bumble Straight, $32.99.

MOUSSE like Alberto VO5 Vivacious Curls Mousse, $3.39.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Apply mousse to a boar bristle brush to get a more even and less sticky application. You'll get the volume without the frizz.

Apply a little shine serum to your palms and rub hands over the top layer of hair.

Make a deep side part and pull hair loosely over one eyebrow and then back so you get a dramatic sideswept effect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SERUM like L'Oréal Serie Expert Shine Perfecting Serum, $20.

MOUSSE like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mousse, $5.99.

BOBBY PINS like Scunci Salon Bobby Pins, $1.99.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Shake up long, straight styles by picking six or seven sections and working a little styling paste through.

Then, take a very large curling iron and wrap those sections very loosely so they are wrapped but barely touching the barrel.

Undo those section and brush hair. You're left with a few wavy pieces that blend in with the rest of your hair and look amazing.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING PASTE like Redken Rough Paste, $13.50.

CURLING IRON like Conair Cordless Curling Iron, $4.79.

BRUSH like Revlon Tunnel Vent Brush, $4.99.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Coarse hair needs a great cut to keep it from getting unruly and puffy. Go for something that works with your natural wave and gives you a great overall shape.

Spritz towel-dried hair with a conditioning spray. Then, add a wave-enhancing mousse and scrunch lightly.

Let hair air-dry completely for best results.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CONDITIONING SPRAY like Back To Basics Sunflower Leave-In Conditioner, $11.99.

WAVE SPRAY like Frédéric Fekkai Wave Creating Spray, $19.50.

MOUSSE like Sunsilk Captivating Curls Mousse, $3.99.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Use a light conditioner to add shine and rinse with a half-cup of apple-cider vinegar.

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

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

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

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

MOISTURIZING VOLUME SHAMPOO like Ojon Hydrating Thickening Shampoo, $22.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Lather up with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product buildup that weighs thin hair down.

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

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

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

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

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

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

The easiest updo is the kind that's only half up. Make a side part.

Take a front section on either side and twist it back so it stays very loose in front.

Gather the two sections together in a twist in the back and clip with a small, embellished barrette.

Spritz a little shine-spray all over to finish the look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SPRAY like Bumble & Bumble Big Shine Spray, $40.

HAIR FRAGRANCE like Got2B Styltini Root To Tip Silkener, $5.99.

STYLING CREAM like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti Humidity Styling Cream, $3.99.
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Run an anti-frizz and leave-in conditioner through wet hair.

Wrap your whole head in a towel to get rid of excess water without creating frizz.

After leaving your hair cocooned in terrycloth, unwrap your head and let everything air-dry the rest of the way. The result: Naturally sexy waves that are practically effortless.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

ANTI FRIZZ like Suave Professionals Healthy Curls Anti-Frizz Cream, $2.99.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Sexy Hair Concepts Healthy Sexy Hair Leave-In, $11.

SUPER ABSORBANT TOWEL like Aquis Microfiber Towel, $18.

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Second-day hair is super sexy because your natural oils are restored and just the right amount of natural wave has come back.

Touch up the top layer of your hair with a flat iron but don't overdo it so your style looks deflated. Use the iron sparingly and only to work out any unsightly kinks.

Run a bit of styling cream mixed with a dab of texturizer through your hair. Flip your hair over and blast it with a little heat from your blow-dryer to activate the product. You're left with tousled perfection.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CONDITIONER like Thermasilk Volumizing Conditioner, $7.59.

STYLING CREAM like Pureology Nanoglaze Styling Cream, $33.

WAVE-ENHANCING CREAM like Charles Worthington Big Waves Definition Cream, $5.99.
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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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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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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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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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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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Hairstyle Handbook

A strong bang is so chic — and achievable if you have naturally thick hair. A quick flat iron with a tiny, bang-friendly version keeps them in line daily.

Run a conditioning styling cream through your hair and blow-dry halfway to cut down on frizz. Let hair air-dry the rest of the way so you get a smooth but imperfect texture.

You can skip shampooing the next day and refresh your style with a botanical conditioning mist.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

MINI FLAT IRON like Warren-Tricomi Hot Iron, $90.

CONDITIONING MASK like Garnier Fructis Deep Conditioning Mask, $6.99.

REFRESHING SPRAY like Nexxus Moisturizing Leave-In Spray, $10.99.

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Hairstyle Handbook

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hairstyle Handbook

Start with the right cut: long front angles swept to the side. When your hair is partially dry, spritz it liberally with texturizing spray, flip your head over and scrunch your hair. Pull it back into a low, messy knot and secure with a few bobby pins. A quick mist of hairspray will lock in the style without making it look too perfect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
TEXTURIZING SPRAY like Charles Worthington London Big Hair Salon Shine Texturizing Salt Spray, $5.99

BOBBY PINS like Scunci No-Slip Grip Bobby Pins, $2.62

HAIRSPRAY like Alberto VO5 Extreme Style Hairspray, $3.49
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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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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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To get more body, mist volumizing spray at the roots of your straight, fine hair. Flip your head and blowdry, using your fingers to create lift near your scalp. While your hair is still damp, mist with a curl spray and wrap sections of hair around hot rollers. Pin them in place. After the curlers have cooled and your hair is just about dry, mist with hairspray and remove rollers, pulling downward to create waves.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SPRAY like Kérastase Spray Volumactive, $34

CURL SPRAY like L'Oréal Studio Tightly Wound Curl Boosting Spray, $4.99

HOT ROLLERS like Remington All That Quick Curl Set, $14.99
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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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Hairstyle Handbook

Thick, textured hair becomes much easier to style when you have a great cut with long layers. Prep your hair with leave-in conditioner and straightening cream. Divide it into sections and pin up the top pieces to keep them out of the way. Working slowly, start drying underneath — you'll need a pointed nozzle on your dryer and a round brush — directing the air downward. Finish it off with a shine spray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Terax Life Drops Leave-in Protein Conditioner, $20

STRAIGHTENING CREAM like No Frizz Straight Making Styling Cream, $24

SHINE SPRAY like Sexy Hair Concepts Big Sexy Hair Big Shine Spray, $14.96
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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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
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