Shoulder-Length Hairstyles

Get 35 shoulder-length hairstyles you can re-create at home!

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June 21, 2009 11:04 AM
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For sexy, Veronica Lake waves, use a gloss-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. Then blow-dry hair straight as you would normally.

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

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


MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SHINE like Artec Textureline Smoothing Serum, $11.99.

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

CURLING IRON like Remington Digital Curling Iron, $16.99.

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

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

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

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

BOBBY PINS to anchor your style like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins , $1.
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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.

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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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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If your hair is on the thin side-and curly, you want shine and control without the weight. Look for stylers without silicone and use leave-in conditioner sparingly on damp hair.

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

Finish off the look with hairspray.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROLLERS for a vavavavoomy style. Velcro rollers, $5.
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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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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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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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Blow-dry hair straight so you get a smooth, silky finish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANTI-FRIZZ CREAM like Neutrogena Hair Care Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti-Frizz Cream, $7.39, keeps every strand in order.
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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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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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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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If you have a cut with a lot of layers, this style is easy to achieve. Use a color-boosting shampoo to keep your highlights looking vibrant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A VENT BRUSH really works product through your hair evenly. Bio-Ionic Vent Brush, $23.
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Run a styling cream through hair before blow drying. If your hair is super straight veering towards flat, dry hair without a brush and then smooth with a styling cream when everything's dry.

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

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

STYLING CREAM like Pureology Nanocream Styling Glaze, $33.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

SHINE SPRAY like Chi Shine Infusion Thermal Polishing Spray, $12.95.
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Use a 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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To accentuate shorter layers, style them first and make their texture stand out. Take shorter, face-framing layers and coat in shine serum.

Blow-dry just these sections so they fall smoothly into play. Brush shine serum into the rest of your hair (put a dab on a vent brush) but let it air-dry.

Toss head upside down and spray with aerosol hairspray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SERUM like Pureology Shine Max, $18.99.

VENT BRUSH like Avon Advanced Techniques Vent Brush, $4.99.

AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY like Jonathan Product Finish Control High Shine Hair Spray, $30.
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The healthy shine makes this classic "straight hair, middle part" style look a lot more modern.

Wash and blow-dry hair with a round brush. If hair isn't lying flat enough, set in extra-large Velcro rollers (the size of a coke can.)

Spritz rollers with a shine spray. Let everything set for about 10 minutes.

Take rollers out-hair should lie flat against your head but have great looking gleam.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SPRAY like L'Oreal Studio Line Smooth Spray, $4.99.

VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Kanebo Volumizing Shampoo, $30.

VELCRO ROLLERS Assorted Velcro Rollers, $5.
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Start with your bangs and spray them down with a little water mixed with leave-in conditioner.

Dry them using a small round brush so you get a little oomph right at the ends. Spritz with shine spray.

Dry the rest of your hair without using too much product. You want the rest of your hair to look a little more matte than your bangs.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

SMALL ROUND BRUSH like Goody Tufted Round Brush, $3.99.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alberto VO5 Detangle & Shine Restoring Daily Leave-in Conditioner, $3.99.

SHINE SPRAY like Matrix Color Smart Reflective Shine Spray, $14.99.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHINE GLAZE like Ouidad Shine Glaze, $17.

CURL CRÈME like Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Crème, $30.
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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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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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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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To turn fine hair into an amped-up bob, start with a volumizing shampoo and just a small amount of a conditioner that won't weigh down your tresses. Use a comb to create a dramatic part and side-swept bangs. After your hair is dry, use texturizing paste on the ends and dry shampoo on the roots to toughen up the style even more.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo, $30

TEXTURIZING PASTE like Got 2B Magnetik Texturizing Pomade, $6.29

DRY SHAMPOO like Klorane Shampoo Dry, $12.98
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A Cleopatra style — think blunt, eyelash-grazing bangs and thick, straight locks — works well for most hair types. To get it just right, use a leave-in conditioner and a straightening balm on wet hair. Divide it into sections and blowdry with a round brush. Then, flatiron the top layer, pulling downward. Finish it off with shine spray — more is better; you want it really sleek.

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

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

SHINE SPRAY like Philip B. Shin Shine, $27
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This softened version of a long bob has shoulder-length layers and face-framing angles. Your relaxed hair will need to be thoroughly blown-out and flat-ironed. Begin by running a leave-in conditioner through the ends and spraying a heat-protector all over. Then, working in small sections with a round brush, bend hair under and dry completely. Lock in the style with a flatiron.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Miracle 7 Leave-in Conditioner, $12.99

HEAT-PROTECTION SPRAY like Ion Heat Protection Thermal Spray, $7.49

FLATIRON like Chi Ceramic Flat Iron, $74.99
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Exaggerate your smooth, wispy texture with an angled cut and bangs. Then, make it look professional by styling with a flatiron. Use a heat protection spray to minimize damage. Pull the iron straight down through small sections, beginning at the crown. Bend the ends of your bangs under slightly. Then, to make the look even more modern, finish it off with mattifying spray.

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

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

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

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

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

SHINE SERUM like GHD Shining Serum, $18