Straight Hair Styling Tips

Hot looks for your locks.
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Get straight to it with these looks for your locks.
hairstyle handbook
Philip Friedman/Studio D
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, and try a sleek ponytail 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

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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Hairstyle Handbook
Rock your natural texture and go all '60s folk-rock goddess with a combination of middle part and glossy finish. For dark brunettes, a moisturizing, color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner is the first step to slippery shine.

Make a strong middle part while hair is damp and dry hair on a cool setting. Then, methodically flat iron one-inch sections from root to tip.

Run a shine serum through your hair, using your palms to really smooth down any flyaways at the roots.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
COLOR CONDITIONER like Pantene Pro-V Brunette Expressions Color Enchancing Conditioner for Brunettes, $6.38.

FLAT-IRON LOTION like Got2B Flat Iron and Blow Dry Lotion, $5.99.

FLAT IRON like Cortex Pink Flat Iron, $85,
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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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Try a volumizing/foaming conditioner — it's weightless and adds oomph sans oil.

Use a straightening spray and mist over hair before quickly drying. Don't overdo it on the products, hair this thin can start to look stringy or greasy quickly.

Once it's completely dry, flip your head over and lightly mist the ends with a little dry shampoo to add volume without oil.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING LOTION like Aveda Hang Straight Straightening Lotion, $20.

DRY SHAMPOO like Samy Dry Spray Shampoo, $5.99.

VOLUME CONDITIONER like Dove Extra Volume Conditioner, $4.
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Hairstyle Handbook

Get a rocker-chic bob by keeping hair perfectly straight with a blow dryer and flat iron.

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

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

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

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

VOLUME SPRAY like Phyto Actif Volume Spray, $28.

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Hairstyle Handbook

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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Hairstyle Handbook

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. Add a fishtail braid for added flair.

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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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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Short Hair Style
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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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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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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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Start with a volumizing shampoo to get some life in your locks.

Run a mousse through your roots and blow-dry while running your fingers through your hair.

Use a nozzle attachment to focus air right at the roots for extra lift.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO like Pureology Volume Shampoo, $26.

MOUSSE like Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse, $3.99.

HAIR DRYER like T3 Micro Hair Dryer, $200.

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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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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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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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Hairstyle Handbook

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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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

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.

Consider adding a tight braid to the side too!

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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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.

Add a front fishtail braid for some extra glam style.

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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Ben Goldstein
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
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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Unwashed straight hair is the perfect foundation for this style. Run a little mousse through hair to give it some extra hold and volume.

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

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

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

STYLING CREAM like Kérastase Nutri Sculpt, $29.00.

BRUSH like René Furterer Round Brush, $30.
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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
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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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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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
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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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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Ben Goldstein
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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Ben Goldstein
Hairstyle Handbook
This look is all about beachy ends and lift at the roots. Spray some volumizer all over your roots and quickly blow-dry aiming a nozzle right at your roots.

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

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

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

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

VOLUMIZER like Sunsilk Daring Volume Volumizing Spray, $3.99.
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