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The three trendiest hairstyles of 2010

Here are my picks for the top three hairstyles of 2010:

Fringe benefits

Bangs are a quick way to update your 'do, but maintaining them takes time and money. Bangs must be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on their shape. Mini bangs, for example, will need more frequent trimmings than long, layered bangs.

Curly-haired girls should sport long, angled bangs. Use a blow-dryer and round brush to lengthen bangs without flattening them.

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Deep side ponytails

You'll love the easy-to-replicate 'do from celebrity stylist Sam Brocato, who created messy yet modern side ponytails for the NIMA Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week show.

First Brocato used a large barrel curling iron to curl hair in sections, then created a chic hair knot and set it with Brocato's Moveable Hold Hair Spray ($12.95 at Secrets in Brandon.)

"The hair knot was achieved by pulling the hair from the back of the right ear diagonally across to the left nape where it was put in a small elastic for control," he said. "From a deep right-side part, the entire front left section of the hair was draped over the left ear and into the back nape area where it was wrapped around the first ponytail . . . Finally, the hair that was left out in front of the right ear was brushed back, creating a very close flat effect. This remaining hair was put into the ponytail and bobby-pinned in place."

Wild child

At NYFW, models at Tibi and Tracy Reese wore wild, untamed bedhead 'dos.

If you've got naturally curly hair, the look is easy: Finger-comb hair and let curls air dry. It's essential to use a high-quality styling product, such as Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream (available at salons such as Studio 57 in St. Petersburg).

Pin-straight hair? Apply mousse to damp hair; I like Brocato's Swell Volume Full Body Gel Mousse. For volume, let hair air dry while pinned on top of your head. Then curl hair in sections, randomly alternating two different-size curling irons to create curls of different widths.

Carolyn Brundage is founder of, a guide to the hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at

adventures in cosmetics

The makeup artistry in the new Alice in Wonderland movie could hold its own on any runway. Or in your makeup case.

The edgy cosmetics company, Urban Decay, has created an Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows, which opens to a popup scene of Alice in the mushroom forest. Hidden inside a secret drawer are 16 eye shadows, with fitting names like White Rabbit, Jabberwocky and Oraculum.

Price: $52 through Ulta, Sephora and Macy's.

Just as scrumptious, and much cheaper, is the Alice in Wonderland line by OPI nail polish. The four-color collection includes a dark glittery purple called Mad as a Hatter and a firey Off With Her Red. For the daring, there's also the aptly named metallic blue, Absolutely Alice. The nail colors each sell for $9.

Letitia Stein, Times Deal Diva

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The three trendiest hairstyles of 2010 03/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:47pm]
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