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