Don't know what to do with your hair during these hot, humid months? Here are four hot hairstyles this season, and the celebrities who are wearing them well.
Callin' it their own: Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway
Why we're lovin' the lob: The lob, a longer version of the traditional bob, can be paired with straight bangs, asymmetrical bangs or no bangs at all, but its shape is displayed best when trimmed slightly shorter in length at the back of the head. Best of all, this 'do is much more versatile than its straight-laced sibling, the classic bob. The lob can be worn with loads of volume, beachy waves, even bouncing curls, making it a wearable cut for most hair types.
Callin' it their own: Katherine Heigl, Alicia Keys and Kate Winslet
Why we're lovin' these pin-up curls: This hot "new" trend is decidedly old school and out to prove that classic style is eternal. Inspired by the sleek waves worn by Hollywood's film noir women, these waves are easily achievable for the modern lady armed with a bit of 21st-century technology. To create the look, divide hair into three-inch sections and use a small barrel curling iron to curl the bottom half of each three-inch hair section by wrapping the hair around the iron. Be sure to use a finishing product such as Arrojo's Shine Spray ($15 at arrojoproduct.com) to hold waves and impart shine.
The Skinny Bob
Callin' it their own: Eva Longoria Parker, Rihanna and Sharon Stone
Why we're lovin' this rock-n-roll update: What do you get when you the classic bob meets its sexy older sister? A sleek and chic look that puts an edgy spin on the blunt cut bob. While the skinny bob may seem like a no-muss, no-fuss look, in reality an immaculate grooming routine is the can't miss foundation of this edgy 'do (think sharp cut, shiny locks and rich color). Ideal for those with straight hair, this shape shows off great bone structure and healthy skin, cue Eva Longoria's skinny bob at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Spring 2009.
Sleek & Straight
Callin' it their own: Jennifer Aniston, Tyra Banks and Demi Moore
Why we're lovin' this pin straight style: For those blessed with straight, thick hair, this look can be easily achieved. But thanks to the latest advances in hair retexturizing, a.k.a. Japanese Straightening and Brazilian Keratin, a sleek and straight look is 'do-able for most women. No matter your hair texture, you'll have to hit hair up with a flat iron to achieve the style. Iron small sections of completely dry hair, beginning at the roots and working down. Finally, to keep this style from falling flat, volume at the crown is a must, so be sure to use a volumizing treatment on roots such as Ookisa's Instant Volumizing Souffle ($27.95 at ookisa.com).
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at email@example.com.