Long hair is romantic, while short hair has spunk, but you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a mid-length 'do. So flip through our gallery of star styles from Viola Davis, Drew Barrymore, Leslie Mann, and more for getting the look. Plus, check out these hair color trends that will be huge this year.
If you've been wanting to try a bob hairstyle, take some inspiration from Ripa—her long bob is easy to style and looks great with waves or sleek and straight.
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Davis' full curls are the perfect look if you want a low-maintenance hairstyle.
If your hair is at that stage in-between short and long, style it with loose waves like Mann's look here.
Love wearing your hair straight but need volume? Get Barrymore's style by using a round brush during blow drying to curl the ends.
Hayek's hairstyle looks all natural here! Highlight natural waves by scrunching your hair when wet with an anti-frizz product.
Add shine and bounce by letting hair air dry then heading straight to the .
A deep side part helps create a more dramatic look without much effort.
Keep your curls soft all day long by using a moisturizing mousse, like .
To get smooth, sleek hair like Sandra Bullock, first apply a serum or cream to your hair and comb through. Part your hair on the side (diagonally, not straight back), and dry with a . "Then, flat-iron if needed for the finishing touch," recommends Vanessa Ungaro, stylist at .
Take a 1 ¼-in curling iron and curl just the bottom of your hair in pieces, alternating the direction from going forward to back, away from your face. Don't curl the tops of tresses; focusing on just the ends achieves a more natural wave, says Ungaro.
To get voluminous movement like Sandra Oh, first apply a volumizer from roots to ends and comb through. Then, blow-dry hair either using only your fingers or a round brush. Next, set your hair in Velcro rollers for a minimum of 10 minutes. Finish by combing out with your fingers, recommends Ungaro.
First, blow-dry your hair completely. Then, twirl sections around a ½-in to 1-in curling iron to create waves, instead of curls, says Ungaro.
"This style is perfectly imperfect because it flips, yet it's still controlled," says Ungaro. Start off by using a 2-in round brush as you blow-dry your hair. "Make sure to take extra time smoothing out your bangs. Blow-dry them forward before creating a center part."
"Find the arch of your eyebrow to start your part," suggests Ungaro. Then, run a volumizer through your hair and blow-dry completely. After your hair's dry, take a 1 ¼-in to 2-in curling iron and set your hair away from your face. "Finally, use a sculpting paste and scrunch the curls for texture and control," she adds.
Blow your hair opposite the way it grows naturally. When it's 75% dry, apply a little setting lotion, says New York City–based celebrity stylist Gad Cohen. Then, take small-to-medium hair rollers and set each piece, rolling toward the back. Once your whole head is in rollers, fully dry each roller individually or sit under a dryer. Let your hair cool off while doing your makeup or getting dressed. Once you've given your hair enough time to set, remove the rollers. Using a wide-toothed comb, gently separate the curls so they're loose. Spray with a holding spray once they're in place.
To achieve this polished look, blow out your hair, starting at the crown of your head to get the most volume. Then, work around your face in small sections. Blow each piece in the direction it'll fall, using a large round brush. "Always position the blow dryer behind the round brush, following it for the entire length of the hair. And don't bend or curl the ends," says Cohen. Next, use your fingers to get a "flick" at the ends of your hair, a modern take on the "flip" from the '50s and '60s. Finish off by tucking hair at your temples behind your ears, and let the rest fall naturally over. "This won't overwhelm the face with hair and achieves sleek and chic," says Cohen.
To get this look, blow your hair from wet to damp using a round brush. Then, section hair off, starting in the back. Blow-dry each section from root to tip continuously, and blow the ends just a little for bounce. When you're blowing out around the face, combine a bit of hair from each side of your part and blow-dry those pieces together. To get the most volume, position the blow dryer behind the brush, following the brush as it goes down the length of the hair. Once your hair is totally dry, tip your head upside-down and brush with a Mason Pearson brush. Let hair fall naturally, and finish off with a light spray of , says Cohen.
If you have Jessica Biel's hair texture (naturally smooth), then use a styling aid of your choice for volume and hold and blow out your hair until it's bone dry. Then wrap sections of hair, from the ends to chin-length, around the barrel of a curling iron. Leave the top half of each section straight. This will give ends around the chin some bounce. "As you get closer to your face, make the spirals looser," says Cohen. "It's trendy not to curl the ends. The tips are left straight for the modern 'Veronica Lake' look. The intention is for hair to look finished, not fussy."
Anne Hathaway has naturally wavy, thick hair. "Her off-center part, as opposed to a severe center part, works for many women. It creates a modern-yet-retro wavy bob, which is a longer and looser version of the 1920s flapper girl," says Cohen. To achieve Anne Hathaway's look, first let your hair air-dry almost all the way. Then, go over it with a Mason Pearson brush to smooth out the tightness of the curls and soften the texture. Using the same brush, blow out sections from roots to ends. This will make hair fall more naturally and look like an effortless blow-dry. Then, take a 1-in curling iron to the front section of your hair, starting halfway up the strands—clip down, barrel up. At the same time, rotate the barrel toward your head and pull the end down over the clip. Repeat on the same section but closer to the ends of the hair.
Naomi Watts's hair is the classic pin-straight blunt cut just grazing the shoulders. The length of the bang has to reach the bridge of the nose and gradually get longer, creating slight asymmetry. To achieve Naomi's look, blow-dry your hair smooth and straight. Then, flat-iron small sections from root to tip with no bend at all. This achieves blunt edges with swinging hair. For the bangs, either flat-iron, adding a little downward curve, or use a round brush, creating a "Mod Carnaby Street" bang. Add a trace of hairspray just to the bangs to hold them in place. "The rest of the hair will move freely as you do," says Cohen.
To achieve Patricia Heaton's look, first pre-dry your hair with a straight paddle brush, blowing hair opposite the way it naturally grows for maximum volume. Then, blow out sections of hair on the front and top of your head from bang level working toward the crown with a round boar-bristle brush. While your hair's still warm, roll your hair back into Velcro rollers. Do this for hair the sides of your head as well. At the nape, under the crown, blow out the hair using just your fingers for a loose, fuss-free style. Finally, let out the rollers, and run your fingers through your hair without brushing. The result is a "flick" at the bottom and soft volume around the face. "This is particularly attractive if you have straight, silky hair like Patricia, which can flatten out," says Cohen. "It juxtaposes effortless in the back with a finished front for youth and sophistication."
To achieve Kelly Ripa's look, blow-dry your hair with Paul Labrecque Repair Style Hydrating Hair Lotion and a medium thermal brush. "This will create a smoother, shinier result," says New York celebrity stylist . Smooth the ends and add a finishing polish to seal in moisture.
With thick, fabulous hair like Teri Hatcher's, a full, wavy blowout is always a great way to go. To achieve the look, use a medium boar-bristle brush and hydrating hair cream while blow-drying your hair, creating a larger wave toward the end to get a sexy bed-head look. Finish with a volumizing cream and holding spray to keep this look from falling flat, suggests Labrecque.
For Heidi Klum's sleek and sexy locks, first apply a frizz-smoothing cream, like Paul Labrecque Straight Style Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm, on wet hair. Then, using a flat brush, blow-dry your hair with no bend or curl on the ends. Once your hair's dry, go over sections of it with a flat iron to keep it sleek and straight. Finally, use a straightening, anti-humidity spray to hold the hair and keep it frizz-free, says Labrecque.
"This sexy rocker blowout is easy and fun to achieve no matter where you're heading," says Labrecque. First, apply a volumizing spray to the roots while your hair is still wet. Then, blow-dry with a medium boar-bristle brush, creating an extreme side part. Once your hair is dry, tousle it with your fingers to create a sexy, messy look. If you want more of a rocker edge, finish by applying a matte pomade to the ends to smooth and separate for texture.
"Natalie's carefree and casual blowout is easy to do yourself without the help of a celebrity stylist," says Labrecque. On wet hair, use a volumizing spray all over your roots. Then, with a large round boar-bristle brush, start blow-drying your hair at the front without a specific part. This way, the style can fall into a natural part when it's dry. Make sure you brush upward for added volume and lift. Twirl the ends of your hair around the brush to add a nice bounce.
Blow dry damp hair into two sections using a round brush to lift the roots. Once your hair is completely dry, take a one-inch curling iron and curl sections away from your face. Make sure to the leave the ends out for looser curls. If they still appear tighter than you'd like, use a flat iron at the ends for a sleeker look. Use a texture spray to give locks a casual, yet styled look.
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This laidback look requires little effort. Apply a mousse to damp hair for volume, as well as hydrating Argan oil to the ends for extra hydration. Separate hair into two-inch horizontal sections and blow dry so the hot air is blowing down the strands. Make sure to add a nozzle to your blow dryer for more control and use a light hairspray to finish it off.
While your hair is still damp, apply a light hold styling gel. Then create a deep side part right where the arch of your eyebrow hits. For initial curls, use hot rollers. Then, section off a two-inch section near the nape of your neck and use a one-inch curling iron to stretch the curls out. Afterward, use a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to style another two-inch section. Carry on with these two steps, alternating between the two irons as you work your way through your hair.
To get Elizabeth Bank's wavy, tousled tresses, try these styling tricks on second-day hair (the day after you've washed it). Use dry shampoo at the roots to absorb any oil and then take a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create volume. Wrap large sections of your hair around the barrel, without curling the ends, for a softer feel. Then using a wide-tooth comb, brush hair on the crown of the head and fasten the top section with bobby pins. This will create a natural half up, half down look.