Quick Beauty Tips: 5 Sexy New Hair Ideas

New Hairstyle #3: Side-Swept Braid

Jessica Simpson shows off a grown-up braid on the red carpet. Here's how to get the look:

1. Start by applying a volumizer, like Samy Fat Hair "0" Calories Amplifying Mousse ($8; at drugstores) to damp hair. Then add lift to your roots by using a round brush while blow-drying. We like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Round Brush ($68; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com) for its soft bristles.

2. Once your hair is dry, part it on the side and wind strands around a tapered curling iron, such as Runway Series by Rsession Tools Tapered Curling Iron ($50; rsessiontools.com).

3. Gather all of your hair to one side and separate into three even sections. Starting a few inches away from your nape, braid them together. "Weave it tightly, then go back and gently loosen the plait with your fingers," says Jenny Cho, a celebrity stylist in Los Angeles who regularly works with Amanda Seyfried. "The more disheveled the braid, the more romantic it looks."

Stylist tip: If you already have natural waves, skip the curling iron.

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