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Quick Beauty Tips: 5 Sexy New Hair Ideas


Looking for a fresh new hairstyle for a big night out or just want to dress up your everyday ponytail? Try one of these totally doable celebrity hairstyles. We show you how to get the look you want, from gorgeous updos to sleek, straight and sexy hair. Whether you're heading to a gala or a dinner party for two, these celeb hairstyles will get you gorgeous in 15 minutes, tops.



New Hairstyle #1: The Polished Ponytail

Kim Kardashian sports a chic version of the standard gym hairstyle. Here's how to get the look:

1. Spray almost dry hair with a volumizer, like Logics Color DNA Full Scale Root Finisher ($20;, and then lift sections away from the scalp as you blow-dry.

2. Tease the top section using a fine-tooth comb, and then switch to a brush like Goody Achieve Volume Root Lifter Brush ($7; at drugstores) to tightly pull the sides and back of your hair into a ponytail.

3. Smooth back the top section, pinning the ends above the band with Ricky's NYC Invisipin Bobby Pins ($3; Pull a little hair from underneath the pony, wrap it around the elastic, and pin out of sight.

Stylist tip: Finish by fluffing up the ponytail so your hair looks thicker.

New Hairstyle #2: Sleek and Sexy Hair

The trick to Olivia Palermo's straight hairstyle is to start with nourished strands, says Nicholas Penna Jr., owner of Salon Capri in Newton, Massachusetts. "Healthy hair is easier to manage and it reflects more light."

1. After shampooing, smooth on a deep conditioner like Kérastase Chronologiste ($145;; let it sink in for five minutes, then rinse. When you're ready to blow-dry, flip your head upside down and blast your hair with heat until nearly all of the water has evaporated. Stand up as you finish drying, using a brush to stretch out strands of your hair.

2. Spritz your hair with a protective  styling product like Pantene Pro-V Medium–Thick Heat Protection & Shine Spray ($6; at drugstores), and then glide a flat iron over two-inch sections until your whole head looks silky. We like Keratin Complex KeraStyler Printed Flat Iron ($99;

Stylist tip: Keep the iron moving to ensure you don't singe strands

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; 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;

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.


New Hairstyle #4: Close Crop with Waves

Carey Muligan knows how to work her pixie cut on the red carpet. Here's how to dress up your short hairstyle:

1. Work a palm-size dollop of gel into wet hair. We like Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Smooth Definition Gel ($4; at drugstores).

2. Make a deep side part, choosing the side your hair tends to naturally fall to. Then use your hand as a guide: Place it on your head horizontally with fingers spread wide, so there's space to create ripples. Rake a comb like Ricky's No-Frizz Dry-Cut Comb ($6; toward your part and repeat between each finger. Remove your hand and allow hair to air-dry. The less you touch it, the better.

3. Finish this sexy hairstyle with a mist of Redken Workforce 09 Flexible Spray ($15;

Stylist tip: Use a water-based styling gel so curly hair won't look "crispy".

New Hairstyle #5: Sensual Ringlets

Taylor Swift pairs her golden curls with an off-center part. Here's how to get the look:

1. Start by using a moisturizing shampoo like Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl Shampoo ($34;

2. When hair is dry, curl two-inch sections with an iron like Brazilian Heat Tourmaline 1" Ceramic Curling Iron ($42; Grip the wand vertically and wind tresses around it from the top down (starting about three inches from the scalp), hold for 15 seconds, and release. Then wrap the same chunk of hair around your fingers, pinching it in place until it's cool. Use clips to stay organized while styling. "Otherwise you risk grabbing pieces that have already been in the iron," says Gianni. "That looks messy and leads to heat damage."

3. To get that scene-making sheen, finish with a spritz of Avon Techniques Mirror Shine Spray ($8;

Stylist tip: Already have curly hair? Head straight for the shine spray.


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