From Bangs to Bobs, the Best Celebrity Hair
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By Janna Johnson O'Toole for ELLE
Jason Segel isn’t the only one enamored with Michelle Williams. The actress’s pixie cut garnered the most requests, jumping from last year’s third-place standing among ELLE's top 100 salons in America. “The cut is low-maintenance and more versatile than you think,” says freelance hairstylist Thomas Dunkin, who works with Williams. Adds Rachel Gower, owner of Houston’s The Upper Hand Salon, “Even when the temperature reaches triple digits, the pixie looks put together and effortless."
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A few sprays of Got2B Oil-Licious Dry Oil Mist fight frizz and deliver shine to pixie cuts; Dunkin crafts “movement and texture” with Sebastian Molding Mud pomade but says less is more: “Don’t be too fussy overstyling this look. The beauty of it is the simplicity”; the fine bristles of the Mason Pearson brush keep “the sides flat and fluffiness down.”
Long Layers3 of 8
America’s hair hall of fame has a new inductee: Sofía Vergara. The actress’s long, layered waves inched out last year’s winner, Kim Kardashian, for most lusted-after style. “Sofía has made nighttime hair work all day,” says her stylist, Jen Atkin. After blow-drying straight, Atkin wraps two-inch sections around a curling iron, leaving the ends loose. Michael Barsamian, owner of Boston’s Mizu salon, says the L.A. style is popular among the city’s young workers. “The layers add enough lift to keep the cut looking fresh."
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For long layers, the alcohol-free formula of Rahua Voluminous Spray creates bombshell body without drying out strands; coat wet hair in Kérastase Nectar Thermique. The leave-in conditioner protects against heat damage for the softest, shiniest waves; Atkin favors the T3 11/4-inch Tourmaline Curling Iron and uses her fingers “to loosen curls for longer hold.”
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The Bob5 of 8
Cameron Diaz turned heads when she arrived at the Oscars’ with a wispy, chin-length bob. America took notice too, awarding it the third most-requested cut. Diaz’s longtime stylist, Lona Vigi, “kept the length shorter in the back, leaving the bangs and sides longer for a sexier feel,” she says. To style, section off hair and blow-dry with a round brush “to give body.” The cut’s functionality makes it hot in the City of Brotherly Love. “Philly's a walking city—women need a cut that won’t lose its shape in the wind and humidity,” says Giovanni Mele, owner of Giovanni & Pileggi salon.
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For bob-wearers who want extra volume at the crown, Vigi spritzes dry hair with Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo (“I love, love, love it,” she says); a volumizing mousse, such as Pantene Flowing Body, will lift limp strands for allover movement; John Frieda by Conair Full Volume Medium Porcupine Round Brush smooths hair to reduce frizz.
Bangs7 of 8
After a one-year hiatus from ELLE's list, blunt bangs are back, and top fringe goes to Zooey Deschanel. Hairstylist Danilo, who tends her tresses, suggests bangs that are longer on the sides and shorter across the forehead, “just dusting the eyebrows.” To get fringe to lie flat, he directs hair forward and down with a brush while blow-drying, “It’s really important they lie in place with minimal volume,” Danilo says. In Montana, clients at the Living Room salon, according to owner Jolie Kiser, want “classic styles that are fresh and fun,” making Deschanel’s retro-chic bangs “a huge hit."
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Secure a scarf, such as the limited-edition Byredo Seven Veils silk scarf, around bangs for a few minutes to flatten, suggests Danilo, who mists fringe with a light-hold spray such as Oribe Superfine Hair Spray to finish; for the most uniform edges, pass the Sedu Revolution Pro Shortie Mini Styler Iron over fringe, slightly curling the ends under, Danilo says.
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