Kim Kardashian's Glossy Updo
THE STYLE A super-sleek updo pulled into a low twist
WHERE Eve Nightclub in Las Vegas
WHY WE LOVE IT When you've got earrings as glam and gorgeous as Kim Kardashian's, a slick, pulled-back style is exactly what you need to show them off. Brush your hair back with a mixed bristle brush, secure it at the nape of your neck, and finish with heavy duty hairspray. Gel tends to look too crunchy.
Christina Aguilera's Blond Bob
THE STYLE A chin-length bob with subtle layers and pushed aside bangs
WHERE A post-Christmas shopping trip in West Hollywood
WHY WE LOVE IT It may not be Christina Aguilera's edgiest look, and it's certainly not her most risky, but this pert blond crop is one of our favorites yet. We love the choppy ends, the slightly graduated layers around her face, and the breezy, low-maintenance texture.
Mariah Carey's Soft Waves
THE STYLE Bendy spirals with a hint of structure and tons of shine
WHERE The Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri, Italy
WHY WE LOVE IT We couldn't decide which was more luxe: Mariah Carey's fluffy, curvy waves, or the feathery shrug she had on her shoulders. Either way, it was a winning look: The star took home an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious. Work it, Mimi!
Eva Longoria Parker's Chic Hat Head
THE STYLE A straight and simple blow-out tucked under a black felt fedora
WHERE A Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Worried about limp, flat, and staticky hair after pulling off your winter hat? Take a cue from Eva Longoria Parker and wear you hair down-and keep your hat on. Even a cute beanie will work as long as your ends have plenty of movement and shine. Down-dos are more forgiving than ponytails or buns, so when it does come off, simply flip your head over and rake your hands through the length for instant volume.
Blake Lively's Easy Curls
THE STYLE Big, perfectly mussed spirals starting below the chin
WHERE The Sherlock Holmes premiere afterparty in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT We have a sneaking suspicion that Blake Lively's hair looks pretty much perfect the minute she rolls out of bed. But this smooth style manages to be both breezy and done in one fell swoop. Plus, we can't get over how sweet the cluster of curls looks pulled onto one shoulder.
Diane Kruger's Hairpin Curls
THE STYLE Face-framing soft and structured S-curls
WHERE The Inglourious Basterds DVD launch in Los Angeles
WHO CAN WEAR IT "The inspiration for Diane Kruger's style came from the spring 2010 runway shows and old Hollywood glamour," says Richard Marin, who created the look. "For girls with shoulder-length hair or longer, this is easy to achieve." Marin blew dry the hair, and curled the ends around a round brush. He curled them again with an iron, and held the spirals in place with hairpins. "Do not curl any hair that is on the crown-leave that straight and close to the head," he says. After the curls cool, brush through and mist with hairspray.
Christina Ricci's Heavy Bangs
THE STYLE Thick, eye-grazing bangs with longer face-framing pieces
WHERE The Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates
WHY WE LOVE IT Heavy bangs like Christina Ricci's look best when they're sharp and precise. But you don't have to break out a laser-level to get your look right-most stylists offer cheap (or even free!) bang touch-ups every two to three weeks.
Ashley Greene's Wispy Chignon
THE STYLE A textured updo pulled into a low twist
WHERE The Sherlock Holmes premiere in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT "Ashley Greene's dress was a little below the knee, so I wanted to give her a sophisticated look," said Ted Gibson, who created the style. He blew the hair straight, added movement and texture with a large curling iron, and pulled it into a bun at the nape of the neck. "I wanted her hair to accent her fantastic neck and face," says Gibson. Mission accomplished.
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Penelope Cruz's Sexy Waves
THE STYLE Long and soft waves with a hint of structure
WHERE The Nine premiere in New York City
HOW TO GET IT There's a few tricks to replicating Penelope Cruz's touchably sexy hair. First, if you're wearing your hair down to a fancyish event, consider clip-in extensions. They're almost impossible to screw up, and add instantaneous (and impressive) volume. Second, brush (and brush and brush) your hair. You'll be surprised how much body and shine a mixed-bristle brush can produce.
Eva Mendes's Audrey Updo
THE STYLE A breezy updo topped off with a chunky beaded headband
WHERE The Sherlock Holmes premiere in New York City
HOW TO GET IT "Eva Mendes's look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn, but the tendrils gave it a modern finish and a touch of femininity," says Sebastian hairstylist Thomas Dunkin, who created the look. Taking a four-inch section of hair around the crown, he added thickening mousse then set it with large rollers. He took out the curlers, side-parted the hair, and twisted it up with pins. "I put a headband just in front of the tallest part of the style and left random pieces to gently fall out-this look can appear too structured otherwise," says Dunkin. The stylist finished with a blast of texturizing spray.
Nicole Richie's Brunette Look
THE STYLE Long eyelash grazing bangs in a new chestnut shade
WHERE The launch of the House of Harlow 1960 Holiday Collection at Bloomingdale's in Costa Mesa, California
WHY WE LOVE IT Nicole Richie's colorist, George Papanikolas, confessed that his client's new shade wasn't exactly an overnight impulse. "We have gradually been going darker over the last few months-from blonde, to dark ash blonde, then brown with golden tips and finally this rich sable brown," he says. The benefit of taking it slow (besides not frying your strands)? "We did this gradual transition so we could play with different looks," says Papanikolas.
Olivia Wilde's Easy Bun
THE STYLE A low bubbly bun at the base of the head
WHERE An ACLU dinner in Beverly Hills
WHY WE LOVE IT Isn't it refreshing to see simple, breathtakingly beautiful styles? We salute Olivia Wilde for rocking this easy side-part and poufy low-bun. One hint for making the look shine? For extra polish, smooth flyaways along your part with a hairspray-misted toothbrush.
Taylor Swift's New Bangs
THE STYLE Thick eye-grazing bangs (!) and stick straight strands (!)
WHERE Outside of Otto in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Don't get us wrong, we absolutely love Taylor Swift's picture-perfect spirals, but this sleek look blew us away-in a good way. Here's hoping the princess of pop sticks with her new long fringe and choppy layers.
Rachel McAdams's Long Braid
THE STYLE Voluminous, brushed back hair pulled into a textured, asymmetrical braid
WHERE The world premiere of Sherlock Holmes in London
WHY WE LOVE IT Sebastian hairstylist Thomas Dunkin created this look for Rachel McAdams, and we've got a idea where he may have gotten his inspiration: The Spring 2010 Alexander Wang show in New York City. Sure, we loved the easy-going plait on the runway-but it looks even more stunning on the red carpet.
Catherine Zeta-Jones's Retro Updo
THE STYLE A neat and curvy coif pulled into a low, structured bun
WHERE The A Little Night Music after party in New York City.
WHY WE LOVE IT Truth be told, Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably scream old Hollywood glamour in a sweatsuit and flip-flops, but this sophisticated style accentuates her classic appeal. To try, part your hair on the side, and set one section in a pin curl. Brush through when cool and pull all your hair into a bun at your nape. Effortless grace? Well that's not so simple.
Lake Bell's Big, Sexy Hair
THE STYLE Effortlessly wavy and voluminous hair
WHERE An It's Complicated screening in New York City
HOW TO GET IT "The inspiration was Lake Bell's retro dress, black heels, and silver jewelry-so her hair needed to be big and sexy," says her stylist, Ted Gibson, who created the look. Starting with wet hair, he spritzed the scalp with volumizing spray, blew it dry, and worked in a dab of serum to smooth lifted cuticles. He added a few strands of clip-in extensions for extra length, waved the hair with a large barrel curling iron, and finished with a dose of shine-enhancing hairspray.
Nicole Kidman's Playful Updo
THE STYLE An asymmetrical updo that's sleek in front and curly in back
WHERE The Nine premiere in New York City
HOW TO GET IT Nicole Kidman's hairstylist, Kerry Warn wanted to put the star's hair up, but not have it feel stuffy. "Chignons can be really formal," he said. "I wanted this to still be comfortable and fresh." He blew her hair dry with smoothing serum ("that's my security that it won't frizz out later"), pulled it into a low ponytail with an invisible elastic, and bent the ends with a curling iron. To finish, he rolled up the curls with his hands, and tucked them in place with large bobby pins. As for the ringlet by her face? "I thought it added just a little extra softness," says Warn.
Kate Hudson's Braided Headband
THE STYLE An LC-esque hairline grazing braid
WHERE The world premiere of Nine in London
WHY WE LOVE IT Who said this braided down-do was only for summer? Not David Babaii, the stylist who created this look for his business partner Kate Hudson. "I french braided Kate's shorter layers to sweep her hair back and away from her face," he says. And as far as the beachy, piecey texture goes, Babaii swears by light styling spray."I didn't want it to weigh down her hair. At the end of the night, her look was completely fresh," he says.
Kirsten Dunst's Straight Bangs
- THE STYLE Silky smooth hair with thick, straight bangs
- WHERE A visit to Rehabilitation Centers for Children in Mexico City
- HOW TO GET IT "Kirsten Dunst's style really was a collaboration between the two of us," says stylist Cervando Maldonado of the Byron and Tracey Salon. He worked a dab of silicone serum through the length, not the roots, and blew it dry with a roundbrush to make it "smooth and flat." He flatironed the hair, but skipped the ends so they'd still have movement. To finish? "I used a smaller roundbrush on her bangs to give them a bit of shape and volume," he says.
Angelina Jolie's Soft Waves
THE STYLE Big loose spirals
WHERE The premiere of Invictus in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT "This is my interpretation of a bohemian look on Angelina Jolie," says her stylist David Babaii, who created the style. To try it, comb hair with a mixed bristle brush for shine, then wrap random sections around a large barrel curling iron. "Hold the iron until you feel the heat coming off of the hair," he says. Pin the spirals loosely around the base of the head, and let cool before taking them down. "This look is all about simplicity," says Babaii.
Fergie's Extra-Long Waves
THE STYLE Loose, breezy waves that go on and on
WHERE The Grammy nominations concert in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT Don't get us wrong, we love Fergie's blond waves, and the silky straight brown strands she had next. But these subtle ripples have a fabulously undone feel, and contrast perfectly with her studded, spiky dress.
Brittany Murphy's Elegant Waves
THE STYLE A casual down-do that still manages to look done
WHERE The Across the Hall premiere in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT Brittany Murphy's style is half-way between beachy waves and a structured coif. The key to pulling off her look? A lightweight styling paste that adds definition without weighing down your strands.
Natalie Portman's Braided Bun
THE STYLE A low, flirty cluster accented by side-swept bangs
WHERE The IFC's 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Hairstylist Mark Townsend had a few tricks for making Natalie Portman look so good. "I spritzed damp hair with a body-enhancing spray, blew it dry, and wrapped three inch sections around a curling iron," he says. "And because it was a rainy night, I used a protective mist to keep her hair from frizzing in the humidity." He then gathered the hair in a ponytail behind the left ear, braided it, and secured with an elastic two inches from the ends. His finishing touch? "I looped the ponytail around the base and secured with a few bobby pins."
Salma Hayek's High Ponytail
THE STYLE An extra-high and extra-glossy long ponytail
WHERE A gala celebrating the re-opening of Hotel La Mamounia in Morocco
WHY WE LOVE IT Salma Hayek's ponytail has a glamorous, '70s feel-give yours an '09 edge by keeping it a tad loose around the crown and wrapping a strand of hair around the band that holds it in place.