Minka Kelly's Soft, Sexy Hair
THE STYLE Downy soft strands pushed onto one shoulder
WHERE An Esquire event in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT This month, Esquire magazine declared Minka Kelly the sexiest woman alive. We're not going to disagree. This featherlight style has both a touchable texture and an unfussy polish.
Jessica Stroup's New Pixie!
THE STYLE A choppy, textured and longish pixie cut
WHERE The Vanessa Bruno Grand Opening Party in Los Angeles
INSIDE SCOOP "When I cut Jessica Stroup's hair, our inspiration was Carey Mulligan on the cover of Vogue a few months back," said hairstylist Jen Atkin. "This cut works best on round or oval faces, and when it's really roughed-up and piecey. A dab of texturizing putty is key. And be sure your stylist really gets out a lot of the weight of your hair so that the shape of your cut can really show through."
Kerry Washington's Sideswept Updo
THE STYLE A tucked-up side French braid
WHERE A screening of Night Catches Us in Philadelphia
WHY WE LOVE IT Kerry Washington's updo is a example of how a style we all know and love-that is, a French braid-can be transformed with a few simple tweaks. By keeping the plait loose, chunky and on the side, Washington's look is both fancy and one-of-a-kind.
Olivia Wilde's Slick Top Knot
THE STYLE A slicked back ponytail gathered in a high, chunky bun
WHERE The Tokyo International Film Festival
WHY WE LOVE IT Sure, Olivia Wilde's top-of-the-head top knot isn't for everyone, but we have to admit, there's something appealingly edgy about the look. The tautness of the bun accents her glittery shadow and rosy skin just so.
Mila Kunis's Long Layers
THE STYLE Below-the-shoulder strands with long, swingy layers
WHERE A Black Swan event in London
WHY WE LOVE IT Mila Kunis's cut is inspiration for those of us that feel our grown-out strands are starting to look a bit drab. A handful of choppy layers cut just a few inches above the bottom of the hair add dimension and movement.
Scarlett Johansson's Punky Crop
THE STYLE A chopped-into bob that's long in front and closely shorn in back
WHERE The Mango Fashion Awards in Barcelona
WHY WE LOVE IT Scarlett Johansson's hair has been slowly edging upwards all summer long. This latest rendition is the edgiest-and most flattering yet.
Molly Sims's Simple Headband
THE STYLE Blown-out strands tucked back in a thin black band
WHERE The 2010 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT Molly Sims's look is a gentle reminder that a skinny black headband can dress up even the simplest hair.
Hilary Swank's Faux Bob
THE STYLE Golden curls tucked into a cute bob
WHERE The 17th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills
WHY WE LOVE IT These days, Hilary Swank has below-the-shoulders strands, but you wouldn't know it from this adorable look. Sick of your length? Play with a faux bob yourself-it's as easy as a few pins and a blast of hairspray.
Blake Lively's Deconstructed Bun
THE STYLE A sleek-in-front, wild-in-back low chignon
WHERE The 2010 Scream Awards in Los Angeles
WHY WE LOVE IT Blake Lively has the most coveted waves in Hollywood, but when she turns out a sleek, buttoned-up look, the world takes notice. This roughed-up, architectural bun, created by hairstylist Rod Ortega, was the perfect compliment to her Lanvin dress.
Sarah Jessica Parker's Structured Curls
THE STYLE Chunky curls in a neat center-part
WHERE The New York City Ballet 2010 Fall Gala
WHY WE LOVE IT Sarah Jessica Parker won our hearts by rocking her naturally tight ringlets in the Sex and the City days of the late '90s. How does the star keep the look fresh in 2010? By giving her spirals a formal, coiffed structure and brushed-out, slightly matte shine.
Eva Longoria Parker's Sideswept Curls
THE STYLE A curly pile of highlighted strands pulled onto one shoulder
WHERE The unveiling of her Madame Tussaud's wax figure in Las Vegas
WHY WE LOVE IT Sometimes it's the simplest styles that are the most appealing. Take Eva Longoria Parker's recent look, where a neat side-part and lushly curled ends were all it took to catch our attention. Pushing all the hair onto one shoulder added a touch of drama to an otherwise low-key style.
Hilary Duff's Ombre Waves
THE STYLE Medium brown roots that fade to a golden honey blond
WHERE Promoting her novel Elixir in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Sure, Hilary Duff was a gorgeous blond, but this new multi-colored look is just as stunning. The dimensional tones bring out the warmth in her complexion; the textured waves have a fun, flirty appeal.
Ginnifer Goodwin's Textured Pixie
THE STYLE A boy-short crop with nuanced texture
WHERE The Sixth Annual Gay and Lesbian and Straight Education Network Respect Awards in Beverly Hills
WHY WE LOVE IT Some women think that a pixie is all one length, but one look at Ginnifer Goodwin's cut proves that myth wrong. When going for a shorter style, be sure to ask for choppy, textured layers. It adds visual interest and much-needed shape to your look.
Heidi Klum's Slicked Center-part
THE STYLE A gelled down ponytail parted in the middle
WHERE A Heidi Klum for New Balance Event in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT If you have a face as delicately pretty as Heidi Klum's, you don't need waves, curls or bangs to have a stand-out style. This sleek look has an easy, out-of-the-shower appeal with just enough polish to look planned.
Keri Hilson's Curly Crop
THE STYLE A sandy blond, grown-out pixie
WHERE A screening of Fair Game in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Just because your hair is short, doesn't mean it's not a versatile look. Take Keri Hilson's cut. When smooth, it's a sleek and sophisticated style. Twisted into curly ringlets, like this, and it's a playful but edgy look.
Lauren Conrad's Jeweled Headband
THE STYLE A girly, curly updo turned out with a simple, shiny headband
WHERE A book signing in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Lauren Conrad has long, honey-hued hair-and lots of it. Rightly so, she rarely tucks it back in an updo, which is one of the reasons this romantic look is so special. Bulky, statement headbands may be past their prime, but a simple strand of silver in the hair, like this Jennifer Behr design, will never go out of style.
Halle Berry's Textured Pixie
THE STYLE A roughed-up crop
WHERE In Poland, promoting her Reveal fragrance
WHY WE LOVE IT Halle Berry's pixie isn't anything new, but that doesn't make it any less cute. Let's face it: No one does funky, tousled strands better than this Oscar-winning star.
Blake Lively's Loose Braid
THE STYLE An imperfect side braid with plenty of lived-in texture
WHERE The Spring 2011 Eyewear collection at Tiffany & Co. in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Undeniable truth: Blake Lively has covetous hair. This braid works because it's not too prim or proper and allows her wavy natural texture to shine through. And it's a good lesson for the rest of us. That is, don't worry too much if your layers slip out of a side braid. Instead, embrace the low-key cuteness of the look.
Katherine Heigl's Baby Blond Waves
THE STYLE A rich buttery blond
WHERE An appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York City
WHY WE LOVE IT Let's face it: Katherine Heigl is stunning as a brunet, gorgeous as a redhead, and absolutely perfect as a blond. Colorist Kim Vo took the actress back to the shade at his salon in Beverly Hills. After giving her a base color of golden blond, Vo wove in apricot and honey balyage highlights. "Katherine loves this glamorous Old Hollywood blond," he said. "She radiates!"
At the premiere of The King's Speech in London, Claire Danes's simple makeup had a ton of impact, thanks in part to her exaggerated lashes. If length is your goal, pick-up a mascara that's dosed with fibers. A few swipes of lash primer will help the particles smooth on and stay put.
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