By Nicole Pearl
These days, everyone seems to be looking to celebrities for hairstyle cues and new ideas for cuts. The problem is that those hairstyles don’t always translate from Hollywood to hometown. Many of today’s stars have an army of beauty experts to primp and pin every strand, but you have five minutes to run a brush through your hair before you’re running out the front door.
Instead of Hollywood hair, what you need is a haircut that fits your life.
“Even if you’re seriously busy, you don't have to sacrifice great-looking hair,” says Jet Rhys, owner of the Jet Rhys salon in San Diego. “There are stylish cuts that work with your natural hair texture and don’t require a lot of time or effort.”
Look below for your hair type and find out which cut matches your hair texture -- and more importantly, your life.
If your hair is straight and …
Quick style tip: Daily shampooing prevents oily and limp hair. But if you’re pressed for time, use a dry shampoo instead. Spray or sprinkle the formula on roots, then massage with your fingertips. Ingredients such as cornstarch absorb the oil and thicken strands.
If your hair has loose waves and is …
Quick style tip: To ensure the wavy style holds all day, rub a quarter-sized dollop of gel between your palms, then finger-comb through damp strands and let hair air-dry.
If your hair has tight curls and is …
Quick style tip: For long hair, smoothing mousse helps define curls. Scrunch it into wet strands, then air-dry. The less you fuss with your curls, the better they’ll look, says Rhys. For the pixie, rub a dab of styling paste between hands and use your fingers to quickly shape and place various pieces. It will give hair structure and definition.
If your hair is coarse and …
Quick style tip: Every two weeks, give hair an at-home hot oil treatment to soften strands and fight frizz. Look for products that contain natural moisturizers like olive oil and vitamin E. Leave on for 45 minutes, even if the directions recommend less time. The oil often needs extra time to penetrate, says Rhys.
Nicole Pearl is a freelance beauty writer and the founder of the Web site The Beauty Girl. She has written for other online publications and magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Self, Marie Claire and In Style, and she has also held editorial positions at Shop Etc., Us Weekly and Golf for Women.
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