Great Hair at Every Length

updated 08/04/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT


The Look
Hang up the flatiron. Forget expensive, damaging treatments. Stick-straight styles have relaxed into flowing waves and curls. "The look for long hair now is layered with a lot of texture," says Ken Paves, who styles Jessica Simpson. "It's cool to embrace your natural hairstyle—curly, wavy, straight, coarse or fine."

Keep long hair healthy by cutting every two months. Don't overwash or use shampoo with sulfites, which dry out hair. Condition liberally.

Jennifer Aniston
Now that her Friends dressing room is dark, Jennifer Aniston has become a "closet hairdresser" at home in Los Angeles. Using René Furterer detangler and a dab of Phytologie to lift her roots, she gives herself blow-outs like a pro. "It's a bitch," she says. "But I've gotten good at it." Even the back? "That's why I have somewhat strong arms," she jokes.

Silky Shine
"Healthy, well-trimmed and conditioned hair is the start," says N.Y.C. hairstylist Mark Garrison of this relaxed, fuller look. "Wet-set it with a setting solution. When dry, blow out the roots to smooth it further."

Textured Waves
"One way to get this kind of texture is to twist small sections of wet hair around your finger to give them a curl, then let them dry," suggests stylist John Barrett.

Pump it up—with volumizing shampoo, root-lifting product and a blow-dry. Section off into Velcro rollers and spray. Take down. Tousle. Give a little tease.


"Long hair has a tendency to elongate the face. Layers around the front open it up"
—Stylist Ken Paves


The look
Flirty layers with angles, jaw-length curls and finger waves. "We're seeing hairstyles that aren't contrived, hair that moves with you and is a little bit tousled," says stylist Ken Paves. "It's all about movement and texture." Caution: When medium hair isn't layered enough, you end up with a heavy, conservative bob.

Use a light pomade to give a shiny, reflective finish to your hair. If you color, make sure there is good contrast. To avoid aging yourself, John Barrett suggests flattening and smoothing the roots along the hairline. "Section off small pieces of your hair and aim the dryer at the roots as you pull the pieces," he says. "That will smooth your hair out and make it look much younger."

Sweeping the collarbone and razored to frame the face, this cut is" sexiest," says John Barrett, when "it doesn't look too structured."

At last! The revenge of naturally curly hair. "Dry with curling cream and a diffuser for a bouncy, glamorous look," says Bumble and Bumble stylist Allison Luongo, or "you can wear the front down but put the back up in a low ponytail."

Retro Waves
"Don't think Rita Hayworth," warns stylist Mark Garrison, about the trace of a curl. Use a big curling iron."


"Curling your hair under with a big round brush is so matronly. If you are going to blow your hair, make sure it's straight on the ends"
—stylist John Barrett


The look
Light, feminine and in harmony with the shape of the face. "We're staying away from anything that remotely resembles Florence Henderson," says stylist Ken Paves. "Today's short hair is incredibly versatile."

Short hair should never appear too styled or coiffed, says stylist John Barrett. After washing, apply pomade at the ends (straight hair) or use a strong smoothing gel (curly hair). Let dry naturally, then run fingers through it to style. Cut every four to six weeks.

Naturally Easy
"It's more of a razor cut," says Bumble and Bumble's Allison Luongo "And go easy on using products."

Longer on top and short on the sides, the best layered short dos have wispy bangs and never look blow-dried.

"A good short haircut is organic. It works in any direction it moves. Whether it's pushed to one side, back or forward, it repositions in a way that is flattering"
—stylist Mark Garrison

Get the Look

All the right tools for today's loose-locks styles

Sexy Volume

Matrix Amplify Gel Wax $12.95

Garnier Volume Inject Mousse $2.99

Fresh Shaping Foam $20

Aveda Volumizing Tonic $12

Silky Shine

Charles Worthington Results Shine, Shine, Shine Gloss and Refresh Spray $5.99

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum $16

Frédéric Fekkal Glossing Shampoo $20

Pantene Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum $5.99

Waves & Texture:

V05 Detangle & Shine Leave-In Conditioner $3.49

Oscar Blandi Acqua Marina Styling Gel $19

Bumble and Bumble Styling Wax $15

Rusk Being Strong Gel $11.95
(select salons)

Messy Updo

OSIS Tex It Bodyfier Gel by Schwarzkopf $12.50

KMS Hairplay Texture Blast $13.95
(select salons)

Clairol Herbal Essences Extra Hold Hairspray $2.99

L'Oréal Fast Forward Spray $3.59

Curly Locks

ThermaSilk Heat Activated Curl Perfecting Mousse $3.99
(retail stores)

Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo $8.50

Kérastase Elasto-Curl Crème $24

Catwalk Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer $14.95

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