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We remember being caught in that awkward stage of growing out a short hair cut, but we don’t remember our locks looking this good during that time.

Now we wish we’d given the lengthened ‘lob’ a go.

Still in the bob family—thanks to the shape of the cut—just a few inches longer, the little longer ‘lob’ is a versatile way of growing your strands gorgeously and gracefully.

Instead of pulling it into a ponytail (like we did on a daily basis), find inspiration in the manes of a few of our favorite celebrities.

Try it blown straight like Emma Stone, choppy and layered like Nicole Richie, full of piece-y texture like Olivia Wilde, big and curly like Julianne Hough, tousled and wavy like Lucy Hale, or sleek and retro like Jessica Chastain.

Just remember to visit your stylist every six weeks to trim your ends and keep the shape of your style sharp! —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Getty

Aren’t you glad Evan Rachel Wood traded in her long lackluster locks for a cute cropped cut?

We certainly are. In fact, we’re head over heels in love with ERW’s shorter strands for two reasons: 1) We had absolutely NO idea just how gorgeous she is, and 2) Because she does more than just wear it straight. (We’re looking right at you Michelle Williams—and Carey Mulligan.)

Her versatile cut comes across as being completely effortless, yet beyond badass. Plus, it’s the perfect juxtaposition between masculine and feminine—it’s very ‘David Bowie androgynous meets Halle Berry sexy with a touch of Tilda Swinton elegance.’

Marcus Francis, the mane mastermind behind this particular look, tells us exactly what he did to create Wood’s scrunchy waves so you can try your hand at her pretty, punky pixie.

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Very rarely do we retrogress back to the ’40s to derive beauty inspiration, but if ever there was a wartime look to repeat, rockabilly victory rolls absolutely gets our vote.

Made famous by voluptuous sex kittens of yesteryear, it’s no wonder modern-day pinup Katy Perry is at the forefront of this revival—also seen on the Fall 2011 Miu Miu catwalk.

Thing is, there’s good news and bad news about this one. The bad news? This architectural-esque look is anything but DIY for beginners, though the brave can follow this excellent step-by-step tutorial. The good news? As Madonna and Diane Kruger prove, it is simple to simulate.

While the ‘material girl’ leaves hair loose on both sides for a breezy bohemian style, and the German actress’s locks are neatly brushed for a more polished look, both versions are quick and easy to recreate—and a great way to reinvent curls that are a few days old.

Starting with soft messy waves, insert a short off-center part using your forefinger. With both hands, roll a large section of hair away from your face, securing mid-crown with a few small hair pins (we love Conair Styling Essentials Mini Pins, $6.99 at Amazon.com).

For a bit of volume in the front (like Madonna’s look), gently insert your fingertips into the roll and loosen and lift strands by wiggling your digits. For a cleaner look, à la Diane, brush the hair above both ears back and pin alongside the roll. —India-Jewel Jackson

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Every few seasons there’s a 70s icon revival on the catwalk, which in turn triggers a manestream chain reaction—on the red carpet, as well as off.

Think Bianca Jagger, Cher, Farrah Fawcett, Ali McGraw, Faye Dunaway, Olivia Newton-John, Angelica Huston, Joan Jett, Anita Pallenberg, Marisa Berenson, Catherine Denevue—we could go on and on.

According to Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas K, and Betsey Johnson, guess who’s on deck for Spring 2012? Jerry Hall.

The leggy Southern belle supermodel may be best known to most as being the mother of four of Mick Jagger’s children (including our personal girl crush Georgia May), but to beauty experts and celebrity hairstylists alike, it’s always going to be all about her hair.

Why? It’s elementary, my dear. Long and blonde, thick and wavy—Hall’s lush locks are the epitome of sexy (save for Brigitte Bardot and Veronica Lake, of course).

Plus—her’s is the easiest mane to emulate.

Apparently Anna Paquin, Emma Stone, Amber Heard, and Chloe Moretz agree.

It’s as easy as inserting a deep part on the right side and brushing all of your hair over to the left, then using a curling iron to create big ringlets and raking them loose with your fingers.

The tricky part?

Making sure your tumbling waves stay put. The key is to insert a few tress-tone hairpins underneath your hair, right at the nape of your neck.

If you’re into the boho-look, showing the pins is très cool.

If you’re a bit more reserved, try this: Every few inches maneuver a bobby pin vertically, catching a small sliver of hair. Using your fingers, rake loose strands over the pin and repeat, ending with a pin just behind your left ear. Remember to push the pins as high as possible, which is the key to completely concealing them.

Thinking of hopping aboard the tumbling tress-train? Below, the tools you’ll need to give it a go. —India-Jewel Jackson

Conair Instant Heat Ceramic Spiral Styler, $15.99 at Folica.com | Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray, $14 at VictoriasSecret.comScunci No-Slip Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins—Blonde and Brunette—$3.49 at Amazon.com.

In the illustrious words of Charlie Sheen, Taylor Swift is #WINNING. Not only does the 21-year old country music phenom win award after award after award, we have yet to see her have a bad hair day. Granted, she pretty much sticks with the same look (she has flirted with straight hair once or twice), but hey if it ain’t broke… Here’s how to sculpt beautiful bouncy ringlets like Swift’s:

Wrap large sections of your hair around the barrel of your curling iron, taking care to intertwine your strands in-between the spiral hair guide. We love Rsession Tools 4-in-1 Tapered Curling Iron, $49.99 at Folica.com—constructing perfect curls has never been easier.

Using your fingers, rake through your hair to loosen curls, and mist with a holding spray to set. We love Hold Please Volume Shine Hairspray, $10 at VictoriasSecret.com—in addition to flexible hold, it also adds a bit of gloss and an ounce of oomph.

It’s a rather daring look for someone who’s style is more sophisticated and subdued; absolutely a risk, but we think it paid off—majorly.

At the Louis Vuitton party for Sam Taylor-Wood, English actress Thandie Newton went for whimsical with this kooky top knot chignon that sat slightly off-center, right atop her forehead. One part ‘Grey Gardens‘ granny, two parts ‘laissez-faire’ hair, we think Thandie’s on to something. We’re guessing it won’t be long before other stars start pushing their ponys a bit more forward as well—here’s how to get the look before everyone else jumps on the high bun bandwagon:

Step #1: Using a boar bristle brush (helps tame pesky flyaways), sweep hair into a very high position, like 4-to-5 inches off of your forehead;

Step #2: Tautly secure ponytail using a snag-less rubber band, and slip hair through a chignon pillow and push it to the base;

Step #3: Twist the hair around the pillow, and secure with bobby pins;

Step #4: Mist with hairspray to set.

Tela Beauty Organics Boar Bristle Hairbrush, $72 at Nordstrom.com | Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics, $3.50 at Sephora.com | Hair Stylers Mesh Chignon, $3.69 at SallyBeauty.com | Conair Brush Styling Essentials Matte Minis Bobby Pins, $1.29 at Drugstore.com | L’Oreal Elnett Extra Stong Hold Hairspray, $14 at WalMart.com.

Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton




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