02 Oct The Best Hair Styles & Trends In America 2011
When Jennifer Aniston axed her signature layers into a chic bob, America swooned (again). Her hair can do no wrong, securing the most requested style of 2011 (hitmaker Rihanna has the countryâ€™s second favorite bob).
Anistonâ€™s stylist, Chris McMillan, created the slightly angled look by trimming at the nape of the neck and following the jawline. The secret to Rihannaâ€™s blazing crop? A dry haircut. â€œI anticipate the way sheâ€™ll actually wear it,â€ says RiRiâ€™s stylist, Ursula Stephen. The look hit especially high notes in our live music capital.
â€œItâ€™s the ultimate Austin cut,â€ explains Michael Portman, co-owner of Birds Barbershop. â€œThe city is laid-backâ€”people donâ€™t want a fussy style.â€
A FHI one-inch flatiron â€œreally brings out the lines of the cut,â€ says Stephen, a Motions celebrity stylist, who also uses Motions Light Hold Working Spritz on damp hair to add control and protect from heat damage. McMillan uses a root lifter for â€œheight at the crown.â€ Try Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip.
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Opt for a Mason Pearson paddle brush when blow-drying â€œto avoid â€™80s round bangs,â€ suggests Townsend, a Dove Hair celebrity stylist. Applied at the root, Sally Hershberger Plump Up Thickening Mist â€œprevents the look from going flat.â€ Townsend rubs Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Smoothing Cream on his fingers and rakes them through dry bangs to add shine.
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To â€œpolishâ€ strands, give them a finishing mist of Cutler Specialist Shine Tattoo, a vitamin-packed spray. For a sleek look, â€œcomb Redken Glass 01 through small sections of hair,â€ Cutler says. To encourage hair to lie flat by blow-drying with a fine-tooth comb instead of a brush, try the Goody Fine-Tooth Tail Feather Comb.
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Redken Color Extend Conditioner deposits UV filters to prevent sun-induced brassiness. Instead of daily sudsing, â€œtry Klorane dry shampoo to lessen the fading that naturally occurs from washing,â€ says Witherspoonâ€™s colorist, Lorri Goddard-Clark. Swap shampoo for KÃ©rastase Chroma Sensitive cleansing balm postâ€“dye job to â€œboost color radiance,â€ CanalÃ© says.
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The Long Bang
The sweet, sideswept bangs of newlywed Reese Witherspoon secured our silver medal, following Anistonâ€™s bob as the second most-requested style overall (with J.Loâ€™s wispier fringe coming in as a close runner-up). To keep â€œchoppyâ€ fringe in top form, stylist Mark Townsend, who first trimmed Witherspoonâ€™s bangs in 2007, removes weight using thinning shears on the bottom half-inch of the bangs. To duplicate the style, start the shortest pieces near the eyebrow, with gradual layers extending to the ear. In Portland, Oregon, where long hair leads the cityâ€™s style, side bangs are â€œon-trend and easy to wear,â€ says Magnum Opus Salon general manager Jill Hunter. â€œTheyâ€™re flattering and feminine and complement longer cuts.â€
For the second year in a row, the pixie landed third on the most-wanted list, with Emma Watsonâ€™s retro-adorable makeover and Halle Berryâ€™s sophisticated coif taking first and second place, respectively. Rodney Cutler, who transformed Watson postâ€“Harry Potter, paid extra attention to shaping â€œprecise, rounded layersâ€ that â€œconform to the head shape.â€ Wary of short? Have no fear: The style â€œsuits all hair types,â€ Cutler says. â€œCurly hair like Halleâ€™s will have more texture; fine hair like Emmaâ€™s will lie smooth.â€ In Georgia, where women battle heat and humidity year-round, the cutâ€™s low-maintenance ease is ideal. â€œItâ€™s feminine, sharp, and fresh,â€ says Soren Loffler, owner of Atlantaâ€™s Soren Salon.
Itâ€™s no secret that everyone tries to keep up with Kim Kardashianâ€”her glamorous waves won fourth place, inching out Blake Livelyâ€™s Lagerfeld-approved curls. To create Kardashianâ€™s signature strands, her stylist, Frankie Payne, applies a thickening spray, then blow-dries hair. Using a large-barrel curling iron, he grabs â€œsmall sections, starting around the face and curling outward.â€ After teasing the roots for extra lift, Payne â€œlooselyâ€ brushes the waves to look â€œnatural and effortless.â€ The versatility of Kardashianâ€™s style makes it coveted in South Beach. â€œLong, layered waves are easy to tie back but quickly transform into a sexy evening look,â€ says Riley McLachlan, creative director of Miami Beachâ€™s Snip Salon.
What is it about Jennifer Aniston? Not only did her new bob rank as most wanted, but for the second year in a row, her golden tone is the most sought-after shade. Her trick? â€œPaper-thin highlights blended into her natural base,â€ says Anistonâ€™s colorist, Michael CanalÃ©, who artfully â€œmeldsâ€ highlights and lowlights to â€œenhance her skin and eyesâ€ (donâ€™t go more than one level lighter than your base for the most natural results). Anistonâ€™s shade dominates requests at Philadelphiaâ€™s Giovanni & Pileggi salon. â€œMy clients are busy professionals,â€ owner Giovanni Mele says. â€œThey love to copy her color because itâ€™s natural-looking and doesnâ€™t require a lot of maintenance, so we can stretch the time between touch-ups.â€
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