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Best Tressed: Easy, Pretty Hairstyles

Want to save time and money? Look younger and thinner? Mission accomplished with fall's four prettiest (and easiest) hairstyles.

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The Best Budget 'Do

"Allover layers instantly make long hair look pulled together, plus they let you go months without a trim," says New York City salon owner Mark Garrison.

Low-Maintenance Mane

  • Shoulder length or longer
  • Layers from mid-length to ends
  • Long bangs -- or none at all
  • Straight to wavy texture

Styling Secrets
A trim every six weeks can be costly; at $40 plus tip, it could set you back about $400 a year. Go every four to six months with this style and a little TLC. Apply a mask (such as Garnier Fructis 3-Minute Undo: Dryness Reversal Treatment, $5.99, drugstores) weekly, and a heat-protecting mousse (check the label) before blow-drying with a round brush or using hot rollers.

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Save 20 Minutes Every Morning

"A short bob will play up your hair's natural texture, making styling a snap," Garrison says.

Tousled in No Time

  • Chin length
  • Few or no layers
  • No bangs
  • Wavy to curly texture

Stylish Secrets
Take short hair from sporty to sexy by mixing equal dollops of conditioner and gel (a good combo: Herbal Essences Hydralicious Self-Targeting Conditioner, $2.99, and L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Glossy Style Glossy Volume Gel, $4.99, both at drugstores). Scrunch through damp hair. Air-dry or use a diffuser; try claw attachments (in the DevaCurl DevaFuser Kit, $39.95, for more defined coils.

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Take 5 Years off Your Face

"Bangs are like Botox, hiding lines, while length and layers add youthfulness," Garrison says.

Fresh Fringe

  • Shoulder length or longer
  • Full, textured bangs (a blunt cut is too bulky)
  • Layers from the chin down
  • Straight to wavy texture

Styling Secrets
Apply a smoothing serum (such as John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon, $5.99, drugstores) all over. Starting with the underneath layers and working your way up, blow-dry section by section with a medium round brush; wind ends upward for bounce. Finally, place the brush under your bangs, put the blower's nozzle directly above them, and dry until they're smooth.

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Look 10 Pounds Thinner

"Sleek, mid-length strands lengthen your face, making you look leaner," Garrison says.

Slimming Trim

  • Collarbone length
  • Slightly angled bangs
  • Few layers; choppy ends
  • Straight texture

Styling Secrets
Distribute a dime-size dab of straightening balm (such as Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Creme, $5.99, drugstores) from roots to ends, then blow-dry in sections with a paddle brush. (Or use a multitasking blower and brush such as Conair Infiniti Hot Air Styler, $55, Whisk a flatiron through top layers and finish with anti-frizz serum.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009.

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ssnhenderson1 wrote:

How about some curly hairstyles (real curly!) for 50 yr. olds...........LONG curly hair!

9/23/2011 11:37:54 AM Report Abuse
huttonls1 wrote:

What about very short haircuts? Like, pixie length?

9/20/2010 01:36:08 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I have yet to see hairstyles for those of us who still wear glasses. Glasses really change how a style looks on your face.

12/28/2009 05:54:32 PM Report Abuse
Pam3455 wrote:

Beautiful hair styles but not for women in their 50's. Looking for something more my age. And I have to go once a month to take care of the roots!!

10/26/2009 11:56:57 AM Report Abuse
twyla.moncrief wrote:

The first hair is that sew in weave?

10/24/2009 06:41:10 AM Report Abuse
rshipman2 wrote:

The girl in the first slide I beleive is black.

10/24/2009 06:32:52 AM Report Abuse
rachelnetzer97 wrote:

This should include what haircuts are best for face shapes. For instance, rounder faces can look thinner with a side part and side bangs.

10/23/2009 11:24:45 PM Report Abuse
brwnsuga_3 wrote:


10/23/2009 10:18:33 PM Report Abuse
ibkpash wrote:

i have never seen you guys say anything about a black woman's hair!

10/23/2009 11:42:03 AM Report Abuse
betharlan wrote:


10/23/2009 11:21:04 AM Report Abuse

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