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Love Your Hair: 7 Simple Hair Makeovers

A few simple tweaks are all you need to get the 'do of your dreams. The pros at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in New York City show these readers -- and you! -- how.

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Healthy-Looking Color

Stephanie Bridges, 28

Mane Change: Washing her hair after daily runs was fading Stephanie's hue, so colorist Keith Shore added sparkle by softening her base and highlighting sections. To maintain a shade like hers, shampoo every other day with a formula for colored blond hair, such as Aveda Camomile Shampoo ($30, aveda.com). On alternating days, spray dry shampoo on roots post?exercise to absorb oil. Once a week, use a hydrating mask, like Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Creme Masque ($17, matrix.com for salons).

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Healthy-Looking Color

Tiny Tweak: Stylist James Vides gave Stephanie's hair movement by thinning out the ends. To style, apply mousse, then flip your head over to blow-dry, aiming the airflow up as you scrunch strands. Add waves with a curling iron, pulling out spirals as you go.

"My new sun-kissed shade looks warm and shiny."

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Swingy Side-Swept Bangs

Rachael Nichol, 29

Mane Change: Vides cut wispy layers throughout Rachael's long hair and angled bangs that fall over her eyebrows. For this wavy, bouncy look, use a styling primer, such as Sally Hershberger Style Primer for Wavy Hair ($13, Ulta stores), from damp roots to ends. Let your strands air-dry, then spray volumizing hair spray on sections and wind them around a one-inch curling iron.

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Swingy Side-Swept Bangs

Tiny Tweak: Colorist Erin Bogart added highlights and a coppery gloss to give Rachael's tone more punch. To preserve a rich red, wash with a color-safe shampoo, like Tigi Bed Head Colour Combat Colour Goddess Shampoo ($17, tigihaircare.com for salons), and apply a weekly shine glaze.

"My hair feels so much lighter, which is great for working out in warmer weather."

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A Cut That's Easy to Style After Pilates

Genevieve Lee Aronson, 30

Mane Change: To give Genevieve's hair more bounce and shape, Vides chopped off six inches and added face-framing pieces that blend into front layers. He switched her middle part to the side for an updated look.

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A Cut That's Easy to Style After Pilates

Tiny Tweak: If you have thick, straight hair like Genevieve's, style it by spraying a volumizing mist, such as Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray ($3,drugstores), onto damp roots, then use a blow-dryer and your fingers to tousle strands until they're almost dry. Finish by smoothing sections with a medium-barrel round brush. For extra oomph, hold up each section and spritz it from underneath with a dry texturizing spray, like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher ($7, drugstores).

"My hair is superfast to style and really versatile now."

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Ultra Shiny Hair

Annie Duren, 45

Mane Change: Colorist Bogart wove subtle caramel ribbons into Annie's brown locks to add dimension. Get mirror-like sheen by spritzing shine spray, such as Kerastase Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist ($37, kerastase-usa.com),on dry hair, and using a gloss treatment weekly. We like Oscar Blandi At Home Salon Glaze ($25, oscarblandi.com).

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Ultra Shiny Hair

Tiny Tweak: For a cut that suits Annie's active life (she rotates cardio workouts on the treadmill with the bike and elliptical machine), stylist Mike Viggue trimmed her dead ends and snipped her hair in cheek-grazing layers that gradually get longer toward the back. He then applied a volumizing mousse, like Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Hydrocream Whip ($21, paulmitchell.com for salons), followed by root-lifting spray. To get the most glossiness as you blow-dry, use around boar-bristle brush and target the dryer nozzle downward as you twist strands, pulling them away from your face.

"The rich color of my hair makes my skin look brighter."

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A Chic, Sleek Look

Erin Dwyer, 24

Mane Change: Erin's hair had been long her whole life. Vides gave her a shoulder-skimming bob, angling it slightly longer in the front. "Getting rid of 10 inches makes you look more stylish and vibrant instantly," he says.

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A Chic, Sleek Look

Tiny Tweak: To keep a bob smooth and straight, coat damp strands with an antifrizz gel, such as Biomega Behave Smoothing Elixir ($20, aquage.com for salons) and blow-dry with a paddle brush, like the Conair You Brush Paddle Brush ($7, Target stores). Use a flat iron on the ends for sleekness.

"I feel much more confident, and my hair is still long enough to pull back when I run."

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Silky, Smooth Curls

Kristen Domingue, 32

Mane Change: To make Kristen's strands more manageable, Viggue applied a hydrating blend of hair oil and leave-in cream -- we like Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream ($34, Target stores) -- on damp hair, raking the products through with his fingers. Then he gently brushed out her tendrils to loosen them up.

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Silky, Smooth Curls

Tiny Tweak: When blow-drying tight ringlets, use a round metal-barrel brush, which holds heat better for maximum smoothness. Our pick: Remington Be You Glam Round Brush ($8, Walmart stores). Finish by wrapping pieces around a one-inch curling iron to define tendrils.

"I love that I can now ride my bike and not worry about frizz. I feel like a bombshell!"

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A Voluminous, Sexy 'Do

Kate S., 27

Mane Change: Kate's hair was mostly one thickness and length, so Viggue made her ends slightly uneven to draw attention to her eyes. To style layers, mist a sea salt-based spray on damp strands and apply a few dollops of mousse -- try Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($26, Sephora stores) -- for fullness. Blow-dry hair upside down using your fingers, add waves with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron, and tousle with your fingers.

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A Voluminous, Sexy 'Do

Tiny Tweak: Shore added flecks of chestnut at the ends and crown of Kate's hair. You can boost radiance by smoothing a glossing cream -- a good one is Alterna Bamboo Shine Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream ($22, Sephora stores) -- on both damp and dry strands daily.

"I love the way my hair falls away from my face when it's down, and I can still wear it in a ponytail for yoga class."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2011.

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kmallmond wrote:

What is it with stylists that they always want to chop off a person's hair? Anyway, the styles weren't anything to write home about. You can do better.

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3/26/2013 01:25:18 PM Report Abuse
elliemeiafrica wrote:

FOR ONE THE BEFORE THEN AFTER? IS LUDRIOUS YOU CANNOT SEE THE RESULTS AND SHES IS FAR AWAY OUT OF VISION UNLESS YOUR WEARING BINOCULARS

8/27/2011 08:10:01 AM Report Abuse
JLHarper3 wrote:

Worst slideshow ever. I have learned that I will always look better outside, backlit, wearing white, from a distance with makeup than I will up close, wearing dark colors, inside with harsh lighting. The only before and after here is the quality of the photo.

7/8/2011 02:20:32 PM Report Abuse
bpingel wrote:

Why always short hair on young models? What's wrong with short hair on middle aged women? I'm sure they read this site also!

7/8/2011 01:09:45 PM Report Abuse
kcmdny wrote:

This was a pretty lame variety of hairstyles. All but one relatively straight, all long-ish... boooooring! Maybe a wide variety of suggestions would be more interesting?

7/8/2011 12:06:17 PM Report Abuse

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