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IF YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES: CHLOË MORETZ
Pump up flat roots with some dry shampoo, then run a brush through your hair to spread out the product and add texture. Slide on a headband and back-comb hair a bit to emulate the actress’s retro-chic style. Have a minute to spare? Go over the ends with a flatiron – a little twist at the tips adds even more ’60s-inspired flair.
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IF YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES: MALIN AKERMAN
Center-parted ponytails are back in a big way, and the Rock of Ages star shows why. They’re easy to do but look pretty and polished. Use a comb to create an even middle split and apply a touch of smoothing serum to the ends. Then steal a page from Malin’s playbook: Conceal the elastic with a lock of hair.
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IF YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES: JULIANNE HOUGH
Though you were split on whether this look was red-carpet appropriate, there’s no denying summery style is perfect for a casual date like a ball game or a round of mini-golf. Her trendy topknot, a looser take on the hot ballerina bun, can be achieved with just an elastic and a spritz of hair spray.
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IF YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES: JESSICA CHASTAIN
Just as sexy at a black-tie wedding as at a dive bar, big barrel curls are the ultimate night-out style – especially when you take the time to do them right. Achieve perfection (à la the redheaded star) by wrapping sections of hair around a medium curling iron (the is a good tool for newbies). Spritz with a shine-enhancing finishing spray and run hands through for good measure.
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IF YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES: JESSICA ALBA
Want to get your hair off your neck for a steamy summer evening? The glossy, deep side-parted bun requires a little maintenance (just some light-hold gel before styling) to keep it frizz free, but it pays off in spades in terms of easy elegance.
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IF YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES: EVA LONGORIA
This ain’t Snooki’s poof: masters the art of the big, bouncy pony with the right amount of volume at the crown, a flirty tail – and, OK, maybe a little help from hair extensions. Get the bumped-up front by separating a section of hair, teasing and pinning into place; then pull the rest together. Ready to go all-out? Add some clip-in and curl as usual.
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IF YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES: SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
The upgrades a French braid from a field-hockey staple to a red carpet-worthy style. Part your hair to the side, then carefully work your way back, keeping the sections smooth and flat. Tuck the ends of the braid under and pin into place, then curl any face-framing strands.
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IF YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES: KATE MIDDLETON
When the of down dos wears her hair up, you know it’s going to be a winner. Emulate her elegant updo by parting hair to the side and styling a side ponytail (add a little mousse for some volume at the crown). Pull out sections to braid, then weave braids around the pony and pin it all into a bun.
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THE INTRICATE UPDO
do may look simple from the front, but it’s anything but when you see a rear view. The intricate style features braided pieces looped around her head then crossed and woven together. This is a job for a talented stylist (or a patient friend)!