Top Ten Timeless Hairstyles

Some hairstyles come and go, but there are a few classic dos that have stood the test of time. Check out our top 10 timeless styles that are easy to do at home and work for almost every occasion.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 18, 2009

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Some hairstyles come and go, but there are a few classic dos that have stood the test of time. Check out our top ten timeless styles that are easy to do at home and work for almost every occasion.

By Qianna Smith

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If you’re a woman on the move who likes to just shake it and go straight, blown-out tresses are your best bet. This style is seasonless and looks great at almost every hair length.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Naomi Campbell, Gabrielle Union & Nia Long

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Take your favorite childhood ponytail style and add some womanly appeal to it. Use extra hair pieces to give the ponytail more length (as seen in this image) and ultra sexy appeal.

Star Who Rocks the Look: Joy Bryant

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Beautiful bouncy-styled tendrils are classic and packed with feminine appeal.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross & Corinne Bailey Rae

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Flowing wavy hair is a flirtatious diva staple. Create soft-looking waves that have movement and body by roll-setting your tresses. Make sure you don’t go overboard with the hairspray or hair will appear stiff rather than windblown.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Beyoncé, Zoe Kravitz & Mariah Carey

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Pixie cuts should be groomed on a regular basis to keep the texture and shape. But don’t let a few extra trips to the salon deter you from getting this saucy style that will instantly add a touch of youth to your appearance.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Halle Berry, Melinda Williams & Monica

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“This flip looks soft and silky. You can keep your strands shakable by using Kim Kimble Shine Serum,” says celeb hairstylist Traci Washington.

Star Who Rocks the Look: First Lady Michelle Obama

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Look exceptionally stylish with a classic bob cut. The bob needs to be structured to fit your face shape. Choose a style that is short for a thin face or cut to an angle for a rounder face.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Jennifer Hudson, Taraji P. Henson & Michelle Williams

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The shag is one of the most flattering cuts because the layers frame around your face shape. Sport this confident do year around and keep the frizz at bay by using a dime-size amount of John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum, $10, drugstores, before heat styling.

Star Who Rocks the Look: Viola Davis

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From twists to locks, these styles allow you to get back to the root of things by embracing your carefree spirit. If you wear your hair braided or natural, keep your scalp nourished by using Kera Care Essential Oils, $13.99-$25.99, beauty supply stores.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Jill Scott, India Arie & Erykah Badu

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From the Oscars to the Golden Globes, celebrities are wearing up-swept dos that are sexy and sophisticated. Don’t be afraid to add a piece or two of artificial hair for fullness when recreating this look. Try using natural-looking human-hair pieces by Kim Kimbel, kimblehaircare.com.

Stars Who Rock the Look: Queen Latifah, Eva Marcille & Vivica A. Fox sported updos on the red carpet this year

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Do you have a favorite style from our top ten timeless hairstyle picks? Try the do of your choice on and see if it will work for you by using the ESSENCE Makeover Magic tool.

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