Get luscious layers that add a touch of femininity to your facial features. Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson favors layers that hover close to the shoulders and look slightly tousled for an updated twist on this popular style.
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) to give the look a more striking and ultra sexy appeal. We love the straight-cut bang that flatters a large forehead. Rihanna’s hairstylist Ursula Stephen suggests that women with curly or thick hair cut their bangs to their lashes to prevent the hair from rising up off the face.
Why not add a little fun to date night? This carefree, versatile do is chic enough to wear for an evening of dinner and dancing yet simple enough to wear at home for a Blockbuster night. Most can achieve this style with a rod set and occasional finger styling to keep curls in check.
You’ll certainly turn heads in a short pixie style like this. The choppy cut gives this cropped do just the right amount of spunk that transforms the look to anything but boring. To maintain this sleek do, try bumping the hair with a salon-ready tool like the FHI Heat 1-inch Platform Special Edition flat iron, $195, fhiheat.com.
Take bed hair to the next level and use this seductive carefree style as inspiration. Let loose ringlets take an ununiformed fashion, but be sure your curls maintain a glossy sheen. We like Intensive Spot Serum Hair & Scalp Treatment, $9, drmiracles.com.
This side-swept red hued Afro is the perfect hybrid of sweet and sexy. ESSENCE Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor suggests turning to these tried and true lines for products that hydrate and nurture unprocessed strands: Jane Carter (Whole Foods Market), Ojon (beauty supply stores) and Miss Jessie’s (missjessies.com).
Sassy and sophisticated, this pixie is very hot right now. This style works great on women with a heart-shaped face because it enhances your eye and cheekbone features. Keep this cut looking healthy and shiny with Cantu Super Shine Hair Silk, $5.99, drugstore.com. Use a quarter-size amount of the serum and apply to the surface of the hair down to the ends.
Who says that pulled back hair can’t be sexy? Use this retro style as your jumping point for a fierce bang and bun combo that will knock his socks off! Don’t be afraid to add a piece or two of artificial hair for fullness when recreating this look. Celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble who tends to the mane of pop diva Beyoncé, has her own line of weightless, natural-looking human-hair pieces (kimblehaircare.com).
Go for something dramatically sexy like a bob cut. This style works great on a symmetrical face because the cheek and chin features are more defined and pop out. You will need to blow out this style on a regular basis to maintain the sleekness of this sensually edgy style. We recommend having your bob trimmed every six weeks to keep your cut looking fresh.
These updos are anything but predictable. Both are playful but still sleek and sophisticated, making them perfect for a night out on the town with your beau. To keep your hair’s sheen without losing volume, try a pea-size amount of John Frieda Collection Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum ($10, drugstores nationwide). Simply rub between your palms, then pat lightly from roots to ends.
Why not style your hair with some curl power. Our March cover model, Halle Berry, likes Mixed Chicks Leave-in-Conditioner, $17, mixedchicks.net, that keeps curls calm and manageable.
Accentuate your neck features with a chic chignon by pinning up your hair at the nape of the neck. This style works great for a romantic date or special occasion. Depending on your mood, opt to wear this do either straight or with tousled curls as pictured.