If you caught even a single episode of "Sex and the City" when Carrie Bradshaw had her golden tresses in their full glory -- spirals upon spirals of not-too-polished hair with an enviable, effortless-chic quality -- you probably experienced that moment when you pondered how you might ever get your hair to look just like that. While this hairstyle takes a few more styling tools than you may be used to using in one sitting, it's an achievable look that is sure to turn a few heads.
Apply styling product to your hair without applying it to the ends -- this keeps hair looking natural and a bit rough-and-tumble instead of too sleek or polished. Choose a product like smoothing lotion or texturizing spray; for hair that is already coarse, choose the smoothing lotion to decrease frizziness -- look for an anti-frizz formula containing ingredients to create sleeker hair, such as shea butter, argan oil or silicone. For straight to medium hair without a naturally coarse texture, use the texturizing spray to create the depth needed for this style; look for products with sea salt, for example, formulated to improve hold and texture so your hair can keep a curl.
Blow your hair out straight with a blow dryer and a paddle brush for a smooth, sleek finish.
Curl your entire head of hair with three different-sized curling irons -- stick with a 1-inch barrel for the smallest diameter to avoid too-small curls. Curl hair in varying directions, both toward and away from your face, for believable Carrie Bradshaw curls. Use a 1 1/2-inch and 2-inch barrel curling iron as well -- use the biggest barrel near your face for Carrie's soft, face-framing hairstyle.
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- Get the part right -- for an oval face like Sarah Jessica Parker's, go for a center part. However, if your face is square-shaped or a center part looks too harsh, go for a just-off-center part to soften the look, suggests InStyle Magazine.
- Use a 2-inch barrel curling iron all over instead of varying sizes if you're looking to created the more sophisticated, oversize curls Carrie Bradshaw sports after she gets married.
- Use caution when working with hot styling tools, such as curling irons. Try using one iron at a time, or make sure your multiple irons are resting on a heat-resistant mat to avoid damage to your counter top.
Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.
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