How to Get Carrie Bradshaw Curls

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Blow your hair out straight with a blow dryer and a paddle brush for a smooth, sleek finish.

Step 3

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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