BETWEEN MEN & WOMEN: HAIRSTYLES MEN LOVE
- STRAIGHT UP SEXY
Why Guys Love It: From an evolutionary perspective, guys subconsciously like hair that looks clean and healthy, like Anna Faris’s blond locks. “Hair that’s in top condition shows that you have a balanced diet and good health – signs of an ideal mate,” says biological anthropologist Helen Fisher PhD.
How to Get It: Work a silicone-based straightening serum through damp hair before blow-drying. Clip locks in 4-6 sections depending on how thick your hair is. Then tackle one at a time with a paddle brush and a blow-dryer equipped with a nozzle pointed straight down. Finish with a light shine spray.
- BOMBSHELL BLOWOUT
Why Guys Love It: Every guy drools over Megan Fox for her smoking bod and luscious lips, but they’d also love to run their fingers through her smooth, shiny hair. “Shine draws guys in because it’s a sign of youth and vitality,” adds Fisher.
How to Get It: Apply smoothing cream to damp hair. While blow-drying, use a medium-sized round brush and work from the bottom layers up. Pin the top portion out of your way and point the nozzle down to flatten the cuticle. When your mane is dry, mist on a thermal-straightening spray (the kind that heat activates, like John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival Heat-Activated Styling Spray, amazon.com). Glide a flatiron over strands to kill any flyaways and seal in silkiness. Rake a tiny drop of shine serum through ends with your fingers for a superglossy movie-star finish.
- SEXY SHAG
Why Guys Love It: Jennifer Hudson shows off her neck and frames her face with this short bob. “Short and choppy, the new bob accentuates your cheekbones and eyes,” says celeb stylist Oscar Blandi.
How to Get It: Start with a protective styling spray to maintain shine like Got2b Guardian Angel Protect N’ Blow Out Lotion and Gloss Finish, drugstore.com. Then, divide hair into two-inch sections and blow-dry straight. Finish by using a flat-iron to flip out your ends slightly.
- PRETTY PIXIE
Why Guys Love It: “Confident chicks don’t need to hide behind long hair,” says salon owner Roy Teeluck. Plus, soft, face-framing bangs come across as supersensual. Ginnifer Goodwin’s peekaboo fringe is flirty and mischievous.
How to Get It: Use a lightweight smoothing styler and a natural bristle brush to blow-dry hair smooth and forward. For control, spread a wax-based pomade in your palms, then pat it from roots to ends. Tuck extralong pieces behind your ear with a bobby pin.
- BAD GIRL BUMP
Why Guys Love It: The small pouf (and we’re not talking The Snookie here) adds a subtle dose of glamour to any look. That’s why it’s such a hot red-carpet go-to. “Wearing your hair up bares your most seductive features, like your neck and shoulders,” explains celeb stylist Ken Paves. Hilary Duff looks pretty yet punk with this ‘do.
How to Get It: Part dry, straight hair from above the arches of each brow back to the crown to create a mini ponytail. Twist the top of the tail, and push hair forward to create volume, then secure with a large barrette or bobby pins. Gather the rest into a bun and mist with a holding spray.
- RELAXED UPDO
Why Guys Love It: Nikki Reed’s bun looks simple and elegant yet still touchable. The hair that falls into her face prevents the updo from looking too severe. “Men couldn’t care less if your strands are perfectly styled and neat. In fact, he might like you more with some wildness or bedhead, since it shows you’re carefree and relaxed,” says Fisher.
How to Get It: Make a low side ponytail, leaving a few pieces loose around your face. Twist the length of your ponytail, and wrap it into a figure-eight shape – smoosh it up against your scalp, and tuck the ends into the loop. Insert a few hairpins or tiny barrettes to lock it all in place. Finish with a mist of light-weight hair spray that’ll give you extra hold minus any stickiness.
- SEXY SIDE PONY
Why Guys Love It: “An asymmetrical updo is universally flattering for all face shapes because nobody’s features are perfectly aligned,” says NYC celeb stylist Nathaniel Hawkins. That means a side pony is an easy way to make sure no one notices your flaws. America Ferrera’s look is soft without looking sloppy or overdone.
How to Get It: Rub on a smoothing gel, like L’Oréal Professional Texture Expert Gelee Riche, amazon.com, through wet strands. Blow-dry hair over to one side to create hold. Then use your fingers to gather hair low under the ear and secure with an elastic band (keep it loose so the bun doesn’t look too prissy).
- SCHOOLGIRL PONY
Why Guys Love It: Play up your naughty cheerleader with Michelle Trachtenberg’s easy updo. The look works best when the pony is a bit relaxed. “Loose hair with tons of movement is such a hot look,” says Tresemme stylist Nathaniel Hawkins.
How to Get It: Set hair with styling cream then curl with a medium barrel iron from ears to ends. Using a fine-tooth comb, sweep hair up, secure it directly above your crown, then wrap a few strands around the elastic. Mist on hair spray for hold.