Easy Hairstyles, Thanks to Texture and Highlights

Natural texture and barely-there highlights: These two trends let you create easy hairstyles that ensure a good hair day—every day.

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Happy Hair


Conditioner is key for easy hairstyles, says stylist Mark Townsend. Even if you have fine hair, apply conditioner from mid-shaft to ends. Choose a super-light option, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Restoring Conditioner, $17, if you're worried about hair falling flat.

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Style File


Step away from your tools! Dove Celebrity Hair Stylist Mark Townsend shows us that embracing your natural texture is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

If your hair is wavy or curly, before bedtime squeeze a dollop of styling product into your hand and apply to damp hair from root to tip. For straight hair, spritz dry shampoo all over dry strands.

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Step 2

Separate hair into three or four large sections and loosely braid each one, securing with a fabric elastic. The waves will set while you sleep.

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Step 3

In the morning, undo plaits and run fingers through them to break up the waves.

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Find Your Perfect Product


Curly Dry oil adds moisture and seals the hair's cuticle, minimizing frizz. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Weightless Healing Dry Oil, $8

Straight The powders and starches in dry shampoo create natural volume and hold that lasts. Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, $4

Wavy Try a lightweight foam mousse to enhance curls without weighing down strands. L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Elastic Curl Mousse, $5

No time? No problem. When sleeping in braids isn't an option, speed up the styling process by running a flat iron over each braid (once hair has dried) at 300 degrees to set waves.

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Dim the Lights


Less is more when it comes to color this spring, says Rona O'Connor, Goldwell Celebrity Colorist. Case in point: babylights, the subtle, sun-kissed highlights that are painted on in fine sections to add dimension to the base shade. They work on all hair colors and require minimal touch-ups—every four to five months, max. Or try the more understated peekaboo lights, which frame the face and brighten your overall shade, with a few "ribbons" added randomly from the mid-lengths through the ends.

Guess Hue?

Simplify your shade selection with O'Connor's color cues. Highlights should generally be two tones lighter than your base.

If you're a brunette, go with caramel or honey.

If you're a blonde, select golden or light champagne.

If you're a redhead, try copper or apricot.

Achieve Perfect Placement with Our Mane Markers.

Mid-strands through ends on either side.

At the crown, in staggered sections a few inches away from roots.

Around the face.

The Cleansing Commandments

1. Follow the two-day rule: Wait 48 hours after a color appointment to wash hair. This helps to lock in the fresh color.

2. Try an anti-fade shampoo. It will prevent blondes and brunettes from getting brassy.

3. Make dry shampoo your new BFF. Use in between showers to refresh strands without stripping color.

Products to try: Goldwell Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo,$16. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, $22. Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner, $4.

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