5 Pretty Hairstyles You Can Do at Home


Remember when there were two options for styling with a hot tool, straight or curly? Well, now there’s a gizmo for virtually any style you crave. That’s convenient, since everything from super straight to ’40s-inspired pin curls is hot right now: “On the runway, we’re seeing a big mash-up of glam, grunge and sleek,” says Jeanie Syfu, lead stylist for Tresemm√© at New York Fashion Week, who created the edgy yet polished locks at Nanette Lepore’s spring show and the soft,’70s-style curls at Jenny Packham’s. “Everything is in. It all comes down to your personal style.” Here, discover the exact right tool for whatever look you’re after.


Defined curls

The tool: Conair Curl Secret, at mass retailers

Try it if… You desire springy curls with lots of body.

How it works: Place a half-inch to 1-inch section of hair in the chamber (you can’t force in more than that), aiming the opening toward your head. Press down on the curler so the barrel draws hair in. When you hear the final beep, release for a perfectly coiled tendril. No accidental burns here!

Pro tip: “You don’t want all the curls to fall in the same pattern,” says Benjamin Mohapi of Benjamin With Negin Zand in West Hollywood. After curling, throw your head upside down and shake hair out so curls come apart a bit.