7 Celeb Hairstyles For Your Hair Routine

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7 Celeb Hairstyles For Your Hair Routine
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"Bad hair day" is a cliche for a reason: it's true and far too common. But even our good hair days are really just slightly better than average when we're feeling the monotony of the same old hair, day after day. That feeling doesn't always improve in a celebrity culture that puts on display beautiful people with fantastic tresses. But it can get better. Instead of looking at red carpet 'dos with envy, consider them as possibilities. Because taking hair-routine cues from celebrities with great locks can undo monotony and make good hair feel great again.

The Pixie, Starring Carey Mulligan
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The Pixie, Starring Carey Mulligan

Possibly the boldest hair makeover, the pixie cut will require a big cut, a little risk and nerves of steel while you're in the stylist's chair. Halle Berry stuns with her cropped top. Emma Watson instantly matured with a close weave. But Carey Mulligan continues to set the standard, wearing the pixie slightly longer -- which means more styling options -- around her cherubic cheeks. Best worn with straight hair on slender or oval face shapes.

The Bob, Starring Dianna Agron
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The Bob, Starring Dianna Agron

Glee's Dianna Agron used the bob as "a remedy to the seven-year itch" in May 2011, when she posted video of her trip to the salon on her Tumblr blog. Still, stars, including Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton, had bobbed and weaved for years before Agron took the plunge. So what does she do differently? Equal parts beachy wave and cutesy cut, she teases edginess into an otherwise prim look. Strong jaws and some square face shapes might want to avoid the bob, but rounder faces should consider it.

The Side Braid, Starring Blake Lively
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The Side Braid, Starring Blake Lively

"Braid" can conjure images of schoolgirls and Pocahontas. But it now has a boho twist, epitomized by Gossip Girls' Blake Lively. Loosely gathered and intentionally unrefined, she wears her braid as though it were a feather extension, dancing through strands of beautifully messy hair as it drapes over her shoulder. Good news: it's low-risk and works for numerous face shapes. Layered hair pulls it off best, just don't start the braid too high. The lower it starts -- usually around the nape of the neck -- the more casual, with an emphasis on relaxed asymmetry.

The Sleek Ponytail, Starring Lea Michele
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The Sleek Ponytail, Starring Lea Michele

Lea Michele, Dianna Agron's Glee castmate, has seen quite a few hairstyles (cone-top chignon, anyone?) since her spotlight grew. But she's at her best when she goes sleek with the classic ponytail. Sure, Olivia Palermo and others have done it, but too tightly pulled (like Palermo's) can imply too tightly wound. Too poofy, and you'll look less sophisticated and a bit dated. Enter Michele: Not too tight, not too shabby. The sleek ponytail performs slimming wonders on round face shapes, pulling hair away from the jawline and removing bulk from around the cheeks.

The Side Part, Starring Jennifer Aniston
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The Side Part, Starring Jennifer Aniston

Arguably the queen of enviable hair, Jennifer Aniston sparked a weave-olution with her mid-'90s Friends cut. She's made subtle changes along the way, proving that small tweaks can make a big difference. Here, she dons a relaxed side part that works equally well with a bob or mid-length hair. Longer hair can pull it off, too. See: Bullock, Sandra. She's glammed up the side part on red carpets with a more polished version. The look works best with layers and a longer bang. The side-sweeping works for nearly any countenance, but is particularly beneficial to square faces.

The Straight Look, Starring Mila Kunis
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The Straight Look, Starring Mila Kunis

Where hasn't Mila Kunis' hair been in 2011? From her chignon at the Academy Awards to the messy beach look, Kunis can pull off any number of styles. But one of her best is one of her simplest: silken, straight locks. Gwyneth Paltrow, Aniston and Palermo have gone silky, but few scream vixen like Kunis' version. Her round features help, as the fine straight her avoids bulks and elongates her face. Slender shapes beware -- the style could make a long face seem really long. Square face shapes usually benefit from textured tresses, so the straight look can be hit or miss.

The Chignon, Starring Katherine Heigl
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The Chignon, Starring Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl's chignon represents the gilded age of Hollywood, in a throwback look seen in other styles on the likes of Charlize Theron and January Jones. While the chignon performs well with elegance, the bun doesn't need to be so meticulously kept. A more relaxed version offers an easy twist in back, with a few strands framing the face. But with a name like chignon, this style is best worn with gentility and grace. The look works for any face, you just need to style it correctly. But round face shapes do have more flexibility with the chignon than others.

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