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Monday, 24 October 2011

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Kiera Knightley

Keira’s sleek long bob

Love Kiera’s super-shiny, slick-looking bob? The secret to ensuring that this style looks chic as opposed to too cutesy is to ask that your hair dresser leave the front of your bob a little bit longer than the back. Once you’ve got the cut, give your hair a few spritzes of heat protection spray, something like Tresemme Heat Defense styling spray, R65. Next, break out the flat-irons and run them through your hair, section by section. When you’re done, use a bit of shine spray or a little smoothing serum to create a gleaming, frizz-free finish.

Heidi Klum

Heidi’s surfer girl waves

Recreating Heidi’s uber-casual waves is so easy. When you get out of the shower or bath, towel dry your hair and comb it into an ever-so-slightly off-centre middle path. Using your fingers, tousle your hair at the roots to create a bit of shag. Next, spray a little bit of salt spray, something like Lee Stafford Beach Babe sea salt spray, R94.99, through your lengths. (If you’ve got fine hair, use a little less and hold the spritzer further away from your hair when you spray it so that only a fine mist settles on your locks). When your hair dries naturally, the salt spray will cause it to curl and kink. It’s that simple.

Tyra Banks

Tyra’s super-straight tresses

Ethnic hair is naturally curly so if you want long, pin-straight lengths like Tyra’s, you’re going to need to relax your hair using either a relaxing kit (like Dr Miracle’s Thermalceutical Intensive No-Lye Relaxer, R79.99) or professional straightening treatment such as a Brazilian blow dry. To get the length, make use of a weave, but remember that you can only use a flat-iron on one that’s made from real hair. Also, as ethnic hair is very fragile, make sure you use your flat-iron on the lowest setting and don’t put too much pressure on it when you’ve got it between the hot plates. If you use a synthetic weave, make sure it’s bone straight to begin with.

Anna’s casually sexy updo

We love how Anna proves that an updo doesn’t have to mean uptight – in every sense of the word. To get her relaxed yet glamorous look break out your curling iron. Loosely wrap sections of your hair around it to create soft, pretty curls. To add a little volume to your roots use a bit a dry shampoo. Next, comb your hair into a side part and pull it into a loose bun. Remove a few front sections of your hair so that they your frame your face and finish with a light misting of something like Alberto Vo5 Shine and Hold hairspray, R39, to make sure your new curls stick around all night.

Beyoncé’s braid

To rock a long, messy plait like Beyoncé, you’re going to need to straighten your hair and then extend it. (To learn how, read ‘Tyra’s sexy, straight tresses’.) Once you’ve got the length, you’ll able to style it any way you like as though the hair was your own – but do remember that you won’t be able to use heat on it if it’s synthetic. To get the look, create a side part and sweep your hair to the nape of your neck on the side that opposes the parting. Next, create a loose, slightly messy braid and secure the end with a hair band that matches the colour of your locks. To finish up, spritz it something like Sunsilk Ethnique Damage Repair oil moisturising spray, R22, to add a bit of healthy-looking shine.

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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger ( She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. Heidi G

    Oh wow, I’d like to try Lee Stafford Beach Babe sea salt spray for the summer! A wash and go style is always welcome!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I love braided hair, wish my hair would grow back to original length now

    7 years ago •

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