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Easy Hairstyles To Turn Heads In Classroom

Ease Your Way Into Any New School Year

Simple, Easy Hairstyles to Turn Heads in the Classroom

It's the night before your first day of school: you've got the perfect class schedule, that perfect outfit, and that perfect new school tote to start the year off right; but are you armed with the latest hairstyles to complete your new and updated look?

(Image of Jennifer Aniston - in the Press Room at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Kodak - - All Rights Reserved)

Try these easy tips and tricks from Redken Session Stylist, Noah Hatton who was inspired by the hottest hairstyles seen on the runways and at celeb award shows.

Sweeping Braid

Everyone remembers Jennifer Aniston's fabulous ivory beaded number at the Oscars. Equally as popular was the beautiful hairline side-braid she flaunted.

Hatton suggests duplicating Aniston's look by first creating a low side-part.

Then, pull a two-inch front hair section away from the larger side of the part and separate from the rest of the head - this will be the hair included in the braid. Begin French braiding this piece right along the forehead hairline, stopping two to three inches from top of the ear. Secure with bobby pins, or a hair clip for an added accessory element.

Keep the natural texture for the rest of your hair and finish with Redken workforce 09 flexible volumizing spray (SRP $15.00) for all-day hold that will last when running from class to class.

For a variation on this look, Hatton recommends pulling the rest of the hair back into a ponytail and securing with elastic in the middle of the crown. "The braided element in the front adds an instant update to the standard ponytail," says Hatton.

For extra control and to tame flyaways, Hatton recommends prepping the front section with a bit of full frame 07 protective volumizing mousse (SRP $15.00) before braiding.  After braiding, tame any loose pieces with a small amount of water wax 03 shine defining pomade (SRP $17.00) after it's been secured.

Side Ponytail

"A ponytail secured on the side of the head is easy and is always in." says Hatton. Begin by creating a deep side part on either side of the head. Prep by spritzing fabricate 03 heat active texturizer (SRP $13.00) on dry hair and blow-dry the product through. The use of product will add extra texture to the tail resting on the shoulder. Gather all of the hair in a low ponytail on the opposite side of the part, just below the earlobe and secure with elastic.

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Make sure the end of the ponytail falls over the shoulder so you can see the ends of the ponytail from the front. "For an added variation, don't pull the end of the ponytail all the way through the last loop. Stop midway. This creates a loose, deconstructed bun - we see this look sported quite often on the runways at Fashion Week," Hatton explains.

Power Outage Waves

Don't have time to mess around with hot tools while you're rushing to head out the door? Here's a great trick to create natural waves in a flash: take dry hair and spritz a bit of curl force 17 texturizing spray-gel (SRP $16.00), "It's a trick we used on a photoshoot at the beach when the power ran out," notes Hatton. "This product allows the hair to keep the curl easier and helps it coil naturally."

Then spritz workforce 09 flexible volumizing spray (SRP $15.00) all over and separate your hair into four sections. Start twisting one piece until it coils in on itself and secure with several bobby pins.

Do the same with the three other sections, making sure to twist in the same direction each time to create a consistent, natural-looking smooth wave. Leave coils pinned for 20 minutes while picking out your outfit or putting on your makeup.

Before heading out the door, remove the bobby pins and shake out the waves, and finish with outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk (SRP $16.00) to tame frizz and add shine.

With these professional but easy tips and tricks, the right products, and just a bit of confidence, your updated look will surely be the envy of all of your girlfriends and grab the attention of your homeroom crush. Start the year off right by flaunting these styles- you'll be the only one who knows how easy they are to create!!

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