We love that celebrities have been taking hair risks lately—swapping their go-to styles for new shapes, textures, and lengths. Here, some of our favorites and how to get the looks.
JENNIFER ANISTON’S NEW ANGLED BOB
If there’s any hair justice, Aniston’s “lob”—or long bob—will end up being more imitated than the “Rachel.” “This is one of the new classics,” says hairstylist Tommy Buckett of the Marie Robinson Salon. “It’s chic and superflattering thanks to all the length in the front, and it can soften a strong jaw like Jen’s or thin out a round face.” The term “lob” is hardly exact, so be clear about your desired length—or better yet, bring a photo to your salon appointment. Then reiterate a few points: “Ask for piecey layers that are longer in the front,” says hairstylist Matt Fugate of the Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City. “Make sure they start cutting around the face. That way, you can decide on an angle, and if you want to go shorter, you still have that option.” For a smooth look, run a styling lotion like Kiehl’s Stylist Series Creme With Silk Groom through damp hair, blow-dry with a round brush, and finish with a little pomade, such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cotton Uzu Defining Flexible Cream.
JESSICA ALBA’S BLUNT CUT
Does a hairdo have to be cutting-edge to get our attention? Hardly. Jessica Alba’s is almost vintage. “This isn’t chopped into at all, it’s a classic, beautiful shape that falls perfectly, with just a few long layers around the face,” explains Fugate. This shape works on any face, and is best for fine, straight hair. With thick or curly textures, “It can end up looking frumpy,” he says. To add body, prep damp hair with a volumizing product that also provides protection from heat-styling. (We like John Frieda’s Full Repair Root Lift Foam.) Flip the head upside down and blow-dry roughly to remove about 90 percent of the moisture, then finish styling right side up with a round brush.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S TEXTURED BOB
Like her pillowy mouth and hourglass curves, Johansson’s messy, just-rolled-out-of-bed bob is pure bombshell. Fugate recommends “asking your stylist to chop up and razor the ends and to check the length so it swings freely above the shoulders.” This cut looks good on those with medium or wavy hair and any face shape. (If your face is round, keep the front pieces a little longer to slim it.) To play up the texture, Fugate suggests adding volumizing mousse to damp hair and letting it air-dry (try Living Proof’s Full Thickening Mousse). Touch up random sections with a curling iron and finish with a beach spray like Sally Hershberger’s Mineral Spray.
MILA KUNIS’S LONG BOHO LAYERS
Whether beaching it in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, stalking ballerinas in Black Swan, or caught out by paparazzi, Mila Kunis always looks effortlessly sexy. We can’t all have her smolder, but her long, layered hairstyle is another story: It’s great on all but the finest hair. “This type of cut is very versatile,” says Buckett. No matter what your texture—wavy, straight, or curly—make sure your stylist snips away at the ends of each layer, so they’re wispy and a bit rough; otherwise, the cut will lose its soft, seductive quality.
KATE MIDDLETON’S CLASSIC LONG LAYERS
If we had to choose between marrying a prince and having Kate Middleton’s hair, we might just pick the mane (it doesn’t come with etiquette rules or exacting in-laws). The cut itself is simple—”just classic, long layers with some framing around the face,” says Buckett, who recommends asking your stylist for exactly that, and specifying that the layers also be chunky and thick at the ends. The bounce and lift come from styling: “Prep hair with a polishing cream or serum, blow your hair out with a round brush, and then use hot or Velcro rollers to give it volume.” Women with medium to thick hair—either wavy or straight—look best with a cut like this, since it thins out your natural texture.
EMMA STONE’S HEAVY BANGS
For young stars, hairstyles are easy come, easy go—and just like that, Easy A’s Emma Stone ditched her red, sideswept look for a blonde shag with bangs. “This feels fresh because of its allover piece-y quality,” says Fugate. Ask your stylist for heavy bangs that start at the outer corners of your eyes, with the ends razored to lighten them up and lots of layers throughout the rest of the hair, especially around the face. (When you pull your hair back, there will be loose strands that add shape and character to a simple ponytail or bun.) This cut suits almost anyone—just steer clear if you have a cowlick or tight, coarse curls.
REESE WITHERSPOON’S BANGS AND LAYERS
Yes, America’s sweetheart has a heart-shaped face—and this layered bob with strong fringe emphasizes it, drawing attention to her eyes and cheekbones. “The trick with a look like this is to not make the bangs too wide, or else it will appear dated,” says Fugate. Have your stylist add lots of layers in front, with a few longer ones in the back. And don’t request this cut if you’re super low-maintenance: To style it, you need to apply a smoothing cream, such as Biolage Thermal-Active Repair Cream, to tame the layers, and blow-dry with a round brush to inject some volume and shape.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS’S LONG PIXIE
Williams’s flirty crop proves that short hair needn’t be tomboyish. “Her pixie is really sexy thanks to the longer hair at the crown, and the soft and wispy back and side pieces,” says Fugate. This cut works best for fine or medium textures—coarse, curly, or thick hair would get too puffy—and on those with heart or oval-shaped faces. Fugate recommends blow-drying with your hands, rather than a brush, and using fingers to smooth the hair down. Finish with a little nonstick wax or pomade, like Oribe 24K Gold Pomade, for both hold and shine.
CLAIRE DANES’S MID-LENGTH LAYERS
Danes’s so-called bob has morphed over the years, and her most recent chop is the prettiest yet. “The layers open up her face, so it’s really flattering,” says Fugate, who has worked with Danes. “This cut is particularly good for women with fine hair who don’t want to go too short.” To get the look, ask for a mid-length cut with strong layers that start at the cheekbones. When styling, prep hair with a lightweight volumizing product—Fugate likes Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam—and blow-dry with a large, round brush. Finish with a dab of shine serum.
KERRY WASHINGTON’S ALLOVER LAYERS
A knockout like Washington would probably look gorgeous with a buzz cut, but her new side-swept bangs and wavy layers are the ultimate frame for her face. Fugate points out that the shaggy gradation can also add body to medium hair: “By layering the hell out of it, you get the illusion that the hair is thicker than it is,” he explains. (The opposite is actually true if hair is very fine: Snipping into it too much will only make strands look sparser.) Play around with the bangs and part—if you have a long face, a middle part may be most flattering.