Wowza! Kate Middleton Has Bangs!

In the world of hair envy, I don’t think anyone has developed a cult following like the Dutchess of Cambridge, with her smooth, soft, and ever-so-shiny curls. And now she’s made her hair even more interesting by adding bangs and fringe to frame her face. Everyone needs a change once in a while, right? What do you think of her new look?



Soft Curls That Last: A Beauty Secret I learned Backstage At Billy Reid

The soft flowing, brushed out waves, created by stylist Matthew Curtis for the Billy Reid spring 2013 show was inspired by the rich girl in the country club. You know, the one that doesn’t care about any of the fuss, but still looks gorgeous. I love these curls, but off the runway, how do you make them last? On my hair they fall out in two seconds. To make the curls hold through anything, Curtis shared this secret: he applied mousse (he used Tresseme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, $6) to dry hair through the whole head, from scalp to ends, then blow-dried it through to create more hold and leave hair smoother and softer.

After that, he curled it with a big-barrel curing iron, set the curls all over the head, and then brushed them out. Next time I wear curls, I’m definitely going to give this a try.

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

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Video: Holiday Hairstyle Ideas

The month of December is like a social storm, and if you’re like me, that means back-to-back holiday parties and fun dinners with friends.  I have my go-to party outfits (a black wool mini and tights with a silky tank and leather jacket), but the beauty editor in me is always looking for fresh new ways to wear my hair. Lucky for both of us, I was able to sit down with none other than the fabulous Ursula Stephen — the genius behind all of Rihanna’s ever-changing hairstyles — and chat about the looks she thinks are hot this winter.

So, what did you think of the styles? Will you wear any of these looks to your upcoming holiday parties?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner