Photo: Ruven Afanador

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An Interesting Twist
If you think a braid is hippie-ish or old-fashioned, think again. Long, messy waves lend themselves beautifully to a loose, side-swept, very modern version.

Get the Look: Working a mousse through damp hair will give you hold and a little extra volume. When hair is almost dry, just gather it at the nape of your neck, drape it over one shoulder, separate it into three sections, and weave into a braid. Let the shorter layers around your face hang loose. If your hair is coarse enough, you can leave the braid open at the ends (like our model's); otherwise, secure it with a clear elastic band.

Your Go-To Products: Nexxus Mousse Plus, $3; Goody Mary Elastics, $3

Dress, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.