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4 Hairstyles You Can ACTUALLY Do Yourself

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    Every time we visit our hairstylists we tell ourselves the same thing: This time I'm going to be able to get this look at home — all by myself. We watch their every move, take careful notes, even ask for product recommendations. But after that fateful first shower, things do not add up. What is that special hairdresser wizardry that makes our hair look so good in the chair? Seriously, are they using special mirrors or something?

    After yet another one of these experiences, we enlisted celebrity hairstylist Natasha Leibel to spill her secrets. With her help, we created four hairstyles you can achieve at home, totally on your own, no matter your skill level. The keys are to choose a style that works with your natural hair texture; to use products that nourish your hair rather than hurt it, like the salon-crafted Nexxus styling line; and most of all, to forget about perfection. The old adage is true — you just need a bit of practice.



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    Know The Ropes
    A rope braid is the easiest of braids to do on yourself. Why? Because it's not technically a braid. Start by brushing your hair into a high ponytail. You can keep the crown smooth by spritzing in a bit of spray gel and combing it through. Next, take a strand from the underside of your ponytail, and wrap it around your hair tie to camouflage it. Tuck the ends back into your hair tie (or secure the wrap with a few bobby pins); no one will be the wiser.

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    Split your ponytail into two equal sections. Take the lefthand section first, and tightly twist the full length of it outward or toward the left. Next, tightly twist the righthand section toward the right, all the way to the ends. (If you have a lot of layers, it can be helpful to start with wet hair, so your ends don't poke out along the length of your pony.)

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    Next, coil these two sections together into one totally twisted tail. If your hair is really slippery, use a few blasts of texture spray to help the sections hold together. Tie off at the ends with an elastic.

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    Finish with a blast of strong-hold hairspray. And if you're prone to flyaways, smooth a bit of pomade through your crown.

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    Slick It Down
    This dual-textured hairstyle is one we like to keep in our back pockets for days when we just don't want to wash our hair (it happens). It's actually easier to pull off if you already have some texture in your hair to work with, says Leibel. Start by using a tail comb to create a deep side-part. Spray the top half of your hair only (from ears up) with spray gel, then tuck each side behind your ears. Smooth down any lumps or bumps with your comb, and then let the gel dry.