The One-Second Styling Trick That Transforms Your Look

Blame it on the gloomy weather or the revolving door of holiday parties, but once winter hits it seems like the urge to do something different with our hair is all but unavoidable. Whether that means splurging on a new cut or going bold with some color, we always find ourselves begging our stylist to squeeze us in after work this time of year.

But before you opt for a dramatic makeover (like a shag, curtain fringe, or cream soda blonde), there are other ways to change your hair without picking up the scissors or a bowl of bleach. You could always switch up your part, sure, but even more transformative? The behind-the-ear hair tuck.

If it sounds simple, that's because it is. But the one-second styling trick transforms your look — opening up your features, showing off your earrings or neckline, and often making any style a bit more polished. (Alternatively, if you already wear your hair behind your ears, choosing to let it loose around your face can feel equally refreshing.)

Let the celebrities ahead show you exactly how it's done.

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Lily Collins loves to wear her hair with a middle part. Here, the curtain-like effect enhances her bold eye makeup.
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With her hair tucked, we get to see her dazzling earrings — and equally luminous skin.
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Pinning your hair back like Gabrielle Union is one way to open up your features...
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But a simple hair tuck can be just as effective — hello, check out that megawatt smile.
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Julianne Hough's loose waves are playful and fun.
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While her slicked-back hair means business — and makes her cheekbones really pop.
Kerry Washington is the ultimate cool girl with a simple middle part and fuchsia liner.
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But a partial hair tuck opens up Washington's spectacular features — and draws even more attention to her impressive cat eye game.
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Rita Ora's subtle layers perfectly frame her face.
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But when you've got ear accessories this dazzling, you've got to show them off — and this slicked-back (but still voluminous) style does the trick.
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Shay Mitchell's long, super-shiny hair makes us want to go do a hair mask, stat.
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While a sleek combover is a modern and fresh change for the star.
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We didn't think Aja King's features could get any more stunning than this...
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Until she tucked a thick section of hair behind her ear, bringing all the attention to her sparkling eyes.
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Jessica Alba's waves look cool and casual paired with a motorcycle jacket.
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While brushing her hair back behind her ears — and adding a shine-enhancing cream — dials up the glam factor.
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Zendaya's gorgeous, luscious curls need no pinning, tucking, or controlling.
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And when she chooses to wear her hair behind her ears, we get an even closer look at her impressive makeup (which she does herself!).
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Selena Gomez has been rocking a polished brunette lob for quite some time now...
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Which is why her blonde bob took everyone by surprise at the American Music Awards. Her dark roots and strategic hair tuck give the style dimension.
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