When you really need to pull out all the stops — and
score that amazing guy or gig — find out how your style can help seal
You want a potential employer focused on you, not distracted by a
frizzfest. “Keep your style smooth, and don’t go for anything crazy,”
says Susan Solovic, author of The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success.
Stylist Serge Normant, who created the styles here, suggests a soft but
polished silhouette. Comb a frizz-taming cream through damp hair (try
Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream Leave-In Smoother, $14.95) before
you blow-dry. Rake hair off your face from the ears up, and secure just
below the crown (a bit of teasing on top adds glamour). A shine spray,
like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100 Percent Shine Glossing Mist, $5.99,
smooths the final look.
Full locks keep a guy’s eyes planted on you. He can’t help himself:
Thick, bouncy hair is a sign of youth and good health, says
anthropologist Helen Fisher, PhD. And men are subconsciously drawn to
those qualities because they signal fertility. But don’t use three cans
of hair spray to pump things up. “Guys are attracted to styles they can
run their fingers through,” says Normant. Just work mousse (like Paul
Mitchell Sculpting Foam, $7.95) into damp hair before blow-drying. Use a
large-barrel curling iron to create waves, part hair down the middle to
give the look a slight edge…and then start taking numbers.
Whether you’re auditioning for a reality show or looking to talk up
your new venture on the local news, casting agents and producers say you
need hair that dazzles. “Shiny hair conveys energy, and that’s what we
want to see in a contestant,” says one American Idol producer
(exhibits A, B, and C: Kelly Clarkson, Katharine McPhee, and Carrie
Underwood). For the perfect effect, rub gel (we like Matrix Vavoom Hold
My Body Forming Gel, $13.95) through damp hair. Blow-dry, then curl
half-inch sections and pin them against your scalp. Once the hair cools,
let curls loose, then brush through them until they morph into soft,
light-catching waves. Finish with a hair spray that leaves a layer of
high shine, like Biolage Complete Control Extra Hair Spray, $14.95.
“An It Girl gets other women to stare…and then follow her lead,”
says Normant (who has helped stars like Sarah Jessica Parker achieve
trendsetter status). Short hair is the boldest option (and a Yale study
found that cropped locks convey the most confidence), but if you’re not
ready to lose length, blunt-cut bangs produce a similarly strong effect.
(Leave them a bit longer on one end so you also can rock a side-swept
look.) Keep the rest of your hair straight but sultry by working a
texturizing foam through dry strands (try V05 Extreme Styling Weightless
Volumizing Mousse, $3.49) before you flatiron.
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