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Bobbing for Texture

The word “bob” invokes images of a sleek professional, manicured haircut, but there’s been an influx of piece-y, textured versions on the red carpet—leading us to take a second look at the typically conservative chop.

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    Score Julianne Hough’s waves by curling sections in opposite directions--both toward and away from your face. After it’s cooled, flip your head upside down and shake out the curls. Work a dime-sized amount of Oribe’s Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste ($35) through the ends.

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    You can pull off Ciara’s deep side part at any length, but those choppy ends? Short Sexy Hair’s Slept In Texture Cream ($14) is our go-to product for the roughed up look. “Use your hands as the styling tool,” Vetica says.

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    French actress Lea Seydoux sported a sleeker look at Cannes. Use a comb to trace an uneven part pre-blowout and an oil, like Garnier’s Sleek and Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment ($6), from the mid-lengths down for shine. Blow dry away from your face with a round brush.

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    Model Ruby Aldridge sports the gold standard of long bobs. To get her look, use your fingers to blow it dry, instead of a brush, to ensure just enough frizz. “I think SEDU’s Lightweight Ionic Hair Dryer ($160) is fantastic,” says Vetica. “It’s very quick to dry, without being harmful to the hair.” Spritz John Masters Organics’ Sea Mist ($17) all over before heading out the door for that slept-in texture.

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    Australian actress Rachael Taylor shows off a slightly more glam take on the textured bob. Hairstylist Sophie Roberts used Kiehl’s Silk Groom Cream ($18) on Taylor’s rough dried, pin-curled hair “to add luminosity to the ends.”

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    Naomi Watts chopped off her long blonde locks post-Academy Awards. Use hot rollers, like Caruso’s Professional ProSet Steam Hairsetter ($49), to mimic her big, wind-swept waves.

Celebrity hairstylist Robert Vetica (he also works with Scarlett Johannson and Salma Hayek) says the key to this kind of texture is mousse. After raking a golfball-sized amount of Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder Volumizing Mousse ($25) through Cotillard’s hair, he blew it out and wrapped sections around a ¾-inch curling iron, finishing with Davines' Defining Invisible Styling Cream ($22). “It maintains control, without looking too perfect or product-y,” he says.

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