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9 Reasons Why It's Time to Dust Off Your Flat Iron

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  • Kate Mara
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    Kate Mara

    After she chopped her locks, but before she bleached them, the actress attended the Emmy Awards with her strands smoothly pushed behind her ears. Hairstylist Alex Polollo applied Vidal Sassoon’s Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel ($5) to Mara’s wet locks before blow-drying for a smooth finish.

  • Drew Barrymore
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    Drew Barrymore

    Barrymore paired this sleek style with bold lipstick, this season’s version of the slicked back bun and bright lip.

  • Sandra Bullock
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    Sandra Bullock

    You’ll need serious shine to cop Bullock‘s locks at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Try John Frieda’s new weekly Colour Refreshing Gloss ($12): apply after conditioner, leave for three minutes, and rinse.

  • Ashley Madekwe
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    Ashley Madekwe

    Madekwe used Shu Uemura’s Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) for shine, then L’Oreal’s Elnett Hairspray ($12) for hold, at a pre-Golden Globes party in Los Angeles.

  • Jessica Alba
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    Jessica Alba

    Hairstylist Robert Ramos gave Alba’s sleek and shiny tresses a sharp middle part for the People’s Choice Awards.

  • Sarah Hyland
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    Sarah Hyland

    Hairstylist Ryan Richman flat-ironed Hyland’s locks for the L.A. premiere of her film Vampire Academy, then applied a dime-size amount of Oribe's Rough Luxury Molding Wax ($35) on her hairline and crown for hold and shine.

  • Karolina Kurkova
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    Karolina Kurkova

    Sleek and pushed back is one of Kurkova’s favorite styles on the red carpet, this time at a gala in Switzerland.

  • Allison Williams
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    Allison Williams

    Williams wore her locks pin-straight and glossy at the Golden Globes last month. Keep your strands in place and cop her shiny finish with a glossing hairspray like Aussie’s Dual Personality Hi Shine + Hi Hold ($4).

  • Elizabeth Olsen
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    Elizabeth Olsen

    The most lived in rendition on our list, Olsen wore her long locks tucked behind her ears to the L.A. premiere of her film In Secret last week.

We never thought we’d say this, but it may be time to dust off the flat iron that’s hiding under your bathroom sink. We’ve talked about the return of pin-straight locks before—thanks mainly to ‘90s minimalism on the runway—but the latest rendition is the freshest take we’ve seen! Sleek and shiny with a sharp part, this version is brushed off the shoulders and sprayed in place with a heavy dose of hairspray. Seen last fall on Theyskens’ Theory’s runway, then this spring on models at shows like Dries Van Noten, it’s Hollywood’s newest red carpet favorite. Click through our slideshow to see how Kate Mara, Sandra Bullock, and more are wearing the look.

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