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When you’re born with dramatic waves, you’ve already got a style most straight-haired girls envy. All you have to decide is how much you want to turn up the intensity. Are you going to boost your ringlets as far as they can go? Sculpt them a bit? Or play it straight for a change of pace? As long as it’s a look you love, you can’t go wrong. New York City stylist Sarah Potempa walks you through step-by-step to create each one.
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This look offers face-framing control and lush fullness at the same time. With a curling iron, Potempa refined several spirals, then gathered hair into a thick braid in back and secured with two crisscrossed bobby pins before taming errant strands.
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A little patience and a lot of heat can straighten hair temporarily if you want it sleek for the I do’s and wavy for the honeymoon. To get the look, Potempa applied a serum and used a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment and a boar-bristle brush to stretch strands before smoothing them with a flat iron. She then pulled hair back, twisted it into a ponytail, and secured it with bobby pins.
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A riot of natural ringlets makes a stellar backdrop for a little sparkle. Potempa perfected the shape with curling irons of varying sizes. (“Look at your hair against a white wall or towel to ascertain any curls that are frizzy and need fixing,” she suggests.) To finish, twist a small swathe of hair to form a base for an embellished bobby pin.