With a winning combination of beauty and brains, Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon on HBO's Sex and the City, proves that professional style does not mean plain. With her fiery red hair and ultra-modern wardrobe, Miranda commands respect without ever going near a "power suit." Oscar Bond, celebrity stylist and owner of the Oscar Bond Salon in Soho, has some advice for all of you with short hair on how to get this smart and sexy look for yourselves.
STEP 1 Starting with clean, wet hair begin to blow dry the hair by brushing the hair forward toward one side of the head and then the other, alternating this process until the entire head is dry.
STEP 2 Work a small amount of styling cream through the hair to help prepare it for the next step, which involves a straightening iron. (The styling cream will help protect the hair from the heat and add shine.) Starting with the back, lower section of the head apply the straightening iron to the roots and slide it straight down to the ends, making sure to keep both the hair and the iron very close to the head to avoid creating a round shape. The goal here is to keep things very flat. Once the back is finished repeat this process on the sides and the front, always starting your sections at the hairline and working up toward the crown.
STEP 3 Once all the hair has been straightened, you should be left with quite a bit of hair in your face. This is a good thing. Apply a little more styling cream, and after creating a side part, begin to brush the hair to one side, keeping it very sleek and straight. Tuck the excess behind the ear. Brush the hair on the opposite side of the head, so that it too is close to the head and tucked behind the ear.
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