Michelle Obama's New 'Do at the State Dinner

Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson gives us the how-to

At last night's White House state dinner, Michelle Obama ditched her usual bob and opted for romantic curls. "She looked great. There's something about a woman who can wear her hair like that -- it's radiant, soft, and romantic," says Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and owner of the Ted Gibson Salon in New York City. "I think she wanted to look like a woman in love."

Want to recreate the hairstyle? Gibson says it's easy to do, and it doesn’t matter whether your hair is long or short, straight or wavy. Here's how:

Step 1: Use the right shampoo and conditioner. It doesn't matter what kind of hairstyle you want to do, it’s all about the foundation. If you color your hair, for instance, use a color-preserving shampoo to give it shine.

Step 2: Apply heat protection to your hair. This will protect it from getting damaged by a curling iron.

Step 3: Separate your hair into one-inch sections and curl both inward and outward with a curling iron, switching direction from section to section. If you have long hair, use a curling iron with a large barrel. If you have short or medium-length hair, use a curling iron with a small barrel. Another tip: keep the barrel of the curling iron horizontal to keep the curls from looking too tight.

Step 4: After curling, spray a light-control hairspray to keep the look intact through your event.

The best thing about this style, Gibson points out, is that it doesn’t need to look perfect. You don't have to be a hairstylist to recreate the style.

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