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Pouf! Big hair is back

J ust when you thought all '80s fashion revivals had run their course, big hair is back.

Just look at Angelina Jolie on the July cover of Vanity Fair and Sarah Jessica Parker in the “Sex and the City” movie poster to see that the chic set is turning up the volume. We're not talking the teased, sprayed locks of the Bangles, Bananarama and Dolly Parton. The modern version of big hair crosses the soft pouf of Krystle Carrington's “Dynasty” coif with the cascading fullness of a Victoria's Secret model's waves – sexy, but with a touch of Aqua Net nostalgia. Tease too much and you'll end up looking as if you stuck your finger in a light socket, but master the technique and treat your tresses with the right product, and you'll look like a Sophia Loren sex kitten.

The man who gives Jolie, Anne Hathaway and the Victoria's Secret models their big, beautiful hair is celebrity stylist Ted Gibson. He took a few moments at his New York salon to show us how to go over-the-top sexpot or just add a little Giselle to your summer look. His step-by-step process is less complicated than it may seem, but it requires a few key products: a blow-dryer, some hair spray – and remember hot rollers?

Big hair may be back on the radar this summer, but Gibson says the look is always in style – sans the '80s stickiness, of course. “This kind of hair takes a certain attitude, a lot of personality,” he says. “It's really about having the confidence.”

Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times

J ust when you thought all '80s fashion revivals had run their course, big hair is back.

Just look at Angelina Jolie on the July cover of Vanity Fair and Sarah Jessica Parker in the “Sex and the City” movie poster to see that the chic set is turning up the volume. We're not talking the teased, sprayed locks of the Bangles, Bananarama and Dolly Parton. The modern version of big hair crosses the soft pouf of Krystle Carrington's “Dynasty” coif with the cascading fullness of a Victoria's Secret model's waves – sexy, but with a touch of Aqua Net nostalgia. Tease too much and you'll end up looking as if you stuck your finger in a light socket, but master the technique and treat your tresses with the right product, and you'll look like a Sophia Loren sex kitten.

The man who gives Jolie, Anne Hathaway and the Victoria's Secret models their big, beautiful hair is celebrity stylist Ted Gibson. He took a few moments at his New York salon to show us how to go over-the-top sexpot or just add a little Giselle to your summer look. His step-by-step process is less complicated than it may seem, but it requires a few key products: a blow-dryer, some hair spray – and remember hot rollers?

Big hair may be back on the radar this summer, but Gibson says the look is always in style – sans the '80s stickiness, of course. “This kind of hair takes a certain attitude, a lot of personality,” he says. “It's really about having the confidence.”

Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
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