Jason Segel isn't the only one enamored with Michelle Williams. The actress's cropped cut garnered the most requests, jumping from last year's third-place standing. "The cut is low-maintenance and more versatile than you think," says freelance hairstylist Thomas Dunkin, who works with Williams. When her hair is damp, he brushes down the shorter back and sides, then uses his hands to smooth the longer length on top. The cut is particularly popular in steamy climates. "Even when the temperature reaches triple digits, the pixie looks put together and effortless," says Rachel Gower, owner of Houston's The Upper Hand salon.
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America's hair hall of fame has a new inductee: SofÍa Vergara. The actress's long, layered waves inched out last year's winner, Kim Kardashian, for most lusted-after style. "Sofía has made nighttime hair work for morning, noon, and night," says her stylist, Jen Atkin. After blow-drying straight with a round brush, Atkin wraps two-inch sections around a curling iron, leaving the ends loose to avoid tight ringlets. Michael Barsamian, owner of Boston's Mizu salon, says the Hollywood-inspired style is popular among the city's young professionals. "The layers add just enough lift to keep the cut looking fresh."
Cameron Diaz turned heads when she walked the Oscars' red carpet with a wispy, chin-length bob. America took notice too, awarding it the third most-requested cut. Diaz's longtime stylist, Lona Vigi, "kept the length a bit shorter in the back, leaving the bangs and sides longer for a sexier feel," she says. To style, section off hair and blow-dry with a round brush "to give body at the roots." The cut's functionality makes it a hot request in the City of Brotherly Love. "Philly is a walking city-women need a cut that won't lose its shape in the wind and humidity," says Giovanni Mele, owner of Giovanni & Pileggi salon.
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After a one-year hiatus from our list, blunt bangs are back, and top fringe goes to adorkable Zooey Deschanel. Hairstylist Danilo, who tends her tresses, suggests bangs that are longer on the sides and shorter across the forehead, "just dusting the eyebrows." To get fringe to lie flat, he directs hair forward and down with a brush while blow-drying, "It's really important they lie in place with minimal volume, which can quickly look dated," Danilo says. In Montana, clients at the Living Room salon, according to owner Jolie Kiser, want "classic styles that are still fresh and fun," making Deschanel's retro-chic bangs "a huge hit."
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