From romantic curls to sexy, tousled waves, the most gorgeous ways to make a stunning first (or 40th) impression

1. If You Want: A Romantic Look

“Romantic-looking hair is all about texture and movement,” says Nelson Chan, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills.

To get a romantic style with tons of texture and volume, he recommends curling unwashed hair (this helps the style last longer) using hot rollers or a large curling iron. Use a texturizing spray, like Living Proof Instant Texture Mist, before and after you style your hair. If your hair is fine, backcomb it for extra texture, says Chan. Leave it at that, or push hair back with an embellished headband for a pretty touch.

2. A Romantic Style for Short Hair 

Replace your curling iron and hairbrush with your fingertips and spray wax to create this romantic look. Chan says that medium and short hair can be difficult to curl (as a recent lob convert, I can attest to this); instead, achieve a romantic look by creating a style that has texture and movement. Style your hair with your fingers for a fuller texture (tousle hair left to right), and use a spray wax in lieu of a firm-hold hairspray, which can make hair stiff.

3. If You Want: A Glamorous Look

 To achieve a glamorous look worthy of the red carpet, Chan recommends curling your hair into mid-size curls and wearing it half up or all the way up (think: “princess hair”). For maximum staying power, try this style on day-old hair. 

An ultra-glam look calls for equally bold makeup: We recommend a shimmery smoky eye a la Jessica Chastain at the Golden Globes. 

4. A Glam Style for Mid-Length Hair 

The key to creating glam curls in mid-length hair: Mist on a heat protectant and a medium-hold hairspray before curling with a small to medium-sized curling iron, says Chan. Brush out curls with a soft-bristled hairbrush and finish off with a shine spray (we like Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine).