They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this could not be more true than when you're sitting in your stylist's chair and trying, for the life of you, to explain what you mean by "wavy but not too wavy" or "bouncy but still sleek." (This almost always ends in an unflattering bouffant of sorts.) The next time you go in for a blowout, save yourself the trouble and take one of these photos with you.

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STRAIGHT LIST
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Smooth and Straight

Proof that sleek doesn't mean completely sapped of volume.

BOUNCY LIST
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Smooth and Bouncy

Just enough polish for the office without being too stiff.

WAVES LIST
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Loose and Beachy

Julia will always be the model of soft, tousled waves.

BANGS LIST
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With Bangs

To avoid rounded fringe, ask your stylist to drop the brush and use her hands to rough-dry those finicky front pieces instead.

RETRO GLAM LIST
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Old Hollywood Glam

Special occasion? Make like Emma here and get some polished retro curls.

WAVY LOB LIST
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Wavy Lob

Or keep it casual with softer texture and a few face-framing curls.

SLEEK LOB LIST
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Short and Smooth

Same idea, but a little sleeker throughout.

WINDING LIST
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Voluminous and Winding

Now this is what we meant by bouncy but still sleek. To get this look, make sure your stylist is wielding a big-barreled brush.

SECOND DAY LIST
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Second-Day Perfection

There is a fine line between "beachy waves" and "full-on bed head." Suki nailed the sweet spot with just the right balance of bend throughout.

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