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Some women are experts at wielding a curling iron. Others can braid with lightning speed and precision. We are not those women (though we’ve certainly tried on occasion). Thankfully, with the right cut you can get by with minimal effort and still look put-together. Here, some of our favorite ladies and their wonderfully simple (but no less chic) styles.

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Long Layers

There is perhaps no one who epitomizes laid-back beauty more than Jen Aniston. She’s been rocking long, face-framing layers for years now and we can’t blame her. It’s always flattering and requires little more than a trim every few months.

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A Single Length

Or keep your hair all one length for a clean look. It’s particularly great for super-straight or thinner strands (as blunt ends create the illusion of fullness).

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Layered Curls

Time to put aside any reservations you might have about going shorter. Curly hair actually behaves better with a fresh cut. Ask for layers throughout so you get maximum spring without too much bulk. And then just let it do its thing.

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An Angular Lob

The reason why the lob has been the reigning style for the past few years is because it just works. Nearly every hair texture agrees with it, and it grows out like a dream. Ask for a little length in the front (so the longest pieces skim your collarbone) and have it gradually shorten as it reaches the back so you can maintain the shape until your next trim.

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A Shoulder-Length Shag

OK, so what about all of us who have already been rocking a lob and want a little change? Grow it out a tad, and add long bangs to frame either side of your face (aka curtain bangs). Then in the mornings, let it air-dry for some serious ’70s vibes.

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A Blunt Bob

If volume is of top concern to you, skip the layers and opt for crisp, blunt ends instead. To keep things from looking matronly, ask for a little angling in the front and then all you have to do (beyond a quick round-brush blow-dry) is a cute little tuck behind the ears.

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A Pixie

Sure, you might need to trim it every few weeks, but on a day-to-day basis a pixie cut requires little more than some pomade. Keep the front longer and the sides and back cropped closely so you can play around with different styles. (We love this swooped-back look on Jennifer Hudson.)

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