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Quick tips: Look your best at the last minute!

December 11, 2008
So you've got a big night ahead of you and an hour to get ready -- unwashed hair, nails in desperate need of a manicure, tummy looking bloated -- and you've got to look your best! How will you ever manage it? Here's a few quick tips that will keep you on top of your game.

Lifeless hair

Got no time to wash and style your hair? You have one of two choices:

  • Use a styling spray and pull it all into a slick bun on top of your head.
  • If you're planning on leaving your hair loose, avoid serums and mousse altogether. Got oily tresses that stick to your scalp? Sprinkle some talcum powder onto the roots of your hair and leave it in for a few minutes, then brush it all out. The powder absorbs the grease and you'll be left with a sweeter-smelling scalp and softer hair.

    Another option is to spray some water onto your hair instead, which reactivates the products already used to style it; then run a wide-toothed comb through, or scrunch it, depending upon whether it's straight or wavy.

    Caption: Pull back your hair in a tight bun like model Heidi Klum or go for the careless curls like actress Kate Hudson.

    Photograph: Peter Kramer/Getty Images

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