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    Pink, Natalie Portman, Kimberly Perry and Rhianna look taller and thinner with these hairstyle tricks

    What woman wouldn’t like to look taller and thinner? It’s possible! Check out what Pink, Natalie Portman, Kimberly Perry and Rhianna do to elevate their statue.  Let me share with you some secrets that all red carpet hairstylists know about making these red carpet lasses appear long and lean.

    Add lift on top

    It’s a fact; the more height you have on top the taller you appear! It’s not unlike the concept of throwing on a pair of your favorite heels to give you extra added length. To make it effective though, you need to avoid bulkiness on the sides of your do.  Sleek the sides close with a bit of gel and get lift on top with the help of a volumizing mousse. Work a dollop of foam into damp hair. Lift hair straight-up while directing heat at the roots to create lift. Use a firm holding finishing spray to hold the look all day (or night.)  Joico Power Spray has great reviews. It’s the perfect product to finish the hair and hold the style . . . it doesn’t flake or get sticky!

    Pink rocks this short cut with plenty of height on top

    Cut it short

    We love long hair, but seriously, sometimes the look can make a woman appear . . . shall we say . . . vertically challenged. Hair that hangs too long in propotion to a woman’s height, makes her appear shorter and heavier. Visualize a woman from behind who is short with very long hair; out of sync, and your focal point will naturally flow to her rear! Uhm . . .  is that what most of us would want? No thanks. Natalie Portman looks elegant and has elongated her look in a sexy short crop. The key is keeping the sides close and the lift on top.

    Natalie Portman looks lean in this short crop cut

    Add layers

    Hair that is all one length can appear visually heavy and literally “weigh” you down. You can’t get lift or much volume from hair that’s all one length. To get some height and movement, lighten up longer hair with some fabulous flowy layers. Kimberly Perry from the Band Perry, has become a hair trendsetter with her long layered waves. To get the look, use the volumizing products of your choice and wrap hair vertically on your hot iron. For a rough finish, add a texturizing spray.

    Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry with long flowing layers

    Use color to lift the eye up

    Make your gorgeous face and hair the focal point, and the first thing that people notice about you! Rhianna always knows how to get the eyes on her! She rocks a splash of funky hair color on top, coupled with a twisted pomp, and all eyes up!

    Rhianna short pompadour with grey and purple color

    There is something about a little added height that makes a woman feel leaner and meaner, and these are just a few quick and easy tricks that will make your silhouette taller. These tips are quick and easy . . . and no sweat required!


    Contributing author Kim Bush has over 10 yrs experience in the beauty business, traveled the U.S. as an artistic advisor for Joico, working in a successful salon, styling and writing for national media outlets, music videos, television, runway, celebrity events, and photoshoots. She is a master stylist on staff at Asante Salon and Day Spa in Nashville, Tn. Find Kim on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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