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How to Get Reese Witherspoon’s Signature Side-Swept Hair
Every celeb has their own signature look, but when it comes to one particular star, it’s all about going retro, all day, nearly every-day. READ: Having a Bad Hair Day? This Style Will Cure Your Woes In the case of actress Reese Witherspoon, it’s all about effortlessly chic side-swept hair. And according to celebrity stylists, this simple hairstyle is always on-trend because it easily transforms bland strands into touchable tresses. “Its popularity stems from the recent vintage hairstyles that are out, particularly the retro waves from the 1940s,” says celebrity hairstylist Amanda Shackleton. “Wearing your hair down, especially for a long event, won’t have much staying power, resulting in your hair looking flat and messy in a few hours. By taking your hair and pinning it over to one side, it takes the weight out of the style and keeps it protected from going flat.” For ladies who have fine hair, like the 38-year-old Oscar-winner, stylists believe the side-swept look works especially well, as it adds some much-needed oomph to any mane. READ: How to Make Fine, Thin Hair Reach New Heights “This particular style gives the appearance of hair being fuller and thicker,” says celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean. So how does one create the perfect side-swept, à la Witherspoon? Her stylist, Adir Abergel, told InStyle magazine that you should first create a part at the arch of the brow, which he calls "the most flattering placement for a side part." Then, blow dry with a round brush until waves are smooth, pull hair over one shoulder, and add some finishing spray."  "Mist two bobby pins with spray, then cross them behind the ear," Abergel adds. For some inspiration on upgrading your hair game, check out Witherspoon’s take on the glamorous side-swept below:
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2008

Posing at the premiere of the movie "Four Christmases" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
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2013

Attending the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood.
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2013

Arriving for the "Devil's Knot" screening at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival.
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2014

Arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in New York.
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2014

Arriving at the screening of "Wild" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
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2014

Attending the 52nd New York Film Festival opening night gala presentation of the movie "Gone Girl" at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
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How to Get Reese Witherspoon’s Signature Side-Swept Hair

Every celeb has their own signature look, but when it comes to one particular star, it’s all about going retro, all day, nearly every-day. READ: Having a Bad Hair Day? This Style Will Cure Your Woes In the case of actress Reese Witherspoon, it’s all about effortlessly chic side-swept hair. And according to celebrity stylists, this simple hairstyle is always on-trend because it easily transforms bland strands into touchable tresses. “Its popularity stems from the recent vintage hairstyles that are out, particularly the retro waves from the 1940s,” says celebrity hairstylist Amanda Shackleton. “Wearing your hair down, especially for a long event, won’t have much staying power, resulting in your hair looking flat and messy in a few hours. By taking your hair and pinning it over to one side, it takes the weight out of the style and keeps it protected from going flat.” For ladies who have fine hair, like the 38-year-old Oscar-winner, stylists believe the side-swept look works especially well, as it adds some much-needed oomph to any mane. READ: How to Make Fine, Thin Hair Reach New Heights “This particular style gives the appearance of hair being fuller and thicker,” says celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean. So how does one create the perfect side-swept, à la Witherspoon? Her stylist, Adir Abergel, told InStyle magazine that you should first create a part at the arch of the brow, which he calls "the most flattering placement for a side part." Then, blow dry with a round brush until waves are smooth, pull hair over one shoulder, and add some finishing spray."  "Mist two bobby pins with spray, then cross them behind the ear," Abergel adds. For some inspiration on upgrading your hair game, check out Witherspoon’s take on the glamorous side-swept below:

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