In anticipation of Independence Day, we asked fashionable folks what style hangup they'd like to declare independence from this July 4th, and solicited expert advice to help them kick the habit.
"I want independence from styling my hair!" - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Lucky for Gyllenhaal, her personal stylist Mark Townsend is an expert when it comes to helping women cut corners on their styling routine.
"For easy, style-free hair, it's important to know and accept your hair's natural texture and get a haircut that will work with that texture. I really took that into consideration when I cut Maggie's hair," Townsend tells StyleList.
Since you ideally want to skip heat tools like blow dryers and curling irons, the styling products you put in your hair are super important.
"If you have a wave in your hair like Maggie, I like to put Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream in damp hair and let it dry naturally. If your hair has a tendency to get frizzy, I'm obsessed with Dove Frizz Control Taming Cream. You can put a few drops in your hair and let it air dry and your hair will not get frizzy, even in extreme humidity. It won't weigh your hair down or get greasy looking," advises Townsend.
"Another of my favorite tricks is to spray John Masters Organics Sea Mist in damp hair and air dry. This will give the hair a beachy look with great texture," says Townsend.
And if you want a super easy hair style option, Townsend recommends a low nape-of-the-neck pony with a deep side part to spruce it up a touch.
Sounds easy enough for us mere mortals who don't have a Hollywood stylist on speed dial.
For more easy ponytail ideas, check out these tips from celebrity hairstylist Danielle Caputo.