Recently, Hilary Duff was spotted by Glamour magazine’s beauty blog members sporting a hair bump that was so big it almost crossed the line into “don’t” territory.

Many women go easy on their hair during the summer months, letting it grow out and dry naturally.

It’s a given that face-framing tendrils can soften the look of any updo, but if you recall from your prom days, those harsh hair-sprayed curls are definitely not what you want to go for.

If you haven’t tried spicing up your hairstyle with a couple of accessories every now and then, there’s never been a better time.

You might think you know how to braid your hair, but you really have no idea. Ready to learn?

Contrary to what most people would logically assume, getting the perfect just-out-bed hairdo involves a bit of work. Remember – you don’t actually want to look like you just left last night’s rat’s nest where it formed on its own. A bed-head is still a style, though a fun one that flirts with imperfection.

Not that there’s anything remotely wrong with prim, pin-straight hair or flawless spirals that look like they’re fresh off the curling iron, but today’s vision of glamour involves tousled, piecey hair that is gorgeously imperfect.

It’s not short, it’s not long – it’s demi. This season, expect to see lots of floaty, medium-length hairstyles gracing the catwalks and sidewalks, running the gamut from tousled, sexy ‘dos to prim, angular styles.

Some of us walk a fine line between a bed-head look that’s all the rage and a legit, just-out-of-bed, rumpled mane that may or may not have creatures nesting in it. To make sure you get the look you really want, here’s some advice for creating an expertly-crafted rocker ‘do.

You’d think that braiding your hair should be simple enough, but if you want the perfect stylized sheen you see in all your favorite beauty mug shots, you may need to study up on which products to use. Not that we mean to upbraid you for not knowing otherwise, but a flawless rope of hair is always more than what it seems.