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Her talent is big and her hair is bigger -- and that's exactly how superstar Lee Ann Womack likes it. "I'm from Texas," she says, laughing, "I like big hair!" Womack even sports a voluminous mane on the cover of her latest CD, There's More Where That Came From.
In fact, Womack's timing couldn't be better, as the modern version of big hair -- loose and sexy -- is a perfect fit for summer. Today, Womack, 38, lives in Nashville with her family and keeps her home routine simple by pulling her thick hair into a ponytail. On tour, she wears her hair loose -- with styling help. "Growing up in Texas meant that I learned a lot about hairspray and teasing," Womack says.
She's thrilled to pass that know-how to her daughters, Anna, 6, who is a "total tomboy," and Aubrey, 14, who loves dressing up. Clearly, her husband, Frank, is outnumbered by the ladies. "He says he doesn't have much voting power. And he doesn't!"Tips to Try at Home
Beat summer frizz with a humidity-fighting shampoo, such as Infusium 23 Frizz Control Shampoo, $5.99, which smoothes the hair cuticle with nourishing vitamins. Womack also protects her style by setting hair with a firm holding hairspray, such as Sebastian Shaper Hair Spray, $11.95.
When your name is LeAnn Rimes and you've been famous since you were 13 years old, every hairstyle is public record. "I look back at those big cauliflower bangs, as I call them, and it was hideous," says the 23-year-old. "But I'm not ashamed!"
Indeed, Rimes, who released her latest CD, This Woman, this year and who's hosting USA's Nashville Star (a talent search for the next big country sensation), has nothing to be ashamed of -- her wavy hair is the epitome of easy summer style. When she's at home in Nashville, Rimes follows a fairly simple regimen, including shampoo, conditioner, and mousse. "I like volume but not huge hair, so I'll pull it back into a bun or a ponytail," she says.
Rimes is having a blast on Nashville Star. "It's a fun way to get my personality out there," she says. "People are always surprised to discover that I'm actually a nice person," she adds, chuckling. In fact, Rimes is such a nice person that she's also a spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network. And happily, her hair is pretty great, too.Tips to Try at Home
Rimes keeps her wavy tresses soft and silky with a deep conditioning treatment such as EC Mode Emergent C ReVitalizer, $5.99, which contains strengthening wheat proteins and protective vitamin E. She enhances the texture of her waves with Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray, $16.
One might think that raising three little kids might make it tough to pursue a country music career, but that's what Sara Evans, 34, has accomplished. "We make it a family affair. My husband and the kids travel with me," she says.
Evans, whose new (still untitled) CD is due out late summer, has been singing since she was just 4 years old; she's currently gearing up for a summer tour with singer Alan Jackson.
Evans admits to loving the pre-show beauty primping almost as much as performing. "My assistant does my hair while I do my makeup and the kids run around. It's such a fun time in the evening," she says.
It's this kind of domestic bliss that Evans says helped shape her own beauty identity. "I thought, 'I am going to be a cute mom,'" she says unapologetically. "Becoming a mother just gave me the confidence that I needed."
It helps when your hair is as lustrous as hers. For shows, she likes it "big but with movement," she says. When she's not performing, Evans washes it only every few days, since she finds that her hair holds a style best when it's a little dirty. Offstage, a ponytail is her preferred hairstyle, especially when she's in her Oregon farmhouse. Surrounded by her brood, of course.Tips to Try at Home
If you wait more than two days to shampoo your hair, as Evans sometimes does, your hair will benefit from a deep cleaning shampoo to eliminate product buildup without stripping moisture from the cuticle. We like Suave Professionals Clarifying Shampoo, $1.99. To achieve a tousled, voluminous look, run a thickening cream, such as Charles Worthington London Big Hair Amazing Volume Finishing Cream, $5.99, through damp hair and style.
She might be the new kid on the country block, but singer Julie Roberts, 26, has proven to have the kind of talent that can catapult an assistant at a record company to a top perch as one of its stars. Oh, and beautiful hair helps, too.
"I have always loved long hair," says Roberts of her perfectly tousled tresses. Ponytails are a must when Roberts isn't out promoting her self-titled debut CD, but onstage, she likes adding waves to her straight hair. Summer humidity and wind tend to make her hair look flat or dirty, Roberts says. "Some people can go a few days without washing their hair, but not me," She also relies on conditioner. "Almost immediately, my hair looks shinier."
Roberts will surely employ her styling tricks during her summer tour. The best part of touring, she says, is meeting the fans. "A fan brought me a picture from a previous show where I was wearing the same outfit I had on that night. I donated it so that it wouldn't happen ever again!"Tips to Try at Home
Get a shine boost with a daily conditioner formulated with moisturizing soy proteins, such as Umberto Beverly Hills Moisturizing Conditioner, $9. When styling, add height at the roots for extra volume. Roberts likes spraying a hair thickener, such as Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, $13, on her roots before blow-drying.