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Beauty Crush: The Sleek Summer Blowout

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A slew of stars including Katie Cassidy and Ashley Greene stepped out to honor the fashion industry's biggest designers at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC Monday Night. Decked out in Behnaz Sarafpour and Michael Kors respectively, the two actresses bucked the usual beachy waves and worked pin-straight strands instead.

A sleek blowout doesn't seem like an ideal summer style since it requires effort and falls victim to even a hint of humidity, but the results are worth it. The style looks so chic and minimalist whether it's paired with a flirty summer dress or cut-off shorts and a breezy tank. Here's how to create the style at home.

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Starting with wet hair, work a quarter-size dab of straightening cream through hair to improve control while blow-drying, says Alli Webb, founder of Drybar in L.A. (clients include Cindy Crawford and Rose McGowan). Then use a paddle brush to smooth hair as you blow-dry. Once hair is completely dry, flat-iron 1-inch sections of hair. "Start close to the roots and sweep the iron down, bending the ends of the hair slightly under," says Webb. Rub styling oil or shine serum between your palms and run over the surface of your hair to add sheen and tame frizz.

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Product Picks:

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum ($8.99,

ghd Classic 1" Styler ($185,

AMIKA Obliphica Finishing Shine Spray ($24,

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