Shay Mitchell
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Not only have we fallen in love with Shay Mitchell for her role as Emily on Pretty Little Liars, but we’ve developed a special affection for her always-perfectly-coiffed hair. Her gorgeous tresses are envy-inducing, however, there was a time when the actress fought her natural curl. “When I was younger I always tried to make it straight,” the actress told InStyle.com at the launch party celebrating the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday collaboration in New York City. “I’d straighten it with an actual iron!” Luckily, that phase of her hair life is over now. “I wish I had told myself when I was younger, ‘Stop straightening your hair! Embrace your natural,'” she said. Spread the word!

Plus, see the sexiest holiday hairstyles. 

Holiday Hairstyles

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