Mary-Kate Olson’s five hairpin only rule may have been beat for minimalism by fellow cool girl, Olivia Palermo (give or take one). Olivia has only six highlights in her hair. She recently told Vogue, “I took a year and a half (out) from processing it and just started back up recently. My colorist does six pieces total.” It tells us that great hair doesn’t have to be over done, just a few highlights for the spring can add some depth and softness to hair while drawing attention to your face. Click through to style notes for some tips on getting the best highlights for the season. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →
For girls with natural curls, styling options can sometimes seem limited. The expanded shape of coiled hair does rule out certain options, but it also creates possibilities, like this textured twist on a mohawk. Radial cornrows combined with tousled curls balance femininity with toughness. Get the look (and learn how to create an easier variation) in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
This beautiful blend of warm shades epitomizes a growing color trend: the seamless fusion of subtly different hues. Warm golden blonde and a range of copper tones blur together for a shimmering effect. The result is a hue that shifts and sparkles as it moves, without looking highlighted. Learn how to create the effect and get the formulas for this beautiful look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
In New York we’re in the midst of the longest winter I can remember. The best thing about this weather is that the air is dry, so creating silky, blown-dry styles that last all day is easy. Still, as summer approaches, my excitement builds. I’m thinking of lazy days frolicking by the beach. I’m also thinking about my hair. When summer comes, smooth blow-outs are harder to do, often becoming frizzy before you reach the door. A few years ago I learned to stop fighting my hair and work with it instead. Most people have some sort of wave when humidity is high; knowing how to work with this texture, rather than fighting it, saves your style from heat damage, and leaves you victorious in the battle of the frizz. My favorite trick is an easy to do, natural drying technique that turns potential frizz into sexy beach waves. Follow the pictures and style notes to learn to do it yourself. –– Kelly RoweClick for StyleNotes →
If you wear your hair mid-length or long, Minka Kelly’s soft blow-out and subtle highlights offer inspiration for a beautifying, chic and easy everyday look. The loose, tumbling waves provide a cascading face-frame and help to spotlight the splashes of delicious caramel on the mid-lengths and ends of the chocolate brown base. Styles like these are best achieved by blowdrying hair with hands instead of a brush, as this will create the casual, perfectly imperfect aesthetic you’re looking for. For our tips, click style notes.