From the daily archives: "Tuesday, April 3, 2012"

It is oft muted, great Hollywood style is about pints of class, elegance, and confidence, cocktailed with gallons and gallons of beauty and charisma. Whether red carpet or silver screen, Kerry Washington exudes them all. So we are thrilled to give her her first Style Note for this gorgeous, layered style. Shoulder-length, bouncy and feminine, the layers hit different spots for a soft and shimmering look. The wavy, textured tresses look stunning, and this chic coiffure is completed with side bangs that dance deliciously over the eye. Top tip: Heavily layered cuts are great if you have thick and/or coarse hair as it helps to make it more slimline, spacious, and manageable. 

Keeping up with the fashions and the fads is fastidious work. As example, take bobs. Would you like it square or round, asymmetrical or not? Are bangs to be blunt, or swept to the side? And now there is a new kind of bob. It is a style that is cut in the shape of a bob, but is significantly longer than the atypical version –– thus making the long bob or, to those into the whole brevity thing, the lob. We love Rihanna’s version because it looks polished and refined, yet wild and windswept. The flipped, uneven ends drape around the face, putting body and movement on her dazzling features. The clean lines through the sides and the back lend control. A paragon of red, Rihanna’s blazing crimson color lights any fire.

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Lily Collins showed us why she’s one of the fairest of them all with this half-up, half-down, sixties-inspired updo, worn to the premier of Mirror Mirror in L.A..  Featuring romantic tousle and flow, and face-framing bangs, this is a great special occasion style.  We love the classic backcombing –– teasing –– which helps to create the semi-bouffant in the back.

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Sharpen the shears, it’s time, once again, to carve open the tales of those pesty old wives. Okay, so the erroneous gospel they teach tells us something about our collective consciousness and, centuries later, still provides a source of comfort and fun. But they are also the reason why many a morning is spent in befuddlement. One of the reasons, perhaps, is that we are often told that product doesn’t make a difference. Yep, that multi-billion-dollar business is a complete waste of time!  Actually, it’s not. Unless you have a crew cut or a shaved head, product can – and will – make a great difference to styling. Without product, clean hair is definitely less style able. But you don’t need a hatful of products to make it work. Of course you can have fun trying lots of products and experimenting with what works best for your hair, but you only really need a small selection of products that work well for you. So, let’s forget the old wives tale and focus on how you can get the most bang for your buck with product.

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