From the monthly archives: "May 2012"

From fishtail to waterfall to Dutch to milkmaid, there are a slew of different braids one can wear. And with Hollywood lovelies like Carey Mulligan using them in a variety of creative and desirable ways, the braid has never been more popular. (In New York and L.A., the first Braiding Bars are popping up.) To engender your own braid-art masterpiece, try this inventive take on the French braid. By winding into a side-bun, the hair is controlled and off the face, while the style boasts special interest. For this look, we recommend French –– not a regular English braid –– because it is sleeker, appears more elegant and sophisticated.

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Rachel Bilson is a modern muse for fabulous hairstyles. From The Heart of Dixie to the street, we’ve seen wonderful waves, brilliant braids, and oh-my-God ombre. Still, there is something lovely and comely about this layered style with a natural, wash and wear finish. She’s got the perfect profile to support a dead-center center-part (most would do better by off-setting slightly to one side) while creating a great face-frame. The soft caramel ombre adds magic on the ends.

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Our previous post centered on Twiggy, and how she changed her life –– and the world –– with a new kind of cropped hair cut. Since, she’s had many imitators. But few have taken the snip as successfully as Carey Mulligan. Since going short, she has showed her style sense by experimenting with different ways to wear a crop. Few are better than this wispy and light, playful look. Perfectly imperfect, it is full of elfin charm, and the impish feel of a rogue girl on the go.

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ARROJO senior colorist, Mariesa Ferrarois chiming in on Style Noted as our on-hand professional. This week we spotted a picture of Twiggy, and it got our grinders going. How did this “Cockney Kid” become the “The Face of ’66,” and the world’s first supermodel? Mariesa tells us more…

I love looking at eras of fashion for creative inspiration. One of my favorite style icons from the 1960s is Twiggy. I am sure that if it hadn’t been forTHAT haircut, Twiggy, would not of been the style icon she was. With archetypal long length hair, she was just another girl looking for a break in Swinging London. It goes to show the power of the haircut, the power of transformation.

Prior to the ‘60s, hair for women was much longer and more feminine. Twiggy changed that. Large eyes, so petite, when her hair was cut short it created an androgynous look that fitted the new fashion for A-line dresses, military-inspired suits, and other unisex looks. Her crop created a total look that was the perfect match for the time.

As the Sassoon era of short, geometric shapes was beginning to burgeon, the world was given a muse for this new paragon of style. Ever since, hair and fashion and style have been intrinsically linked.

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