From the daily archives: "Wednesday, May 16, 2012"

Smash, NBC’s newest musical drama, had its first season finale this week, so its a great time to look at Marilyn Monroe’s symbolic style, as portrayed by Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee. A timeless bombshell look that inspires women, Marilyn’s hairstyle is old Hollywood glamor.

During the series, Katherine – introspective, brooding – and Megan – playful, sexy – have given us the two sides of the pinup, and roused a new generation to try fifties-throwback looks. From the hair to the makeup to the dresses to the jewels, Marilyn was all about highly polished glamour. Her brilliant blonde – always with romantic tousle – was her coup de grâce.

Find out how to get it with these Style Notes from ARROJO colorist, Mariesa Ferraro.  

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Across the world of fashion and beauty, spring and summer 2012 is becoming synonymous with an array of beautiful pastel-gelato color shades. It was first championed by Mulberry’s candy-inspired campaign for the new season, and the trend is catching on. Expect to see delicate, pale hues in hair and makeup, as well as design. This image exemplifies our meaning. This subtle interpretation of ombre is soft-hued and subdued in a gritty and beautiful way. Written by Mariesa Ferraro, Senior Colorist, ARROJO studio, NYC, these Style Notes are an opportunity to get the perspective of a working hairdresser…. 

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Typically, updos were meant to be polished and refined, classy and plush. In recent years, however, there has been a drift towards more disheveled, lived-in ways to keep hair off the face. The change is simple to achieve. It only takes adding a bit of texture to hair before pulling it up, and then pulling out a few pieces to make it look perfectly imperfect. Wendy Nguyen, blogger for Wendy’s Lookbook, shows how it is done with this carefree bun. It looks loose and textured with a tousled feel. It is a great way to wear hair for brunches and lunches and, if you are heading out on the town, you can unfasten to reveal nice texture for you to put into a nighttime look.

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Part of Hollywood nouveau –– and niece of Julia –– Emma Roberts has the wide smile that wins hearts, makes it in the movies. She’s also got a delectable dip-dye. Ribbons of multi-dimensional blonde tones –– from toffee to caramel to straw –– creates a shimmering honeycombed effect. This kind of color is easy to achieve if you are, naturally, a relatively light brunette. The cut is a classic shoulder-grazing layer shape with side-swept bangs adding magic by drawing attention to pretty eyes.

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