From the daily archives: "Thursday, May 24, 2012"

Though smooth and shiny, The Duchess of Cambridge’s hair is quite fine, and lacks natural volume. She needs a cut that adds structure, and encourages body. Cue this shoulder length light face frame with layering. The layers begin around the chin, with long lengths down the sides and back to keep it feminine. The cut is designed to be soft, loose, and easy to wear –– it is a great option for anyone who feels like they have limp hair that is hard to work with.

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Attending the Parisian premiere of The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence showed off a different look. Usually, her hair features the new zeitgeist for disheveled elegance –– beach waves, texture, tousle and flow, roughed-up edges. France must have made her feel chic because this a polished and urbane, shiny, straight ‘do. A long length with minimal layering, the soft asymmetry –– one side tucked behind, the other falling forward –– and the bangs work together to highlight her strong cheekbones and pretty eyes.

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We are used to seeing Halle Berry with a short crop cut. It suits her well, but it is nice to spy her natural texture, which is sensational. This is a loose, rounded shape, carefully cut to put space between the curls, so they have room to move more freely. With tendrils draping over her big brown eyes, the style gives Halle charismatic, youthful exuberance. The soft caramel highlights define the shape of her spirals, and that is a nice touch for anyone with hair like this.

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And God Created Women! In 1956, that was the movie that established Brigitte Bardot –– with big, bouffant hair –– as an international sex symbol. After spotting this image of Miley Cyrus at the Billboard Music Awards, we see that the bouffant still has the power to make an icon. With it, it looks like Miley is embracing her womanhood. Like Brigitte before her, Miley is wearing a backcombed center-part to build vivacious volume at the crown, with soft, romantic tousle through the rest of the style. The subtle graduation of color –– from mid-to-light brown –– adds to the flirty, feminine appeal.

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