From the daily archives: "Thursday, May 31, 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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