From the daily archives: "Wednesday, June 6, 2012"

This vanguard editorial image is beautiful, feminine, and can be easily translated into an everyday look. A curly, center-parted long bob with terracotta tone, it is graphic and vivid and bold –– a fabulous statement style. Red is a brave but rewarding color to go for; the trick is tailor the tone –– from cherry to cinnamon –– to your own perfect fit.

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“The beach wave” is synonymous with the disheveled elegance of ‘C’ or ‘S’ shaped waves and curls. Typically, hair is straight at the crown, and drops down into a surging wave cascade. But there is a new wave in town –– literally. Termed the urban wave, city girls are taking to softer ribbons of texture. Julie Sarinana, Sincerely, Jules fashion blogger shows us this trendsetting street look. Like the beach wave, the urban wave is a great way to spotlight graduated dip-dyes. Here the caramel ombre works with loose and bendy hair strands to create special interest on the ends.

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Nonchalant, unkempt braided styles are the zeitgeist of the modern entwine. Shailene Woodley has been championing messy plaits for several seasons, and this version, worn for the VMA’s, is her best yet. What makes it great is that strands have been left out of the braid. They hang loose, acting as an impromptu face-frame for her strong cheekbones and pretty eyes.

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It is quite the time for Jessica Chastain. After starring in seven films in 2011, and receiving an Oscar nomination in 2012, the flame-haired pulchritude has been named in the Time 100 most influential people in the world. The images show she has become a hair and fashion and style inspiration, too. Always beaming, always beautiful her hair is her ultimate accessory; she changes it up according to mood. There is the modern appeal of a hair up, half down insouciant ‘do; there is the swept back grace of a medieval princess; and there is the romantic cascading curls of an old-Hollywood starlet. What’s your flavor?

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