From the daily archives: "Monday, June 18, 2012"

The Hollywood Nouveau –– Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rooney Mara –– all made the leap into our consciousness with a short pixie cut. They were not the first. Mia Farrow did it as she prepared to star in “Rosemary’s Baby,” and the world loved her change. As women were finding more social freedom, Mia inspired a departure from hair styling that tethered them to hot rollers and piles of bobby pins. The cut’s emphasis on the face frames the features; it is easy to maintain and offers versatile styling options, which gave women the control to portray a character of their making. For a bold new image, a short and geometric shape is a great summer ticket.

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If you read today’s Pastel Gelato Hair Color! post (below), you’ll know about the buzz behind colorful dip-dyes. Not much puts a girl off the idea of purples and pinks, but the commitment of full salon service might. Reason: the (understandable) fear of being stuck with an unmissable, bright hue that you realize you do not like. Luckily, hair chalking has risen to prominence. It is a way to ‘chalk’ color onto locks at home. The best bits: there are a rainbow of colors to choose, they wash out easily, and you can place the color anywhere you want. The image above shows the use of one tone to add vivacity to a lived-in look, but multi-tonal dyes, or chalking to highlight a bang, ponytail or braid also works well. However you go, make chalking fun! Click the Style Notes for some tips… 

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Pastel and gelato colors are great for spring and summer as they are the perfect way to update a blonde look, depending on your mood, favorite color, or wardrobe. The big benefit with these colors is that they wash out, which means you can experiment with a whole rainbow of shades and effects. This dusty, candy pink shade looks chic as it compliments the way the girl dresses, and gives her a doll-like innocent allure. Accessorize with a ribbon to keep nags off your face in the warmer weather, or to make a match with your outfit.

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Movies, singing, fashion designing, philanthropy –– Mandy Moore has run the gamut of glamor. But this is her most fabulous ‘do! A modern, short and layered graduated shape, cut with a razor for better softness and fluidity, it is a polished and sassy style. The emphasis is on a light and loose, easy to wear haircut that promotes youthfulness and beauty. The dark brown hue with caramel highlights softens the complexion and adds dimension to the shape of the cut.

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