From the daily archives: "Thursday, November 22, 2012"

Growing hair out can be tough. When in-between short and long lengths, strands can be difficult to style smoothly down and, when pinned up, they can create nubby ponytails and stumpy braids. Yet this playful shape shows how inventive styling can be cure for hair that ails you. A fun and flirty style that works day or night, it uses the shorter lengths to add a piece-y, disheveled texture with lots of volume. To achieve a similar style, follow the steps in the style notes…

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Hair takes center stage in Jesse Laitinen’s recent portrait series featured on Fashion Gone Rogue. Model Yuvia is nude save for her long tresses. The coiffure, however, is imaginatively used like fabric. Draped and wrapped, it’s rich brunette tone and wooly texture contrasts the smooth porcelain skin. Wild tendrils fill these photos, softening bushy brows and smudgy makeup, expanding to fill each image. We love how the collection links beauty to nature. Instead of carefully groomed perfection, black besmirched fingers, shiny lids, and disheveled locks invoke the grandeur of untamed natural wonders. To see the full spread, click style notes.  

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Typically, updos are meant to be polished and refined, classy and plush. In recent times, however, there has been a drift towards more disheveled, lived-in, shabby chic ways to keep hair off the face. Attending the premiere of her new flick, Hitchcock, Jennifer Biel wowed the red carpet with a mane event that begged for the paparazzi’s attention. Like a pompadour in the front, this modern interpretation of an updo has that perfectly imperfect look that everybody loves.

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Long hair doesn’t have to be boring; varying lengths and a face framing fringe can structure hair at any range. We love the loose undulations trailing into tawny points in this carefully mussed look. Short layers through the crown and a long side-swept fringe give lift and definition while lightened edges accentuate length. This sassy but wearable look can be yours in a few simple steps.

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