From the monthly archives: "December 2012"

What an exciting year for hair! New trends in cut, color, and style emerged, inspiring changes big and small. Exploring new styles is always fun, but this year was extraordinary: braiding blossomed, texture returned, celebrities brought back classic cuts, and the craze for ombre continued unabated. It’s intriguing to see new techniques mixing with classic shapes, creating eclectic modern looks.  The start of a new year is a great time to reflect, so click style notes to see my top five styles of 2012. –– Laura Martin 

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Imitating musical icons like Debbie Harry and Patti Smith, this style embodies seventies rocker-chic. Smooth bangs combine with backcombed sides for a mix of textures that gives a contemporary feel to the shape. Shoulder dusting length with a blunt edge toughens up the look, making hair appear thicker and more defined. The rounded fringe veils her gaze, for a sexy, peek-a-boo effect. Updated interpretations of seventies-era looks will be on the vanguard in 2013; stay ahead of the pack with these easy notes on achieving a similar aesthetic…

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December is full of events, parties, and family get-togethers, but the biggest event of the season is yet to come: New Years Eve. This playful updo is the perfect accessory for sparkling party ensembles. Fluffy roots, a side swept front and loose strands on one side of the face add a festive vibe to this neat chignon. The bun sits low and wide, peaking around the neck, while a decorative ear cuff gives the feminine look a bespoke feel. To learn to recreate this style, click style notes.

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The start of a new year is a time for assessment and change. We’ve all heard that old habits die hard, but now is the moment to break out of a rut and try something new. If you’ve been hard on your hair this year, turn over a new leaf. Your worst hair frustrations can become distant memories with some alterations to your current routine. A few simple changes will bring a new era of shiner, healthier, mores stylish locks. Click style notes for some of my favorite resolutions for ensuring an epoch of gorgeous strands. –– Laura Martin 

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