From the daily archives: "Wednesday, March 6, 2013"

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The chic, classic French twist is making a comeback. Pairing the shape with fuzzy texture or vibrant color gives it a funky, modern edge. While the basic construction of this style has been around since Ancient Greece, the version we know today was named for French actress Brigitte Bardot who popularized the shape in the 1960s. As sixties influence infiltrates spring fashion, hairstyles follow suit, enhancing vintage appeal. To give the look an update, keep sides tight and smooth, but add softness around the face. A side swept front with a bit of volume looks chic but soft. Click the style notes for step by step instructions to creating this look. –– Laura Martin

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Maven of fashion and beauty, Lauren Conrad has a signature pretty girl style that connects her to the young, pulchritude-conscious consumer. She’s even built an empire off her ensembles, which means she’s always got to look good. She showed up at the Cotton 24 Hour Runway Show in Miami ready to wow with a flawless girly-girly aesthetic. We love how her ombre color drifts from an almost gritty dirty blonde into a beautifying golden tone through the mid-lengths and ends. This dynamic hue spotlights the chunky, tumbling spirals that form Lauren’s perfectly imperfect drop down beach wave. This may have been last summer’s hottest look, but if Lauren is still wearing it, you can be sure it will be around for a while yet. For tips on making it yours, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

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As a full time educator at ARROJO cosmetology school I draw a lot of inspiration from my students. This week, my class presented papers they had written on influential stylists, industry greats who have have had a significant impact on the world of hairdressing. One of the students wrote about the famous colorist David Adams. In his paper, he quoted Adams talking tobehindthechair.com about a red he had created with a color layering technique. “It was like painting a wall with patches of light paint and patches of dark paint and washing over the entire thing with copper,” he said. I loved the idea of uniting lights and darks with a wash of tone and decided to try it out on a live model. Katie, the pictured model, is a natural blonde who had some grown out highlights and was looking for more dimension and shimmer. I wove three cool blonde shades through her base to add depth then added an all over golden peach glaze. The end result is multifaceted and cohesive and the delicate blush tone makes her blue eyes pop. Click the style notes for more information about the technique and formulas. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →