From the daily archives: "Thursday, March 14, 2013"

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Once upon a time, if we fancied the latest news, we tuned the radio to the world service. Nowadays, the important stuff goes on Instagram, like Demi Lovato’s hair cut makeover. While she’s still rocking the mocha brown that is such a perfect fit for her complexion, this ‘lob’ is a dramatic change from her long and flowing Latin locks. A lob is a new kind of bob. Cut in the shape of the classic, but significantly longer, Demi’s lob is polished and refined, like it was made for a girl growing up. The clean lines lend control, while the softly side-swept bangs help us see Lovato’s lovely features, especially seductive brown eyes. Wondering how to style the new mid-length? Click style notes for tips and tricks.

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A couple of weeks back, we posted some of our favorite submissions from professional stylists. In one of the busiest weekend’s on the blog, we saw dual textures, ombre crimping, braided rings, and amazing colors. This intricate braid from Lakeeia Smith of Studio Red Salon, GA, can now be added to the list of the amazing submissions we’ve seen. An intricate, tightly wounded braid, Lakeeia also sent us detailed step by step instructions, so to find out how to make a Modern Vintage twine, click style notes.

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Keeping the braid trend trending, celebrities continue to show new and visually interesting ways to wear entwines. In 2013, the general direction is for braids to be more upscale and elegant, like the angelic headband halo worn by Taylor Swift at the Grammy’s. Julianne Hough also elevated the plait by making a pretty helmet shape with a softly disheveled finish. Still, a braid will always be associated with the beatnik spirit of bohemia, so don’t write off the deconstructed look. Emma Stone shows how to wear it with style and class. A braid, wound to the back, is made all the more beautiful because of the frayed edges and indiscriminate strands hanging free. For easy braiding at home tips, click style notes.

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Blondes and brunettes often mix shades to get the perfect look, but redheads tend to stick to solid colors. Adding dimension to scarlet shades can be tricky –– blonde pieces can make hair look pink, dark browns can be too harsh, and multiple shades of the same hue tend to get lost, adding a lot of maintenance but little effect. But redheads can get multi-tonal looks. The key is to intermix various levels of vibrancy. A reddish brown accented with cherry highlights, a copper dusted with bits of madeira and goldenrod, or a deep violet accented with a glaze of ripe berry tone provide beautiful examples of the principle at work. Click through the style notes for tips on getting the perfect blend. –– Laura Martin

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