From the daily archives: "Monday, March 18, 2013"

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This is a gorgeous combination from Jessica Biel. The length, blunt bangs, and multi-dimensional color combine to recreate Jane Birkin’s iconic image from the Je t’aime… Moi Non Plus album coverBlunt bangs are a great way to give the illusion of thicker strands –– keep them wide and full for the best effects.  The long layers begin on the final few inches of hair, and dance elegantly around the shoulders. The shiny highlights add contrast, interest, and spotlights the soft tousle on the ends. For tips on shaping a similar look, click style notes.

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With the likes of Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, and Charlize Theron adorning this awards season with an array of beautiful pixie cuts, short hair is fashionable and fun for spring. For confident women, it’s a great way to wear hair as it exposes features like cheekbones and temples, creating timeless, elegant beauty. This razor-cut graduation is an archetypal example, with sweeping bangs bringing out the allure in the model’s eyes. Layered through the top, which engenders freedom to wear hair messy or smooth, spiked or flat, this is a hip, ‘wash and wear’ low-maintenance hairstyle. For tips on tailoring short hair, click style notes.

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Vibrant hair color is a great way to add punch to your look with youthful spirit. Bold hues are trendy and fun, but sometimes these colors can be overwhelming, stealing the show instead of placing you center stage. To keep them in line, try grounding them with natural tones. A bit of neutral color anchors the look, adding sophistication and balance. The combinations shown here –– wheat and daffodil, carnation and taupe –– are gorgeous examples of brightness that is flattering and refined. Click the style notes for tips and professional formulations. –– Laura Martin

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