From the daily archives: "Wednesday, March 20, 2013"

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Spring is the natural time of renewal, so it’s no surprise that it is also the most popular season for women and girls to freshen up their look with a new hair cut. if this sounds like you, and you have some length you can lose, this shoulder-hanging, face-framing layer cut could be just the ticket. The layers begin around the cheekbones to frame the face with longer lengths in the back keeping it feminine. The cut is designed to be soft, loose, and easy to wear. Highlights increase the blonde bombshell factor and make eyes pop. As this style encourages structure and volume, it’s a great fit for anyone with fine, limp, or fragile hair. For styling tips, click style notes.

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Volume on top with sleek sides is a flattering look that elongates the face and draws attention up to the eyes. We often credit the mohawk for creating this type of proportional balance, but Lucille Ball was wearing the look long before the punk movement adopted it as their signature haircut. And after being in and out of fashion over the past decades, contemporary “mohawk” shapes now have more in common with the coifed looks of the fifties than the rebellious styles of the seventies. High, curly shapes with sleek sides are back, and whatever we call  them, they invoke both rock inspired rebellion and classic femininity. Click the style notes for tips on creating the shape. –– Laura Martin

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Petra Němcová may have us beat when it comes to leg length and cheekbone structure, but the Czechoslovakian bombshell can’t keep this gorgeous updo all to herself! A polished side-part in the front marries a softly tousled twist in the back, creating elegant composition, divine contrast. The trick to such artful updos is to put wave and movement into hair before you pull it up, as this gives the visual interest of cascading texture to go with the urbanity of an updo. If you want to make your own version, click style notes for an easy how-to-do.

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Pin pricks of bright blonde scattered through a dark base give hair a heightened sense of movement. As strands shift and sway, the light pieces peek out, creating a sparkling effect of coruscating color. The key to this look is minimalism; well spaced slivers buried within the bulk of the hair gives just enough contrast and radiance. Dense placement or large sections will make for a stripy effect; so if in doubt, less is more. Read the style notes for my professional tips and salon formulation. –– Laura Martin

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