From the daily archives: "Thursday, March 21, 2013"

Even for Olivia, this is a stand-out style. A vintage, fashionable look, it follows the seventies-inspired trend for the drop down wave –– a wave that goes from straight at the crown to tousled down below –– but features a lustrous, modern take. The shiny chestnut brown and the bountiful shape of the tumbling waves combine to create a sultry and seductive, yet elegant and beautiful aesthetic. Wear this style on a romantic date night! 

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Top knots were a big trend last season and for good reason: The high shape is flattering and simple to create. Over the top hairstyles have changed this season from tight and messy to sleek and voluminous. The extra width and classic finish give these styles polished appeal that makes them perfect for office and evening. To keep the look from feeling stuffy, try adding a bow, jeweled headband or other playful accessory. –– Laura Martin

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Reminiscent of the tumbling, peek-a-boo glamor wave of 1940s style icon, Veronica Lake, Beyonce wore this style for her new H&M ad campaign. Full of feminine mystique, the look benefits from the asymmetrical, short to long face-frame and the tumbling wave cascade. Beyonce’s sweeping hair and seductive gaze epitomize timeless Hollywood glamor, while the ornate accessory adds visual balance to the look. Beach waves are back in fashion for spring and summer; this style fits that modern trend, yet retains old world elegance and class –– perfect for an occasion. To create the look, the key ingredient is a consistent wave pattern. To learn how to do it, click style notes.

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Ombre seemed a passing fad two years ago, yet it has proven to be a modern classic. It’s here to stay. It will, however, evolve each season, absorbing influences from the runways and the streets to offer a surprising variety of looks. Ombre works by gradually transitioning colors from one shade to the next, providing seamless ways to incorporate different hues into one style. But even before gentle transitions entered the color market, highlights were changing. As Bubba Clinton searched for new uses for big cigars, as Carrie Bradshaw enjoyed Sex In The City, dark roots went from embarrassment to statement. This season, Carrie is back, and so are her roots. Now in revival mode, today’s dark roots make hair look thicker and shinier, provide depth, and give a grungy edge to soft styles. To keep it fashionable instead of unkept, the transition from light to dark should be soft and blended; harsh lines look dated. Get more tips and tricks for achieving this look by clicking through style notes. –– Laura Martin

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