From the daily archives: "Thursday, March 28, 2013"

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Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variety of braid, the look showed up the one place you didn’t expected it: on men. We’ve come to associate woven styles with weddings and flower children, but the technique comes from tough roots, and was worn by hunters and warriors long before it became associated with femininity and romance. Indigenous tribes of Africa, Native Americans, and even the Vikings wore braided styles. More recently, music stars from Willie Nelson to Dave Grohl have embraced the earthy vibe of this style. Long hair is in, and these looks provide versatile, functional options, vastly preferable to masculine ponytails. Click the style notes for tips on creating your own rugged ropes. –– Laura Martin

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Ever since Marilyn Monroe showed us why Gentleman Prefer Blondes in Howard Hawks’ iconic fifties film, western culture has chosen to venerate flowing flaxen locks. Is there a woman alive who hasn’t at least dreamed of being a blonde bombshell? We don’t think so. If this is the year for you to go blonde (or blonder), the hottest trend is a drift towards white hot platinum tones, icy and Nordic. Most people believe this kind of tone is beyond their reach, however, modern innovations in salon hair color continue to make big changes easier and more achievable. So if you love the hues noted above, click style notes for tips on how you can get a similar look.

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Beach wave is a term that’s been thrown around a lot in the last few years as a way to describe barely-there waves. Light as air, gently tousled texture can also work for stronger undulations. Soft, fluffy curls are delicate, breezy, spacious, touchable. Curly girls often stick to sleek, controlled styles for fear of frizz, but expanded, ruffled waves are beautiful. Using hydrating products and allowing the curls to dry completely before breaking them up will provide a perfectly mussed style that still looks polished. Click the style notes to find out more. –– Laura Martin

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This spritely shape is youthful and playful, framing the face with a rounded fringe and lots of short, choppy layers that provide a wide range of styling possibilities. Exposed ears and a head-hugging shape give this cut a cropped feeling, though the longest tips dust the shoulders. The hybrid shape is short enough to feel gamine and long enough to pull into a ponytail; a perfect solution if you love crops but are scared to loose all your length. Read on for tips on getting the shape and styling it at home. –– Laura Martin

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