From the daily archives: "Monday, April 1, 2013"

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Ombre hair color has been one of the biggest things to happen to fashion in the past few years. Its mark was so strong, it has gone beyond trend to become a staple. As such, fashion and beauty mavens are looking for ways to take dark to light hair colors to the next level. Ergo, this remarkable graduation from deep, mysterious violet to vivid purple-pink could be just the mixture to make fashionista hearts happy in spring. For tips on attaining and maintaing a similar hue, click style notes.

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Michelle Williams is the leading lady of cropped cuts; whatever shape her pixie takes other short-haired gals are sure to follow suit. Lately she’s added some length to her look, allowing for more styling versatility. A deep side part and sleek texture create a glamorous, edgy style that pairs perfectly with her feathered gown. At the London premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful she wore this sexy look; a few days prior, she was sporting a 60s inspired style with a side swept front and volume at the crown. She’s enjoying the flexibility of having a bit more length. It’s inspiring to see such adaptability in a short shape. Keep reading for more details on the cut, and some short hair styling options. –– Laura Martin

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Nickelodeon starlet Halston Sage knows How to Rock this mid-to-long length heavily layered cut. The color is a great fit for her California-girl complexion. Using different tones of blonde –– from dark and dirty to bright and golden –– the subtle combination highlighting adds depth, dimension, and looks sensational. The shape and movement of strands flowing around her face-frame accentuate her strong cheekbones and pretty eyes for a youthful, beautifying style. It’s a straightforward long layer cut, made special with great color, and artful, feature-enhancing styling. For tips to attaining a similar look, click style notes.

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Soft, translucent hues of copper, rose and crimson add sparkling warmth to bouncy curls. This look combines a rich, warm base with ribbons of pastels to add shimmer and dimension. The combination of tones ripples and shines for a look that is distinctive and exotic, like a tropical flower. A variety of red tones creates balance and emphasizes movement while the rich background hue grounds the softer colors, for a pallet that works on both light and dark skin tones. For professional tips for a the perfect formulation to attain this hue, click style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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