From the daily archives: "Wednesday, April 3, 2013"

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Fishtail braids are trendy, flirty and fun. With more of a frayed texture than a traditional entwine, Fishtails give you the beatnik spirit –– without the soul searching.  Meanwhile, it’s a great way to keep long hair under control and off the face. Trouble is, the way they look is intimidating; people think they are intricate and difficult to create, especially when they see detailed interpretations, like the ones noted above. But the basic fishtail is simpler than you think. Master it, and then you can experiment with exciting variations. To get started with a technique anyone can do, click style notes.

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Glowing scarlet looks surprisingly ethereal paired with a diffused A-line. Two in vogue looks –– bob cut and red color –– come together for a jaw-dropping, desirable style. The weightless tips around the face give an open feeling, and add softness to the strong lines of the cut. The vibrant color adds the warm glow that feels right for the seasonal change. There’s plenty here to take from, whether your own style is edgy or classic. Read on for tips on adapting this vanguard look to your own perfect fit. –– Laura Martin

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What a difference beautiful texture makes! The pictured model went to ARROJO NYC and told color and texture specialist, Barton Miller, she was bored by her short straight hair, and wanted to try the trend for texture (which, by the way, continues to burgeon). Barton gave her an American Wave –– a new professional permanent texture service ––  to create a resilient, full curl pattern with lots of expansion, and natural-looking tousle and flow. The difference is striking, and shows the power of the makeover. The natural volume strengthens her profile, helps her look sexy and feminine, while the style feels youthful and carefree. For further insights to creating and styling waves and curls, click style notes.

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Knots are an easy way to put hair up, and they lend an edgy, slightly sporty vibe to high styles. Solitary topknots were everywhere last season, but the latest take on the trend  is to use multiple ties to create knobby texture and low-volume, futuristic shapes. These styles are less formal than most updos, easy to create, and unfussy. This style will toughen up a pretty top, add some interest to a little black dress, or simply control an unruly mane. Click through the style notes for tips and tricks to making your own version…. –– Laura Martin

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