From the daily archives: "Monday, April 8, 2013"

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English rose, Carey Mulligan, has lovely thick, strong hair, which makes her a great candidate for the sharp, bold, beatnik pixie cut. It’s a short, razor-cut graduation with sweeping bangs drifting above her eye line. It’s also been heavily layered all through the top; that creates a lot of freedom for Carey to adapt her look according to runway or occasion, whether she wants to go messy or smooth, spiked or flat. A mention also has to go Carey’s golden blonde with roots growing in. Usually, this look is to be avoided, yet if you get the contrast just right, and sport a sexy, devil-may-care attitude, it has the irresistible charm of the perfectly imperfect. For tips on attaining and styling similar looks, click style notes.

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Leather accents, plaid tops, and broken-in denim are making their way from catwalks to shelves, giving spring fashion a taste of the wild west. A sexy, disheveled braid enhances the felling of rugged femininity, or brings an unexpected dimension to tailored ensembles. A side part, soft volume around the face and loose weave are the hallmarks of this look. Fluffy, low shine texture gives a wind blown feeling; a leather tie provides the perfect finishing touch. Read on for complete, detailed instructions to creating rugged braids. –– Laura Martin

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The tendency towards tousle has barely started, and with fashionistas planning their Coachella outfits at the first sign of sunshine, it’s a good time to use the glamazon waves of Sarah Hyland as inspiration for our own summer looks. The volume around the crown makes the wow-factor, while the drop down beach waves arc away from her face as they hit her cheekbones, which opens the face-frame for her pretty features. With more cascades hanging off her chest, neck and shoulders, it’s as sexy as it is chic. Creating beach waves need only require a few minutes at your vanity table. To find out how, click style notes.
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Mention cool blonde and most people picture platinum, and while gleaming white locks scintillate on the right skin tone, they are not the only option. This lovely vanilla shade is pale and icy, but looks more natural than stark white. Adding a bit more pigment to blonde locks means a softer outgrowth and a longer-lasting tone. Adjusting the hue of fair hair is a great way to update without sacrificing brightness. Read the style notes for tips and my professional formulations for creating a similar tone. –– Laura Martin

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