From the daily archives: "Tuesday, April 16, 2013"

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The eager anticipation of Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaptation of American classic, The Great Gatsby, is effecting fashion even before its release. We noted flapper-fantasticspring runways and spotted celebrities wearing era-inspired pin-curls at the recent glut of award ceremonies. But that’s nothing compared to what we’re in for now that Carey Mulligan has, for Vogue’s May issue, managed to portray the most strikingly effervescently beautiful Daisy Buchanan. We can’t get you the dazzling dresses or scintillating jewelry, but the hairstyle is a matter of a simple pin-curl set. For at-home hair-doers, we recently noted how to create Julianne Hough’s perfect modern version. And there is more inspiration from Mulligan’s enchanting take on the women of the roaring twenties in the style notes.

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Dark chocolate tones are glossy and exotic; they make hair look thicker and eyes look brighter, but they can sometimes feel severe, especially in warm seasons. The transition from winter to spring is a great time to change your look, but for raven-haired ladies, getting a seasonal update can be a challenge because highlighting dark hair often looks stripy, brassy, or garish. If you find adding dimension to dark strands intimidating, remember that the benefits of getting it right are worth it. Variations in tone show off texture, add movement, and enhance shine. Rich toasted caramel painted through tips provides a trendy alternative to classic foil placements. Read on for professional formulations and application tips. –– Laura Martin 

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Summer will be here before we know it, bringing beach outings, street fairs, and outdoor concerts. We look forward to getting vitamin D and a healthy glow, but we also know that sun can be damaging. While sunscreen has become a standard part of the beauty regimen for skin, its easy to forget that sun can be just as detrimental to our hair. Summer rays can dry out your locks and cause fading, but a few simple tricks can go a long way towards keeping your signature shade vibrant and shiny. Click the style notes for helpful tips and tricks. –– Laura Martin 

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