From the daily archives: "Friday, April 26, 2013"

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This is an fearsome style for hip, chic girls. The strong yet diffused outline acts as a great frame for the features, especially as there is a lot of emphasis on the beautifully full and swooshing bang section. A creative, graphic shape with a jagged line and fluidity, it looks like a razor-cut, which helps to keep it loose and shaggy. The finish is undone –– like she was out all night and then drove to work with the top down –– but the style is versatile: It can be smoothed-out with a blowdry, tousled into natural-texture looks (as above), braided, or parted. For tips, click style notes.

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Pastel-gelato colors are great for spring and summer as they are the perfect way to update a blonde look, depending on your mood, favorite color, or wardrobe. The benefit with these shades is that they wash out easily, which means you can experiment with a rainbow of effects. Although this florid trend seemed to peak last summer, the reemergence of sunshine –– at least here in New York –– has brought a new wave of sugar-coats to the streets. These dusty interpretations still feel chic, and offer doll-like innocence and allure. For tips on attaining tints like this, click style notes.

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A dramatic, high ponytail is a great weekend and nighttime look. Sleek and sophisticated, it is the best place to start anytime you want to wear an updo because high ponies are so easy-to-do, and can easily transition into a more complex style, like a twist or a bun. These examples, from celebrities and the runway, are more upscale occasion than cheerleader fun because the sleek and shiny strands look elegant, polished, refined –– like a shimmering slip of silk. Often, small details make the difference between making the style good or great. One trick, for example, is to a run a straightening iron over hair before putting into a pony. But the preparation is also important. To learn how to make it right, click style notes.

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Rachel Bilson looks adorable in this straight and smooth style, adorned with a skinny headband. Because it’s so slender, the accessory takes no real estate away from the elegance created by keeping hair off the face, and exposing her strong cheekbones and brooding eyes. The sleekness on top gives Rachel head-hugging curvature, which is always feminine and shapely. The shiny strands with soft ribbons of caramel color add magic on the ends. Almost any length of hair can sport headbands like this, so if you want try a new style this weekend, make this look yours. For tips, click style notes.

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