From the daily archives: "Wednesday, May 8, 2013"

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It often feels like curly hair has a mind of its own because it’s finicky to take care of, especially if you don’t maintain it with the proper techniques and the right products. It’s also back in style, which is great for anyone –– like us –– that loves the personality of meandering texture. For curly heads, it means working with hair naturally, rather than opting for a sleek blow-out, is more than just an option –– it’s a necessity. The trick is to work with the texture, not against it. From cut to products and styling, our tips on enhancing spirals are in the style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Low buns are coming back into fashion’s favor, replacing topknots as the season’s simple go-to style. The classic look has a youthful, romantic quality, especially when worn loose with wisps left out around the face. The only problem with low buns is that they can be a bit of a bore, especially for evening. But Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lawrence have found the perfect solution; braiding the hair loosely with a lace scarf, golden ribbon, or other fabric lends the texture and color that invigorates the style while maintaining the bohemian vibe. Read on for simple steps to creating the look. –– Laura Martin

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Miley Cyrus

With an effortless combination of grunge and glamor, Miley Cyrus captured the mood of the Met Gala, PUNK: From Chaos to Couture. And while perfectly fitting the image, her hair is also an example of the versatility of cropped cuts. The blonde with dark roots makes it aggressively stark, while the cluster of barbed strands round the crown attaches the dramatic aesthetic of the punk rock epoch. But Miley is also able to style her cut sleek and smooth or tousled and undone. For tips to creating punk-inspired spikes, and a variety of other looks with short hair, click style notes.

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Peak-a-boo soft hues are a great way to celebrate the change of season. Deep neutrals and delicate tertiary pastels create a statement look that feels just right for spring. Rich earth browns laced with bits of pale spring green go great with neutral skin tones and jade eyes. If you have blue eyes and warm skin, a soft peach could replace the green shown here. For cooler skin tones and brown eye, try pale lilac tips. Read the style notes for professional tips and formulas. –– Laura Martin 

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