From the daily archives: "Wednesday, May 15, 2013"

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Layered off-the-shoulder hair cuts, like Emma Stone’s, are some of the most popular styles, offering femininity and elegance within a beautifying shape. Occasionally, though, wearing hair long and flowing is a bit of a bore, so it’s important to have a variety of up-styles in your arsenal. Emma’s coiffed pompadour effect is a great example of melding current trends with an artful updo. Back in fashion, the pompadour turns back off the forehead in an poised roll, adding extra height, which elongates her cheekbones for a streamlined and striking, off-the-face look. The back can be gathered and styled in a few ways; a French twist or rolled up bun both work well. For our tips on making a style similar to Emma’s, click style notes.

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The best updos combine effortlessness and elegance, giving the wearer an air of polished simplicity. Whether you put your hair up at home or get it done in the salon, updos keep your mane looking fresh and carefree. A casual pile of twists has the simple beauty of a bouquet of wildflowers. The rounded forms look like tiny rosettes and can be arranged across the nape, piled atop the head, or scattered throughout the back, creating a variety of shapes. This style works especially well with wavy or curly textures, and fits mid-length and long hair. Get simple steps for creating the look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Though we do advocate the salon for things like highlights, single processes, and ombre –– the professionals eye combined with professional products is hard to match –– hair chalking is a fun way to add splashes of color in a fashion-forward way. It’s been around since the earlier days of punk, yet the modern trend for candy-coated dip-dyes has given chalking a new sense of purpose, helping girls add purples and pinks to their tresses for weekends and good times, and then switch back, quick as a flash. If it’s a trend you’d like to try, click style notes for our tips.

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Memorial day is just around the corner, signaling the beginning of beach season. Surf and sun are the perfect excuse to let loose and embrace costal style. So, from morning sunning to evening outings, we’ve go you covered with elegant, uncomplicated styles that take five minutes or less to do. Whether you’re spending a weekend in the Hamptons or a week in Bali, these simple styles will keep you looking naturally chic. Learn how to create these 5 looks, with products that will protect your mane from sun and salt water, in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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