From the daily archives: "Thursday, May 16, 2013"

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Forties throwback, Dita Von Teese, continues to dazzle with her take on the romantic shoulder-lengths worn in the golden age of Hollywood.  A brushed-out set with a deep, stylistic side-part, we love the timeless beauty and grace of looks like these, especially when Dita wears them with such a polished and refined, cosmopolitan flavor. The dark and sultry raven tone adds drama to the style, making Von Teese impossible to miss. If your cut hangs between jaw and shoulder, replicating this look is simpler than it may appear; for our tips, click style notes.

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The messy, undone look is the burning trend for spring and summer. Occasionally, however, disheveled, unkempt tresses that fly all over the place can rankle and bother, especially if they get in the face. Fishtail braiding is one way to beat this trap. Adding a flirty and fun, whimsical touch, even when made to be polished and refined, they have an air of the casual and carefree, which keeps you on trend, while hair stays off the face. Plus, once the fishtail is twined, it can be artfully pulled apart for the added touch of  rumpled elegance. any are put off as it appears difficult to do, but it’s actually quite simple. Check the style notes for some tips to do it yourself… 

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There’s lots of sixties and seventies inspiration around hairstyling at the moment –– think beach waves, center-parts, texture, movement, and backcombing –– which makes  the big, volumized blow-out with a waving center-part one of trendiest, funnest, and sexiest styles to try. For anyone with length, a version of the pictured style is easy to do. It’s a good idea to make the center-part slightly off-center to avoid splitting face down the middle; other than that, it’s simply a matter of picking the right products and tools, and spending a few minutes by the mirror. For our styling tips, click the notes.

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It’s fun to play with hair, but coloring, styling, straightening, and adding texture can take a toll on your mane. Stressed strands are prone to breakage, dullness, frizz and tangles, making once beautiful tresses hard to manage. Although you can’t undo structural damage, you can strengthen, soften, add shine, and prevent more problems. In the style notes there are explanations of two types of damage, one from styling, one from chemical treatments; and each leaves hair with specific challenges. Over-styling effects the outside of the hair shaft, while over processing causes a deeper level of damage, so these two types of stress need to be handled differently. Read on for tips, tricks, and product recommendations for treating both kinds of damaged hair.–– Laura Martin 

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