From the daily archives: "Wednesday, May 22, 2013"

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Knowing what to wear to work can be tricky. Whether you’re a lawyer or a blogger, a banker or an advertising agent, looking professional is important. Most companies provide guidelines for appropriate dressing and makeup, but hair is a gray area. If you’ve ever wondered whether ponytails are appropriate for work, if your beach waves are too casual for the office, or how to make your pixie more business appropriate, we’ve got your answers. Read on for tips to making your hair part of your success story. — Laura Martin 

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Though we’re still debating whether gentlemen actually prefer blondes, we know that pioneering director Alfred Hitchcock did. Almost all of the heroines in his films were fair-haired beauties –– Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock liked flaxen icons because they made the best victims. He once said he liked blondes because “they’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprint.” Gruesome. The ladies may have quickly been killed off on screen, but they all left lasting impressions on popular culture, fashion and beauty, and what it means to wear light locks. To see some of our favorite Hitchcock blonde bombshells, click through to style notes.– Michelle Rotbart

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If ever there was a time to give polished curls a dash of glamor inspired by the roaring ‘20s, it’s now. The Great Gatsby fever is sweeping the nation and the only cure is gilded accents — bedazzled barettes, gem-encrusted bobby pins, or like in King’s case, a golden rhinestone headband. For the girl at home, faux versions are likely to be more attainable, and come in a variety of designs, shapes and sizes. So whether you prefer big and bold accessories or dainty and subtle accents, you can find many Flapper-inspired hair adornments along Main Street. Then the trick is wearing it right. For our tips, click style notes.

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Redheads are known for being fashion forward and fiery; they rock the current trends and start new ones. Red hair is a big statement, especially when presented in seamless gradients of copper and crimson. This look is reminiscent of fire itself. If you already have red hair, painting lighter shades onto the tips is a great way to give your shade a seasonal update. If you already have an ombre, a wash of red can turn your trendy look from subtle to statement. Read the style notes for tips and formulations for two versions of the look. — Laura Martin

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