From the daily archives: "Thursday, May 23, 2013"

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Think back to your childhood memories of running through sprinklers and playing hide and seek. Do you remember your hair then? It was beautiful, healthy and dimensional, sparkling with bits of gold and copper. But time has passed and your hair has changed, the natural sparkle has faded, the shine diminished, the color flattened. It happens to all of us, as we get older hair gets darker and ashier, so even if you’re not going gray, your natural tone could leave something to be desired. Still, you may not want to give it up completely, or you may already be committed to a single process, but feel your shade is lacking something…whatever your story, if you’re a brunette, you could benefit from some shimmer, some variation, a little lightness. Read on for tips and formulations. — Laura Martin

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We’re movers, and shakers, we’re girls on the go, but we learned the hard way to pack light. On our last trip, we couldn’t function without three pairs of wedges, nine blouses, an iPad, two books, a hat, and an arsenal of hair products. We barely got our bag zipped. And then a complete failure: the TSA made us give up our beloved refinish dry shampoo –– jealous of our tousled texture, we suppose. That experience scared us into packing only the essentials, beauty and otherwise. Whether you’re packing for a weekend getaway or leaving the country for a month, click through to style notes as we reveal the best techniques to pack light. They’ll get you through vacation, and through airport security. — Michelle Rotbart

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Soft, natural waves are a great low maintenance option for both genders. We’ve loved women in beachy texture for the last few seasons, and now men are embracing the look. Long hair on men is making a comeback, and loose, un-styled waves provide carefree, bad-boy texture. This look is easy to achieve with the right cut and a few simple tricks. Read the style notes for tips and product recommendations. — Laura Martin 

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