From the daily archives: "Tuesday, June 11, 2013"

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Emma Watson continues to blossom. Rather than let herself be typecast as a bushy-haired, over-achieving witch, her new flick, The Bling Ring, has given her image a titillating jolt; and it is now her hairstyle and fashion choices that enchant and beguile. Worn for the L.A. premiere of her new bad girl movie, the style seems like a classic red carpet updo, but from the back and sides, a surprising network of twines make it a striking, one-of-kind ‘do. It’s a great way to keep hair off the face, yet create an interesting visual texture to set off the up-styles. Look closely and you can see two French braids, starting at each ear, winding down the sides, and meeting in the back for artful and romantic beauty. For our tips on achieving a similar look, click style notes.

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Bangs are in, but as the weather heats up a forehead full of hair may seem an unappealing prospect. These choppy, featherlight fringes are the perfect solution; stylish, cool, and easy to manage, a micro-bang works great in even the stickiest weather. The super-short length opens up the face with youthful softness and the choppy edges look great both straight and wavy. To get a fool-proof summer fringe, click style notes for my simple steps. –– Laura Martin

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Last week’s 2013 CFDA Awards (Council of Fashion Designers of America) gathered the fashionable crowd for an evening honoring the best American Designers in the business. Winners included Phillip Lim, Thom Browne, and Vera Wang. But the real victor was the sleek hair worn by models, designers, and other trendsetters. The tight chignons, streamlined ponytails, twists and braids were chic; and functional too –– fighting off the adverse affects of summer humidity as they do. Smooth hair actually offers many glamorous options to make frizzy locks yesterday’s problem, making polished looks a go-to option for summer. Click through to style notes to see more of our favorite dos from CFDA’s big night. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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Silver beige is a rare form of limestone from China. Formed in shallow sea beds, and prized for its soft hue and subtle veins of quarts, it’s also a rare and favored shade for poodles, cars, and leather goods –– yet often overlooked when it comes to hair. Dark blondes are common in nature but sparse in the world of a colorist. Fair haired ladies usually want to go lighter and brighter, afraid of looking mousy. But cool dark blondes have a metallic gloss and richness that makes hair look full, healthy, and moonlit. Reminiscent of mink and precious metals this shade is glamorous, understated, and luxurious. Read on for application tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

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