From the daily archives: "Thursday, June 13, 2013"

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With the advent of beachy hairstyles, the drop down wave –– a textural wave cascade that begins about halfway down the hair shaft –– has become one of the most sought-after summer styles. As seen in the collage, it can be worn in a variety of ways, from gritty, loose and lived-in swirls to smooth and polished swoops. Whichever way you take it, the trick is to make, at the root, a straight drop down that transitions into spiraling ‘C’ or ‘S’ shapes. This fluctuation in texture offers romantic tousle and flow, and is a great way to spotlight ribbons of color, like highlights or dark to light ombre effects. Perfect for throwaway summer days, achieving this look is achievable in a few simple steps. For our tips, click style notes.

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Complicated entwines are a lot of fun, but there’s a unique beauty to the classic French braid. This simple style is polished, youthful, and easy to accomplish. And although it may be reminiscent of your childhood, the minimal style can look quite grown up with the right detailing. An asymmetric placement gives the shape a fresh twist without overcomplicating things; a sleek finish adds sophistication. Pair this plait with bold earrings and a red lip for a look that is both smoldering and sweet. Click the style notes for step by step styling instructions. –– Laura Martin 

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Finger waves are often imitated with irons and sets, but the classic, wet-set variety still holds special appeal. The glossy surface, hypnotic undulations, and head-hugging silhouette are glamorous, sophisticated, and distinctively dressy. Achieving the style on long hair can be tough because of the weight of the strands, but on cuts that sit above the jaw, getting the look is easier than you’d think. With the right products and detailed steps you can create this awe-inspiring vintage shape; read on to find out how. –– Laura Martin 

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