From the monthly archives: "July 2013"

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Abigail Breslin’s joyfully optimistic performance in Little Miss Sunshine is hard to forget, but she’s giving herself a teenage edge with this icy platinum blonde (image left), debuted at Power in Youth event, Universal City, CA. The bombshell iciness gives her a stark, attention-grabbing look that takes her from sunshine to siren. Perhaps the best thing to note from this is the way she reached her blonde ambition. Going in progressive stages over more than a year, Abigail’s slow and steady path from raven to golden to platinum is the best way to make big color changes because going gradually is less stressful on strands. For our tips on going from brunette to platinum over several seasons, click style notes.

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There are many elements to beautiful hair. But using the appropriate cleanser and conditioner, the best styling products, and the right tools is a great place to start the journey to successful styles. A good blow-dryer should be in every hair care tool kit. Nowadays, however –– especially with technology moving in leaps and bounds –– it can be hard to know what the marketing spiel means. Meanwhile, picking the right tool and using the right settings can make the difference between a day of frizz and a day of enviable polish and shine. Click through to style notes to read a quick guide on the best blow-dryer features. They’ll help you achieve that fresh from the salon look at home. –– Michelle Rotbart  

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Last week we brought you a post featuring general ideas for transitioning your hair from daytime to evening. This week, we’ve shared some more specific inspirations for changing up layers and bobs, and now we complete the series with a look a shorter looks. For pixie cuts, Ginnifer Goodwin and Evan Rachel Wood provide great examples of taking a short shape from casual to glamorous. Ginnifer wears her head hugging shape with a tousled piece-y finish that is transformed by pushing bangs to the side and adding height. Evan goes for a more dramatic transformation, switching from messy side-swept pompadour to glossy finger waves. Read on for steps and product recommendations for dressing up (and down) short hair. –– Laura Martin 

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It’s almost August and summer is starting to wind down. Signs for back to schools sales and sweaters are starting to appear in stores. Of course, we still have weeks of sunshine to enjoy, barbecues to attend, and beach excursions to revel in, but if you want a new shape for fall, it’s a great time to start collecting inspiration. Whether you went short for the summer or are contemplating a chic crop for autumn, this bob-pixie hybrid is the perfect choice. Length up top with short sides and back is a great transition shape whether you’re going longer or shorter. A rich caramel base with lighter lengths around the face gives summer blonde a subtle push toward autumn. Read on for simple steps to getting the look. –– Laura Martin 

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English rose, Sienna Miller, was a vision of bohemian beauty at last night’s BMW i3 launch event. Wearing a floral dress as pretty as a petal, her face-framing, center-parted, shoulder-hanging layer cut features a barely-there wave cascade that drifts down the sides of her cheekbones and chin, lips and eyes. Casual yet refined, this is a look that anyone with long layers can recreate. For our tips, click style notes.

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