From the daily archives: "Thursday, July 11, 2013"

blake

A wonderful summer look from celebrity stunner, Blake Lively. The mix of bejeweled pencil skirt, tight tank top, and tousled tresses exudes red carpet style and class combined with breezy and easy summer trends. For anyone with length, the artfully rumpled hair is actually quite simple to do. The none-too-perfect finish can be achieved with a blowdryer, hands, and product; its sexy negligence is suited to fashion and beauty trends, and to laid-back summer days. For tips on achieving a similar look, click style notes.

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redhair1

Red is so striking. It is such a distinctive color that it immediately defines the personality of that person. And reds offer you lots of variety with tones in the orange, violet, and blonde ranges, which gives you loads of scope to be creative and get a one-of-a-kind, individual look. If you want to join the trend for red, there’s a few options. You can go for a single-process, which gives you one shade of red all over, you can get high or low lights, and you can also try an ombre effect. For more tips on turning hair red, click style notes.

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microbraids

The past few seasons are synonymous with the resurgence of braids; seen in editorials, blogs, and on runways, entwines have gone from fad to must-have. A new era of twining brings with it a variety of interesting plaits, like the asymmetry-creating side-braids. As the evolution continues, we are now seeing micro braids on the catwalks, in magazines, and on the street. Used to decorate simple styles, micro braids are quick and easy to do, chic and beatnik, and you don’t have to be a weaving master to look great. Click through to style notes to learn how to create some of my favorites itsy-bitsy braided looks. –– Michelle Rotbart 

bob

When Vidal Sassoon came into the beauty industry in the 1950s, everything was about styling. Hair cuts were shaped the way canvas is cut to stretch on a frame, as a prelude to creation. But almost singlehandedly, Sassoon changed hair from fabric to sculpture, using his shears to craft shapes that enhanced features without hours of setting, teasing, and pinning. His revolutionary methods changed the industry and for many stylists, Sassoon is still an inspiration. The looks pictured here are re-imagined versions of some of his most famous styles. Click the style notes to see the original looks and learn more about the power of precision cutting. –– Laura Martin

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