From the daily archives: "Monday, July 15, 2013"

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Ponytails are a girls best friend. Whatever the weather, wherever the occasion, good hair day or bad, the pony offers style and class. It raises hair up off the face, lifting cheekbones to create an elongated, polished look. Typically, the choice is between high or low. Low ponytails are usually more sophisticated, and perhaps most appropriate for a daytime look; high ponies have more drama, making them perfect for a nighttime ‘do. If you are bored with the standards, a textured pony is a more creative look ––an easy, playful and feminine way to keep things interesting. Click through style notes for tips on making textured ponies that you can own…

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George Lucas, writer and director of the Star Wars films, claims that the “cinnamon bun” hairstyle worn by his female heroine was based a look popular with Mexican revolutionaries at the turn of the 20th century. The style has sparked endless parody, and much criticism, but it’s also one of the most memorable film hairstyles ever created. The perfect center part and slick roots have a severity and seriousness that combines intriguingly with the girlish whimsy of the ear-covering buns. This blend of strictness and youthful femininity is still worth emulating, and small changes in proportion and texture modernize the look. Read on for simple steps to looking like a warrior princess. — Laura Martin

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In the 1950s Veronica Lake rose to fame for her sultry femme fatale roles in the popular film noir genre. Veronica is also fondly remembered for her sultry asymmetrical swept to the side red carpet hair. Today, the look is inspiring not only luxurious waves but voluminous side braids. As seen on the runway and editorials, voluminous braids are a chic way to keep hair out of your face, channel your inner starlet, and get the gorgeous asymmetrical face-frame that Veronica made famous –– but in a modern and creative way. To get this fashionable do, click through to style notes. — Michelle Rotbart 

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Cool, sweet and classic, sherbet is a sorbet’s fluffier, creamier cousin. The bright fruity treat comes in a rainbow of tempting pastel hues that are served alone or combined in luscious swirls. Blending pale tones in curved lines and organic patterns gives a pretty, watercolor effect to these looks. Create these playful washes easily using hair chalk, or paint on shades with tinted conditioners. Read on for tips and tricks to getting a blend of soft intermingled shades. — Laura Martin 

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