From the daily archives: "Tuesday, July 16, 2013"

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An earthy and natural brunette, Emma Roberts’ latest makeover takes her from girl next door to too hot to trot. The two-part change incorporates a California girl flaxen tone and long and flowing real hair extensions, together creating more of a bombshell wow-factor for the ambitious young actress. After her new ‘do, Emma tweeted: “Blondes have more fun!” If you think she’s right, and want to board the train to extensions that say Hot Damn, click style notes for tips.

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Trends provide both inspiration and frustration with their constant invitation to reinvent. There are moments when fashion seems to sync perfectly with our best assets, and times when the current styles are impossible or unflattering. This season’s number one hair trend, the bob, is a low maintenance, flattering look for straight textures, but can prove frustrating for curly and wavy hair, where blunt lines and short lengths can create an unflattering, triangular shape. But don’t despair, some clever weight removal can make this shape work for even the wildest of coils. The cuts featured above show clever solutions that remove bulk and add movement for curl-customized chin length looks. Read on for tips on getting a clever, texture-appropriate adaptation and making it look great. — Laura Martin

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The complex color patterns and tonal combinations present in feathers and fur have been inspiring artists for centuries, but translating them to hair is more challenging than one would think (just google leopard print hair if you need examples). But here, vibrant ochre, sepia and ecru combined in overlapping panels with the lightest shades on the interior provide a shimmering, animated pelt. If you want to create something similar, read on for my professional formulas and tips on placement. — Laura Martin 

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celeb pixie cuts

Long locks are always a do, but when you’re ready to ditch the mermaid hair and be Audrey Hepburn chic, it’s time to don the pixie cut. The short style was first popularized in the late 1950s, mostly inspired by Audrey and Mia Farrow. The style is having a resurgence in popularity today. Open a magazine or watch a show, and one of your favorite celebrities will be wearing a short do. Dare to wear your hair short, whether feminine or sassy. Click through to style notes to take inspiration from the best celebrity pixie looks. –– Michelle Rotbart