From the daily archives: "Wednesday, July 24, 2013"

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As our style noted blog is closely connected to ARROJO NYC, one of the world’s premier hair salons, we can lean on the experience and expertise of a world-renowned team of master stylists. This week, we got to talking about the most common questions heard from clients with regard to hair color. The answers will help anyone with applied hair color better care for their dye, and provides a range of insights for those who may be considering a dynamic new hue. Get the questions and answers in the style notes.

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Tight, scalp-hugging braids offer a wide range of possible styles and illusions. Use them to create faux undercuts, partings, and updos. The technique provides versatility and control, whether applied to a full head or a single row. They’re especially good for hassle-free summer shapes, and they’re easier to create than you think. Read on for my detailed steps to creating sleek, customizable braids. –– Laura Martin 

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Chrissy Teigen sizzled at this past weekend’s Beach Bunny Show at Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week. An on trend white crop top and tight skirt with crochet details showed off her great figure, and the bombshell look was made complete by Chrissy’s amazing punk inspired side-swept beach waves. Asymmetry is a great way to frame the face; Chrissy’s ‘do shows off her bone structure within a romantic and modern, trendsetting style. To learn how to emulate this stellar look, click through to style notes.  — Michelle Rotbart 

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Something about warm weather and sunshine gives people the urge to go lighter and brighter. Blonde is beachy, soft, and playful –– perfect for the season. But blonde can also be unforgiving. The wrong shade can leave you looking washed out, tired, or blotchy; in fact, it can be one of the most difficult colors to pull off. The reason is simple: unlike darker shades which contain a mixture of tones, light colors contain less pigment and therefore less complexity. A chocolate brown, for example, contains ash, copper, and gold hues, so it can work with warm, cool, and neutral skin, but a buttery blonde is just golden and won’t work on ruddy or olive complexions. So it’s a challenge to get the right pastel shade, but there is a pale color out there for everyone. Read on to find the right shade for you with celebrity examples of flattering shades for every complexion. –– Laura Martin 

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