From the daily archives: "Thursday, August 1, 2013"

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Above the shoulder cuts are usually worn sleek and smooth, but adding flouncy volume and tousle and flow is a great way to dress up a mid-length style. Buoyant waves and swooshing side parts show a 1960s influence, while paying homage to the current trend for modern bob-length cuts. This style works best on shapes that sit on or above the shoulder; with the style in place you can use a brush and a blow-dryer, or a curling iron or wand, to add artful texture. Click through the style notes for tips on achieving these vivacious looks.

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Back in 2010 the biggest trend in tresses was the asymmetrical side-shave. Musicians like Cassie, Rihanna, and Pink popularized the 1980’s punk-inspired haircut –– worn by their musical predecessors Salt N Pepa and T.Boz. This summer, the trend has moved beyond a shaven side and on to a fully shaved head. Seen on it-girls Agynesss Deyn, Amber Rose, and Solonage Knowles, the look is severe, bold, and (apparently) can even make you feel more feminine. Wondering if you can pull off a shaven look? Click style notes for our thoughts on who it suits, and how to wear it. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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Short cuts always have an element of androgyny but these slick shapes play it up with strong edges and clean-cut styling. The pointed perimeters at the cheekbone have the structural emphasis of a sideburn while the deep side part and smooth surface give the shape a dapper touch. A smokey eye or bold lip provides just the right amount of contrast –– like the sexy appeal of a pair of boyfriend jeans paired with a slinky top. Read on for steps to achieving this bold, confident look. –– Laura Martin 

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What do Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Barbara Stanwick, and Nicole Kidman have in common? They all wore an interpretation of the same powerfully sexy style while playing fierce femme fatales. Sultry and stern, a hard-edged long bob with square fringe is just right for a commanding, butt-kicking heroine. The shoulder-dusting length walks the line between long haired femininity and short haired toughness while the bangs place emphasis on seductive eyes and add a touch of noir charm. Get this cinematic look in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin 

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