From the daily archives: "Wednesday, August 7, 2013"

hair brush

Whether one wants to increase tousle, smoothness or shine, show off character traits, or just have a style, since the beginning of time, women have looked for ways to beautify their manes. That begat the hair brush –– or at least crude ancient tools made of bone or shell. Happily, they’ve evolved. Today, hair brushes serve more than just styling purposes; they provide multiple benefits to hair and scalp. Choosing the right brush is important for creating healthy hair, shine, and a gorgeous, manageable style. Click through to style notes to learn which brush is best for you. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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Although fedoras are typically associated with gangsters and private investigators, the style was originally favored by turn of the (20th) century women. First worn in its eponymous opera, the fedora soon became a favorite trend, worn exclusively by women until the 1920s. In lightweight straw and pastel shades, this jaunty accessory adds style to any ensemble, and remains fearlessly feminine. Read on for tips on selection and complementary styling. –– Laura Martin

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When ombre first came into style, one of the things it was touted as was a low maintenance replacement for traditional highlights, but at first, no one seemed to be testing the waters. Girls wearing the faded effect would still get regular touch ups, and the transition form dark to light stayed within a few inches of the root. This summer, however, I’ve seen a lot of girls letting their painted ends grow and lighten. The resulting looks have brightness and pop, not around the face, but near the edge. Showing off texture and diffusing weight, this grown-out dip dye has turned into its own trend. Read on for my professional tips on getting your own corona of light. –– Laura Martin

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