From the daily archives: "Thursday, August 8, 2013"

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Beyonce’s curls are deliciously enviable and part of her signature style, so this short hair makeover from the bootylicious diva is something of a surprise. Although it’s hardly ideal for the wind machine, we like it a lot. The side-parted pixie is kept soft and playful to retain femininity, while adding strength and definition to the face. One of the best things about short styles is their versatility. Beyonce could wear this look spiked or smooth, messy or sleek –– and it would still look just as good. For tips on maintaining your own short style, click notes.

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The beehive is a style that’s tricky to wear on the street. It looks great in print and strutting down a catwalk, maybe even in a nightclub, but in the light of day, it’s a bigger statement than most people can pull off. Maybe that’s why, despite multiple season’s of purported love for the beehive, there haven’t been many exhibits on the street. But the trend has still made an impact, influencing softer, paired-down versions like this cute, half-up style. Teased volume at the crown is softened with long, flowing lengths for a modern shape that draws inspiration from fashion icon, Bridgette Bardot. Read on for tips to achieving this charming, retro shape like Steffy of Steffy’s Pros and Cons–– Laura Martin

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For women, hair is more than just filamentous biomaterial that grows on our heads. It’s a part of our personality and lifestyle, it’s a signature of our identity, it reflects our sense of fashion, it’s our crowning glory. We go through numerous tedious routines to achieve the most enviable, shiniest, and healthiest locks. We consult hairstylists, purchase products, learn techniques with tools –– and all because we want the most luscious hair of all of our friends. So when the compliments aren’t coming, we get cross. Picking this up, Huffington Post put together the 50 Things You Should Never Say to a Woman About Her Hair. Many struck a chord; click style notes for the top ten remarks I never (again) want to hear said about me. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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The original images of Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland show her with slicked back wavy hair tied with a wide ribbon. As the narrative progresses her bow is lost, but when Disney made the story into an animated film the bow returned, and the thick black band added a somber hint to Alice’s blonde hair, powered blue frock and crisp white pinafore. The wide lines of the ribbon tied neatly at the top of her head reveal carefulness and practicality, and although Alice exhibits many childish traits throughout the story, she handles each bizarre encounter with impressive composure. Although a bow may seem an immature accessory, Alice proved it can also be serious and sophisticated if worn the right way; read on to find out how.–– Laura Martin

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