From the daily archives: "Wednesday, August 28, 2013"

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Three things needed to be a bad boy rock star: Leather jacket, white T-shirt, highlights. One may mock, but it was the Punks that started the trend, and nobody messes with them. At the VMAs, Jared Leto agreed. The style is a men’s long layer shape, with a masculine short to long feel. By eliminating bulk and creating a strong perimeter, it feels both soft and textured. But it’s the macho ombre that will be remembered. Jared’s dark brown roots blend to dirty blonde ends, lightening the face for a tough macho take on modern beauty trends. To learn how to get this I-just-trashed-the-hotel-room look, click style notes.

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Back in 2010, Patty Stranger of The Millionaire Matchmaker announced that men don’t like girls with curly, wavy, or kinky hair, stating that texture “just looks messy.” She advised clients to flat-iron and thermally condition their natural locks to attract a mate. Her anti-curl politics caused riots among the wavy haired community––some even calling to boycott the show. In research, and –– most importantly –– in personal dating experience, men actually prefer tousled styles. According to work done by the dailymail.com, men claim to prefer women with “soft, natural, and touchable styles over groomed looks.” The study also says that 79 percent of men polled admitted to loving to run their fingers through a women’s locks. So the next time you’re headed for a date, put down the flat-iron and let your hair down; your strands will thank you and you’ll never look like you’re trying too hard to make a good first impression. For tips and tricks on the achieving the best date hair, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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One of the best things about having a bob is versatility. The cut is long enough to style with hot tools and short enough to dry quickly and hold shape easily. Bobs have an interesting ability to capture a variety of moods; they can look posh, playful, wild, or innocent depending on how they’re finished. These four styles offer dramatically different takes on the shape. Read on for steps to adapting this classic style to how you want to look and feel each new day. –– Laura Martin 

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Purple has been associated with royalty since 1900 BC, when the people of Crete used mollusk mucus to dye their clothing. The colorant was rare and expensive, and soon became a fad amongst the elite in Egypt and Rome. Even today, violet hues elicit a sense of richness and rarity. It is a shade that appears infrequently in nature, and is actually more difficult for your eye to perceive than other colors. Giving your strands a dose of dark, luxuriant violet adds sumptuous splendor to your mane. Read on for tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

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