From the daily archives: "Thursday, August 29, 2013"

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This casual take on an updo is a perfect way to transition into Fall. A loose top-knot, blunt bangs, and some free-wheeling strands create a chic autumnal look for the girl on the go. Keeping hair off the face is great for exposing the features, while updos provide an illusion of lift for cheekbones and chin, lips and eyes. For tips on recreating this fashion-forward look, click style notes.

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Curl is easiest to attain in the summer when humidity gives texture a natural boost, but as the air starts to cool, curls loosen, creating a barely-there undulation. Softly rippled texture has a loose, natural romance that adds easy elegance to any look. Unlike beach waves which tend to give the hair volume, undone waves have a leaner silhouette. The texture works especially well when worn with a neat center part which provides a structural element to the organic style. Read on for tips and product recommendations to create this trending texture. –– Laura Martin 

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It’s a common misconception that vivid hair color is a modern phenomenon. When the first perms came out in the 1930s, tinted solutions were all the rage (the photo on the top left shows an award winning example). By the 1950s women were using dye to cover their grays and experiment with all sorts of fashion tones. The image on the bottom left shows an add for a color called “Blue Vixen.” The vivd hue was considered elegant and stylish as were other vibrant tones: pink, violet, and even yellow. As unnatural hues return to the mainstream, we can learn a lot about their possibilities by revisiting the past. Get your own vintage inspired shade in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin 

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With a heavy sigh and meandering steps, I’m preparing to kiss summer adieu. In a last ditch effort to hold on to the sunny season, I’m skipping town for Labor Day weekend and heading to paradise. I know from my previous adventures with the TSA to pack light and only take the essentials, but there’s no excuse for limp strands or bad hair days. So what is a girl to do? Whether you’re staying home to wash your hair or are off on your own end of summer escapade, click style notes to see what I’m packing for the weekend.  –– Michelle Rotbart 

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