From the daily archives: "Wednesday, September 4, 2013"

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On this eve of Fashion Week, I’ve quickly noticed that New York’s Spring 2014 dossier is made up mostly of contemporary brands. Think 3.1 Phillip Lim, Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, and Alexander Wang. These innovative designers make everyday style luxurious yet nonchalant, just like I love to wear my hair. And to rock the coolest threads, one needs the coolest contemporary tresses.  Click through to style notes to see how to complete your fashionable look with just the right style. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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Synonymous with the men who made the music of the 1950s, the rockabilly quiff is making a comeback. As the musical genre blends rock and roll and country music, its quintessential hairstyle has returned with a mix of the masculine and the feminine, creating one of autumn’s hottest styles for women and girls. If you’re feeling your glam-rock fashionista, if you want a hip, urban twist to your pretty girl look, this style will Rock Around the Clock. For our tips on shaping the style, click notes.

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Modern free spirited shapes that embrace natural texture have given curls a new found freedom. In fact, even straight haired ladies are embracing the trend, coiling their tresses with wands and irons, enhancing their movement with styling products, and even embracing long lasting options like American Wave. But as much as we love waves and ringlets, we understand that sometimes change is good, and even those who embrace their natural texture sometimes want a sleek finish. But curling straight cuts or smoothing coils can transform your signature shape in strange and unpleasant ways, creating weird triangles or heavy lines of weight. If you enjoy transforming your texture, you need a cut that’s designed to work both ways. Read on for steps to achieving a style that will maximize versatility. –– Laura Martin

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Brunettes often fear red and with good reason, red-brown shades frequently result from poor formulation, under-deposit, or exposed contributing pigments. They can look orangish, like an overcooked carrot, or too purple, like a healing bruise, but red-brown tones can also be beautiful. In the right proportion, and with good formulation and thorough application, red undertones will give shiny, toffee-hued richness to brunette bases. In fact, red is the only way to get a truly warm brown, yellow pigments simply aren’t strong enough to warm up dark hues. Which means, you guessed it, that your favorite golden brown has a little bit of red in it. Read on for tips and the formulation for this beautiful warm chestnut. –– Laura Martin

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