From the daily archives: "Tuesday, September 17, 2013"

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The braided looks on the runways last week came in a variety of shapes and styles, but there were common elements. Entwines are sleeker than in past seasons, less romantic and more exotic. The plaited shapes were smaller, tighter, and often pinned up. The style shown above made its appearance at the show of up-and-coming designer, Tia Cibani. Smooth wet-looking roots and a splash of bright fabric enhanced the high and tight style. Combining the vivid sensibilities of Frieda Kahlo with the crisp elegance of a ballerina bun, this style proves a perfect blend of drama and polish. Learn how to recreate it at home in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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New York Fashion Week may be over, but only after the couture chaos can we evaluate the major trends for the coming season. I’m excited to say that my pre NYFW analysis was correct –– curls and texture will continue through to next season. Many of my favorite designers showed interpretations of big curls, inspired by decades committed to big hair. Eternally bohemian designer, Anna Sui, showed pre-Raphaelite curls, matching the inspiration behind her collection. At Reem Acra, the look was big disco-party-inspired seventies hair. Jenny Packham presented romantic and soft Edwardian inspired curls. You don’t have to wait till spring to start wearing your hair curly, click through to style notes to see recommendations on wearing them now. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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This choppy shape retains a bobbed silhouette while reducing weight and adding playfulness. Unlike a classic flapper crop which has an unbroken surface, this playful shape is all about movement. Lots of layers and weightless ends combine for a soft, sexy shape. You can even make it feel like a pixie by tucking the front pieces behind the ears. Read on for tips on achieving this versatile cropped cut. –– Laura Martin

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A recent move, the need for a change, a hairdresser that’s disappeared to a new salon, there are lots of reason’s that you may be searching for a new stylist. Whether your in a small town or a big city, the task can be daunting. This is not a time for trial and error. Twelve years in the salon industry have taught me a lot about what makes a good stylists: strong communication, attention to personal style, a passion for education, and knowledge of current trends are all important qualities. Over the years I’ve developed a system for finding the right stylist. Read my steps in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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