From the daily archives: "Monday, October 14, 2013"
Fashionable beauty maven and one of our favorite muses, Lauren Conrad got engaged to her beau, William Tell, this past weekend. While we eagerly await her hairstyle for the big day, we thought it the perfect time to take a look at some of her best beauty moments. Her braided headband is an elegant and chic everyday hairstyle; the cross between a chignon and a beehive raises the profile of her cheekbones and chin for a night on the town; the soft, drop down waves make her a seventies beach babe; and the flouncy waterfall of loose blonde curls are as feminine as they are fabulous. Together they show why Lauren is a hairstyle star: She knows how to dress tresses up for any occasion, add personal touches, and nod to trends –– all while adding youthfulness and beauty each and every time. For quick tips on shaping these styles, click style notes…
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Lifestyle website, The Coveteur, recently featured fashion’s favorite twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The girls have serious style credentials because, instead of blindly following trends, they’ve cultivated their own image. These girls head up two successful fashion brands, are masters of the is it vintage or is it designer look, and have the insouciant hair to match. Both seem blessed with great texture and natural wave, without looking like they spend time perfecting the tousle of their tresses. The Coveteur revealed that Mary-Kate even has a no more than five hair pin rule –– an admirable commitment to nonchalance. Want hair like the twins? I do, so I practiced making loose wavy textures. I found it is easy-to-do with the right products and tricks; for my tips on getting hair like the Olsen’s, click style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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With Halloween approaching I’ve been thinking about new ways to transform my hair, for costumes, but also to spice up my everyday look. Freeform applications of chalk or spray offer quick-as-a-flash change-ups, and give a fashionable watercolor quality to strands. And with a touch of creativity these DIY hair colorants offer many other possible finishes. By using cutouts you can create dots, stripes, checks, and a multitude of other shapes and patterns and textures. Whether donned for a costume or a night on the town, stenciled splashes of color are fun and surprisingly easy to create. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →