From the daily archives: "Wednesday, November 6, 2013"


The trend for contemporary shades of pastel-gelato hair color is more suited to summer than winter. But for those intent of keeping a candy-coat through the cold season the best options are variations of lavender; there’s something about these tones that pairs perfectly with the snowy backdrops of winterly days, creating exquisite ethereal beauty. For tips on achieving mauve, purple or pale blue at the salon, click style notes.

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I try to avoid beauty faux-paus like hat hair. The price of keeping your head warm can come with an awful consequence of flat and limp strands, which usually makes me avoid the accessory. But as the temperature drops and I set my sartorial sights on autumn, I’m excited for all of the chic and stylish options of headgear. I’ve seen numerous runway options making their way down to the street. Fedoras, newsboys, cloches and berets are keeping fashionistas cozy and chic. Click through to style notes to see the best lids dominating the season. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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A wide, heavy bang can be intimidating if you’ve never had fringe, but this elongated shape has lots of advantages. Traditionally, bangs fall just past the outside corner of the eyes, but these go further, widening to the edge of the temples. The result opens the face for a more youthful appearance that emphasizes cheekbones and makes eyes look bigger. The shape works with a variety of lengths from bob to long layer. Read on for tips on getting the look and styling it at home. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Ask your stylist for a wide, blunt fringe. Elongated versions that sit just above the eyelid are flattering for long faces. Shorter lengths will elongate wide face shapes and soften long jawlines.

Step 2: At home, mist bangs with set and style spray and comb straight down while wet, using the wide teeth of a comb to establish direction.

Step 3: Point the nozzle if your dryer straight down from above the bang. Dry flat against the head using a comb for control. When all moisture is removed, spritz with primp working spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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Hair that is lighter on the surface and darker at its edges plays with the natural effects of light and shadow. Back in the early 2000s there were a lot of extreme versions of this look, bright blondes paired with dark brown or vivid red for a bold high-contrast effect. The contemporary version is softer, with a blended line of demarcation between hues within the same family of color. The technique enhances braided and curled looks and intensifies thickness and texture. Read on for steps to getting the look. –– Laura Martin 

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