From the daily archives: "Tuesday, January 7, 2014"

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Milkmaid braids and twined crowns are great ways to turn your weaving skills into a beautiful, dressed-up look, but there’s no need to stop there. Pinned and piled, braids can produce an wide variety of looks. The examples pictured above are created by cleverly arranging a simple three-strand plait or fishtail, transforming a casual braid into a sophisticated updo in a few simple steps. Read on to learn how it’s done. –– Laura Martin 

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For most women, hair is a crowning glory. A favorite beauty accessory, it can be primped, woven, curled, or sleeked. But don’t forget there’s other hair on your head that women love to primp––eyelashes. Swipe on some mascara for instant volume and fullness and you’re ready for the day. With a killer combination of voluminous hair and lashes you’ll take down the world. But what do you know about the little hairs on your head? Click through to style notes for five interesting facts about your lashes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Face shape is often cited as one of the most important factors when selecting hairstyles, makeup, and glasses. Fashion mags publish countless articles on what different forms can and can’t wear, and how to determine which shape you are. But many of these articles are contradictory. For example, I’ve seen the beautiful Jessica Alba called oval, square, and oblong. I’ve been doing hair for thirteen years and I’ve never worried about face shape, because every face is different, and a good haircut is all about highlighting each person’s best features. Figuring out your shape is tricky, and it doesn’t really matter if you are a heart, diamond or triangle. But, taking note of your face’s proportions will make you better at picking out the best hairstyles. Learn more in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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