From the daily archives: "Wednesday, January 29, 2014"

beyonce-grammys

If you’re still crying a river for the musical death knell that was the Grammy’s, at least you can take heart in Beyoncé’s awe-inspiring, bombshell beautiful bob. Her chin-length look was perfectly placed to frame her fetching features, but it is the color and the texture that really gets us going. From dark roots, notice the natural-looking graduation of tone that takes in shades of chocolate and caramel before transitioning to a flaxen with brightness and pop. The textural beach waves add volume and bounce, visual interest, and the nonchalance of the prettiest girl at the party. Whether your hair is naturally straight or comes with a hereditary curl, achieving this artful texture is easier than what you may think. For our styling tips, click notes.

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mens trends

Men’s apparel has evolved passed blasé khakis, polos, and oxfords and on to more streamlined and interesting pieces. Hair has gone with it. 2014 will be a year of progression, inspired by throwback culture and music the looks will evolve from prim slicked-back styles to easy, looser shapes. Want to be in the know on the year’s best and most fashionable looks? Click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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A pair of neat braids framing the face is classic and bold, a no-nonsense style perfect for blazing new trails. The look feels both girlish and serious. It’s a casual way to finish off any informal look from boho dress to oversized sweatshirt. Try this style with a classic three-strand technique, or use a four or five-strand braid to create a wider weave. Read the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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Radiant orchid is an enchanting combination of cool violet and vivid pink combined to form a mystical, expressive shade. According to Pantone, the color “encourages expanded creativity and originality,” quite a promise for a single hue. Since this shade falls somewhere between warm and cool, it has both calming and invigorating effects. Maybe it can make you more original…or at least inspire confidence and happiness. Read on for tips on adding this shade to your strand and a customized formulation. –– Laura Martin 

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