From the daily archives: "Monday, March 3, 2014"


The Oscars elicit imagery of old Hollywood glamor, like Veronica Lake’s retro wave cascade. Typically, today’s celebs either recreate these looks faithfully, or change it up completely with newfangled fashions. But Jennifer Garner managed an elegant juxtaposition between the old and the new with this soft and sultry, side-swept wave. It pays homage to the asymmetrical shape of the vintage waves of Tinsel Town, yet features a much softer, free-flowing feeling than those carved and controlled ‘S’ shapes; and rather than being tucked all the way back, the short side of the part is left loose, for a subtly askew face-frame. For styling tips, click notes.

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on personal style

Last week I took a spontaneous flight from Kennedy to LAX. I left New York’s frigid chill wearing city essentials like a big cashmere scarf, structured jacket, ballet flats, and a chignon. I arrived to a sun in the seventies and I suddenly felt self-conscious. My clothes were too formal; hair too done. The girls in LA weren’t tailored, they were Lauren Conrad types, decked out in a tiered skirt, flat sandals, and wavy unwashed hair. To me my look was nonchalant but the girls I observed donned extreme unconcerned style––they were amazing. I thought to myself, how can I channel this same attitude? To find out, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Wild texture, natural waves, and asymmetry are the hallmarks of this new styling trend. Volume, disheveled ends, and unusual shapes feel adventurous and innovative, giving spring looks a devil-may-care attitude. Wind blown wisps pair beautifully with natural makeup and muted colors. This texture trend will give your look an earthy, feminine twist. Click the style notes detailed instructions. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Massage a handful of styling whip into damp roots and mist all over with protective thickening lotion. Dry with a diffuser, lifting at roots and shaking through with fingers to maximize texture.

Step 2: When all moisture is removed, add refinish dry shampoo, misting hair all over in short bursts.

Step 3: To enhance curls, scrunch in a light spray of healing oil, focusing on ends. Braid, pin, or tousle as desired. Finish completed look with primp.

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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This delicate shade of peach is a mix of icy blond and rose gold that creates a delicate, muted pastel. The ethereal shade offers a unique twist on the blonde trend; it’s fashion forward without being too dramatic. Pair it with a classic cut and bright pink lips for a perfectly feminine spring look. Click the style notes for application tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

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