From the daily archives: "Tuesday, March 4, 2014"

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Kate Hudson has been on the Hollywood Oscars week party circuit in an array of top-notch fashions and styles. We love her take on the top-knot. Rather than pairing with blunt bangs, which is what all the girls are doing, she makes a point of difference by sweeping hair away from the face, with just a few wispy strands enhancing the face-frame. Great for second day hair, and for creating an illusion of lift for cheekbones and chin, you can make this casual yet elegant and hip look your go-to spring style with our tips, which are in the style notes…

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wedding hair dos

As spring begins to blossom, wedding invitations are sure to arrive in your mailbox. Though you may have the perfect dress and an even a more perfect date you should opt for imperfect hair. While wedding day ‘dos once required several cans of hairspray and plenty of bobby pins, today the modern bride and guests want to appear more like themselves. This means simple loose braids, low chignons or ponytails, and a little bit of a tousled crown. You can even finish the look with some dazzle by adding in an ornate pin or jeweled headband. A little glitz combined with rumpled hair will make for a gorgeous, memorable look. To get tips and tricks, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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The popularity of short hairstyles is growing. Bobs and pixies are classic, youthful and flattering for a variety of faces. But short lengths can be challenging if your hair is thick, textured, or unruly. For those with strong cowlicks, high density, course textures, or uneven curl patterns, short shapes can be challenging to manage. Thankfully, a well-placed undercut can solve all of these problems. Undercuts don’t have to be dramatic, or even visible; they’re a great trick for getting sleek, more manageable hair. Learn more about the magic of undercuts in the style notes. ––Laura Martin

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Ombre has evolved a lot in the last few years. We’ve seen versions soft and extreme, from dip-dye to gentle monochromatic melts, but only recently has this technique made it’s way into shorter shapes. On bobs and pixie cuts ombre takes on new dimensions, blending color around the head instead of just top to bottom. Dark roots and gradient lightness show off variations in length and add dimension to short cuts. Click the style notes to learn more about adding blended hues to your short shape. –– Laura Martin

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