From the daily archives: "Monday, March 17, 2014"

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This adorable box bob with blunt, deep set bangs employs an artfully diffused, tapered texture to bring modernity to a classic cut. The full straight fringe creates width around the temples, which puts eyes into the spotlight; loose, wispy texture looks carefree yet refined, while the length is in the perfect place to add strength to the jawline. Topped off with a headband that defines the fringe and adds a touch of height to the crown, this darling style is playful, quaint, quirky –– and tailor made for the girl about town. Learn more about it in the style notes.

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Hairdressers work tirelessly to perfect their blow-drying skills, often taking technical classes to learn proven techniques for creating beautiful bounce and smoothness. But you don’t have to go to beauty school to steal their know how. With the proper pointers you too can achieve salon-like smoothness at home. Click through to style notes to find out how. –– Michelle Rotbart

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French women are famous for their effortless chic: perfect scarves, sleek silhouettes, and a love of neutral hues. This preference for understated beauty came out on the runways in soft palettes, minimal makeup, and mussed, minimal waves. This texture feels lived-in, almost accidental. Paired with an off-center part and soft shine, it’s the hair version of barely-there makeup. Learn how to create it at home in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Take your blonde to the next level with a touch of iridescent shimmer. Violet is often used as a toner for blonde because it cuts residual yellow pigment, but this shade takes it further, leaving pale shades with a lilac reflection. The color is a step down from pastel, giving platinum a fashionable twist that’s sophisticated and subtle. Read of for the professional formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

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