From the daily archives: "Monday, July 21, 2014"

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Over the last month or so I’ve begun to notice hair heading in some new directions. My friends with bobs are growing them longer or wearing them fuller, wind-blown curls seem to be everywhere, and I’ve developed an addiction to dry shampoo. Volume is making a comeback, a big one. As we head into fall, we’re going to be seeing a return of bouncy, flouncy strands. Stay ahead of the trend with this bloused ponytail and expanded chignon. Get step-by-step instructions in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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bobby pins

A beautiful hairstyle doesn’t just happen. There’s usually some framework behind it, and often the base that holds it all together is a bobby pin. It’s the resident go-to of any style toolbox, but it doesn’t always get all the credit it deserves. So we decided to showcase the bobby pin’s value. And we’re doing one better than Mary-Kate (the it-girl is known to have a five bobby pin or less rule); we’re bringing you three summer hairstyles that use three bobby pins or less. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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If you covet the easy-going style of icons like Bridgette Bardot and Jane Birkin, then this is your perfect bang. A long fringe frames the face, softens strong makeup and provides a peekaboo effect. The secret to the sultry look is texture ends that bend and separate, for a quirky, laid back finish and lash-dusting length. You want to be flicking the ends out of your eyes; trust us, it’s part of the charm. Click the style notes for tips on getting and styling this iconic fringe. –– Laura Martin

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Dark strands aglow with deep golden light have a lovely beachy quality. This look is best achieved by hand painting with color instead of lightening and toning. This technique will control the amount of lift, and fade less, so you don’t end up with blond tips over time. Using color also minimizes damage and keeps hair shiny. Learn more about creating this look, and get formulation recommendations, in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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