From the daily archives: "Wednesday, August 20, 2014"

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The trend for twines mean –– whether it was a halo, side or double-back –– we’ve all tried them on over the last year of two. But Jessica Lowndes has found a new way to braid. The actress and singer takes inspiration from punk fashions, yet creates an every woman look. The 90210 star styled her long straight locks into a single-strand French braid that slides from center-front to center-back, creating a chic take on the faux hawk. The combo of the polished braid and sleek lengths portrays bold style, while the lustrous high shine adds just enough of a ladylike touch to keep the look feminine. Learn to recreate this style in the notes.

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I love scarves. I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to them in my apartment. I’ve spent countless hours watching videos about how to tie them. But the truth is I feel a little limited as a 30-something American woman. Scarves just look better on women who are French or over fifty. I try to keep mine youthful by tying them in a fluffy bows, embellishing them with a whimsical pin, or using them as an elegant hair accessory. This covered bun is a charming alternative to simple wrapping a scarf into a headband or turban and works with even the smallest kerchief. Click the style notes for step by step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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coconut oil

Coconut oil is the summer’s IT ingredient. Girls-about-town like Miranda Kerr and Zoe Kravitz swear by it, and women everywhere are literally slathering it on. Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that are great for the body. Many high-end beauty products have been using the oil for everything from brightening skin to enhancing hair’s natural beauty. Click through to style notes to see our favorite coconut products we love. –– Michelle Rotbart

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natural hair

Is the struggle of forcing our hair to behave finally over? According to a recent Times article data collected by Experian Marketing Services is suggesting that women are embracing their natural hair texture. Women however are still going to the salon, because according to the article, salon revenue growth is expected to rise an average of 3.3 percent, hitting $49.3 billion by 2017. Isn’t is nice to hear that the fight may finally be over? Click through to style notes to get a mini lesson on how to enhance your own natural texture. –– Michelle Rotbart

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