From the daily archives: "Wednesday, September 17, 2014"

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Girls love to brush their hair until it shines. Yet with the zeitgeist for lived-in looks, disheveled textures, and trendy tousle it’s easy to forget the power of a straight styles to bring drama, brilliance, radiance and glister. Happily, Mila Kunis is holding the fort for the beauty of scintillating straight hairstyles. Notice how her part is very slightly off of center; this is a smart move because unless your profile is perfectly symmetrical, and that’s unlikely, a perfect center-parting splits the face right down the middle, which is too severe for almost all of us. There’s a lot more we can learn about creating straight styles like Mila’s; get some starters in the style notes.

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In fashion and beauty, it’s all about the next big thing, and though the last year has been shaped by the bob, we’re predicting it’s time for a new IT look––the rock star shag. Seen at last week’s Anna Sui show, the shag was inspired by rock and roll legends like Jimmy Page, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, according to the designer’s beauty team. The models donned great piece-y texture that was super cool, not beachy or Victoria Secret like, instead it was pure rock star or at least rock star girlfriend. Care to try on the next big thing? Click through to style notes to find out what you need to know. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Dull, brittle strands can ruin even the most beautiful color or stylish cut. Some causes of damage are obvious––over-coloring, heat styling, over-washing––but other sources of harm are less evident. When you add hairspray, how often you wear updos, and the way you use a brush can all have an impact on the health of your mane. Click the style notes to learn more about protecting your strands from accidental abuse. –– Laura Martin

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This deep charcoal hue is actually a very dark brown, not black. The cool undertones give it the drama of a raven shade, but it’s less harsh than jet. The reflection of this hue is silvery, but it’s got just enough underlying gold to work on a warmer skin tones. Click the style notes for application tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin 

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