From the daily archives: "Thursday, October 2, 2014"

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This image offers a great example of a classic tumbling wave cascade with long layered hair. The beautiful and alluring texture is complemented by a chocolate to caramel ombre, which, as it is lighter on the ends, helps to spotlight the shapely curves in the style. Get tips for shaping this highly desirable look in the style notes.

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If there is one hairstyle that says bombshell, it’s this one. For years people have been creating variations of this Brigitte Bardot style. The look is timeless and no matter who wears it, it instantly gives an air of sexy. Aline’s version is a bit more rocker, edgy, and cool. Click the notes for tips on how to recreate it. –– Kelly Rowe

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We bestow to the French their je ne sais quoi. Their bulldogs, their croissants, and their spirit of Brigitte Bardot comes with a natural and undone beauty that drives us American working girls mad. French women, French beauty make it all seem effortless. You’ll never find a French woman spending hours primping and coiffing in front of a mirror (so they tell us). Speaking of the quintessentially French, Caroline de Maigret, model, muse, and new beauty guru recently launched a charming new book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, along with three other French archetypes, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas. The book covers everything one needs to tap into their inner French cool girl, including things that French women would never do to their hair. Click through to see our favorite excerpts on how to do, or rather un-do your hair like a true Parisienne. –– Michelle Rotbart

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When it comes to runway and editorial Guido Palau is the master. His designs are original and inspiring, ranging from beautiful blowouts to otherworldly sculptures. His new book showcases stunning images of his creations shot on nude models against neutral backdrops. The result is eerie and awe inspiring, sure to make you think about hair and beauty in a whole new way. To celebrate we’d like to share some of our own Guido favorites. Click the style notes to see more examples of Guido Palau’s amazing designs. –– Laura Martin 

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Amber is revered as a gemstone but it’s not a stone at all, rather a fossilized tree resin hardened by centuries of pressure and heat. Because of its botanical origin, amber comes in a variety of shades ranging from deep maple to pale honey. The most abundant source of the material is the Baltic region, where the petrified resin usually has a light, coppery hue. The luminous material is often used in jewelry and decorative arts for it’s warmth and translucence. Its lovely color is a great choice for strands. Read on for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

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