From the daily archives: "Tuesday, October 7, 2014"

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There are two big trends in men’s cuts at the moment and they’re polar opposites. One style is long, hitting around the collar bone or shoulder with natural texture and a substantial scruff. The other is tight and tailored, with neatly barbered edges, a clean shaven face, and a polished surface. You could, of course, mix and match from these looks, but if you’ve been wearing a retro cut and hipster beard for a while, it might be time for a change. Read on to learn more about achieving and maintaining each look.

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Newton’s Third Law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, a principal that applies particularly well to the current trends in fashion. Punk-inspired hair color, daring short cuts, and high-maintenance retro styling is getting turned on it’s head, replaced with deconstructed shapes, air-dried texture, and more muted hues. This doesn’t mean you have to return to the mousy brown shade you were born with, just that the colors of the moment look like you were born with them. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

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You can never have to many ready-to-wear styles of hair to add to your repertoire, and all the better if you can steal straight from the catwalk. We’re loving the polished and futuristic update on the classic ponytail we saw at the Diesel spring 2015 collection. It’s a great look for the modern gal-on-the-go, keeping hair sleek, polished, and elegantly away from the face. To add this contemporary look to your collection, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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This morning it officially hit me that it is fall. As I was walking to the train a gust of wind stirred the trees, and my hair, and it made me realize the sidewalks are becoming covered in leaves. This led to another recognition: It’s time to check our hair habits and our product supplies to make sure we are ready for the chilly days ahead. Click the notes for my essential tips. –– Kelly Rowe

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