From the daily archives: "Wednesday, November 5, 2014"

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Sent to us by Adam Federico, master stylist and owner at AJF Sacramento, this gorgeous color and cut shows how curly-haired girls can adopt the bob-length hair trend. Although bobbed hair is great for straighter strands, offering flattering low maintenance, those with natural texture often find that the blunt lines and cropped lengths create a rather frumpy, triangular shape. But by removing bulk and weight, Adam creates space for the curls to enjoy a lively spring. Blending a bricolage of reddish pastel tones, the brilliance of the color palette adds to the whimsical and airy-light feeling of the style. For some of Adam’s thoughts on creating this style, click notes.

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We know the power of a bouncy blow-out. Confidence sky rockets, smiles brighten, and the flirty flipping of the hair happens much more often. If only you could have that full, morale boosting volume of the salon in the comfort of your home without having a professional by your side…oh wait, you can! Well at least you can fake it! We have four great volumizing tips that will seriously blow up your blow drying game. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Change is essential for survival; styles that don’t offer a lot of variation tend to fade away quickly. The looks that hold on season after season are those that lend themselves to reinvention, subtle shifts that keep them feeling fresh. Sometimes these changes seem obvious—like the shift from ombre to sombre—other times they’re so slight they go unremarked. Click the style notes to track the shifts that three major trends—ombre, bobs, and pastels—have undergone in the last two years. We’ll even tell you where we think they’re going next. –– Laura Martin

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Natural roots combined with bold strokes of red and yellow give hair a vivid, neon glow. The bright hues seem to give off their own light, flashing out from the neutral base tone. Application of this palette should enhance the shape and movement of the cut. In the image on the left gradients of color are placed to enhance natural shine and shadow lines. In the image on the right the colors are placed on the underside of the hair creating an interior illumination. Read on for the professional formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

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