From the daily archives: "Wednesday, January 14, 2015"

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A recent article posted by Allure Magazine links caffeine with increased hair growth. The study, which was conducted at the University of Lübeck in Germany, found that weakened hair follicles showed a 25% increase in growth when treated with on optimally formulated caffeine solution. The solution is available in Europe, and we’re hoping to have it here soon. In the meantime, thanks to the powers of the internet, you can order it online. Click the style notes for info and a link. –– Laura Martin

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A good hair cut goes a along way––ask Rapunzel or anyone with a great bob. Freshly cut locks make me feel like a celeb; I tend to walk out of the salon with the great hair confidence strut. But, eventually, I have to sleep and then it is up to me to make it beautiful again. What a shame that that’s a whole different game! While it looks easy for your stylist to create your amazing ‘do, they practice their craft daily. But you can learn a trick or two from your hairdresser, simply by paying attention and asking some questions. Click notes for things I’ve picked up along the way. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Solange and Beyonce may be related but they have very different aesthetics. Beyonce’s look is opulent and glitzy where as Solange’s style is bolder and earthier. She wears lots of bold prints, unusual cuts and unexpected color pairings. Her hair styles range from sleek bobs to soft curls to dramatic afros, and while she can certainly pull off a wide range of shapes, the natural curls are my favorite. Expanded shapes provide the perfect counterpoint to her bold fashion choices, and give her look a easy, effortless feeling. Learn to care for your natural coils in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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A new year is a great time to start fresh, to cast off tired trends and try on something new. The trending styles for the new year are just beginning to emerge; what’s much clearer is which styles have fallen out of fashion. Click the style notes for a list of the top five played out trends from 2014. –– Laura Martin

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