From the daily archives: "Thursday, February 5, 2015"

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Whatever your keratin specialist is telling you, the texture trend is happening. Honestly, in the coolest salons, on the coolest streets, in the coolest cities girls about town have been embracing and enhancing texture for a while, creating contemporary interpretations of the personality, beauty and grace of textured hairstyles. Starring gap-toothed Lindsey Wixson in a remarkably soft and bouncy and buxom cascade of curl, perhaps Fendi’s spring ’15 campaign will be the tipping point for swirly looks. You are probably thinking: “Well if I had hair like that I’d wear it natural too. . .” Right on, but this is not Lindsey’s natural texture. It features some clever styling, but nothing you can’t do at home. Learn how in the notes.

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Ombre? Where are you, 2010? Pastel grey hair? So last year. The look of the moment? A new dye technique called “xpresionpixel,” which creates a pixelated effect on the hair. The style, pioneered by X-Presion, a salon located in Madrid, is marrying virtual art with reality. The look includes dyeing sections of the hair to look like pixels on a screen. And, when it comes to achieving the fragmented block sections, the color possibilities seem endless. We are living in a digital age that loves hyper-quick technology, so it’s no wonder that there is now a hairstyle that exists that looks like a zoomed in jpeg. It’s not clear how this union of digital art and real world hair holds up post salon, but it’s a style that futurists are already trying on. Click through to style notes to take a look at how stylists are manipulating hair and color to look like something right off your screen. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Fashion shades like silver are lots of fun but they can also be high-maintenance, unless you add them in small doses. The looks shown here feature just a dusting of silver at the tips of the hair. The look is fun, not too extreme, and requires very little maintenance. You can simply trim the color away when you get bored, or re-tone to a new shade. No roots, no commitment. Learn more about this look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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We’ve been posting for weeks now about new trends for the coming year: cuts, textures, colors, and styles. But we haven’t talked about men yet! Men’s looks tend to shift less dramatically from season to season, but the small changes can make a big difference. Learn about the evolution of men’s looks for the coming year in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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