From the daily archives: "Monday, July 6, 2015"

just below the shoulder

Long hair is about to make a comeback, but that doesn’t mean you have to start shopping for extensions. The hottest looks for the coming season won’t be waist-length tresses. What’s trending next are clean, one-length lines just long enough to qualify as long hair. Little to no layering, length that falls between clavicle and axilla, these cuts are the perfect transition out of that bob you’re getting bored with. Best of all the moderate length means that if you start growing now you can be wearing this look by Christmas. Learn more about growing into this shape in the style notes. –Laura Martin 

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power play hair colleciton

Crisp edged cuts, saturated hair colors, and sleek black jackets define the looks of the latest Scruples collection. The models gaze seductively from behind thick fringe. Their sleek strands tousled just enough to reveal playful bits of internal texture. The looks are feminine and powerful, strong and elegant. Learn more about these inspiring styles in the style notes. –Laura Martin 

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bandana

Just as I thought they’d gone by way of the scrunchie, bandana headbands, yes those paisley printed kerchiefs from middle school, have revived themselves on the beauty scene. Suddenly I’ve been noticing them in high fashion, editorial and street. And why not, unlike their plastic counterparts, this hair accessory is soft, rock n’ roll and nostalgically Americana. So even if you missed wearing yours over Fourth Of July weekend you can certainly incorporate them into your summer sartorial style, without committing a total fashion faux paux. To learn how to wear a bandana headband the fashionable way, click though to style notes. –Michelle Rotbart 

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rubyrose

Maybe it’s those pouty lips. Maybe it’s her confidence. Maybe it’s her perfect blend of softness and toughness. Whatever it is Ruby Rose, who plays Stella on Orange Is The New Black, is making edgy androgyny appeal to the masses. We’ve seen androgynous women with wide appeal before—Katherine Moennig who played Shane on The L Word comes to mind—but Ruby’s look is more aggressively standard-defying (shorter, barbed hair, lots of tattoos, little to no makeup on the show) and yet she doesn’t look “harsh” or in any way off-putting. In fact, she exudes a sexuality that feels both self-assured and approachable. Her beauty opens up possibilities for all of us; she reminds us that looking great doesn’t mean looking like everyone else. Learn more about Ruby’s inspiring style in the notes. –Laura Martin 

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