From the daily archives: "Wednesday, July 8, 2015"

shampoo

Fueled by the product mark up, which is akin to the profits on dealing illicit drugs, beauty is one of the most competitive markets in the world. Not only are there a million brands to choose from, each brand has countless products, making hair care product choices a bit of a minefield. The confusion is at its worst with shampoos and conditioners. Needed by everyone, marketers have spliced the market into subcategories in an effort to be your point of difference. If you’ve every wandered the aisle and wondered which shampoos and conditioners are best for you, cut through the cloud with our at-a-glance chart in the notes.

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free people top knot

If you haven’t seen the Free People July Catalog, I suggest you either start anxiously waiting next to your mailbox or head to your nearest store, because this months look book is seriously amazing. Not only are the clothes equal to ‘90s meets devil-may-care, lazy girl vibes, but the messy half-up top knots will give you some major hair envy. Grab your refinish dry shampoo ladies because this is a look you’re going to want to master. To learn how to emulate this perfectly imperfect knot, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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star wars

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens won’t be released until December, but all the leaked concept art and set photos—not to mention the official trailer—have shown me enough to get excited about both the story and the fashion. The aesthetic of the new film is delightfully vintage, closer to the original three movies than to the sequels. The cast includes many of the original stars alongside some surprising newcomers including Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and Gwendoline Christie. What will they wear? Will Carrie Fisher get a new signature hairstyle? Will Lupita really be transformed into a long-necked alien (as shown in a leaked concept image)? Only time will tell. Click the style notes to see some fan art predictions. –– Laura Martin

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