From the daily archives: "Tuesday, July 28, 2015"

messy

From a Soho shopping spree to a black tie event, messy buns look right for almost every occasion. They’re also perfectly practical for the summer––keeping your hair off your face and neck. As long as you have some bobby pins, texture spray and a little dexterity, getting your hair into a perfectly imperfect bun won’t be a problem. For a look you want to keep even after Labor Day, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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We throw around the word ombre like it means just one thing, but that one word has been used to describe an evolving idea about “natural looking color” for the last five years. When the look first started becoming popular around 2010 we saw a lot of very dramatic versions, what we’d now call “dip dye,” bright ends, dark roots, and not much in the way of blending. Then, around 2012-2013 we started to see some softening; color pairings still tended toward extremes, but the technique was more blended with dark bits running all the way through the ends. Since then we’ve seen the addition of mid-tones, understated sombre, and beachy variations where the dark roots are only a few inches long. I think the contemporary versions are much prettier than the originals. Which ombre is your favorite? Click the notes for more examples. –– Laura Martin

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paleo

The latest eating trends rely heavily on protein and veggies. Carbs are out, especially grains. We know that hair is made of a protein called keratin, and eating protein does indeed help build healthy strands. Grain-free diets help people reduce their sugar intake, a boon for strands as sugar can make your body produce a chemical called androgen that literally shrinks hair follicles. High-protein diets also tend to be higher in zinc and iron, both of which are essential for hair growth. But is it all good news or can the absence of grain in your diet have a negative impact on your hair? Click the style notes to find out. –– Laura Martin

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Some beauty products and treatments carry scary price tags with them. Sticker shock can make you move on to the next item on the aisle or the menu –– to something with a lower price point and less intimidating branding. My tip: don’t let price tags push you around! Sometimes a price doesn’t define the quality or effectiveness of a product or service and sometimes the extravagance is totally worth it. How will you know? Click the notes for four splurges are worth lightening your wallet for. –– Kelly Rowe

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