From the daily archives: "Monday, August 10, 2015"

hair sewing cover

Updos can be such a nuisance. The bobby pins. The hairspray. The chance you may end up looking like Bride of Frankenstein. That’s where hair sewing steps in. My latest beauty discovery is a technique which takes the place of bobby pins. Your hairstylist gets to channel their inner seamstress with a needle and thread and you get a secure and stylish look. This is a great option for a glamorous off-the-neck do that doesn’t look or feel overly done, so it’s perfect for weddings or outdoor cocktail parties. And it’s certainly a modern approach to putting hair up, as the end result is more wearable and has an element of difference. To see some of my favorite looks using hair sewing, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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travel checklist

You know how when you travel you always forget something, like your toothbrush, or your shampoo? Have you even spent your first day of vacation trying to find somewhere to buy hairspray or sunscreen? Do you know about sitting through an eight hour flight with something stuck in your teeth? Let’s put an end to all of that, right now. We’ve put together a simple, but complete, list of must have hair and beauty essentials to keep you looking your best while jet setting. Click the style notes for your complete packing guide. –– Laura Martin

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saffron hair color

Saffron is one of the world most expensive spices and its flavor is so complex that it’s hard to describe: umami, sweet, bitter, savory, floral, and aromatic. This red reminds of both the lovely shade saffron fronds lend to dishes and the subtly complex flavor. Copper bright but with undertones of rich auburn and decadent gold, this shade has an expensive, jewel-like finish. Click the notes for the professional formula and application tips. –– Laura Martin

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braids

For the upcoming fall season, I’m feeling inspired by the dark beauty of novels like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights. Gothic updos get a modern twist as soft, loopy braids replace tight curls. The twines are pinned into crowns and face-framing updos for a perfect blend of softness and severity. These styles will add mystery and drama to any outfit and they’re easier to create than you might think. Get step-by-step instructions in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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