From the daily archives: "Wednesday, January 6, 2016"

Imagine Picasso with only one brush. How would he have gone from his Blue Period to his Rose Period to his invention of Cubism? Hairstyling, an artful craft, is similarly bound to the brush. Without the right sweeper, arranging styles as you like them gets tricky. Even great hairdressers are careful to choose the right tool. Some brushes are better for smoothing, others for volume. Brushes are made for different lengths and textures. It’s a matter of finding brushes that achieve the looks you want, and that work best with your tresses. Read on for our at a glance guide on choosing the best brushes for you. . . 

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You’d heard the saying great things take time? Well that doesn’t have to apply to fixing dry and damaged hair. While there’s no magic potion for instant great hair, using moisturizing conditioners, treatments, and oils will certainly help speed up the recovery time. They’ll pump your locks with needed hydration so they get healthy quick and look amazing. So if you think your hair is looking a bit sad and brittle, click through to the notes to learn about some great fixes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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For the last few years updo trends have been all about simplicity: ponytails, low buns, topknots. Minimalism has its place, but it’s been the rage for so long that I feel like we’ve all but forgotten more complex styles. I’me not suggesting a return to the piled loops and cutesy tendrils of the nineties, but I do think it’s time to bring back a little intricacy. And its easy to do, all you need is three ponytails. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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In the new Star Wars movie, when Han and Leia are reunited after a long separation, the first thing he says to her is, “You changed your hair.” It may seem an arbitrary observation, but a new hairstyle is rarely a purely aesthetic adjustment. Our hair is one of the primary ways we self-identify. What’s happening on our heads usually reveals a lot about what’s going on in our minds. Getting a dramatic color change or major chop has a huge emotional impact. In fact, I’d argue that changing your hair is one of the most powerful symbolic gestures a person can make. What does your hair say about you? –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →