From the daily archives: "Tuesday, January 26, 2016"



This image is taken from the Holographic collection by Ashley Kowalsky and Zach Norman. As a creative hair color technique, Holographic blends the trendsetting art of hair painting with the vanguard art of air brushing, which uses compressed air to apply color in tailored gradients, creating light intensity and illumination that drifts with the shape of the style. The technique enables creative color creations and placements, exemplified by this long length featuring ribbons of blue, red and yellow. Steal this look in the notes.  Click for StyleNotes →



If your commute was as bad as mine yesterday AM, then you’re aware that, while walking to work can get your some needed fresh air, it can wreak havoc on your strands. Nothing will mess up your coif faster than the elements. From wind to rain and snow, if you’re not prepared your nice morning walk will turn your blow-out limp and negate all your hard work. But with a few quick tricks you can salvage your hair from a difficult and long morning commute. Click through to the notes to get the insight. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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Whenever I return to the pixie after a stint of longer looks I encounter an equal mix of admiration and horror. What might surprise you is that these reactions are not divided by gender. For every woman who looks at my crop and wistfully utters, “I wish I could do that,” there’s one who asks why I cut off my hair as if I’d chosen to loose a limb. And, for every man who tells me I looked better “before” there’s one who tells me with a combination of surprise and admiration that I pull off short hair really well. But my experience is contradicted by every article I’ve read on the subject. Women, even those with short hair, seem determined to believe that men don’t like it. What gives? Click the notes for my theories. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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A recent article on Byrdie quotes stylist Harry Josh on his boredom with “a very style-heavy past 10 years, where people rely on products and tools” and his longing for “the return of the haircut.” It does seem that hair has lost a lot in the way of shape. We see long layers and bobs, but little in the way of bold textures, unusual outlines or strong bangs. Why do we shy away from strong shapes? Josh claims “everyone is scared to death of an interesting haircut.” Toward the end of 2015 we saw a slew of statement fringes. Since the new year, a few celebrities have made dramatic transformations, like Zendaya’s shaggy blunt bangs and Stacy Martin’s box bob. Are we entering a new age of bold cuts? Click the notes for my predictions. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →