From the daily archives: "Wednesday, January 27, 2016"


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Trends are a fickle thing. You think green hair is the coolest and then Rihanna and Katy Perry go and post pictures of blue hair on Instagram and, wham, there’s a new style du jour. But if you pay close attention, there are always new emerging themes coming from the top end of fashion and beauty. In lieu of fixing our ADD, we asked Zach Norman, leading colorist at ARROJO Studio Williamsburg (i.e., the world’s hippest location) for his hair color trend predictions for the coming year. Beat the hoi polloi in the notes.

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It appears that Justin Bieber’s bleach blonde locks have inspired some copy-cats—many of them seen on the streets of Paris during the Fall 2016 men’s shows. In the last year Bieber’s bottle blonde strands were coiffed in a number of modern and sleek styles, a nuance that was not lost on the flaxen male models. From golden afros to platinum pompadours and even a lightened beard, the boys of Paris made a serious blonde statement. To see some of my favorite looks from the street, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Contrast is one of the most important aspects of design, lending balance and distinction to otherwise harmonious elements. We tend to think of contrast as striking polarities—black and white, short and long—but using contrasting lines is a great way to add variance that doesn’t feel dramatically discordant. Pairing straight hair with a jagged part or waves with a crisp dividing line creates a subtle, pleasing contrast. Get step-by-step instructions in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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There’s a new texture trend emerging, it seems, almost by accident. The combination of air drying, shine-enhancing products, and lighter, fluid cuts is creating glossy, separated, stringy texture. The look mimics the way hair ribbons after being blown about by a blustery day. It’s more controlled than frizz, but has the same cool, un-done quality. Learn to create this fun new texture in the style notes. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →