From the monthly archives: "March 2016"

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When you’re at the salon, what do you talk about? If you’re like most people, you probably spend the first 2-3 minutes explaining what you want your hair to look like before digressing into a story about your boyfriend or the latest celebrity gossip. Your hairdresser probably knows a lot about your favorite celebs, and she may give out great relationship advice, but her area of expertise is hair, and you might be surprised what she can tell you about yours. The trick is knowing what to ask. Click the notes for 5 must-ask questions to bring to your next appointment. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →


Rex Features

I love a great pony. It’s a classic do and can be princess or punk. The best thing about ponytails is that there are so many variations, which means you can always make the style look like new. I’m also always amazed at how women can make something, apparently so simple, look so fabulous. If you’re in a bind for a last minute style or just want to try out something that makes you feel a bit more special, click through to the notes to see some of my favorite celebrities who make the pony anything but basic. –– Michelle Rotbart

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(Lisa Kennedy Photography)

The bouffant may never come back in full 1960s glory, but revamped versions are experiencing a resurgence. Ever since Lana Del Ray reinvented big hair, we’ve been seeing variations on styles like the beehive and bouffant. The version shown here is soft and shiny, with a glamorous deep side part and big twirled curls. Learn to create this reimagined retro shape in the notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →



As I was looking for inspiration for a hairdo for an evening soiree, I came across the pictured look above from the Spring 2016 runway show of Cushnie Et Ochs. Overall, the brand has a super sexy and feminine style so I loved how this stacked geometric style added some power to the looks of the models. I decided it could add some power to my look too, transforming my two day old blow out from bordering on meh to stacked, veering on the path to fembot. Best yet, this style is easy to do and can certainly be worn straight or with rumpled waves. Click through to the notes to learn how to emulate this look. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Most blondes have two, seemingly irreconcilable, goals: brightness and dimension. A blonde that achieves both is worth celebrating, like the icy shade recently adopted by Rachel McAdams. Her shade achieves it all by using a full spectrum of tones while staying within the same color level. In hair terms, this means alternating sections of cool platinum with beige, gold, and violet gray, all at a level 9 or 10. If done well the result is faceted like a crystal, expressing an overall cool tone flecked with reflective accents of other hues. Learn more about creating this crystalline effect in the style notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →