From the monthly archives: "August 2016"




So I recently learned about a new trending hair style called sexture, aka, next level bedhead, aka looks like you just finished a mind-blowing roll in the hay. While this isn’t exactly a new thing, I do love that it’s all about touchable, messy, voluminous, and textured tendrils. I mean, isn’t this the byproduct of a great act? You don’t need to get naked to achieve this look either, you can get it with some wave mist in your damp hair or some refinish dry shampoo in your second day strands. You can even reach for your heat styling tools to add some curls and then break up the waves with your fingers. It won’t take much to get you in the mood to try this trend out. To get you going, click through to the notes to see some of my favorite sexture styles. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Last week, fashion blogs were abuzz over the “new” gray-ombre trend, a look that melds charcoal roots into silver-white ends. The monochromatic look creates a stunning, edgy effect, but one that’s hardly new, and in my personal opinion hardly worth the effort. Silvery-gray hair requires a perfect platinum base to avoid going muddy, and constant maintenance to keep its cool tone. It’s a lot of effort for a shade that, when it occurs in nature, women spend lots of money and time concealing. Why do you think of the gray hair trend? See more examples of gray ombre in the notes and leave us a comment with your thoughts. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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A bright silk lining elevates a well-made bag or coat, and now it can do the same thing for your hair. Placing a lighter veil on the underside of your hair illuminates your face and neck, softens the edge, and adds interest without breaking up the clean lines of a classic shape. From Victoria’s Secret model Romee Strijd to singer/actress Mandy Moore, celebrities are embracing the technique, which adds interest to classic shapes and long flowing lengths. Click the notes to learn more about this surfacing trend. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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The luxury of a visit to the salon is one of my favorite pleasures. The head massage, the luscious products, the perfect blowout, is pampering at its best, if it all goes well. But an award haircut, not-quite-right color, or ill-suited style are just as unpleasant as a great appointment is luxurious. It may feel like the end result is solely in the hands of your stylist, but you have more control over what happens behind the chair than you think. With a few simple tips, you can take your salon time to the next level and leave every appointment feeling fabulous. Learn how in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →



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Last week I wrote about the importance of using the right type of towel to dry your strands, and then this week I discovered hair drying gloves. Hair drying gloves? What? I know they sound a bit gimmicky, but I decided to try them out and they turned out to be quite handy! There are a few different kinds available for purchase, some are better for finer hair while others are great for curls and texture. Through some experimentation I figured out it’s best to first apply your styler to damp hair, rinse hands, and then put the gloves on. It makes the process of scrunching and squeezing water out of your hair a lot easier and makes air drying so much faster. So if you’re ready to try this variation of the towel out, click through to the notes to get some more details. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →