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Photo: Tommy Hilfiger Holiday Campaign

If you’re anything like me, these last few days have been spent waking up late, eating brunch, and watching movies—which means your hair has basically been a combination of bedhead and messy bun. But in just two days it will be the end of 2015, which means it will be your last opportunity to wear the festive and prim styles you’ve been holding onto since this time last year. While I know it’s difficult to let go of the bedhead, you should welcome the new year with a great do. For a quick and easy tutorial on how to rock everything from a sleek pony to glossy waves, click through to find inspirations, and links, to some of our favorite nighttime looks. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Usually when we talk about celebrity hair transformations we’re referring to big changes—like Kim Kardashian’s cameo as a platinum blonde—and some of these are glorious, but the best hair transformations aren’t necessarily about going to extremes. Sometimes a few inches off the length, a new bang, or a tonal shift can provide stunning results. Click the notes for pictures of the best celebrity hair makeovers of 2015. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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It has been a warm winter so far, and a humid one, with lots of dense fog and gray skies. The winter landscape is usually full of stark contrast, but this year everything is blurry and muted. This hazy cool blonde was inspired by foggy woods and frozen mud. It’s earthy and murky, but with a bit of icy sparkle. Click the notes for the professional formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Braided parts tend to feature a single, tiny cornrow that runs perfectly down the center of the head. That look is certainly a stunner, but it’s also limited. If you have curls, don’t look great in a center part, or struggle to create a perfect cornrow, it’s not going to work. The looks pictured here take the plaited part concept in new directions, working with braids big and small, placed side and center, cornrowed and simply plaited, providing options that work for everyone. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Photo: Vogue, December 2009

It’s happened to the best of us. We head to the salon to get fabulous bombshell waves and end up feeling disappointed with the blowout. It can be frustrating for you and your wallet to pay for a style you don’t really love. The best advice is to talk to your stylist and have them fix your ‘do, but if you’re short on time, here are ways to fix your blowout, and still get the volume, bounce and waves of your dreams. Click through to the notes to get tips and tricks on how to fix an underwhelming blow out. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →