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This perfect red is smokey and sweet like its namesake spice. Wisps of lightness accentuate the vibrant shade like a sprinkling of salt over a flavorful dish. By painting the bright bits on top of the processing color, you’ll get a soft blended finish and keep the processing time to a minimum. Click the notes for detailed instructions and professional formulas. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Stores used to dye pistachios pink to hide imperfections in the shells, a practice that stopped when the US began growing our own pistachios instead of importing them produced prettier nuts. This is probably better for our health, I do miss the delight of eating something that tasted savory but looked like candy. The shells of pink pistachios were vibrant magenta, but the nuts themselves were a softer, rosier hue, which is captured perfectly in the formula below. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →


Photo: Etro Fall 2016 Ad Campaign

Paging through the September 2016 issue of W searching for content that wasn’t an advertisement, I kept catching images of buoyant clouds of curls in the ad campaigns. While I may be sick of the clothes from months of analyzing them on runway, I’m not sick of seeing natural hair texture, waves and curls across the glossies. In Louis Vuitton, Natalie Westling’s signature flamed tendrils appear in gorgeous ringlets. Frederikke Sofie‘s blonde and soft ethereal crowning curls appear in both Chloé and Etro, setting the standard for bohemian beauties everywhere. Heather Kemesky and Jourdan Dunn wore dark wavy bobs and Selena Forrest’s spirals took on a grungy appeal in DKNY. Looks like curls will shape how beauty complements fashion for another season. I’m optimistic that this celebration of curls is more than just a trend, and is now a true classic. Click through to the notes to see my favorite campaigns. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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Photos: Paul Mitchell, Buzzed

You’ve probably noticed that hairdressers’ color always looks a little extra special, that even if you and your stylist have the same exact shade hers just seems a bit better somehow. Your not just imagining things. Professionals do have a few tricks for making their color look extra zingy, coloring tips that take a shade to the next level. Click the notes to get the secrets. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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I started wearing earrings every day when I first went pixie short back in 1998. Since then, I’ve amassed quite a collection of hoops, studs, and chandeliers. When my hair is chin length or above I wear a pair almost every day, but when its longer I often forget about earrings for so long that when I do don a pair my tender lobes can barely take the weight. Determined to get back in the habit of adorning my ears without constantly wearing some sort of updo, I’ve devised a series of looks to keep my hair down and still show off my favorite jewelry. Learn my style secrets in the notes. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →