side slick hair

It takes a certain level of panache to pull off a very classic, very traditional and very refined hairstyle. A slicked-to-the-side men’s hairdo may have you thinking of dashing charmers like Don Draper or Jay Gatsby but cool guys like David Beckham and Ryan Gosiling are also rocking this look. But no matter if you want to wear this style on the regular or save it for a special occasion, the point still stands: according to the stylish gents it’s a style that remains cool and on trend. Dare to try this old-school look? Want to smarten up your boyfriend? Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Sometimes with all of our modern styling tools it’s easy to forget about wet setting techniques; they seem outdated, difficult, fussy. But pin curls and finger waves retained their popularity for decades after the invention of the curling iron, and they still have their place today. Nothing looks as polished or lasts as long as a wet set. You can wear this style in the coils one day, brush it out into vintage waves the next, and tousle it into beachy bedhead the day after that. Intrigued? Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions and daily illustrations. –– Laura Martin 

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Golden locks are the stuff of fairytales, and this spread, found on www.fashiongonerogue.com, is a beautiful fantasy. I love golden strands, but they can also be scary; one step too warm and rich gold transforms into brassy yellow. Stylist Jeff Tse achieved the perfect blend here, a soft shimmering metallic with a hint of apricot warmth. Click the style notes for my professional formulation and application tips. –– Laura Martin

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center braid

The last few years have brought us the braiding trend. Now, every season serves up new variations to feed our hunger. We’ve seen the hippie waterfall braid, the messy fishtail braid, the micro braided bang, and we still want to devour more. The tastiest new twine is the center plait. The style involves a braid going straight down the middle of your head with remaining hair either left loose or pulled back; a braid mohawk of sorts. Want to get trendy with a rebellious punk-inspired look? Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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A single streak of contrasting color breaks up a classic single tone with a touch of playfulness. This placement works with any contrasting hue, but choosing blonde gives maximum versatility. Your streak can change with your mood or your outfit; simply apply hair chalk, powder spray, or a glaze of temporary tone. Feeling intrigued? Click the style notes for tips on pulling it off.  –– Laura Martin

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