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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with a new look, and highlights are the most popular salon service for anyone looking to add a splash of color in spring and summer. Artful applications by your colorist can emphasize bone structure, make hair appear more reflective in the sun, and add dimensional shine. Go wrong, however, and your head can turn into a stripy mess. To avoid the thick,  chunky highlights of the early 2000s –– remember the heavy lines on Kelly Clarkson’s head –– and, instead, enhance your natural, radiant beauty, click through to style notes for our professional highlighting tips. — Michelle Rotbart

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This hip but classy updo is the perfect combination of soft and hard. A runway-inspired style, a five strand braided Mohawk, compared to a more typical three strand version, puts extra visual interest into the texture, keeping people guessing as to how the style was made. The sleek sides with a tough top make it ideal for a down and dirty nighttime occasion. Created by Cheryl Fazio, master stylist at ARROJO NYC, click style notes for her tips on achieving a similar style.  Click for StyleNotes →

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Decadent chocolate and bright fruit combine for a delicious shade, natural and fashion-forward. Red reflection gives dimension that pairs beautifully with crisp, geometric cuts. The smooth surface of these shapes reveals the complexities of the tone. This color is a great way to make brunettes feel brighter without going lighter, or to add depth to light and medium brown shades. Want to learn to create this hue? Read on for application tips and a professional formulation. –– Laura Martin 

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