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Bangs can be transformative. They give structure to cuts, frame the features, and make hair look thicker. But fringe is a very personal thing, and getting the right length and shape is essential. Short bangs open the face while longer ones tighten the focus. Blunt edges makes features look stronger and diffused lines soften. To get the right shape, face length, composition and structure must all be accounted for. For a complete guide to finding your perfect fringe, click the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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This bright warm shade is the perfect blend of gold, strawberry and copper. It’s more vibrant than most light reds, with a playful energetic feeling. The softness and warmth of the tone maximize light reflection for unbelievable shine. It looks great with fall hues such as charcoal, navy, and crimson. Get the formula for this mood elevating shade in the style notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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Twining is a trend that keeps evolving. Each season brings new variations, like these romantic and ethereal looks. From headband braids to milkmaids, these plaits have been designed to accessorize the whole image, not just take hair off the face. These days, braids can be large or small, smooth or windswept, and pair well with everything from jeans to wedding dresses. So really it’s about having fun, and finding a look that makes you feel good. For our tips, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

Beatnik; bohemian; brilliant –– call them what you will, braids are something all ladies love to do. They are artistic, playful and fun; and braiding is an event you can turn into a night in with the girls. Epitimizing this spirt, the whimsical beauty department blog is producing some of the best how-to’s on the Web. Happily, they’ve agreed to let us share some favorites on Style Noted, with tips added from the top pros at ARROJO. This breakdown of the heart-shaped braid is a great way to add an offbeat look to your styling arsenal…

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