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If you’re going to sit in the front row at a big show like Christian Dior, you’d better look great from behind. Jessica Alba’s jeweled collar and sleek, folded updo nailed it at Paris Fashion Week. From behind, her folded bun had a fan shape reminiscent of a geisha’s chignon. In front, her dark roots, center part, and glossy smoothness gave the style classic appeal. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions to recreating this fashionable look. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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I love bangs and I’m always happy when the thick ones are on trend. But as a long-time bang lover, I know this particular style comes with some challenges, especially when it comes to wearing your hair up. A blunt fringe negates the possibility of wispy edges or face framing tendrils. The strong line of a full bang can give the right updos a cool, contemporary edge, but on the wrong look it can feel blocky and awkward. Click the notes to find out which styles pair best with a strong fringe. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →


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From her bouncy waves to her faux bob, Gigi Hadid knows how to have amazing hair on and off the runway. Gigi is the inspiration behind many great modern hairstyle lessons, but one of the best is from her date the other night with rumored new beau Zayn Malik. Fashion’s golden girl kept it low-key by twisting her usual free flowing tendrils into a textured low chignon with two face-framing pieces hanging out. No elaborate updo or overdone makeup on Gigi. Leave the complex primping for a night out with the girls because the start of a budding romance should always be chic and easy. To get a look similar to Gigi’s click through to the notes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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It’s finally cooled down which means I can wear some of my favorite fall staples: chunky boots, fuzzy sweaters, berry lipstick, and lots of hats. While I love all hats from the fedora to the knit beanie, I definitely don’t love hat hair. But the great news for all of us is that we don’t have to suffer from bad hair days and can still rock cute hats as the temperature continues to drop. I have four great dos and dont’s on how to avoid hat hair this season and still wear your favorite topper. Click through to the notes for the details. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →


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Last week we learned that the it look for fall is an updo. And this weekend proved that a definite do, for functional and fashionable reasons. With the windy-days upon us I think we’ll all want to start putting our hair up to keep it out of our faces and out of our way. There are many variations on classic chignons but I’m really into a new and modern twisted version. It looks elaborate but is easy to create. Try it for work or for your next date, you won’t go wrong. Click through the notes to get the know-how. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →