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In the new Star Wars movie, when Han and Leia are reunited after a long separation, the first thing he says to her is, “You changed your hair.” It may seem an arbitrary observation, but a new hairstyle is rarely a purely aesthetic adjustment. Our hair is one of the primary ways we self-identify. What’s happening on our heads usually reveals a lot about what’s going on in our minds. Getting a dramatic color change or major chop has a huge emotional impact. In fact, I’d argue that changing your hair is one of the most powerful symbolic gestures a person can make. What does your hair say about you? –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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At the much anticipated Alexander Wang show, the designer proved he still knows how to make cool downtown girls even cooler. The Wang Gang was more eclectic than ever this go around. Instead of uniform meh waves, Irina Kravchenko, Anna Ewers and Peyton Knight strutted down the runway in a variety of easy styles—from micro bangs to shoulder length bedhead, and shorn shags. The beauty team did a wonderful job bringing out each model’s personality and natural hair with just a bit of tousle, snip and reshaping. The no concept show, according to Wang was the epitome of modern. And the looks certainly paralleled it by presenting no singular idea of beauty. To see more styles from the Alexander Wang show, click through to style notes. –Michelle Rotbart 

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In this heat and constant frizz inducing weather, I’m always looking for a magical hair trick that will make me look somewhat normal. So when I spotted a fabulous Jordana Brewster at the Teen Choice Awards last week with cool twists, I knew she was doing something right––LA is boiling right now. Even better, somehow Jordana’s twist didn’t have a single pin insight. After a little bit of research, I was able to track down Jordana’s secret trick from her stylist Kylee Heath. Click through to style notes to learn how to get a similar look. –-Michelle Rotbart

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Whenever the runways come around, so does the wet look hairstyle. On gangly, gaunt, waif-like girls the dripping wet look can be maddeningly sexy; the hair sparkles under the lights and the lens, adding drama and devilish indifference to the catwalk. But for the girl on the street, the wet look hairstyle appears a distant dream, the preserve of an elite cadre of chosen women. It doesn’t have to be that way. Just see the wet look as another way to wear the undone, lived-in hairstyle trend. For our tips, click notes.

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Shiny strands are lovely, but limiting your mane to one finish is a bit like limiting yourself to one fabric or one type of lipstick. Matte hair feels modern, clean, and effortless. The surface quality works best on loose waves and tousled updos. Pair it with a bright shiny lips or dewy skin for a stunning contrast of textures. Learn how to create it in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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