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Pairing a crisp geometric cut with dimensional ombre creates a perfect contrast of sharpness and softness. Dark inky violet and hints of peachy rose create a delicate floral blend reminiscent of petals. These fashionable colors give classic ombre a fresh new feel as delightful as fresh flowers. Click the notes for the formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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This color does something unusual: it makes rainbow hues look sophisticated. We’re used to bold colors on celebrities like Katy Perry and Ke$ha, who definitely rock the look, but not in a way that most of us would want to adapt for our own heads. In fact, bold hues are a trend that most people are still afraid of, probably because they picture something that looks very alternative. But this look, even though it’s made of ruby red and grape purple, looks very polished. The secret is in the contrast, the placement, and the structure. With these three elements in balance you can make any color look high class. Click through to learn more. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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A braid, like a ponytail, can function as a way to keep hair contained, but it also works as a textural element, a way to create contrast. My favorite braided styles mix the twining with straight or wavy strands to enhance and add complexity. This asymmetric look which blends a single side braid with sleek strands creates a beautiful contrast the looks casual yet polished. Learn to create the look in the notes. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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When child stars grow up they often chose an edgy aesthetic, probably to break out of the public’s perception of them as children. Just a few years ago, Zendaya looked sweet and conservative but she’s slowly evolved from girlish to gritty. Her latest move is a daring mullet, and we’re talking, full-on disconnection. Surprisingly the fashion world has been strangely supportive, though careful to caution that Zendaya’s success in pulling off this look should be viewed as an exception, not a new trend. Click the notes to get my take on whether it works. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Bobby pins are so useful, so functional, that it’s easy to forget that they can also be attractive. There’s something clean and beautiful about the small, unobtrusive accessory. You can use it to pin back unruly bangs, to keep hair out of your eyes when wearing a dramatic side part, or to pull one side up and back. However you chose to wear it, the humble bobby pin works just as well on the surface of things as it does buried in the depths of your favorite updo. Learn how to let it shine in the style notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →