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Sombre, ombre, balayage, and dip dye are all variations on a single technique: dark roots blended into lighter and brighter ends. This fall, the softest and most subtle variation ever is emerging: progressive color. Progressive color gradually moves from a slightly darker root to a mid-tone, to a lighter hue at the ends. The melding of one color into the next is seamless, the contrast between levels minimal. It’s the softest, prettiest, and most low-maintenance ombre ever. Click the notes for more examples of this trending new technique. ––  Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of signature style (you can read my musing on celebrities with a signature look here  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but my salon appointments aren’t as dramatic as they used to be. In my twenties every visit to the salon yielded a major change—inches chopped or dramatic new color—but now that I’m in my thirties I’m more likely to opt for a subtle shift in formula, or a slight tweak in the shape of my bangs. I’m hesitant to make big changes, in part because I want to be easily recognizable. I want someone who sees my picture online to recognize me at a conference or trade show. There’s a lot of talk these days about branding, and I think many of us want to be seen as a self-sufficient package, autonomous and valuable. Beauty bloggers are a great example; they need to walk the line between having a clear, consistent aesthetic and offering inspiration that is surprising enough to maintain interest. Click the notes to learn how three of my favorites—Lua P, Nadia Esra, and Ebba Zingmark—get it just right. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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There’s a lot of talk at the moment about “color melting” (a term I first encountered in a hair color class a decade ago) and how it’s replacing ombre. The thing is, ombre has been around a lot longer than the hair-coloring technique that goes by that name. It was originally used to describe fabric that gradually blends from one color to another. If we go back to that original definition it becomes obvious that sombre, dip dye, oil slick, color melting, and lots of other techniques fall under this umbrella of seamless blending, which is really what ombre is about. It’s exciting to see this simple idea taken in new directions. The softly blended look above isn’t what most people imagine when they hear the word ombre, but its a seamless blend of different hues that feels both on trend and original. Learn more about new ways of interpreting ombre in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Change is essential for survival; styles that don’t offer a lot of variation tend to fade away quickly. The looks that hold on season after season are those that lend themselves to reinvention, subtle shifts that keep them feeling fresh. Sometimes these changes seem obvious—like the shift from ombre to sombre—other times they’re so slight they go unremarked. Click the style notes to track the shifts that three major trends—ombre, bobs, and pastels—have undergone in the last two years. We’ll even tell you where we think they’re going next. –– Laura Martin

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In a time of changing hair color trends, we’ve seen the rise of ombre, and more recently pastel-colors have been on everyone’s radar. Now actress Vanessa Hudgens is opting for an edgier hue, debuting dark purple tips as accent to her classic raven. Katy Perry is the queen of the whole head of Tyrian, but we love Vanessa’s more wearable look. This is a great way for brunettes to try out the colored hair trend without sacrificing their dark locks. Would you be brave enough to put on purple tips?

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