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I shaved my head for the first time right before starting beauty school. I’d gotten a terrible haircut and decided it was better to start over. I’d had pixie cuts before, but bald was something else. I felt naked. At first I was sure I looked like a man. I had a love hate relationship with my bold new look, it made me feel powerful, but not pretty. Years later I shaved my head again, and then again. Each time I experienced a strange mix of empowerment and vulnerability. A shaved head can be a stand against cultural beauty ideals or a way of flaunting natural beauty for women who are blessed with conventional prettiness. I personally love androgyny, but I also understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. What do you think about buzz cuts on women? Click the notes to see more examples. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →


Rope braids are twisted as they’re plaited, making them more dimensional than other braids, and less prone to flyaways. Adding a few of these braids to a simple bun adds texture and interest. A simple three-strand brand on the opposite side creates subtle asymmetry for a romantic style that appears windblown and loose but has enough support to last through a full day of festivities. Wear it to a wedding, birthday party, or picnic. Get step-by-step instructions in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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This ropy braid adorned with small blossoms is feminine, seasonal, and brings a little touch of festival whimsy to any ensemble. The unusual placement and inverted texture make the style stand out. The technique—classic French braiding—makes it easy to create at home. Click the style notes for step-by-step instruction. –– Laura Martin

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The classic bun gets an ingénue twist in this flirty look, and it’s easier to create than you’d think! Sleek roots and a matte finish balance the sweetness of the bow. Pair the style with a bright red lip and a come-hither pout for the perfect blend of naughty and nice. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

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There are few cuts as classic or iconic as the bob. From Louise Brooks’ original helmet bob in the Jazz Age to Jackie Kennedy’s lady bob to Victoria Beckham, Katie Homes and Karlie Kloss we’ve seen it worn in a variety of ways, from stacked to layered, textured to smooth. But we’ve still got a soft spot for the classic, one-length bob. Timeless, feminine and unfussy this cut never goes out of style. It works for many face shapes and requires minimal upkeep. Learn more about this beautiful hair shape in the notes.

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