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slick updo

In one way, most updos are fairly simple: start with a braid or ponytail, arrange ends into desired shape, and secure with bobby pins. It’s in the details where the problems happen. Roots end up bumpy, flyaways sprout from your hairline, or ends refuse to tuck under, and suddenly your supposedly simple style has turned into a complicated mess. The easiest solution? Add water. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

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fendi coverThe Fashion Kaiser has done it again. Karl Lagerfeld showed his first ever haute couture collection for Fendi and it wasn’t just the extravagance of the chinchilla, sable, and mink hair that had me enamored. The hair on the actual catwalkers caused a beauty stir. Locks were styled with a deep side-part and pinned back to frame the face with a wavy. The length was then secured with a low pony in the back, giving the illusion of shorter locks. In a runway-world of rumpled and meh hair, it’s exciting to see a return to such elegance. You may recall Marc Jacobs went for a similar proper lady look for the fall collections. My trend alert sense are certainly buzzing. Click through to style notes to see my favorite looks. –– Michelle Rotbart

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wedding hair
You’re probably going to a wedding or two this summer. When it comes to weddings, achieving the right balance with hair and makeup can be tricky. Weddings are often daytime affairs, both formal and conservative. That means subtle, natural makeup, but what does it mean for hair? Too often wedding hairstyles are stuffy, perfectly coiffed mounds of curls or shiny chignons. These are classic styles, but when paired with conservative gowns and makeup the result can look stuffy and outdated. Thankfully the solution is simple: just mess it up. Learn more in the style notes. –– Laura Martin