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Winter weather can get you feeling frumpy and down, which is likely why salons are busier in January than July. Exiting the hair salon with perfectly glossy and vibrant hair color perks us up when we feel shabby and pale. But returning to the salon two weeks later wondering where all that magic went makes us mad as hell. While professionals do sometimes get things wrong, the most common reason why color fades too quickly for our liking is the way we treat the hair before and after the dye job. Eight simple rules can give you longer lasting, brighter color. Following these steps will make your feel better about your beauty investment, and extend the time you have to go back to the salon for a touch up.  Get the scoop below. . . 

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In the spring when the flowers begin to bloom, bees get busy collecting pollen. The pollen has a warm sunny color similar to honey, but brighter, fresher. Choosing this golden inspiration for your next hair shade will give your skin a warm, sun-kissed glow. It’s just the thing to get you in the spirit of the season. Click the notes for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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In January of last year I predicted the softening of bright shades from neon to grungy brights. This year I expect we’ll continue to see pastel and other fashion hues, but instead of single-color looks or rainbow effects, I think we’ll start seeing monochrome dimension. This look, spotted on the runway at Lanvin, features a blend of peach, rose gold, and soft coral, for a vibrant effect that’s dimensional and layered. The combination of colors lends a lived-in feeling and accentuates the disheveled and piece-y texture in the cut. Get the formulas and tips on application in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Sugar and spice make delicious treats and lovely hair colors. This deep shimmering hue reminds me of those old fashioned cookies filled with nutmeg, cinnamon, and the rich smoke-like flavor of molasses that my grandmother made when I was young. Their flavor was complex, yet simple, just like this shade, which is achieved with a modified single process, but looks almost highlighted. Click the notes for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →



These days we seem to like our beauty rites and rituals as specialized as possible. Perhaps it’s because beauty editors and brand marketers have, in the search for our undivided attention, created subcategories for every kind of hair type. While there are times when this is helpful, like when you want to tailor a hair cut or cleansing or styling product to your particular needs, the focus on personalized regimens can make us forget that, for great hair every day, there’s certain things pretty much all of us should do the same. Learn 6 big tips in the notes.  Click for StyleNotes →