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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 ponytail is usually the first hairstyle we ever learn to do, but chances are you may still be struggling to keep it looking new even today. Though it’s good to keep it simple sometimes it’s fun to switch it up with unique nuances like adding in a braid or a loop or an accessory. I’m always looking for inspiration for hairstyles on the runway, in editorials, and even on the street. So I was so excited when I saw a super cool  chic rocking a look that was part pony part braid over the weekend. I literally stopped her to ask how she did her hair and was surprised to find out it was so totally easy. No need for professional skills, just a few basics steps.  To learn how to emulate this look, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Over the last few months, I’ve grown out my bob, added some bangs, and tried face-framing layers. The result is grungy, easy to style, and adds volume to my fine mostly-straight strands. It’s a cut that was seen frequently on the runways at NYFW—check out the images above for examples. I call this look a shag, but it’s a far cry from the styles with that moniker worn by Jane Fonda, Pat Benatar, or Meg Ryan. The new shag—or “swag” if you’re into rebranding—is predicted to be one of the hottest cuts of 2016. But what does it look like and how exactly does it differ from previous variations? Click the notes to find out. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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The Oscars are fairly conservative in regards to hair and makeup, which allows the gowns to shine. Unlike fashion week, most of the styles seen at award shows are wearable in real life. It’s a good place to get a sense of the trends for the coming year. Many of the styles confirmed established trends: beach waves (seen on Margot Robbie and Kate Winslet), old Hollywood glamour (on Lady Gaga and Emily Blunt) and pretty ponytails (on Amy Adams and Sofia Varagara). But there were also some surprises that signaled exciting things to come. Brie Larson’s embellished half up style, Rooney Mara’s sleek twisted updo and Rachel McAdams wet-look pleat were standouts. Click the notes to learn more about each look. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →