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Hand painting has become the preferred highlighting method for many stylists and it’s easy to see why. The technique can create looks from subtle to vibrant, with high contrast or soft dimension. But the real beauty of hand painting is how easy it is to customize. Placement of the transition line (the place where the change from light to dark occurs), density of brightness (the ratio of light to dark), and positioning of high points (visible highlights above the transition line) can create illusions of shine, emphasis, and softness to highlight features and minimize problem areas. Read on to learn more about flattering your face and hair with this bespoke technique. –– Laura Martin

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Tousled waves look sexy, soft and effortless, so it’s no wonder that the popularity of beachy looks continues into winter. But for straight haired ladies like me, getting gentle undulations can be challenging. There are many methods for coaxing texture from straight locks, however, depending on your hair type, some of these may leave you with weird kinks or little more than a ripple. Click style notes for a review of the basics, along with advanced tips on getting the most oomph from your tresses. –– Laura Martin

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Mention cool blonde and most people picture platinum, and while gleaming white locks scintillate on the right skin tone, they are not the only option. This lovely vanilla shade is pale and icy, but looks more natural than stark white. Adding a bit more pigment to blonde locks means a softer outgrowth and a longer-lasting tone. Adjusting the hue of fair hair is a great way to update without sacrificing brightness. Read the style notes for tips and my professional formulations for creating a similar tone. –– Laura Martin

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These styles combine crimped texture with classic shapes for the perfect blend of the old and the new. The resulting styles are equal parts soft and dramatic, both avant garde and wearable. Crimped texture is making a comeback, giving hair a low-sheen fluffiness that provides a floaty feather-like feeling. The ruffled hair is easy to pin, holds long-lasting volume, and can be effortlessly sculpted and swept into a variety of shapes. Click the style notes for tips on getting the texture and using it in your favorite styles. –– Laura Martin 

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Knots are an easy way to put hair up, and they lend an edgy, slightly sporty vibe to high styles. Solitary topknots were everywhere last season, but the latest take on the trend  is to use multiple ties to create knobby texture and low-volume, futuristic shapes. These styles are less formal than most updos, easy to create, and unfussy. This style will toughen up a pretty top, add some interest to a little black dress, or simply control an unruly mane. Click through the style notes for tips and tricks to making your own version…. –– Laura Martin

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