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fabric hair tie

There are countless articles on creating the perfect ponytail and all of them have one thing in common: elastic hair bands. Elastic has many advantages. It stretches to conform to different thicknesses. It has a firm grip and doesn’t slide over the course of the day. It feels secure and works well as a base for pinning and clipping. But it’s also tough on your hair. I’m not saying that you should throw out your ponytail holders; they have a time and place (complicated updos, extra-high styles). But for a simple low bun or ponytail they’re not necessary, and using a bit of fabric will give you a more stylish look that’s easier on your strands. Learn how in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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sea breeze bun

Overused words and phrases lose the rich context of their original meaning, becoming clichés. Case in point: beach hair. Before the word “beachy” became the darling of the beauty industry it had lots of connotations: sun streaked, damp, wind-blown, wavy. This style recalls these original associations. It’s not wavy, but the wind blown messiness, seaweed textured tendrils and dampish gloss bring to mind a day at the ocean. Learn to create the look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Okay, so it’s still cold outside but the days are starting to get longer and spring is starting to seem closer. If you’re anything like me that means you’re already finding creative ways to wear open-toed shoes and bronzer, anything to pretend spring is already here. Flowered headbands are a great way to incorporate spring beauty into your late-winter ensembles. Click the style notes for tips on how to wear the look. –– Laura Martin

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The low ponytail has been a staple style for a few seasons now, but the versions that appeared on fall runways were stick straight and gathered together closer to the ends than the roots, leaving lots of loose bits. It was a pretty but a lot of work and hard to keep under control. This season we’re seeing subtly fuller variations punctuated with soft waves, a bit of backcombing, or a neat center part. These variations give you room to customize the look for your own style and strands. Learn how in the notes. ––  Laura Martin 

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