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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of signature style (you can read my musing on celebrities with a signature look here  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but my salon appointments aren’t as dramatic as they used to be. In my twenties every visit to the salon yielded a major change—inches chopped or dramatic new color—but now that I’m in my thirties I’m more likely to opt for a subtle shift in formula, or a slight tweak in the shape of my bangs. I’m hesitant to make big changes, in part because I want to be easily recognizable. I want someone who sees my picture online to recognize me at a conference or trade show. There’s a lot of talk these days about branding, and I think many of us want to be seen as a self-sufficient package, autonomous and valuable. Beauty bloggers are a great example; they need to walk the line between having a clear, consistent aesthetic and offering inspiration that is surprising enough to maintain interest. Click the notes to learn how three of my favorites—Lua P, Nadia Esra, and Ebba Zingmark—get it just right. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

In the 1920s, when bobs first came into style, the cut was associated with the controversial flapper movement. Still wanting to be fashionable, less daring ladies wore their hair waved and pinned into head hugging shapes. Today, we know bobs are here to stay, but if you want the look without the commitment, this coif is a beautiful way to fake a shorter style. Get your own flapper inspired look in a few easy steps….

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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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Rihanna’s back on Instagram and aren’t we glad. If not, we may never have seen her new chestnut brown locks. This dimensional brown color, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s idyllic hue, has a reddish filter, which distorts it a little, but the luster and richness of the tone still shines through. If it’s something you’d like to try before Christmas falls, click notes for our tips.

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Known for her soft, sexy, always perfectly placed waves Veronica Lake’s glamorous hairstyle has been copied on every red carpet since she first stole Hollywood’s heart with her signature look. Even the biggest stars of Tinsel Town have struggled to match her enviable old world beauty and mystique. But Jessica Alba gives it a good run. What she lacks in seductive gaze, she makes up for in beautiful tumbling ‘S’ shaped swirls, an eye-catching asymmetrical face-frame, and cheery sensibility. Surprisingly, this kind of style is easy to replicate at home. Click notes to get your glam on…

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