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As regular readers know, I am yet to meet a braid I didn’t love. And though I’m not an expert weaver like some, ( I stick to basic braids and read all the hacks I can find) I have picked up on some easy tricks to take anyone’s braid, whether basic or complex, to the next level of cool. Click through to learn three tricks you can tuck away for any hair braid day. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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Often the things that I find most inspiring are small things, simple things, like the cluster of rainbow bobby pins that adorned the models’ hair at Max Mara’s Fall 2016 show in Milan. Pinning hair back from the face evokes activity while the primary colors and clean small shape of the pins add cheery youthfulness. The result feels both familiar and novel, especially when paired with matte skin, unembellished eyes, and a bold dark lip. Learn to create the look in the notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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The wavy lob that’s been the go-to for the last few seasons is starting to feel a bit tired. Hairstyles are moving away from the middle ground and toward the ends of the spectrum. So you can still wear a bob and be on-trend, but it’ll need to be a crisp, chin length version. If that sounds too extreme, you may want to head in the opposite direction to the aggressively layered, unruly shape of a shag. THe shag is often shown as a longer cut, but the original shag, worn by Jane Fonda in the 1971 movie Klute, was shoulder length and subsequent versions—worn by celebrities ranging from Joan Jett to Meg Ryan—range from mid-back to chin, with plenty of variations you can have right now. Click the notes for classic examples of shags that you won’t need to grow into. ––  Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →

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From the chaotic buzz about upcoming trends for 2016 the return of geometric cuts is one of the few points of consensus. Clean lines and crisp edges are about to have a moment. This is great news for some, but for others, blunt shapes induce panic. For the thick haired, they conjure images of boxy bulk. For curly strands they induce blowdrying nightmares. For those with strong or asymmetric features, they connote harshness. But most people can wear a cut with strong geometry, as long as it’s the right one. Click the notes to learn the secrets. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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We’re officially in the holiday season, a time when parties abound. Some of these parties may be formal enough to call for a French twist, but more often holiday parties are an occasion where you want to look good, but not necessarily formal. I created the look pictured above for a friend who was looking for something original for a fun, low-key event. Bohemian yet chic, it pairs beautifully with a simple dress or skinny jeans and a metallic tee. Click the notes for my illustrated step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →