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Contrast is one of the most important aspects of design, lending balance and distinction to otherwise harmonious elements. We tend to think of contrast as striking polarities—black and white, short and long—but using contrasting lines is a great way to add variance that doesn’t feel dramatically discordant. Pairing straight hair with a jagged part or waves with a crisp dividing line creates a subtle, pleasing contrast. Get step-by-step instructions in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Straight with a jagged part: Prep hair with set and style spray, misting evenly roots to ends. Add a few drops of defrizz serum to tips. Use fingers to create a very rough zigzag shape along the center line of the head. Dry hair with a large paddle brush. Refine with a round paddle, smoothing ends, with medium heat. Set with a blast of cool shot from dryer nozzle, pointed toward ends. Finish with fierce.

Wavy hair with a crisp part: Massage a handful of volume foam into roots and scrunch a handful of curl definer into ends. Use the edge of a comb to create a crisp, clean line, just off center, stopping at top of crown; comb remaining hair straight back. Use duckbill clips to secure hair on either side of parting. Diffuse hair, lifting at roots to create volume through crown and cupping ends to expand texture. When all moisture is gone, mist ends lightly with healing oil and shake through. Finish with fierce.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle 


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