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"Bangs, bangs, bangs," said Jestin Johnson, of Jestin Lamars Haute Heads Hair Colour Studio. "Bangs are huge right now. Thick and heavy, elliptical or asymmetrical, bangs are in."

The big bang boom fits with a new trend toward disconnected haircuts. "Disconnect is great, because it lets you really customize a hairstyle," Jestin said. "If a client”s hair is thinner in front, you can disconnect the back, cut more layers there, and leave the front longer to keep the fullness. You can disconnect top to bottom, with heavy bangs and longer on top, falling over layering at the bottom – it gives you fabulous shape and movement. You”ll be seeing a lot of disconnected cuts, they”re fun and really give an individual style."

Blonde is still a popular color, but the new shades are softer, creamier. "Color trends are more subtle, lots of warm earth tones," said Mychael Hamlin of Salon 124 Sugarloaf. "Our blondes glow with papaya, honey and caramel colors. Brunettes reflect coffee, peanut butter and cinnamon." Color is dimensional, transitioning from a darker base to softer, lighter ends.

Curls are back, but in soft, romantic waves. "Texture is in," Hamlin said, "long layers and movement around the face, no hard lines, lots of elegance and style. It”s a classic look." He agrees that bangs are big, adding, "Swept bangs enhance the complexion and complement the color. It gives a more vibrant and youthful appearance."

The Complexities of Complexion
Now that your hair nicely frames your face, let”s talk about your skin. Sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections keep you from having that soft, dewy skin tone you remember from your youth. Luckily, now there”s something you can do about it.

Nationally, non-surgical cosmetic procedures increased by 51 percent in 2004, with clients spending $4.7 billion to look fresher and younger. Botox, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and collagen or restylane injections are more popular than ever. "When a person starts noticing crow”s feet around the eyes, or a frown line in the forehead that just won”t go away, that”s when they call us," said Veronica Lamb, office manager for Physician”s Pointe, which offers a broad range of cosmetic procedures.

Most people are familiar with Botox, injections of botulinum toxin type A that smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. Microdermabrasion is quickly catching up in popularity. By polishing away the outer layer of skin, this procedure reduces the appearance of fine lines, age spots and acne scars. "Microdermabrasion is completely painless and immediately give you brighter skin tone," Lamb said.

The Skin Spa at Sugarloaf also provides a full palette of rejuvenating and anti-aging treatments. "We offer everything from specialized facials to botox," said Skin Spa owner Cindy Smith. "All of our treatments are guaranteed to produce results you can either see or feel."

Although women are the primary consumers for cosmetic procedures, both Lamb and Smith note many male clients. "Men make up about 25 percent of our business," Smith said. "We address such a broad range of skin needs, we see almost every age group.


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