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Twist and style

Twisting your hair no longer means you're neurotic. It now suggests something else: You're trendy.

Playful 'dos, created by twisting and sometimes knotting hair, are sprouting up on fashionable scalps this summer.

"It's fun, disconnected and messy," says Joanne Mandato, a hair stylist at Studio 1612 in Mount Washington, where the look has been a hit with clients and pros. "It's not so contrived."

Although the hairstyle may seem unpolished, glamorous celebrities like Daisy Fuentes, Fiona Apple and Jennifer Aniston have turned up at high-profile events with twisted locks, adding to the appeal.

Mandato likes the look because it allows long hair to look short without a cut. It's more creative than a French twist or pony tail. And she says it's easy and quick to section off hair, twist, knot, pin and go. It helps to apply some mousse or gel beforehand, but the goal, she says, is intentional imperfection.

Another plus: These styles create the perfect wispy nest for pretty hair clips.

When it comes to lipstick, eye pencils and powder, celebrity makeup artist Maria Romano has this advice for women: Less is more.

"Makeup is about revealing, not concealing," she says. "Make it as sheer and simple as possible."

She'll bring that beauty philosophy to Harbor Court Hotel this Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of an eight-city spa tour to benefit Cancer Cure Inc., a nonprofit organization for cancer patients and caregivers.

Sponsored by Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, the event will include makeovers by Romano as well as facials, pedicures, manicures and foot massages by local pros. Prices range from $15 to $40.

Romano is well-versed in the beauty business. The daughter of a hairstylist, she worked as an editor at Elle before switching from fashion journalism to cosmetics. She's worked backstage on fashion shows for Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. And she's made up the faces of celebrities including Bette Midler, Carmen Electra and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The product that the 33-year-old New Yorker wouldn't leave home without: Bobbi Brown Essentials Bronzing Powder. It gives her, she says, a realistic glow.

For more information on the spa tour, the toll-free number is 877-407-SPAS.

Tati, the French bridal superstore, has opened its first store in the United States, located on New York's Fifth Avenue. Its lure to customers: No wedding gown in the store costs more than $590.

"We offer one-stop shopping for the bride," says Ilyse Wilpon, part-owner of Tati North America, as she strolls through the 4,000-square-foot boutique.

Dozens and dozens of bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid and flower-girl dresses are on display at the store, decorated in Tati's signature pink-and-white gingham design. The store also sells veils, gloves, lingerie, garters and stockings.

The bridal gowns come in a variety of fabrics and styles, from a simple sheath to a beaded gown with a sweeping cathedral train. Prices start at $99. (The gown at left is $350.)

Tati, which has 53 stores worldwide, recently opened in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. It plans to expand to other cities in America.

Associated Press

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