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Photo: Sergio Kurhatec

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Cynthia Joy Dixon
In 2010, Cynthia's coarse salt-and-pepper hair was transformed into a sleek, light brown bob with the help of a dye job, a shoulder-grazing cut, and a flatiron. Eyebrow shaping and elegant makeup (including a tomato-red lipstick and lots of black mascara) added polish. A flattering all-white top-and-pants ensemble gave her a long-and-lean look.

What worked... "I loved the haircolor and feeling gorgeous. The whole pampering experience was a first for me."

What didn't... "Every time I had my hair dyed it came out a slightly different color. And though the photo in the magazine was beautiful, it didn't look like me. I want to be able to recognize myself!"

How life intervened... "Keeping up my new look was too hard. So I decided to embrace my natural hair texture and color."

What she needs now... Advice about how to play up her curls and her gray.

And how she got it... Starting about an inch from Cynthia's roots, hairstylist Ken Paves painted honey highlights and dark golden lowlights for a warm, textured calico effect. He touched up her natural curls with a ¾-inch-barrel curling iron. Makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor emphasized Cynthia's eyes with black gel liner, a dark bronze eyeshadow all over her lids, and a matte black shadow pressed delicately over that. He kept the rest of her face understated, finishing with a nude, supermoisturizing lip gloss.

The Fashion

A cobalt wrap dress flatters Cynthia's curves, and the knee length gives her the coverage she prefers. A chunky necklace and heels add subdued shine. (Dress, Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon, $450. Necklace, Gerard Yosca. Shoes, Rupert Sanderson.)