From the daily archives: "Tuesday, March 19, 2013"


Rebecca Alexander, editor of, told us: “I am fascinated by really curly hair. I’m Jewish, but without the curls, which is upsetting because curls look like so much fun, so distinct.” Unfulfilled hairstyle dreams is not what we’re about on Style Noted, so we fixed it for Rebecca to go to ARROJO to see veteran Fashion Week stylist, Tim Duenas, about making her own afro. As you can see the results were amazing; Rebecca finally got the hair of her dreams: “I felt like Beyonce! Everybody was looking at me. It’s the perfect fit for my big personality. I love how it changes the length and gives me volume, too. This has to be the best way to achieve big hair. I’m in love, and it feels good!” For anyone that wants a similar boost to how they look and feel, Tim and Rebecca were kind enough to collaborate on a pictorial how-to. So to learn to make your hair into an afro, click style notes.

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This is, hands down, the classiest way to tackle a bad hair day. Scarves are a beautiful trend for spring, guaranteed to make you feel feminine and European. Wearing a scarf on your head is delightfully girly, like cooking in a vintage apron. Its a great way to hold your hair in place on bike outings and while driving with the windows down. They’ll protect a sleek updo, and allow you to transition seamlessly from cleaning your bathroom to having brunch. Click the style notes for tips on wearing this timeless accessory.

–– Laura Martin

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You went to the salon. You got a great color and cut. Your stylist blew it out beautifully. You felt fabulous. Then, a few days later, after you washed it, you couldn’t recreate that salon look. This is a common challenge, especially for women with long hair who love smooth blow-outs with lots of body. So we asked acclaimed stylist and educator, Nick Arrojo, to share techniques, tips and tricks for bigger and better blowdries. Click style notes for his exclusive and surprisingly simple, professional insights.

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Hair provides a casement for the features, enhancing or minimizing by creating balance or emphasis. Often, a haircut is focused on getting the right shape –– long or short, sleek or voluminous –– but just as important is the space left behind. This is what artists call “negative space.” In a haircut negative space is not empty; instead, it is the area that is given to the features. Usually, it is easy to see poor composition ––  hair hanging low over eyes shortens the face, too many strands on the cheeks is an aging effect –– whereas styles that are carefully composed often just look right. But if you know what to look for, you can understand the art form. And for a lot of people, it is simply a matter of finding the confidence to soften problem areas with diffused lines, rather than trying to hide them with bulky hair. Meanwhile, you can draw attention to your best assets by giving them the space to shine. To see celebrity examples of using negative space in good and bad ways, click style notes.  –– Laura Martin

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