From the daily archives: "Monday, August 12, 2013"


Owner of AJF Salon, Sacramento, Adam Federico is a master stylist with great heritage as a hairdresser. So we’re thrilled he’s sending his latest inspirational work to Style Noted Towers. After last week’s Messy Texture Crop showed how to add shape and movement to short, straight styles, this is stellar example of how to bring out the timeless elegance, beauty and grace of natural African American textures. For Adam’s own insights to creating this gorgeous shape, color, and texture, click style notes.

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game of thrones

Call me a fantasy fiction nerd, but I love Game of Thrones. The story is epic, the costumes amazing, and the hair is a dream for a braid-obsessed girl like me. While there are many great braids among the leading ladies, the best belongs to Daenerys Targaryen. The Mother of Dragons goes on an important personal journey through the story and it’s visually reflected through her hair. My favorite look is her double French braids in a half updo. It’s easy to emulate and gets the hair out of your face, so you’ll be ready to conquer a city. Click through to style notes for tips and tricks on getting this look. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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One week ago I packed my Brooklyn apartment into a U-Haul truck and drove to central Georgia to start a graduate program at Georgia College and State University in the quaint southern town of Milledgeville. I quickly discovered that things operate on a different scale down in the south: bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger portions, and of course, bigger hair. But hair in Georgia looks a bit different than I’d expected. There’s not a lot of teasing and stiffness. Instead, women tend to opt for shapes that have a combination of height and movement –– styles that get better, not worse, in the humid air. Read on for steps to looking like a modern southern belle. –– Laura Martin

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Gems are fantastic sources of hair color inspiration because of their inherent reflective facets. As example, this sparkling taupe takes it’s hue from the silicate mineral, topaz. Pure topaz is colorless but impurities tint it’s prismatic surfaces with pinks, browns, and a multitude of other colors. This pastel chestnut shade is one of the more common variations. Read on for my professional formulation and application tips for luminous Topaz. –– Laura Martin

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