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Not too long now and April showers will be turning into May flowers and we’ll all be loads happier. For now, however, we’re still contending with the rain and the wind and the sleet and the snow. None of this is good for hair, causing dryness, frizz and flyaways; making tresses harder to style. One happy trick is to wear a hat. Hats are fashionable and cool, and they protect your hair. Jessica Biel, Diane Kruger, and Hailee Steinfeld have, as they endured winter weather to attend glamorous premieres and fashion shows (bless their brave cotton socks), been leading the vanguard. For tips on achieving all three of these looks, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

jessica chastain

Usually styled into soft, undulating, brushed-out waves, Jessica Chastain’s gorgeous, natural red locks are part of her signature. But she showed up at Givenchy’s Fall ’13 Fashion Show in Paris with a starker and stronger look. Typically, we’re not huge fans of making hair stick straight –– texture has too much personality to be put into too many unyielding positions –– yet this sleek look brings new emphasis to Jessica’s structured cheekbones. Most marvelous of all, the linear lines show off the gorgeous sparkle and shine of her copper-toned hue. If you have long hair and would like to achieve striking straightness, click style notes for styling tips.  Click for StyleNotes →


Known for long, flowing flaxen locks, Naomi Watts joined the craze for bob-length styles with her latest look. The chin-grazing cut features a casual center-part, soft, natural texture, and light layering around the face-frame. Debuted at Paris Fashion Week, we think this style helps her look younger and fresher; more modern, less severe. If you are thinking about taking your own hair from long to a fashionable bob-length, click style notes for tips.  Click for StyleNotes →


Like the rest of the world, we adore Olivia Palermo’s sense of fashion and style, and her hair is one of her best and most recognizable features. Here she wears center-parted locks with in-swinging, ‘C’ shaped curvature and remarkable shine and glister. It’s a romantic, alluring style, reminiscent of the late sixties and seventies. Often celebrity color trends are hard for consumers to follow; there tends to be lots of striking, vanguard tones, yet unless you have an entourage, they can be hard to maintain. But this is a perfect example of using color to enhance an everyday look. Because she’s kept it close to her natural hue, the process is easier, and the colorist can focus on adding brilliance. For tips on creating a similar finish, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →


If you have natural wave and curl, you’ll have seen the envious stares and have heard ladies with straight strands proclaim: “OMG, I love your texture!” Curly hair is gorgeous; full of life and personality. But it can also be difficult to manage. The idea that those with curly hair jump out of bed looking fabulous with perfect little ringlets is, sadly, a myth. But with a few tricks and the right products, natural texture can be transformed from  burden to blessing. Whether you have waves or ringlets, frizz or flatness, it’s a matter of tailoring your approach to the needs of your tresses. Read on for customized steps and professional recommendations. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →