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Hair/September 18, 2017

5 Curly Hair Tips and Tricks

Having a good curly hair day is harder than it looks. Good news is you’re in the right place to get your easiest, healthiest hair routine ever. Here are five curly hair tips and tricks that will keep waves and curls looking shiny and strong.

 1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up

Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom and yanking your way through with a comb.

2. Trim regularly to avoid split ends

Split ends are never a good look (not to mention they can make your hair frizzy!). If you want healthy curls that look bouncy and fresh, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.

3. Use product “cocktailing” to customize your haircare regimen

Product cocktailing is simply mixing two or more products together to meet your specific styling needs such as smoothing serum plus mousse, and coconut oil plus styling gel. Both allow for supreme hold without leaving your hair dry and crunchy.

4. Rely on a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to detangle

Curly hair is the most fragile type on the block, and each curl is a potential breaking point. Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls and it doesn’t disrupt the natural curl pattern as much as a brush would.

5. Apply a conditioning treatment to your ends

When your hair goes through a dry or dull phase, what you don’t want to do is weigh it down with a ton of product. Simply use your fingertips to apply a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends, giving them extra moisture and bounce.

Hair/August 22, 2017

5 Stylist-Approved Tips for Healthier Hair

You already trim every six-to-eight weeks and employ the help of a hair mask, so what’s left to learn on the path to better hair? According to Christian Wood, the hairstylist behind Emily Ratajkowski’s faux bob and Olivia Munn’s infamous chop, there’s more. Wood shares his insider hair rules and styling tips for healthier, red carpet-worthy hair.

Sleep on Silk 

“This tip gives a literal spin on beauty sleep, making eight hours dozing off beneficial to your hair. “I always recommend my clients to sleep on a silk pillow,” Wood says. “Damage is caused while sleeping due to the hair being roughed up and tangled. A silk pillow will help give a more slippery surface for the hair and [will] avoid excess friction, resulting in less repeat styling and brushing.”

The Secret and Cheap Treatment

The secret to Emily Ratajkowski-level hair is hidden at your local drugstore. “The little tubes of conditioner you get in at-home hair coloring boxes are a must for an emergency treatment,” Wood reveals. “They contain silicone which leaves a film over the hair creating a super shiny, lustrous effect.” He doesn’t recommend using this trick daily, but keep one on hand for special events.

Use a Quick Drying Towel

“To cut styling time I always recommend clients wear a quick dry towel wrap directly after washing,” recommends Wood. Anything to help reduce heat application is always a plus, so use this product to “reduce frizz, reduce drying time, and make hair more manageable” while styling. You can try the Turbie Towel, but we also recommend Aquis’ cult-favorite turban.

Try Another Miracle Oil

Coconut oil might reign as the omnipotent, magical elixir, but there’s a new oil to try. “If I work with a client two days in a row, I don’t always want to re-wash the hair but it still needs to be re-softened and styled again,” explains Wood. “I use a simple trick off adding a few drops of almond oil in a water spray bottle and misting through the hair. This helps break down product residue so re-styling is more manageable while also adding softness and shine. Great on next day curly hair when you don’t want to wash again but the curls need reforming.”

Meet the Micro Trim

If you thought you were bad for skipping a haircut, you’re in for a surprise. According to Wood, we should all be up-keeping our hair with what he deems the ‘micro trim’: “It’s not a full hair cut but it’s just enough to keep split ends and at bay and adds movement to the hair, resulting in easier styling and manageability.”

Beauty/July 20, 2017

2017 Nail Trends to Try This Summer

Instead of picking up a pastel polish at the nail salon this spring, may we implore you to experiment? We looked to the spring 2017 runways for nail art and color inspiration. Here’s the brightest blues, funkiest lines, and shimmeriest shades we could find.

Metallic Ombré

The gradient trend may be fading away from hair, it’s just getting started on nails. Zero + Maria Cornejo and Milly brushed on a shimmery silver over a clear base, while Michael Costello used a deep burgundy on top of a glittery gold.

Asymmetrical French Manicure

The nail art seen at Marissa Webb and Cushnie et Ochs isn’t your hometown hairdresser’s French Mani. Instead of having white line the tops of your nails, the snowy shade cuts across a beige base diagonally.

Millennial Pink

You aren’t the only one obsessed with the unapologetically feminine shade. Millennial pink got the high-fashion seal of approval at Naeem Khan, Adam Selman, Lela Rose, and Reem Acra.

Cuticle Jewelry

Instead of sliding on a ring or two, Rodarte and Fyodor Golan offered an alternative way to accessorize your fingers. Both rimmed the cuticle area with a shimmery or striking shade; the metallic looked like a tiny gilded chain, the blue read more like a statement necklace.

Abstract Art

You don’t have to be Picasso to master this trend. Just grab some of your favorite polish shades and have at it. At Proenza Schouler, it was all about randomly freehanded squiggles. Manicurists at Tanya Taylor and Carmen Marc Valvo, on the other hand, created colorful arcs. Then, we saw Miami-inspired lines at Christian Siriano.

Electric Orange

This vibrant shade isn’t just for your lips this spring, we’re also loving it for tips. Just look at it at Tibi and Blugirl. We don’t blame you if you want to do both at the same time.

Hair/June 21, 2017

5 Best Hair Sprays for Men

Hair spray for men is great for styling your hair. One of the greatest questions of our time is, are men allowed to use hairsprays? By all means, they should! It’s very unlucky if men are only allowed to use gels and waxes. Although gels and waxes are perfect for creating various hairstyles yet it tends to be heavier on your hair. This is why hair spray for men is the best alternative.

It is an excellent way of adding volume to your thin hair. However, it’s also great for men who have thick hair. Men who have thin hair are always having issues in adding volume and lift. Yet, a few people know that men who have thick hair are also facing challenges in styling their hair. Due to the denseness of their hair, the natural oil on the scalp will not be able to reach the tip of the hair, making it look dry and brittle. If you have a thick hair then you need a hair spray that can give you more hold since you already have tons of volume and lift. It should be able to make your hair stay exactly where you want it to be.

1. John Frieda Luxurious Thickening Hairspray

If you need additional volume on your hair then we recommend this product. This hair spray is specifically created for providing volume or lift to your hair. Just spray it 3 to 4 times on your hair. You can also blend it with other John Frieda volume products to make your volume issues disappear.

2. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger

This is the best hair spray for men who have curly hair. It incorporates wild ginger which is beneficial to your hair. It can invigorate the roots, making your curls look fuller and healthier. This hairspray also works on men with straight hair.

3. L’Oréal Elnett Extra Strong Hold

Whether you have thick or frizzy hair, this product will work for you. This hairspray offers a long-lasting hold without feeling sticky or heavy. Additionally, it can shield your hair from humidity.

4. Gatsby Super Hard Set and Keep Spray

This hair spray is not only effective but very affordable too! It provides an amazing texture to your hair. Your hairstyle can last longer without any residue. Aside from retaining a strong hold, it can also make your hair shiny and UV protected plus you can enjoy a refreshing citrus scent.

5. Schwarzkopf Professional Got2b Rockin’It

This hair spray can give you a weightless firm hold that can last for the entire day. This means that you don’t have to make any touch ups. You cannot feel any sticky substance on your hair, so you can rock your style from morning ‘til evening.

Hair/May 17, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Your Dry Shampoo

If you aren’t using dry shampoo already, you’re missing out. Case in point: The oil-absorbing, style-extending product can help you avoid washing your hair for five whole days. Even if you do already have this multipurpose miracle product in your haircare arsenal, you may not be getting the most out of it if you’re buying the wrong dry shampoo for you or using it the wrong way.

First thing’s first, don’t blindly buy the first dry shampoo you come across in the drugstore or the one your friend is obsessed with. Dry shampoos are made for specific hair textures, colors, and with different goals in mind, so be sure to pick the right one for you. The options are pretty much endless: There are volumizing versions for fine hair, black colored versions for dark hair, and loose hair powders for those who want to opt organic.

Some other key tips: Don’t spray the dry shampoo all over. While there’s certainly no harm, since it will help add allover texture, if it’s the just-washed look you’re after, part and spray the roots, then brush out with a boar bristle brush to absorb all the hair’s build up oil and volumize the roots in the process. Don’t forget to work the dry shampoo into the crown of your head too to get extra volume (and a super-clean look). Another trick: Spray dry shampoo on the brush directly, wait a few minutes, and then use a zig-zag motion to add texture and ensure the product is fully absorbed. If you’re using a loose dry shampoo powder, apply to your roots with a fluffy makeup brush to avoid white splotches of powder that can be hard to blend in with the rest of your hair.

To help dry shampoo absorb fully, you can also apply to roots at night so in the morning, hair is all ready to go. Whatever you do, just don’t touch roots afterwards—your hand’s oils will transfer to your hair, undoing all of your hard work. A few other dry shampoo mistakes to avoid at all costs? Spraying on wet hair, or becoming over-reliant on dry shampoo (um, guilty as charged), which can actually dry out your scalp in the winter and cause dandruff.