Braided hairstyles are a Summer essential for a handful of reasons; they keep your hair off your face, they transition flawlessly from the beach to the dinner table, and they're incredibly beautiful. But not every plait you pull off needs to be the typical braid we've seen a million times. Need some inspiration? Click through to see some gorgeous celebrity braid inspiration.
It's more than typical for separation anxiety to kick in whenever you're faced with packing for a trip and leaving your favorite products behind. Travel restrictions make it so our full-size products need to stay at home while we're getting blissed out on vacation. But keep your chin up. We've rounded up 10 of favorite drugstore products in their travel-size counterparts . . . and they're all $10 or less.
Looking for more products under $10? Check out our ultimate drugstore beauty guide.
Hair can take a beating during the warmer-weather months, whether it be from the sun, the chlorine in your pool, or your blow dryer when you try to wrangle your frizz. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your strands in tip-top shape. Kim Vo shares his tips and secrets for keeping your hair healthy this season.
- Mist facial SPF onto your hair: To give hair "just a kiss of that sunshield," Vo says you should spray a facial SPF "and walk into it like a fine perfume." Be sure to try a product that's lighter and formulated for your face, though; this way, you won't be saddled with greasy hair. We like Philosophy's Here Comes the Sun Age Defense facial sunscreen ($30).
- Invest in UVA/UVB sprays: For another option, try hair spray with built-in protection. Just look for UVA/UVB filters on the label, and spritz on for instant defense.
- Seal the hair cuticle: Cuticles are the hard, rounded scales that create the outer layer of your hair, and they often take the brunt of the elements. Damaged cuticles stick up and make the hair look bristly, not to mention give your color a shorter shelf life. That's why Vo stresses the importance of keeping them flat with the proper cuticle-sealing products and tools.
- Accessorize your armor: Just because you're nurturing your hair doesn't mean you can't get a little stylish. Vo suggests tying a scarf around your head for a fashionable twist on sun protection. Or, embrace the wet hair look by using a leave-in product, slicking back your strands to keep them in good condition.
— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards
Summertime is both the best time and the worst time for hairstyling. When your hair behaves, it looks incredible. But getting there is a battle and a half. Luckily star stylist Sally Hershberger has released a new line of products that help tame even the most stubborn hair, and they can be mixed and matched to get your perfect regimen. And they are all under $15 each so it's easy to get the full set.
With the pixie cut craze hitting a crescendo, celebrities are getting pretty creative with how they style their short hair. Case in point: the pompadour. Demi Lovato showed a way for ladies with lobs to pull off this style by pulling her hair into a bumped-up French twist, while Miley Cyrus was seen sporting this voluminous coif with dark roots. And Halle Berry kept hers casual with highlights. All three ladies wore their pompadours slightly differently, but whose hair won in your book?
It used to be that a trip to Paris meant bringing along an empty suitcase to house all the drugstore beauty buys you'd stock up on. Fortunately, the days of product smuggling are just about over. Most of the products that travelers pine over are available stateside, thanks to that handy thing called online shopping. In honor of the Cannes Film Festival, click through to see the top 10 French brands you'll fall in love with . . . and keep your passport at home.
A high school movie just isn't a high school movie without a solid prom scene. Whether it's Sandy twisting with Danny in Grease or Andie Walsh getting her man in Pretty in Pink, these scenes and the beauty looks that went along with them are seared in our memories forever. Ready for a walk down memory lane?
Ever wonder how stars go from dark hair to blond hair almost instantly? Allure spoke to the experts and got the scoop.
Whenever I talk to colorists about dyeing my naturally dark hair light blond, they act like I just decided to get a tattoo on my face. And both times I've tried it, the colorist has taken me on a six-month, multiple-salon-trip odyssey, by the end of which I didn't even want to be blond anymore. Maybe this is just how things are, but if that's true, then how is it that celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lawrence are able to bypass the weird, partially highlighted phase and go from dark to light without destroying their hair? Get the answers from stylist Tracey Cunningham when you keep reading.
Reese Witherspoon is back to her signature blond hair after a short stint as a brunette. The actress stepped out sporting the golden color change at her son's baseball game over the weekend. Reese had originally dyed her hair brown for her roll in The Good Lie, but shooting recently wrapped up in Atlanta. Are you glad to see her back to her iconic blond roots?
Don't forget to check out our gallery of celebrity style changes!
When you stop into the salon for a professional blowout, your hair just seems to behave better. Women with thick hair get the polished look they crave, while ladies with flat strands get the volume they desire. Save time and money with these at-home blowout tricks that won't have you blasting your hair with heat either.
Full-on volume: If you just can't contort your arms into the perfect position to get a great blowout at home, you're better off trying hot rollers. Roll large sections using medium to jumbo rollers. As they cool down, you'll get the same root-lifting effect of a round-brush blowout (without all the exercise). Opt for a flexible-hold hair spray and brush through with your fingers, so the curls fall out for a more natural bounce.
Sleek and smooth: Let your hair air dry until 90 percent of the moisture is gone, then blow-dry hair with a round brush until sleek. Use a flat iron to smooth roots, and spritz hair with dry shampoo like Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($20) as a finishing touch for the ultimate volume.