It's almost the end of the Harry Potter flicks, my friends. Or more accurately, the happily ever after. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, so to gear up for the occasion, we'd like to pay tribute to the young women of Hogwarts — and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, to be accurate. So here are five of the things we loved best about Hermione, Luna, Ginny, and the rest of the gang.
- Do these celebrities look better as “Betty” or “Veronica”? You decide.
- Wear 24-karat eyeliner in two ways.
- Nail it with this season's coolest enamel colors.
- Guess who has a star tattoo.
- Follow these easy tips on applying daytime blush.
- Try this trendy ombré hair color for everyday wear.
- Do you know your novels vs. perfumes?
- Get in the October spirit with these must-have items.
- Darken your lips with these simple steps.
- Make your Marc with this DIY hair accessory.
To keep your hair from getting orange, put something that's on the opposite side of the color wheel on top of it, and bam! Brass neutralized. Blondie Bella uses purple shampoo every other day, and says it definitely helps you get the most wear out of your color. If you have any gray hair, these are also great to keep it from taking on a yellowish cast. There are also enough options to satisfy most people's needs, from drugstore bargains like One 'n Only Shiny Silver Conditioning Shampoo ($5) to more natural products like Lush Daddy-O ($9) and Unite Eurotherapy Blonda Shampoo, which is only available in salons. A brighter future (at least on top of your head) is a shampoo away.
There are two different types of this pigment: black and brown. The smaller amount of brown one has, the lighter or more ashen blond the hair will be. In turn, the higher the amount of brown, the darker or more brown the hair will be. As for black eumelanin, in high quantities, it's what makes the hair black. But in lower levels, it's responsible for causing the hair to become gray. So now you can dazzle your friends, giving them their own custom "hair reading," all thanks to your expert hair color knowledge.
While pheomelanin can be found in light- and dark-skinned people, females tend to have more of this type of pigment in their skin than men do. Hence, you'll often notice a slightly more pink or reddish quality to a woman's body. Also note that pheomelanin is more concentrated on the lips, nipples, and girly parts.
Even though we all have at least some pheomelanin in our hair, if you're a redhead, you're loaded with it, as it's what is responsible for imparting those fiery reddish tones to your locks. But don't forget about blondes, however, as pheomelanin, thanks to its yellowish tones within, works to determine the pigmentation of golden-haired beauties, too.
Raise your hand if you've tried Sun-In. My hand is raised — and so were my mother's eyebrows when I tried several squirts of the hair lightener back in junior high. My locks transformed into a rusty orange tone, and it wasn't pretty.
It always seems that everything old is new again. Remember how crimped hair was so well-represented at 2009 Spring Fashion Week? Well, if that wasn't old-school enough for you, word is that everyone's favorite low-cost beach spray, Sun-In ($5), is making a comeback. My advice — unless your hair is already blond or lighter brown, head to the salon for any and all attempts at lightening your hair. You know, unless you totally dig a carrot top.