Frizzed-out hair can be a result of a variety of things: humidity, dry weather, and too-hot styling tools, just to name a few. And while there are countless products on the market to keep frizz at bay, there's a quick and easy way to help stop the problem in its tracks: say no to regular towels and say yes to turban-style towels instead. To discover a few reasons you'll love them, read on.
Kate Beckinsale always has perfect, glossy, frizz-free waves that break across her shoulders in just the right place. Clearly, having Frédéric Fekkai's Adir Abergel on hand is a big help, but there's also a trick to getting these kind of waves right. For Kate's hair at the Underworld: Awakening premiere, Abergel says that the key to creating her soft curls was starting low.
Specifically, he prepped the hair with the brand's Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel on the roots and the Highlight Care Illuminating Cream on the ends. After blow-drying, he then used a one-inch curling iron to wrap strands of Kate's hair starting two inches away from her roots. That way, she had a smooth-on-top look with silky waves below. It's a simple tip, but it makes a big difference. Abergel's other advice? For a look like this, curl away from your face.
Hair product can be a girl's best friend, but when used incorrectly, it can look like you've stepped off the set as an extra in The Birds. Chaz Dean, founder of Wen hair care, explains a few things to avoid when applying your favorite products. (Full disclosure: Wen, a sponsor of the Miss America pageant, flew me to Las Vegas to attend the show over the weekend.)
- Starting in the front: Since hair is more thick and dense in the back, product should be applied there first and then lightly diffused through to the front. If you do the opposite, the finer hair near the hairline can actually look weighed down and greasy — not a good thing.
- Overkilling the volumizer: "The less volumizer you use, the better," says Dean. In fact, using too much can give the opposite effect. To get hair that's more wowza than weighed down, he recommends spritzing a volumizer into the hands first and then lightly applying it to the hair.
- Allowing cream products just "sit" on your strands: Dean likens cream-based hair products to sunscreen. Would you just let your SPF sit on your face? No, you'd gently work it into the skin. The same applies for your hair lotions and creams: gently squeeze and press them into your hair for optimal results.
The day before the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Chaz Dean, founder of the Wen hair care system (full disclosure: Wen flew me to Las Vegas for the weekend's festivities), sat down with a group of beauty editors to discuss his process for keeping hair in tip-top shape. Lesson learned: if, despite your best efforts to keep it in prime condition, your hair is looking a little less than fabulous, the problem may be easier to remedy than you think. To see what Dean says you might inadvertently be doing to sabotage your hair, just keep reading.
There are a few ways you can get your hair to grow out faster, but there are also a few ways you can make your strands seem both longer and fuller. It's all about cut, color, and ensuring that your hair is in excellent condition. See four tips for mastering the art of illusion below:
- Keep your ends in tip-top shape: "The more your ends match your roots, the healthier the hair looks," explains master hairstylist Natasha Warton-Sanivskaya, of Cetana Salon Spa in San Francisco. So to keep your ends looking just as fresh as the roots, use protein-rich shampoo and conditioner to plump up the hair. Occasional applications of deep conditioners (on the ends only) will also make a huge difference.
- Think heavy: Severe lines create fullness and weight. So if your coiffure is looking a bit wimpy, consider getting a cut that has more of a blunt feel.
- Go darker: You don't have to go darker all over, but applying a color that's one shade deeper (whether it's warm or cool) around the outer perimeter, a longer, fuller look is achieved. Tip: Warton-Sanivskaya suggests adding a fun pop of color just under that top layer, at the parietal ridge. Not only will this technique provide lots of movement, but it also enables you to go from something more modest to something more playful — just by parting your hair in a different direction.
- Matchy-matchy: And going back to the ends-should-match-the-roots mantra, you can also revitalize washed-out, sun-lightened ends with a hue that coordinates with your roots.
Not only has world-renowned hairstylist Oribe styled countless Vogue editorials and covers (last year alone he did seven front-pagers!), but he's styled everyone from Naomi Campbell to Lauren Hutton over the course of his 34-year-long career. Most famously, however, is the work he has done with Jennifer Lopez.
Oribe launched his eponymous hair care in 2009, and as he said at a recent San Francisco event at Festoon Salon, "Hair is an instrument; you've got to take care of it." So to see more of his expert tips on the dos and don'ts of achieving hair perfection, keep reading.
Much as it stinks to say it, sometimes hair can smell not-so-fresh. "The more oily your hair, the more prone it is to picking up environmental pollutants, such as smoke, cooking odors, and other strong scents, that will make it smell," Glenn Lyons of the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic explained to the Daily Mail. And while the cause of smelly hair can be attributed to many factors — from actually having dirty hair to fungus infections to changes in hormone levels — there are a few ways you can get your hair smelling sweet this Summer. Find out various ways you can take the stench out of your strands when you read more.
Changing your hair color is fun; dealing with nasty root grow out isn’t. But roots are easier to cover up than you think. Whether you’re going back to your natural shade or just giving your hair a rest in between dye jobs, here are five ways to make growing out your roots totally painless. To see them, just keep reading.
For sensitive skin, using organic, natural shampoos can be one way to cure dry, itchy scalp. Here are some tips on what to look for when shopping for an eco-friendly hair product: make sure it's free of chemicals like SLS and parabens. Our BellaSugar editor Annie also recommends using Tigi Love Peace & The Planet - it's Eco Awesome!