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.
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
True or false? An SPF of 100 protects you twice as long as SPF 50. The answer is a resounding false, with the difference between the two being so little it can be considered negligible.
This is the issue that watchdog organizations such as the Environmental Working Group are hoping to make public on the coattails of the US Food and Drug Administration's recent update of federal requirements for sunscreen. The push, which was put into place last year, bans terms such as "waterproof" from sunscreen bottles, as well as enforces that formulas block both UVA and UVB rays. Consumer groups are now arguing that high SPF numbers are just as misleading and dangerous as terms like waterproof.
"The high SPF numbers are just a gimmick," Marianne Berwick, professor of epidemiology at the University of New Mexico, told the Associated Press. "Most people don't really need more than an SPF 30, and they should reapply it every couple of hours." High SPF numbers, on the other hand, lead consumers to believe that they can spend more time in the sun without reapplying. Find out the truth about SPF numbers when you keep reading.
Summertime is all about manicures, pedicures, vibrant colors, and glowing skin from head to toe. The latest seasonal collections from top makeup brands feature loads of new shades to get you ready for the season ahead. We're sure you'll find plenty of new favorites to take up residence in your makeup bag and on your bathroom counter. Click on to see all the great stuff in store.
Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, SPF is naturally on the brain this time of year, but it's a skin care must all year long. Although the list of sun-protectant ingredients is relatively short, making sure your product contains chemical and/or physical ingredients is a necessity. But what's the difference between these two formulations anyway? Find out when you read on.
It's Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and we all know how important sunscreen is for preventing not only skin cancer, but also the photodamage that causes signs of aging in your skin. No matter what season it is, sunscreen is an important step in your daily skin care regimen. To find out what sunscreens are best for your skin type, keep reading.
If you're tired of side plaits or even wraparound milkmaid braids, here's something you'll want to try instead: the cascading braid. It's part French braid, part regular braid, and part waterfall, but 100 percent impressive. And best of all, it's rather easy to do. Just start by spritzing the hair with a working spray to add texture and hold; Kristy White of Festoon Salon in San Francisco (the hairstylist responsible for creating this gorgeous plait) recommends Oribe Superfine ($29). To see close-up pictures, along with step-by-step instructions on getting the look, just keep reading for more.
'Tis the season of warmth, sun, and eye-catching nails, and the hottest shade of the moment is ocean green. From creamy seafoam to sparkling turquoise, there's a bottle of blue-green lacquer waiting to polish your fingertips and toes. Click through to see the newest shades just hitting the beauty counters.
Whether or not Mother Nature is showing it right now, warmer temps are right around the corner. And all that sun means one thing: it's time to go full force on your SPF. We've rounded up the need-to-know products to make sure you're protected all Spring, all Summer, and all year long. Just keep clicking for the details.
Traveling on a plane can leave you feeling tired, dirty, and dehydrated — which is nobody's idea of fun. If you want to step off the plane looking and feeling your best, stash these purse-sized beauty necessities in your carry-on bag. The next time you fly (perhaps over the holidays?), you'll alight and be positively glowing.