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Debating A Hair Color Change?

You must check out this recently launched blog by genius colorist Johnny Ramirez (who works in Beverly Hills at the fancy-pants Chris McMillan salon) — it’s all-hair-color-all-the-time. Thinking of going blond? Well, you’ve got lots of blond photos to choose from. Check out “dark honey golden blond with subtle highlights,” “Swedish blond,” etc., and loads of kid hair pics, because we all know that children have the prettiest, most shiny, natural hair color. (Yes, I’m jealous.) Another thought: all his photos are perfect to print out and bring to your stylist for that little extra clarification! Coming soon, Johnny will be posting the videos of his color corrections—talk about major before and afters. [Box No. 216] Keep reading »

Breaking Down Hair Straightening Techniques

First up, Keratin Treatments. According to Garance: “Pretty much it covers up the hair with keratin (the protein hair is made of) and then they straighten it with a flat iron that penetrates through the keratin and then you wait for it to harden… Hence three days without washing. And that’s what straightens it. And then it lasts 6 months. No need to brush and blowdry, no need to do anything.” Check out the photo of Garance with her new straight hair.

Brazilian Blowout. It’s less about pin-straight hair and more about getting rid of frizz. Nicole Ritchie, as a hair example, loves Brazilian Blowouts. The Brazilian just softens whatever curl or wave you have. If the hair is air dried without a blow dryer, it will still have wave or curl but no frizz. On the flip side, if you want to blow dry your hair straight, you can do that, without a brush, in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken without the Brazilian. It washes away with time and is diffused, so there is no noticeable difference between new hair and treated hair.

And the most permanent of the straightening techniques, Japanese Straightening. (and I mean straight, you get stick straight hair!) It’s mainly for “virgin” hair, i.e. hair that hasn’t been highlighted or colored or permed, etc. The procedure—sometimes called thermal reconditioning or ionic retexturing—weakens the hair, breaking down each follicle’s cystine bond (the molecular arrangement that gives hair its shape) so that it’s vulnerable to restructuring; the hair is then flattened with a special ceramic iron, after which a neutralizing serum is added to keep it straight. It’s a precise and difficult process, and if a stylist is inexperienced or a less gentle metal iron is used, the effect is dried-out and damaged-looking. And note: Upkeep is something to think about—there will be a line of demarcation, meaning that when new hair grows in, it is curly/ wavy while the rest of the hair is straight.

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Emily Blunt Goes All Nude, Sort Of

Whoever said neutrals are boring hasn’t seen these photos! Emily Blunt posed for the LA Times Magazine, eschewing color and going with fierce earth-toned makeup. And while I’m not usually a fan of skin-toned clothing, this works. Do you love? Oh, check out more super-hot Emily photos, after the jump… Keep reading »

Beauty-Obsessed Travelers, Listen Up!

Frequent fliers (and fashion folk gearing up for Paris, London and Milan shows), this post is for you. A new website, 3floz.com, recently launched, and basically, it’s a site selling only products that are three fluid ounces or less! As their tagline says, “For those who travel, those who are curious and those who can’t commit.” And I’m not talking the usual drugstore stuff—founded by beauty junkies Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz, they sell Dr. Hauschka, Go Smile, Malin + Goetz, Ahava, DDF, Philip B, etc. etc.—beauty brands you actually love to use. Take that TSA! Good idea, right? [3floz.com] Keep reading »

DIY Your Own Paint-Splattered Shoes—Save A Bundle

Who needs to spend $795 on this pair of Alexander McQueen (RIP!) lace-ups when you can easily DIY ‘em for a teeny amount of money (not to mention a decent amount of fun!)? So, here’s how to do it: Dig up your old pair of bucks or lace-ups from back in the day (or for those who didn’t go through a massive tomboy phase, like myself, buy a cheapie pair here or here!)—any color will do, extra points for the ones with the red soles! When scouring for the perfect shoe, keep in mind that suede, in this case, is a very good thing (the paint will really stick to it!). Then get yourself some paints: I like fabric paints the best, like these. Pick four colors you’re into; reserve one to use as an accent color (meaning you won’t use too much of it). Check out the way the dark blue was used (sparingly), above. Either outside or in a space you don’t care about, get splattering! [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »

Beer-Flavored Lip Gloss Is Very, Very Real

The video above is typical beer company fare—hot young thing applies beer flavored lip gloss, guy plants one on her because, well, bro, she’s got beer on her lips. Is there a better way to get guys to make-out than put an alcoholic beverage on your lips? Clearly not, according to Heineken, at least in the world of advertising. Except that this whole situation is real—not just a man-dream—because the beer flavored gloss actually exists. (And it’s not the only bizarre-o gloss out there!) You can even buy it for just under five euros. Would you wear it? [Heineken via BellaSugar] Keep reading »

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