Beauty mags are full of the same homogenous crap. Skinny, pretty ladies shilling beauty products that cost a whole paycheck, promising to make you look and feel a certain way. Welcome to Beauty IRL, a new column in which we try to break down the aspirational walls of beauty coverage, and bring you real-life dispatches from the trenches, from someone who likes makeup, researches hair products and is pretty real about the whole thing.
I’ve always been jealous of those girls with long, thick, shiny hair. Those girls with “Pretty Little Liars” hair, the kind of hair that tumbles and twists and waves over their shoulders, all shiny and beachy and wind-tosed. Girls with tresses like this are always casually pushing their hair aside, lifting it up in great, shiny hanks and forming a complicated knot as they talk at you. They want you to think that they woke up like that, but really, they woke up at 7 a.m. and spent a good half hour with a curling wand and some heat spray. For a long time, that was the hair I wanted. Countless years of reading beauty blogs and a childhood spent turning the pages of Color Me Beautiful, purchased at a yard sale by my grandma, taught me to believe that I should hide my moon face with a long sheet of hair on either side, to create angles, because it is important to have a face that is sharp and angular, to have cheekbones that can cut glass. Keep reading »
My hair is wavy and impossibly thick. It looks pretty benign on the surface, but brushing, styling or highlighting it takes eons. Thick, wavy hair is theoretically great, but in practice it’s totally dependent on the day and whether my natural texture decides to cooperate. Those twee Pinterest tutorials that require a million little braids, or a delicate suspension of bobby pins? Forget about ‘em. I’m always happy to try in earnest, but 99 percent of the time, looks that aren’t specifically designed to have holding power will slide out, sag, or poof within minutes — and nobody wants to be the one at the party neurotically adjusting their headband placement every five seconds! I still haven’t gotten wavy hair care down to an exact science, but I’ve figured out pretty quickly that we wavy- and thick-haired ladies and a misunderstood bunch when it comes to style options. Click through for 10 styles designed to give our texture a little extra oomph!
Remember the lob haircut? That’s what the Institute For Creating Unnecessary Hybrid Words* decided to call a bob haircut that’s on the longer side, i.e. just past the shoulders. Gwyneth Paltrow got lobbed, Jessica Alba got lobbed, I got lobbed. But, guys, the lob is SO 2013. This year is all about the SHOB, a term I am happy to give to the Institute for a modest sum, that refers to bob haircuts that are on the shorter side. (You might be wondering what the hell a regular old bob looks like and I would tell you IT DOESN’T MATTER, this season is all about the SHOB, get on trend, dammit!) Anne Hathaway debuted hers on the red carpet last night and I love it. The shob is a totally versatile style for all hair types and face shapes, can be cut blunt or with layers, and looks rad both flat-ironed, air-dried or curly. Click through to see 13 other celebs currently rocking the shob to see what I mean…
*Not a real institute that I know of.
One of the things I lost when I stopped shampooing and cutting my hair was regular hangouts with my former hairstylist/now friend, Maggie. I met her after several bad experiences at Hair Cuttery and Great Clips, where I’d go for a $20 hair cut, say, “Fuck my hair up!” and the stylist would interpret that as “You want a layered bob.” I did not want a layered bob. I wanted fucked-up hair.
I think I was 22 when I started seeing Maggie on the reg. I decided I’d splurge on a $35 haircut at Regis, one of those slightly-more-upscale mall hair salons where you learn that paying $15 more for your haircut really goes a long way. It was a lot for me at the time when you counted the tip, too, but Maggie made it worth it. I said, “Fuck up my hair!” and she looked at my hair for a minute or so, decided how to artfully fuck it up, and proceeded to do so. Keep reading »
STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING. I’ve found the best hair product of the year for ladies with limp locks, like myself. I’ve always had pin straight, heavy hair, which means it goes flat within 30 minutes after a blow dry. Not anymore. Before I went out this weekend, a friend of mine told me I needed some “oomph” in my hair, before whipping out a canister of this texturizing & volumizing powder. Let me tell you, it is life changing, my friends. Oh, and the best part is that a portion of the proceeds will go to Look Good Feel Better, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the self-esteem of those undergoing cancer treatment. It’s a win-win. Keep reading »
We’ve seen the craziest beauty trends from New York Fashion Week, and now it’s time for the beauty looks you can actually wear. There were lots of wild looks at NYFW including rainbow brows and words spelled out of hair, but there were plenty of hair and makeup ideas that work off the runway. The best part is, you don’t have to wait until spring to try them out. Grab an eyeliner and some red lipstick and try one of these looks now.
Here are 10 beauty loks from New York Fashion Week that you need to try out! See them all over at The Gloss…