New legislation out of California today forces Brazilian blowout products to list their potentially hazardous materials on the label. It’s great news if you’re into staying away from hair products that contain possible carcinogens, bad news if you just want your hair silky and straight and prefer to be kept in the dark about what nasty things it could be doing to your health.
The new labels will inform users that formaldehyde gas is emitted during use, which has been proven in some cases to cause cancer. It’s not only unhealthy for women who use it on their own hair, but also for hairstylists who inhale the product when they use it on clients. Part of the settlement requires companies to hand out pamphlets to salons on how to stay safe while using the stuff.
OK. Can we just accept our curly hair already and stop using this junk? Read more…
Once upon a time, a woman with a thick head of thin hair had a problem. This problem was that every winter, her hair frizzed up like static electricity was running through her veins. She fretted wearing hats. She fretted wearing earmuffs. Winter was quite unpleasant. Then she discovered L’Oreal Professional Mythic Nourishing Oil — a fancy sounding product that is basically just beautifully-scented oil to be patted on the ends of wet or dry hair. To her great joy, Mythic Oil lived up to its name: winter frizzies are now as rare as a unicorn. And woman and her think head of thin hair lived happily ever after! [$14.69, Amazon]
My blond hair shows even the slightest bit of oiliness at the roots, so I’m a little neurotic about having clean hair. And by “a little neurotic” I mean at the first sign of oil I’m jumping in the shower, lathering up and screaming, “Out, damned grease!” Lady Macbeth-style. I’ve tried dry shampoo, and it’s good for building volume, but it’s just not the same as having clean hair. I know it’s better for your hair to wash it less frequently, but the longest I can go between washes is two days. Some of my friends only wash their hair once a week and hate the texture of “just washed” hair. I envy their lifestyle. So I’m wondering — how often do you wash your hair? How do you maximize the time between washes? Answer our poll, after the jump! Keep reading »
Brooklyn, she is a squirrely strange beast. A land of artisinal cheeses and small-batch decorative axes. She is also a land where men occasionally deign to tuck their long hair into buns. This is newsworthy, so says The New York Times, which has devoted more than a thousand words to exploring the not-actually-a-trend tremd. It seems a writer for the paper visited a Brooklyn bar and saw two bartenders there who preferred wearing their long locks in a bun, rather than a hair net.
But really, how do you make this exotic hair bun — on a clunky, squarish man’s head, no less? Keep reading »
Short haircuts are not only gorgeous, they’re pretty low maintenance. Most days you can wash your hair and be out the door. But if you’re looking to change things up a bit, whether for your workday, a night out, or a glitzy event, here are 5 striking styles perfect for short hair…
We need to talk about scene kid hair. I know this conflagration of wild color, straight ironing and intense bangs isn’t a new thing, but I’m a million years old, and I continue to be amazed and frightened by what teenagers do to themselves. You may be wondering: what’s a scene kid? Isn’t the term “scene” used to describe any specific genre of music listener? Not so! In this case, scene refers to kids that listen to a particular genre of music dubbed “scene” music, best categorized as “screamo/emo,” and exemplified by absolutely horrifying bands like Hawthorne Heights and Brokencyde, which are truly, truly the worst. Okay, I’m a little obsessed with Brokencyde.
Scene kids give themselves stupid nicknames like Jeffree Star, Kiki Cannibal or Dani Gore. They wear a lot of eyeliner and skinny jeans. And they do a lot of online journaling and YouTubing. If you’re still confused, go to the mall and ask the teenager working at the Journeys or the As Seen On TV kiosk.
Keep clicking for 10 definitive markers of Scene Kid Hair, to better recognize when you yourself might be in the presence of a real, live scene child. Enjoy!