So, last night I had a date with a guy who showed up with mutton chops. Three weeks ago he did not have them. And now he does.* Sigh.
The man who can pull off exaggerated sideburns is a rare breed, but it seems, guys really like to go for it several times in their life. Looking back, I recall with dismay two boyfriends who decided to grow mutton chops, plus a handful of male friends who had surprised me with new facial ‘dos after not seeing them for a while. Commenting on it, of course, is inevitable, and always met by the question, “Yeah, do you like it?” “Ummm … interesting.” In a way, you can’t blame them. Girls have so many more styling options, and if I were a guy, I’d probably get bored and frustrated with my look. I’m just not sure I’d turn myself into Colonel Mustard. You know how in women’s fashion, we always talk about “dressing for guys” and “dressing for girls”? Is this the male equivalent? Do any ladies find mutton chops hot?
*For the record, the date was splendid—disliking a guy’s facial hair situation wouldn’t change the way I really feel about him. Keep reading »
OK, here it is: I am dying, dy-ing for super shiny hair. Maybe it’s because the weather’s turning cold and depressing and it’s only October, maybe it’s because I’m not feeling all that purdy these days, or perhaps it’s because I just came across this photo of Courteney Cox and can’t stop obsessing over her freaking super-glossy hair. (Um, not to mention Charlize Theron’s hair these days—yeah, perfection.) I don’t know. But what I do know is I want. I need. How do I get? Let’s see… Keep reading »
Maybe it was the triumphant return of formerly long-haired supermodel Irina Lazareanu (above) to the spring 2010 runway alongside other bowled-over mannequins, actresses like Kelly Osbourne sporting the look, or just numerous hip, beautiful young things roaming around N.Y.C. and L.A. … but we can ignore this insidious haircut no longer. It seemingly knows no gender bounds, and it’s personal to those of us who suffered this traumatizing fate back in the day: Once upon a time, your mom got sick of chasing you around to detangle your scraggly hair so, exasperated, she plopped a cereal bowl on your head, trimmed your glorious locks around the edges, and, yes, you still had to go to school the next day. (Shudder.) Of course, the look is far more chic if you meant for it to look that way. But we have to wonder if only models, rock stars (Karen O. always manages to make it work) and the most stylish of the fashionable set among us can pull it off? Are you feeling it, or does it just remind you of rather unpleasant childhood memories? Keep reading »
The days of dyeing your hair to hide the gray might be gone for good, thanks to L’Oreal. They’ve invested over $900 million dollars (whoa) last year alone into research regarding hair color, to most recently find that it’s quite possible gray hairs could be a thing of the past. Basically, in non-scientific terms, hair loses its color because of the disappearance of melanocytes. But a treatment could be developed to re-pigment the hair before all of the melanocytes are gone, through pills and hair care products. The treatment is still quite a while off – about ten years – but there’s hope! In the meantime, they’ve developed a new colorant called INOA (Innovation No Ammonia) that is so gentle on hair it’s actually good for it and could restore it to its virginal state. We’re certainly not getting any younger, but it sounds like our hair is. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Christ on a cracker, we don’t think we’ve seen more perfect hair ever. Some paparazzi yelled, “Hey Charlize, over here!” at the recent Hollywood Film Festival Awards, she snapped her head back, and boom, somebody could put this pic on a magazine cover. To get this look, you’ll need some seriously good genes, a killer set of baby blond highlights, and a conditioning treatment to make it look extra glossy and silky. Ask the colorist to use a balayage technique (that’s when they paint the highlights in) to get it looking extra natural and sun-kissed. If you’re just interested in the style, blow-dry, create an extra-deep side part, sweep to the side, and coat ends with just a dab of L’Oreal Studio Line Curl Smoothing Cream. Use a small-barrel curling iron to create individual curls, then use your fingers to separate them so they look wavy. God help you. [L.A., 10/26/09] Keep reading »
Michael K.’s latest “Hot Slut of the Day” over at Dlisted is the mind-bogglingly weird Lady Elegance Hair Coloring Brush. WTF!? I don’t know what’s more bizarre: the idea of making a hairbrush that will excrete goo that will supposedly fetchingly dye your hair, or that people will actually buy a brush that purports to dye your hair in anything other than what surely must turn out to be a hot mess. You can buy it off Amazon for around $20, but why the heck would you want to do that? According to the product description, it “gives you perfect, at home hair color so you don’t have to spend a fortune at the salon.” Need further instructions? “Just fill this special brush with your color of choice, turn on and start coloring.” Why do I feel that would have disastrous consequences? Also, it requires batteries. Unless you’re going as Kate Gosselin for Halloween, I’m going to have to recommend a pass. [Dlisted] Keep reading »
Let’s talk velcro rollers. When I read about how you could use them to cut down on blow-drying time and sleek-ify hair and add a little volume at the crown of your head, I was intrigued. Or shall I say, re-intrigued—I’ve always been on the verge of buying a few, just to play around with. So, here’s how to use them. Keep reading »
You know those T-shirts that say “Blondes Have More Fun”? They make me sort of wistful. For a hefty portion of my life, being blonde was a significant part of my identity, one that was hard to give up. I was born blonde and remained naturally so until junior high, when my hair started to darken with puberty. That’s when I took to the bottle — the bottle of peroxide that is. I associated being blonde with being pretty, feminine, and fun. In junior high I did not feel particularly pretty, feminine, OR fun, but I really wanted to be, so dying my hair — lighter … and lighter … and lighter — was my way of grasping for those qualities. Keep reading »
Actress Monet Mazur is today’s hair model citizen and here is why: There will be days, my loves, when your trusty tresses will, quite honestly, look like s**t. I know, I know, it’s so unfathomable, but true. Whether you have paparazzi following you around while you’re shopping or you’re simply afraid of running into a boyfriend, a bad hair day calls for a smart hat that helps you take back some control in an unpredictable world. To get the look: sweep hair back from your face; place beneath all-encompassing cap. Shew, that was a close one. [London, 10/22/09] Keep reading »