My biggest beauty expense has to be my hair color. Each year, I willingly give hundreds and hundreds of dollars to salons. However, I’ve been in a weird situation lately where I am looking to cut back on my expenses, but not willing to give up my super blonde locks. My answer has been to reduce the frequency of my salon visits for dye jobs, and rely on some tricks for prolonging a natural yet pretty shade. Keep reading »
After talking DIY haircut tales of terror earlier this week, naturally, we started thinking about other beauty disasters we’ve suffered, and hair color mishaps topped the list. Personally, I’ve endured them all. There were various Sun-In incidents (and yes, I went from brassy orange to green on that trip), cranberry juice-fueled binges, at-home highlights (do not attempt at home!), henna, the time black did not look as cool as I thought it would, bleached blonde (also not as rad as in theory), and a million and one crazy-looking streaks in between. But there’s nothing so seductive as the pretty model with perfect hair on the front of that cardboard box filled with promise, even though we now realize, in this age of the airbrushing revolution, that her ‘do is as fake as the dye itself. For the past few years I’ve sworn off coloring my own hair, but as every professional colorist I’ve ever interviewed has asserted, color correction is their bread and butter. After the jump, The Frisky staffers share their own experiences with hair color. Keep reading »
I’m currently in the midst of a crippling case of haircut indecision. After three years of ever-changing, very short hair, I’ve finally let the stuff grow out to a reasonable length and now I’m bored all over again. Worse than that, I can’t even decide if I like it longer. I’m definitely not ready to go really short again, but perhaps a nice bob? Maybe some blunt bangs? Possibly I should just let it grow and grow ’til it sweeps the ground?
Clearly, I am ill-equipped to make this decision myself. So what better to do than turn my total inability to make up my mind into a poll for you? Vote on my next hair style below. Please use the pic at left of me last week as a reference point instead of just voting on your favorite hair style option in general. Just because you love bangs doesn’t mean I’d look good in them.
This hair cut is going down over the weekend, so vote right away, please! Keep reading »
It’s been quite a braid-happy past few months. Which is why, when I spied this photo from the Venice Film Festival of Italian actress Laura Chiatti, I had to get all up in your (beauty) grill about it. Look closely at her hair. It ain’t a side braid; it’s a twist. (Remember those from back when? I was a huge braid and twist fan — whatever hairstyle worked to keep my long, stringy hair out of my face for school and didn’t take longer than three minutes to put together my mom could get behind.) Laura’s twist is chic and feels really boho. Want the hair how-to? It’s a snap, actually.
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We’re officially in shock and awe here. Kate Gosselin, a woman whose very hairdo makes us cringe — and the fact that it’s caught on as a trend inspires us to shout out “why!?” and pump our fists at the heavens — is looking halfway decent in an upcoming issue of People. Shot in LA by Nigel Parry last week, Gosselin did not actually get a new haircut; this look is the result of some rather clever styling involving plenty of hairspray and possibly a clip-on thrown in the mix. Seriously though, she’s almost unrecognizable. As much as anyone in their right mind would probably ditch the old ‘do after seeing this pic, sadly, once you butcher your hair in a Gosselin fashion, it’s probably pretty hard to get back to square one. And you thought your bangs were hard to grow out. [ohnotheydidnt] Keep reading »
Popular Indonesian salon and beauty school franchise Johnny Andrean wanted to get the word out about their new hair strengthening product. A simple television commercial or billboard ad was not enough. Instead, they opted for a more literal display: hanging what appears to be human hair ponytails on commuter trains in the capital of Jakarta. Besides being strong enough to keep commuters from falling during the average train ride (as illustrated by the picture above), the ponytails were decorated with a product card which told riders more about Andrean and the strengthening cream. Judging from the photo, the oddest part isn’t the marketing tactic itself, but how totally blasé subway riders seem about holding on to a random ponytail. Clever or creepy? [Copyranter] Keep reading »
Just when you thought we couldn’t blame the recession for anything else, here’s one more negative impact: bad hair. The Wall Street Journal just published an article about how sales of clippers (such as the infamous Flowbee!) went up as the economy sputtered and made the reasonable case that families and even individuals are resorting to DIY cuts in droves. Salon business is hurting, and if you’re jobless or even just strapped for cash, it makes sense that paying for a haircut would be one of the first things to get cut (ha) from your budget.
Then again, this is your hair we’re talking about, people. When it comes to amateur haircuts, plenty can go wrong. As Gordon Miller, executive director for the National Cosmetology Association, put it: “It may look easy, but it’s not.” [WSJ]
We started thinking about times in our pasts when we were brave and/or foolish enough to chop our own hair, or a loved one’s, like the time I trimmed my friend’s bangs and they ended up crazy short. (Sorry Eliza.) After the jump, our haircut horror stories! Keep reading »
To straighten or not to straighten is still a heated debate within the black community, as the New York Times article, “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics” points out. The topic came up recently when 11-year-old Malia Obama was criticized for wearing her hair in twists while visiting Rome this summer. She was deemed by some to be unfit to represent America because her hair wasn’t straightened. Also, Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” sheds further light on a culture in which “good” straight hair is preferred to “bad” nappy hair, especially when Chris asks a hair store owner: “So my nappy hair isn’t worth anything?”
I’ve had my own trials and tribulations with the “creamy crack,” as chemical straightener is sometimes referred to in the black community, so choosing to leave my hair natural was a decision that came, well, naturally to me. However, the Great Black Hair Debate still weighs heavy on my mind at times because naturally nappy black hair still isn’t widely accepted. Keep reading »
Is $24,000 too much to pay for a haircut? The obvious answer is yes! But not when you are the Sultan of Brunei. The 61-year-old, who is said to be worth an estimated $24 billion, paid exactly that to have his hairstylist Ken Modestou cut his hair. The British barber has been cutting the Sultan’s hair for the past 16 years, and while he charges his regular clients about $60 per cut, it looks like the Sultan kicks him a little more change. (The $24,000 fee includes a luxury flight on a Singapore airline to the Sultan’s home in the Middle East, sumptuous hotel accommodations for a few nights and several thousand dollars as the actual fee of the haircut.) Not a bad gig if you can get it, right? [Allure]
But all this makes us consider how much we shell out for our own cuts. As anyone who’s suffered major post-snip trauma knows, sometimes it pays to spend a little extra. Then again, sometimes expensive isn’t always best. What’s the most you’ve spent on a hairdo? Keep reading »
In case you couldn’t make it down to the ATL for the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show last weekend, Black Voices has an eye-popping slide show of the craziest hairdos that you have ever seen. “The more outrageous, the better,” indeed. NASCAR racetrack hair! A Michael-Jackson-shaved-into-the-back-of-the-scalp fade! And something that looks like a banana plant. [Black Voices] Keep reading »