Until recently, I had owned exactly two hair dryers in my life. The first was a travel-sized generic brand model my grandma gave to me that I used until a malfunction turned it into a miniature flame thrower (that was an exciting morning!). The second was a basic Conair dryer that I got to replace the flame thrower, and it gave me a solid seven years of nearly daily use until it finally crapped out last month.
When it came time to replace it, I considered buying one of those super expensive hair dryers that claim to leave your locks perfectly dry and super shiny in 3 minutes flat. I looked into a number of different models that ranged in price from $100 to $300. I was willing to pay top dollar for a high quality product, but in the back of my mind I felt a nagging loyalty to Conair (the hair products brand, not the movie, although I feel a strong emotional allegiance to both). Since my previous hair dryer had lasted SO LONG and not given me any problems, I felt I owed it to Conair to at least read up on their current offerings. I found some good reviews of the Conair Infiniti Pro, and for less than $40, the price couldn’t be beat. I decided to scrap the idea of a spendy hair dryer and went to Walgreens and got an Infiniti Pro instead. Did I make the right call? Read on to find out! Keep reading »
Our affection for rare, gorgeous natural red hair is well-documented, and our love for celebrity redheads knows no bounds. Whether they’re natural-born gingers like Jessica Chastain and Isla Fisher or artificially-enhanced like Riley Keough and Christina Hendricks makes no difference to us — we’ll take ‘em all. Here are 10 of our favorite celebrity shades of red…
Looking for a simple way to dress up your hair (and get it up off your neck) during these sweltering summer months? This asymmetrical style from hair and beauty blogger Half Naked Curls is so pretty, and I love how it makes use of a colorful scarf. Check out her video tutorial (video starts automatically, just FYI) for the steps to get this fabulous summer look for yourself!
Blondes, blondes, blondes. Gentlemen prefer them! They have more fun! They make the best victims, they’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints! Sorry, what? (Relax, it’s Hitchcock.) All I know is that I suffer from what’s been a pretty much lifelong case of Major Blonde Envy. Ill-fated attempts at flaxen have only turned my naturally super-dark hair a sad, burnt-looking shade of orange-red, so I’ve accepted my fate as being forced to observe from the sidelines… and don’t celebrities make the best subjects to appreciate vicariously from afar? I wouldn’t say that these 10 gorgeous celeb blondes, from platinum to honey and everything in between, make me feel any better about my intangible blonde ambitions, but they sure are nice to look at!
After learning that Brigitte Bardot subscribes to the Paula Deen School of Race Relations, I’ve been hesitant to give her any kind of style shoutout, even though she is an indisputable fashion icon. This hair tutorial is titled the Bardot Bow, for obvious reasons (it was one of her signature looks), and I absolutely love the style, so I’m making an exception. When you try this look for yourself, just try to be extra loving and accepting person, OK? [The Beauty Department]
I receive innumerable beauty and style-related PR emails each day, ranging on the spectrum from the genuinely appealing (well, of course I would like to try this new beauty product!) to the questionable and bizarre. They are usually boring and occasionally troubling (no, I do not wish to attend your “Cellulite Diaries” event, please do not make me go to that), so unless there’s an invitation to reply to or a product I want to call in, I generally just file ‘em away. But every so often I read something that is so baffling, so tone-deaf, SO STRAIGHT-UP FUCKING INCOMPREHENSIBLE, I feel it is my god-given duty as the recipient of this email to share it with the world at large. Like, HOW DID SOMEBODY ALLOW YOU TO SEND THIS? IN WHAT WORLD IS THIS OKAY? I opened one such email today.
My interest was piqued on the spot by the title, “What Your Kids’ Hair Says About You.” Like, what could the style of a child’s hair possibly say about a parent as a person? WELL. Cozy Friedman, “kids hair authority” and owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, insists that the cut and style you choose for your child “speaks volumes” about your own personality. Is that strange and mostly baseless? Yes. Is that DUMB? Absolutely. It is offensive? Nah. HERE’S WHAT IS. Keep reading »
Next week, I’m traveling with my mom to Nicaragua, where we will spend four days lounging on the beach, swimming, reading, bonding, and, hopefully, braiding my hair. My mom used to do my hair up in a French braid when I was in elementary school, but I’m hoping she’ll be game to play hairdresser and weave my salt water-soaked locks into this fetching updo. It’s pretty, doesn’t require any special tools (because I’m certainly not packing them), and will keep my locks off my neck in the sweltering 90 degree heat. Check out the tutorial at the link! [Hair Romance]
Well, well, well! If it isn’t Pink (P!nk? I refuse), looking decidedly unlike her usual self with a new set of hair extensions on one side and a buzz cut on the other. A celeb sporting a new weave is rarely newsworthy (they just seem to, like, accumulate more hair every day), but this may very well be the first time we’ve seen Pink without her trademark shorn ‘do. I think she looks great — and, strangely enough, a lot like Busy Philipps-gone-bad. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
This week, Antonia Opiah, the founder and editor of the black hair site Un-Ruly.com, launched a temporary exhibit on black hair texture. Noting that non-black people have long held a fascination with black hair, and that she’d frequently been asked by total strangers if they could touch her head, she created “Yes, You Can Touch My Hair.” For two days, she invited anyone and everyone to come to Manhattan’s Union Square for the opportunity to — with permission — touch a variety of black hair. As Antonia explained in an op-ed for Huffington Post, the “Yes, You Can Touch My Hair” exhibit was an effort to “‘take one for the team’ and further explore the tactile fascination with black hair.”
But are projects like this helping or hurting black women, whose hair has traditionally been the object of so much fascination by whites? Is it another way for our culture to objectify and fetishize black women, or is it a step in the right direction? I spoke with Deena Campbell and Nicole McGloster – the Digital Editor and Editor in Chief, respectively, of VIBE Vixen (one of our fave sites!) — to get their thoughts on the campaign and what it means for black hair and black women.
Check out our chat, after the jump. Keep reading »
When it comes to summer hairstyles, it doesn’t get much more classic than beachy waves. This style totally reminds me of Amelia, mostly because she spends every free minute of her summer at the beach, and partly because the girl in this photo may or may not be wearing a baja hoodie. Anyway, want to get this beach babe look for yourself? Check out blogger Cara Loren’s video tutorial and favorite styling products over at her blog!