A few months ago, I decided to lop off all my hair and get a short pixie cut. I knew going into it that I’d have to get my hair cut more often to keep up the shape. What I didn’t consider as much was my color (I’ve been highlighting my hair blond forever). I soon came to see the dilemma of having a short haircut and dyed hair—your roots become noticeable very quickly. I began to wonder what would be best for maintaining my look that wouldn’t cost a fortune.
After getting my color done at New York City’s Eva Scrivo salon, I got some helpful answers from my stylist. Avoid a single process. Your roots will be completely uniform (almost like a stripe coming out of your head), and while a single process may cost less in the salon, the upkeep is every four weeks. You’ll still want highlights, but the best thing is to make them chunky. You can go for much longer in between salon visits, your hair will look a bit more natural as it grows out, and it will allow you to rock the roots-showing style for a while, without looking a mess. And there you have it. Keep reading »
This hair tip might not be anything too innovative, but it’s something so basic that it’s easily forgotten. If your hair has been looking dull and colorless lately, switch your shampoo! This applies especially to people with dyed hair or highlights, as buildup from your old shampoo will darken your locks and make you feel sad about the state of your roots. Changing shampoos helps to remove this buildup and can magically make your hair seem a shade lighter. Added advice: during times when your roots are growing out, avoid straightening serums or other greasy products that will encourage dark, oily residue.
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I go to two separate hairdressers for my cut and color, yet often I like to schedule both appointments within a few days of each other to take care of my hair as quick as I can. Perhaps you also have stylists you stay loyal to, or you’re pressed for time and need to make two different visits—which do you do first, the cut or the color? 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 »
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 »
A reader wrote in asking me why most men are “fascinated” with redheads. In this instance, I think “fascinated” is a nice way of saying “obsessed.” She admitted to being a redhead, and, therefore, the object of such ardor. She’s asked these men why they are so drawn to the crimson-haired, and the best she ever got out of them was “Redheads iz just hawt, yo!” This is true, but it is not the whole truth. Keep reading »
The editors of Harper’s Bazaar had an interesting idea for their August issue—get Lauren Conrad to sport a brunette wig for 24 hours. Not sure what the point of this was exactly—did they intend it as a prank or some lame-o social experiment? In the end, the California girl totally wasn’t feeling her brown hair, even though I think it looked kind of fantastic. “Day to day, I can only do blonde. Everything else makes me look sort of plain-Jane,” she told People.
Wait, being brunette makes you a plain Jane? God, I am so over this whole blondes-have-more-fun thing. Here are ten reasons why I’m a happy card-carrying member of the brunette club… Keep reading »
Times are tough and women are looking for ways to cut back. We at The Frisky are determined to bring you the best budget beauty out there, but we are also not going to lie to you: some things you just can’t skimp on. You may never notice the difference between a CoverGirl and a Chanel lipstick but there are certain beauty products and treatments where you will. So save yourself some medical danger and grief and read our five beauty treatments we beg you to fork over the dough for. Keep reading »
Vegans want to look good, but the beauty industry has a habit of ignoring their desire for completely animal-free products. At least until now. Advanced Cosmetic Technologies (ACT) has developed the beauty industry’s first entirely plant-based permanent hair color. The hair color is formulated with very pure, natural plant dyes that enhances existing color, covers gray, and adds highlights without any harmful, synthetic chemicals or peroxide. And, you won’t feel the least bit guilty for using this product because the packaging and insert materials are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and 80 percent post-consumer waste and the packages are printed with soy-based inks using wind-generated energy. If only beauty was always this natural. [$29.99, Advanced Cosmetic Technologies] Keep reading »
Jessica Alba has given up the blond for a more flattering brown. [Beverly Hills, 5/10/09] Keep reading »