I used to be obsessed — like, hours-in-front-of-the-mirror fixated — with having the most voluminous hair I could muster. I would load it up with sticky products and blow-dry it into a huge, tangled mass of lion’s mane. Disgusting. Those days are long gone, but I’m still a little bit pathological about my desire for body. You see, I have super-fine hair that’s gotten pretty long recently, and the longer it gets, the flatter it goes. It’s almost, like, physics or something. The thing about volumizing products is that so many of them end up making hair crunchy, dirty-looking, and decidedly unsexy, and who wants that? Naturally, I made it my mission to try every volumizing product ever and report back on which ones made it into my arsenal. For the fine-haired, or even just the flat-haired, these seven volumizers — sprays, creams, and even powders! — have got you covered. Keep reading »
I’m usually a little leery of products for different types of hair. Really? There’s some magic potion in this foam that’s going to turn my poofy locks into a luscious mane? But after years of fighting the subtle wave in my thick but fine hair — via obsessive flat-ironing — I finally came around to accepting it as it grows out of my head with the help of two Sally Hershberger products. First, I apply the Style Primer to my towel dried locks, letting it set for a couple minutes while I do my makeup. Then I spray my hair with a little bit of Wave Spray, twirling sections around my fingers, resulting in a piece-y, beachy vibe. Best of all, I don’t even have to blow-dry. I walk out of the house and by the time I get to work, my hair is soft and bouncy like one of those hair models on TV. Considering I spent the better part of 30 years spending half an hour on my hair, this is great news that I felt a duty to share. [Primer, $12.50, Drugstore.com; Wave Spray, $12.50, Drugstore.com]
We love multi-function products, but never have we come across a hair product that does the job of 15 other products in one! And that’s exactly the reputation of Black 15in1. This hair product supposedly increases shine, hair color retention, diminishes frizz and split ends, and protects from heat styling and UV rays. Plus, Black 15in1 contains healthy ingredients like marigold flower extract, Keratin and licorice extract, a UVA/UVB protector. It’s also TSA-approved and a favorite among celebrities. So, you might not be able to travel as often as your favorite celebs, but you can give good celeb hair while you truck to work with Black 15in1.
Winter weather can leave hair dry, cracked and desperate for moisture. And so, we recommend you sass up your hair routine with a little Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme oil. You can use this magic serum as a pre-shampoo step, to add extra moisture to your scalp, or put a dab in your hair and use as a shine-enhancing styling product. Either way, this oil adds a touch of luxury to your follicle routine. And since you only need a bit of it, a bottle will last you a long, long time.
My hair has become quite dry since I’ve switched to an extra-strength dandruff shampoo, so I’ve been on the hunt for hair products that would restore my hair’s moisture after I used the dandruff shampoo. Since my locs are more “three-dimensional,” if you will, than the average non-kinky or fine hair, I’ve found that most hydrating shampoos and conditioners don’t work because they only coat my hair. So I tried the LiQWD Hydrating Shampoo, LiQWDITY Intensive Hair Repair, and LiQWD Professional Smoothing Catalyst expecting it to have the same results as other hair products I’ve tried. Keep reading »
The other day Catherine handed me a bottle of something and said, “Hey, I was thinking you might want to try this for a Beauty Test Drive. Since you’re not into washing your hair and showering.” That smart-ass is referring to the fact that during the winter I’m not too keen on drying out my skin and hair with overexposure to harsh things like water and soap. (A beauty regimen also followed by the aforementioned smart-ass, as well as our own Style Editor, Erin. So it’s en vogue.) Keep reading »
There are some people in the cutthroat fashion and beauty industry that are just plain scary. In a few harsh circles, the meanest mean girls are adept at out-meaning one another. And then there’s Ted Gibson. The Texas-born, New York-based hairstylist doesn’t let the fact that Angelina Jolie and Renee Zellweger (to name a few) have him on speed dial go to his head. In fact, he’s one of the kindest people I know, goes out of his way to make people feel special, and is just so ridiculously talented to top it all off. I was lucky enough to run into him when he was doing the divine-looking hair at the Vena Cava show last week and, sadly, I glanced in the mirror near his hair station and quickly realized that my hair looked like I had been living out in the wilderness for awhile. (Which I have, sort of, but that’s a different story.) Embarrassing! Anyhoo, instead of admonishing me and making me feel like an even sadder sack, he slipped me a couple of packets of the following hair care miracles. Keep reading »
Apparently, poop is all the rage. The newest place to put it is in your hair thanks to Moroccan Oil, a treatment derived from something deceptively clean called “argan oil.” In reality, argan oil is extracted from the feces of goats who expel the undigested argan tree pits. After the substance goes through purification processes, it becomes a usable product with antioxidant and vitamin-rich properties. Rub into either wet or dry hair to treat dry ends, smooth flyaways, or long-term condition. As for the smell? It’s a sort of musky vanilla that’s not too strong, and all in all, not too, ahem, crappy. [MoroccanOil.com] Keep reading »
We spend most of our lives being preached at about the horrors of superficiality, about loving people for who they are, not what they look like. It all sounds so nice, but I’m sorry—there are certain fashion sins that are absolute deal breakers.
And it’s not just about how it looks. You’ve got to assume that any guy who consistently wears more hair gel than I do and pants so tight that even the most minute of details about his junk are very apparent has got deeper problems than bad clothes selection. (For the record, yeah, that guy happened.) ‘Cuz seriously, your man had better have some intense redeeming qualities if he’s 20-something and still fails to understand that no, socks do not go with flip flops.
Don’t believe that style matters when it comes to men? A handful of badly-dressed men have former girlfriends who will tell you otherwise… Keep reading »
I commend you for your charity work and for adopting children of different ethnicities. However, I’ve noticed that you seem to require a little help with grooming little Zahara’s hair because you’re going about it all wrong. The only hairstyles you or her nanny seem to create on Zahara are two ponytails or a free-spirit curly Afro. But there are so many other styling options. And I’ll reveal some grooming secrets that will make your life, and hers, a lot easier, after the jump. Keep reading »