OK, so I admit, this isn’t necessarily a new “find” for me, but it’s become a classic product that I always rely on. And while we’re on the topic of coming clean, I have another dirty (literally!) little secret: I hate washing my hair. Now don’t judge me, but I only wash my hair twice a week, which poses a serious problem when I’m working out everyday. Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo ($18, drugstore.com) eliminates sweaty strands in between washes without forcing me to totally restyle my hair. I just throw on a cap when I hit the shower and afterwards, spray the dry shampoo into my roots and comb through. Another trick: I’ll spray it in before bed and twist my hair up into a bun to add a little texture and prevent it from getting flat and greasy while I sleep. Then I wake up to perfectly tousled “bed-head” waves. I keep a bottle in my bathroom, at my desk, at my boyfriend’s apartment and a mini-size version in my gym bag because, seriously, it’s that good!
Sports broadcaster, Erin Andrews, has a busy fall ahead of her. She recently joined Fox Sports as part of the new college football broadcast team where she will host pregame shows from the sidelines. She is also the face of Degree Women Clinical Protection’s new contest, “Unapologetically Strong,” which encourages women to share their personal challenges on Facebook for a chance to win $5,000 to reach their goals. Andrews let us in on how to score the cash, stay in shape, and why she loves Gisele Bündchen.
Tell me about the Degree Women Clinical Protection’s Unapologetically Strong contest and why you wanted to be involved.
“Degree is celebrating women who are unapologetically strong—women who are pushing the boundaries in their life, career and in anything that they’ve had success with. You don’t have to feel bad for how hard you worked for it and all the effort that you’ve put forward and all the success that you’ve had. There are a lot of times—and I know I do it with myself—if anyone gives you any sort of credit, you don’t want to make a big deal out of it. But you don’t need to apologize for it. Be unapologetically strong! If you go to Degree’s Facebook page, you can share your Unapologetically Strong story and you can read everybody else’s stories. There’s a chance to win $5,000.”
If you were eligible to win the $5,ooo to achieve your goal, how would you use it?
“I’m really fascinated right now with these groups of women who have gone through a tough time that maybe don’t have the means to dress for a job interview. I would maybe give it to a group that could help women who are coming off a tough time and need to get out in the workforce.”
Let’s talk beauty: what are some of your favorite products?
“A good skin cream! I travel a lot from Los Angeles to New York every single week. I like to use La Mer (www.cremedelamer.com). They have a really thick cream that I use at night. I love Crest 3D White Strips (www.3dwhite.com). I use the strips and then I use the toothpaste all the time because I’m pumping in coffee and green tea religiously, so I know it’s definitely coloring my teeth. I also love lip gloss. I have about 40 in my purse. I really like the nude Laura Mercier lip glosses (www.lauramercier.com). Anything with a good shine is fabulous! I’m obsessed with dry shampoo right now. I love anything to texturize and really dirty up your hair. I’m obsessed with Marisa Miller and Gisele’s hair—they are the hair models of the world so anything I can do to get their beachy, Victoria’s Secret look is OK by me. Oh, and Kérastase hair products (www.kerastase-usa.com), anything that helps and moisturizes my hair after I beat it up at work all the time.”
You have an exciting new position with FOX Sports so you’re constantly surrounded by crazy-fit athletes. How do you stay in shape?
“I try to get it in my head, even though I know it’s not realistic, that I want to work out every single day and if I can’t work out one day then I excuse myself but I need to definitely try to make the effort to do something everyday. Not so much for my health or to rationalize what I eat, but just for my sanity. I live in a world where it’s just high pressure—I’m reading social networks, I’m running here, I’m on a plane, everything is nuts! So I really try to do it to calm myself down. I moved to New York in January and my latest craze are barre classes. I was doing Pure Barre for a while. I’m now doing Physique 57 and I’m really loving that. My building is connected to Soul Cycle so I need to go downstairs and get right over to Soul Cycle and try that out!”
Have you learned any great tricks from hairstylists or makeup artists?
“I try! I am so bad; half the time I’m just fooling around and not paying attention. The one thing I learned is coming from the South, I used to cake on my makeup and one makeup artist taught me to use a tinted moisturizer for everyday stuff. You don’t need a heavy foundation for everyday use, because apparently that’s all Gisele uses, so if that’s OK for her, it’s OK for me! Basically, I’m getting older; I’m 34. I don’t need to coat on the makeup. The more makeup I have on, I just look older. So I want to keep it fresh and glowy and dewy and act like I look 24!”
Written by Daniella Araujo, beauty intern
Do you love products from L’Oréal Professional, Redken, Matrix, and Shu Uemura, and enjoy getting your hair done, but dread footing the bill? Well, then, being a hair model, might be the right gig for you. The style team at L’Oréal Professional Product Academy is looking for women (and men) of all ethnicities and ages to test hair color, hair care products, styling products, relaxers, and other hair treatments.
What’s in it for you: Models receive a free salon service, a gift bag loaded with hair products, and a complimentary pass to the private L’Oréal Employee Company Store where you can buy beauty products (including makeup, fragrance, hair and skin products) at 75 percent off.
All of the hairstylists are licensed professionals with years of industry experience, and during your consultation, you get to choose what hairstyle and/or treatment you want, plus get expert suggestions based on your features.
To book an appointment or for more information, contact Ashley McGinnis at 917.606.9563 or send an email to email@example.com.
You can also come in for a 15-minute evaluation at the L’Oréal testing center located at 435 Hudson Street in the West Village. Evaluations are held Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Here’s to happy hair days!
Olympic gold medalists’ Gabby Douglas (16) and Jordyn Wieber (17) are obviously amazing athletes but they also know a thing about beauty. Case in point: They each did their own hair and makeup at the Olympics. Impressive, right? I sat down with them to learn about their favorite products, their beauty icon (they share the same one!), and their intense training.
You two have been going non-stop since returning from London. Have you had any free time?
JW: “We’ve been having so much fun! Yesterday we had some free time and went shopping!”
GD: “And tonight, we each get to fly home!”
Ooh, shopping! What are some of your favorite stores?
JW: “I like Forever 21 and yesterday I went into this store called C. Wonder, and it was really cool.”
GD: “I like Topshop and BCBG.”
So you two are just like regular teenager girls?
GD: “Yes! We hang out with our friends and talk about boy crushes.”
You might not think professional male athletes spend a ton of time on their hair but Yankees’ right fielder Nick Swisher (yes, he’s as charming as you hoped) will make you think again. The baseball superstar is one of the faces of Head & Shoulders and rightfully so: Swisher’s known for mixing up his hairstyle. For more on “Swish,” his hair, and his guilty pleasure, read on.
Let’s talk about your hair. You’ve worn it long, super-short, and even rocked a mohawk. What hairstyle has been your favorite?
“I’ve had them all: long hair, which I would wear in a half ponytail and full ponytail—I didn’t really know what I was doing. I started growing it out when my grandmother passed away in 2005 and in the 2007 season, I donated 11-inches to Beautiful Lengths—so that’s been the most memorable one. My wife loves the mohawk. Everyone always asks me to bring it back but right now I’m trying the faded comb over—gotta keep them guessing!”
Who on the team has the best hair and who has the worst?
“I don’t want to sound full of myself but, the best, is myself. [Raul] Ibanez and [Andruw] Jones have the Mr. Clean look going on. And D-Rob [David Robertson] works hard at getting his hair perfect. The worst…I don’t want to call anyone out, but I have to say Russ [Russell] Martin because he’s always in between styles. He doesn’t know where he’s going. And with hair, you have to have a plan—you have to have goals.”
What do you love about Head & Shoulders?
“They’ve been so gracious to me. They’re like a family. And they make it fun with things like the Mane Man challenge where other athletes and I compete in competition and try to get votes. We’re letting people know that Head & Shoulders is where it’s at. I shower everyday—obviously I have to—and always use their shampoo. It’s a staple in the Swisher household.”
What other products do you love?
“I’m a big cologne guy but I mix it up. I have a heap of different ones but smelling good is a big thing. It’s important. My wife and I both wear Creed Virgin Island Water—it’s unisex—it reminds me of being at the beach.”
Keep reading for Swisher’s workout and pre-game rituals! Read more
Don’t let this hothothot July bring down your beauty routine! Our Fashion Director, Argy Koutsothanasis, highlights some affordable products that will make your primping process a little bit easier…
Call us crazy, but there are certain cities that just make our hair look better. Blame the climate, air quality, general energy of the place, but the biggest culprit is the water. Lathering up with H20 that’s foreign to your strands can make them look and feel pretty funky. If you’re racking up travel mileage this summer, you can’t rely on your trusty haircare routine that works at home. Here’s what we stash in our suitcases and how we console our homesick locks:
- If the hotel shower leaves you with a halo of oil, suds up with Neutrogena Shampoo, Anti-Residue Formula. The clarifying lather will cut grease and rid your strands of minerals from the water, but you must chase it with a deep conditioner. A treatment like Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask will redistribute moisture and nutrients that the shampoo stripped away.
- If the weather’s raining on your good hair day, only wash if you absolutely must. Look to styling products like Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo and Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil to refresh your do. The dry shampoo will pump volume back into limp locks and the oil weightlessly moisturizes scorched strands.
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
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Up until starting college a few years ago, I was a ballerina. When you’re propped up in pointe shoes for hours at a time, there’s little tolerance for beauty woes. Ballerinas have primping solutions that stand up to the thickest sweat, most unflattering lighting and unruliest hair. And you don’t have to be Natalie Portman to get the in.
Take a peek at a principal dancer’s makeup kit and there’s not a speck of glitter or shimmer in sight. Stage lighting makes shimmer look like grease and sweat, and so do the flashes on your best friend’s camera. If you know you’re going to be getting mobile upload notifications throughout the evening, switch out your illuminating foundation for a matte yet hydrating formula, like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation— you’ll find yourself untagging fewer pictures. Use a highlighter just on cheekbones to catch the light, but be sure to keep blush and bronzer matte.
The buns perched on the top of ballerinas’ heads look polished and sophisticated, but when you try the look on yourself it’s more of a Christmas elf situation. Here’s your guide to conquering the bun:
- Study your cheekbones: Your ponytail should be gathered at your crown following the angle of your cheekbones to create the most flattering proportions. So, if you were to draw a line from the top of your cheekbone to the base of your pony, the line would be straight.
- Don’t twirl too tightly: If you twist your pony too tightly before you wrap it around the base, it’ll create an awkward, lopsided shape. Give it a few twirls, then slowly start your spiral.
- Use two hands: As you’re spiraling with one hand, use the other to gently press the bun against your crown. This will prevent the dreaded doorknob shape (FYI: donuts are the ideal shape.)
- Tuck and pin: Tuck the tips of your hair underneath your formed donut. Next, grab the hairpins. Note: not bobby pins, hairpins. They’re different. If you have superthick hair, the drugstore hair aisle won’t cut it. Bunheads Hair Pins hold up through 32 fouetté turns—the true test of a hair product’s prowess.
- Mess it up: You don’t want your knot to look too perfect. After all pins are secured, lightly pinch little sections of your donut. It’ll make it look effortless—like you didn’t just get a full tricep workout trying to put your hair up.
- Spritz, baby, spritz: Mist your ‘do with hairspray. You’ll find Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray backstage.
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Hair Helpers, Makeup Musts | Tags: Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray, ballet beauty, ballet bun, bunhead, Bunheads Hair Pins, hair, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, makeup, matte makeup, topknot
Haircare brand John Frieda is pairing with TV personality and actress Stacy Keibler (she of the lustrous, George Clooney-mesmerizing blonde locks) to raise money for HAIRraising, a charity that supports the Children’s Hospital Boston. For each viewing of the video here, where Stacy reveals how she’s using Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray to brighten her strands, John Frieda will donate $2 to the cause. An easy way to lighten up— and give back.
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This simple, chic style looks great both at the gym and on the town. As the warm weather approaches, it’s an easy way to keep your hair out of your face while still looking fresh and glam. All you need is a hair donut, two ponytail elastics and bobby pins to create the perfect bun.
- First, wrap your hair into a pony, securing it with an elastic. Go higher to create a ballerina-esque bun.
- Next, pull your hair through the donut. Tip: Choose one that’s close to your hair color.
- Then spread your hair evenly around the donut, covering it completely with your strands, and place the second elastic over the hair.
- For the final touch, lock any loose ends in place with bobby pins.
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern