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Create The Perfect Ballerina Bun

Written on May 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm , by

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

3 Key Beauty Tips for Triathletes

Written on May 15, 2012 at 9:34 am , by

The number of people participating in triathlons has increased 50 percent in just the past two years—putting involvement in the U.S. at an all-time high. If you’re one of them, Brooke Jackson, M.D., a dermatologist and director of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago, shares these key beauty tips for each leg of a triathlon.

  • SWIMMING: Coat your hair lightly with conditioner before you put on your cap to protect against drying, color-stripping chlorine.
  • BIKING: Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes (bikers have an increased risk of cataracts) and prevent squinting, which causes crow’s feet to form.
  • RUNNING: Put on a hat made of a breathable material like Dri-Fit to protect your scalp from the sun and ward off strand damage.

Behind The Scenes: May “Must Dos” Photo Shoot

Written on April 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm , by

Our special 20th Anniversary May issue with Elle Macpherson is on newsstands this week (pick it up!)—  and one of the highlights, if we do say so ourselves, is our “Must Dos” hairstyling feature starting on page 48. Tresemmé celebrity hairstylist Jeanie Syfu came up with three fresh, super-easy styles (down, ponytail and night out) tailored to your strand type: straight, wavy or curly. Here’s a peek behind the scenes on the set of the photo shoot, where you can see Jeanie working her magic and our stunning models posing for the perfect shot.

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How To Get The Hairstyle You Want

Written on April 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm , by

Before plopping down in the salon chair, consider these tips for getting the hairstyle you want from Ansley Meredith, a hair stylist and makeup artist in New York City. “Your hair is your most prominent accessory, so you want to make sure it’s perfect— there’s nothing that will ruin a day faster than a bad cut!”

Bring a picture  Everybody has a different idea of what a ‘chocolate brown color’ or a ‘layered cut’ is. Having a picture to work from makes it much easier to achieve the exact style you are looking for.

The key to getting the hairstyle you want is clearly communicating with your pro.

Be vocal Tell your stylist exactly how you feel about your hair and what you have in mind. It’s their job to make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with your hair when you walk out of the salon.

Talk about yourself  Knowing what you do for a living, how you dress and how you normally style your hair will give your stylist an idea of what look will best suit you.

Reveal your routine Discuss all aspects of your haircare regimen, including how long you spend (or want to spend) styling your hair in the morning, what products you like you use, and how often you shampoo so your stylist can give you a cut that fits your lifestyle.

Bring up the past  Hair typically grows about a quarter inch per month. So if you have longer hair, the ends can be up to four years old! If you’ve had multiple hair color changes or chemical treatments, tell your stylist— they may use separate color formulas on the roots and ends, even though in the end the color looks totally even throughout.

Proceed with caution Often times, women will want to do an impromptu dramatic cut or color change. Even more often, they end up regretting it. To avoid style regret, find a picture of the look that you like and tape it somewhere where you’ll see it on a regular basis (i.e. refrigerator, bathroom mirror or vanity). If you look at it every day for two weeks and still love the idea, then go ahead and do it.

Would You Try a Pixie Cut?

Written on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am , by

Actress Anne Hathaway recently chopped her long locks into a close-cropped pixie for her roll in the upcoming film Les Miserables, which got us thinking about whether we’d ever have the guts to go super-short.

Consult your stylist about your face shape and styling concerns before making the cut.

Anne has the bone structure and striking, feminine features to carry it off, but the boyish cut doesn’t work on everyone. Before going super-short, have a thorough consultation with your stylist to discuss whether a pixie works for your face shape and hair texture, bring pictures of pixies you love for inspiration (think Halle Berry, Michelle Williams and Emma Watson), and get tips and techniques for styling your new ‘do.

As for us, for better or worse, we’re too attached to our long locks to make a drastic cut.

Tell us: Would youor have youtried a pixie cut?

3 Tricks For Treating Dry, Curly Hair

Written on March 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

For most of my life, I wanted to be one of the girls whose hair naturally air-dries straight. Instead, mine would morph into a huge, curly pouf! Growing up, I spent countless hours in front of a mirror straightening my hair, not to mention the hundreds of dollars testing different products. Here, the regimen that helped me drop the heat styling tools and learn to love my curls:

  1. Suds up with a sulfate-free shampoo. Most shampoos contain harsh detergents that can strip the hair of hydrating natural oils. We love Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo to cleanse strands while maintaining the protective lipid barrier.
  2. Instead of conditioner, slather a rich treatment mask all over locks every time you shower and leave on for at least five minutes before rinsing. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask turns straw-like tendrils into springy, silky curls.
  3. Work a leave-in conditioner liberally through locks to tame frizz and define curls. Choose a cream-based formula, like Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, for maximum hydration.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

5 Ways to Protect Your Hair Color From Workout Wear & Tear

Written on February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm , by

A rigorous exercise or sports routine can wreak havoc on your hair color. We asked two color queens, Marie Robinson, Clairol color director and owner of Marie Robinson Salon in New York City and Teca Lewellyn, Procter & Gamble beauty scientist in Cincinnati, to share their tricks for keeping your hue in as great shape as your physique.

  1. Time wisely. Schedule your workouts for the time of day you like to showerwhether it’s morning or eveningso you don’t have to wash your hair twice in one day, which can degrade color over time.
  2. Be protective. Before diving into the pool, wet your hair. Getting it wet with regular water will help prevent some of the chlorine from getting into your hair. Studies have shown that color-treated hair is more susceptible to cuticle damage from chlorine, probably because it’s more porous. Also try applying a coat of conditioner to your wet strands before putting on your swim cap for extra defense.
  3. Made in the shade. If you aren’t able to avoid running during peak hours or stay in the shade, grab a hat or bandana to keep locks under cover. SPF-type protection for hair is still a work in progress, since strands function very differently from skin.
  4. Feel the heat. If you reach for a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron after your workouts, spritz on a heat-protecting mist before styling, as high temps can sap hair color as well. Colored hair is already at a disadvantage against hot tools because the invisible protective F-layer is removed in the coloring process.
  5. Get a boost. If your hue starts to look “blah” between appointments or colorings, pick up a box of demi-permanent color like Natural Instincts in a shade that matches your current one: It will act like a pro gloss treatment to refresh and adjust the tone of your hair color and the antioxidants in the formula will help keep your hue true.

Peek On The Set Of Our Upcoming Hairstyling Feature

Written on February 15, 2012 at 11:38 am , by

We spent yesterday in a spacious New York City photo studio (tough, we know!) shooting a hairstyling feature for an upcoming issue. Our star stylist produced nine fresh looks you can achieve easily at home. Here’s a peek at what’s to come later this spring:

 

Warm Up With Self-Heating Products

Written on February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm , by

Cozy up to one of these self-warming beauty products on a chilly winter’s night— they contain ingredients like zeolite and magnesium sulfate, which release heat upon contact with water. The warmth not only soothes sore muscles and elements-exposed skin, but also enhances the penetration of active ingredients. Hot stuff to try:

Favorite Find Friday: Bumble & bumble. Sunday Shampoo

Written on January 13, 2012 at 10:35 am , by

Splurging on beauty products is rare when you live on a college student’s budget, but after trying Bumble & bumble. Sunday Shampoo, I had to make an exception! It’s a great once-a-week clarifying wash that rids your hair of residue, hard water minerals and pollutants.  My hair felt instantly softer and cleaner after using it, and it even allowed me to skip a day of washing. This weekly hair detox will definitely become a beauty ritual for me!

Tell us: Have you tried a clarifying shampoo? If so, what’s your favorite?

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern