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Earth-Friendly Hairspray

Written on April 25, 2011 at 7:24 am , by

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Hairspray was always one of those products we could never imagine going green. But in the spirit of Earth Day, we’ve compiled a list of Mother Nature-approved finishing sprays. Keep strands in line with these natural wonders:

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If you’re going for an au naturel look, Aubrey Organics NuStyle Hairspray is the spray for you. This hair-aid has a barely-there feel to it that will give your hair the hold that it needs without any crunchiness.

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Another light hairspray that’s gone green is TRESemme Naturals Finishing Spray. This long-lasting finisher is made with sweet orange extract to help fortify strands (and impart a nice scent). It’s also dye-free, and enhances hair’s natural radiance.

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If you’re more of a big hair gal, Nexxus Phyto Organics Absolute Firm Hold Finisher lends enough staying power to uphold even bold styles, and contains botanicals to nourish locks.

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

A Smarter Shampoo

Written on April 20, 2011 at 10:02 am , by

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In our May 2011 “A Smarter Shampoo” Get Gorgeous section opener, hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda Salon in New York City explains that the chlorine and chemicals in your shower water may be hurting your hair—but that a shower filter can remedy the problem. Here, three tell-tale signs that your shower water may be damaging your strands:

1. Your hair “steams” when it’s heated under a blowdryer.

2. When it’s damp, your hair has a slight “wet-dog” smell to it.

3. Even after a proper blowout, your hair still feels tangled.

Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you may want to consider attaching a shower filter to your showerhead: They remove up to 91 percent of chlorine, leaving your strands softer, smoother, and more manageable, and keeping your color truer longer, Lloyd says.

Fresh Hair: A Bouncy Blowout

Written on April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am , by

For our April Fresh Hair feature, FITNESS staffers tested four new products that claim to speed up your blow dry time. Watch as the stylist on our photo shoot shows us how to get a bouncy post-excercise blowout, fast:

Fresh Hair: Loose Side Braid

Written on April 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Third in our series: A loose side braid, best for long hair:

Fresh Hair: Bun + Headband

Written on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair:

Fresh Hair: An Easy Twist

Written on April 5, 2011 at 11:21 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, workout-friendly hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Learn how to execute each style yourself with our series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of the story’s photo shoot. First up: An easy twist. Stay tuned for the next installments in the coming days!

Saving Strands with the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu

Written on March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am , by

What do hair and football have to do with each other? A lot if you’re Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu. We had the chance to chat with the star player (truly one of the most kind, gracious people we’ve ever encountered) and Head & Shoulders spokesman about his game—and yes, his trademark mane:

  • Why do you keep your hair so long? “I grew it out in college, and went through a shaggy stage when I didn’t care what I looked like. Over time, it became a part of who I am.”
  • What do you like about having long hair? “I wouldn’t say I really love it—but when it becomes part of your identity, you think of it as another appendage.”
  • What do you dislike about your long locks? “Maintenance is a tough thing. Usually for men, you have short hair, get in the shower, throw on some shampoo and that’s it. But my hair definitely requires more care and takes a long time to dry!”
  • How do you care for your hair and keep it healthy? “I shampoo and condition a lot, and I comb the shampoo through my hair in the shower. I keep it up a lot so it’s out of the way.”
  • What hair products do you use? “I actually use Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Conditioner as a shampoo- I shampoo once a week during off season, but more during the season because I’m practicing all day.”
  • What hair length do you like on women? “My wife has hair down to the middle of her back. Many Polynesian women have really long hair, including my sisters. I prefer my wife’s hair, however she decides to wear it!”
  • Does having long hair help or hinder you during a game? “It doesn’t really matter—sometimes it will get stuck in my helmet or my mouth, which is annoying. But overall it’s not a big problem.”
  • When was the last time you cut it? “The last time I cut it was nine years ago. I don’t think I’ll ever cut it again—I don’t plan on it. Our sons’ hair has never been cut, so it’s becoming our family trademark.”

All-Weather Hair

Written on March 24, 2011 at 9:30 am , by

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When mother nature lashes out, our locks are the first to act up. Instead of going into hiding when the forecast isn’t hair-friendly, weather-proof your strands with these smart tips from Jet Rhys, colorist and co-owner of an eponymous salon in San Diego, CA:

  • Snow & Rain On wet days, avoid using styling products like waxes and gels. If the rain or snow dampens your mane, your hair will become sticky and flat. Prevent a hair meltdown by using a cream-based leave-in conditioner (not oil-based) instead.
  • Chilly & Cold Cold air can cause strands to dry out and become staticky fast. Spray your styling brush with Static Guard before brushing to keep strands at bay and prevent pouf.
  • Warm & Sunny Scorching heat and sun can do bad, bad things to a girl’s hair. Humidity has a tendency to bring out curls and full-on frizz. “Don’t fight it, work with it,” Rhys says. Wear your curls, waves and newfound volume proudly. If you want a smoother style, combat fuzz all day by making sure you dry your strands thoroughly—otherwise, the remaining moisture will turn into frizz.

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Post-Workout Strand Secrets

Written on October 20, 2010 at 9:47 am , by

Here at FITNESS, we’re always looking for new ways to beautify our workout routine. If the dreaded ponytail crease is preventing you from hitting the gym before a night on the town, try these simple tips to keep your smooth strands intact:

locker-roomCrease Release Fill an empty spray bottle with water and spritz lightly onto the ponytail crease, moving all the way around the crown. Take a flat brush and place it under the crease. Brush the hair downward and blast the crease with a blow dryer until smooth. Bonus: Using a  fabric-covered elastic can reduce indentation.

Clip It Instead of pulling your hair into a ponytail, try clipping it up. Lightly twist locks up and secure with a clip that will stay in place. We like Goody StayPut Slide-Proof Hold Claw Clips, which are specially designed to grip your hair and not slip off.

What are your post-workout beauty tricks?

—By Kari LaPrade, beauty intern