Do we really need them? No. Not in the sense that you need food, water, and a good sunscreen. You need to get a yearly mole check. You need to stop picking at your nails. You don’t need a hair primer. But it might help.
Allison is a writer and editor who specializes in beauty, style, entertainment, and pop culture. She was part of the editorial team at DivineCaroline (now More.com) for more than three years. She loves makeup, sparkly accessories, giraffes, brunch, Matt Damon, New York City, and ice cream.
Pinterest isn't the only place to keep up with your favorite professional and amateur hairstylists. Most hair enthusiasts have Instagram accounts full of hair style, cut, and color inspiration. We've rounded up 20 of our favorite Instas to appease your inner hairstylist.
There seem to be almost as many different types of hair brushes as there are types of hair--round ones, square ones, plastic ones, wooden ones, skinny ones, thick ones, sturdy ones, and flimsy ones. Brushes with nylon bristles and brushes with boar bristles, brushes that cost a lot and brushes that cost a little. Beyond the obvious aesthetic differences, different styles of brushes are actually made to accommodate different types and styles of hair. Are you using the right model for yours?
Is that pricey hair straightener really worth it? Will the drugstore one work just as well? How do we know these are the absolute best hair straighteners out there? Our editors worked with their friends at Rank & Style, which pulls tons of data from shops, blogs, and magazines and crunches the numbers with a fancy algorithm to simplify our shopping lives. No matter what your budget is, we've got the top 10 hair straighteners your hard-earned cash can buy.
Going blonde now takes only seconds with this brand new beauty tool.
A blow-dryer simply means the difference between damp and dry hair, but a great blow-dryer means the difference between a day spent trying to smooth flyaway hairs and a day spent turning heads with a salon-quality blowout. But just as we can't all spend big bucks on salon visits every day, nor can we shell out money for every pricey blow-dryer that promises amazing results. And we shouldn't have to, when great dryers can be found in every price range, from inexpensive to extravagant. Find the best hair dryer for your budget from these 12 foolproof options.
I'm the queen of dirty hair. It's a fact I'm strangely proud of since, most of the time, people are surprised when they learn I rarely wash my locks more than twice a week. My aversion to the long, drawn out shampoo-condition-detangle-blow-and-style process has pushed me to develop a stockpile of creative techniques for masking not-exactly-clean tresses. Next time you're feeling less than motivated, try one of these tried and true techniques to conceal greasy hair and leave people impressed by your style savvy.
We're all busy, on-the-go babes, so skipping a hair wash here or there isn't unusual. But looking like you skipped a shampoo isn't an option. Good news: You can revive that dirty, greasy, or lifeless hair without the suds by using dry shampoo. It absorbs the oils on your stands without drying them out the way regular washing can. With the plethora of dry shampoos on the market, finding the best one for you can be time-consuming. But fret not: We've done the dirty work for you. Check out our reviews of these 10 dry shampoos.
Unless you've been blessed with perfect hair (in which case, stop reading this, because I hate you), you've likely battled one of the most aggravating 'do dilemmas known to womankind: frizz. Sometimes it's just a few flyaway strands bringing you down; other times it looks as if someone's rubbed a balloon on your head. And if it's a particularly humid day, heaven help us all. Fortunately, frizz isn't a permanent condition; it's not even a problem we have to wait out, like a bad haircut. Instead, we can fight back with any number of hair products designed to tame our static-wrecked strands.
Tired of using bobby pins to disguise the base of your pony tail, only to have it fall out shortly after? Same. A Topsy Tail can definitely fix that problem.
When your day-two hair starts looking limp and a tad oily, turn to dry shampoo. This secret weapon absorbs natural oils, while giving hair more body, allowing you to extend the life of your fresh hair for an extra day or two. Here is how to use dry shampoo to freshen your locks.
Learning how to use bobby pins correctly can be trickier than you think. If you've ever found yourself struggling to keep your updo in place, check out these tips and tricks. Before long, you'll know how to keep your hair exactly where you want it, no matter how windy it is outside.
When your hair's been fried and dyed within an inch of its life, it's time to surrender your flat iron and reach for a deep conditioner -- stat! We've put together a list of the best conditioners for damaged hair. These moisturizing and strengthening treatments really work. The best part? We've found an option to fit every budget. So pick one out and start tonight -- no excuses!
Back in the day, my grandma used to get curled hair by wrapping sections around tin cans and shellacking it with hairspray. Oh, how times have changed. Not only do we have actual curling irons that make the process that much easier, but they do more than simply curl hair--they create everything from spirals to beach waves to bouncy, Hollywood siren-style 'dos. Depending on which look you're going for, there's a unique curling tool out there designed to achieve it.
Is that pricey hair dryer really worth it? Will the drugstore one work just as well? No matter what your budget is, we've got the top 10 hair dryers your hard-earned cash can buy. How do we know these are the absolute best ones out there? The editors of LHJ.com worked with their friends at Rank & Style, which pulls tons of data from shops, blogs, and magazines and crunches the numbers with a fancy algorithm to simplify our shopping lives. Brilliant!
Sulfate-free shampoos promise to leave hair hydrated and more vibrant, so we got the scoop from hair care experts--plus rounded up our faves--to help you make the switch and find the best sulfate-free shampoo for your budget.
Another day, another boring ponytail. Although this go-to option is utilitarian and easy when you don't feel like putting a lot of effort into your hairstyle, it's okay to occasionally want something with a little more ... pizzazz. The next time you reach for that trusty elastic band, consider using one of these fun and easy-to-use gizmos that make it a snap to get a fun and fast updo.
Do you dream of loads of volume and a thicker hair texture? Me too, and thank God there are so many wonderful hair products for fine hair on the market. Body boosters like root lifters, mousses, salt sprays, micro powders, and dusts can turn our limp locks into voluminous hair in a matter of minutes. Today my fine-haired females, I want to go over some those hair-bodifying products with you.
Hairspray is one of those things that many of us use every day and never think twice about. You style your hair, spray it with hairspray, and run out the door, right? What else do you do with it? Anything? If you're not, you might want to consider a few of these options.
Learning how to use hot rollers can shave time off your daily hair routine. This simple styling technique works well for day or evening styles and can set while you're putting on makeup. With these five steps, you'll have voluminous waves in no time.
Dry shampoo may not take the place of real shampoo, but when you're in a hurry, it's a great way to eliminate grease, cover up odor, and even add some volume and shine. Dry shampoos work especially well on blond hair or ashy tones. If you have darker hair you might find the powder takes away some of your shine. Still, it's a small price to pay for getting rid of that greasy look. Here's how to use a dry shampoo the right way.