Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin: It Is Possible

BB creams that come in two shades, hair chalk that shows up only on bleached blonde hair -- beauty innovations that work only on certain hair-and-skin combos put a serious damper on the beauty game for about 98 percent of the population. That's why we're shouting from the rooftops that laser hair removal, previously only available to those with light skin and dark hair, is now safe and effective for all skin types -- as long as you get the right treatment. Before you book your appointment to get rid of your hair for (almost) good, take this crash course on the best hair removal treatments for dark skin.   read more

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July 28, 2014  |  10:07 AM  |  COMMENT
8 Must-Wear Nail Colors That Flatter Dark Skin Tones

You would think picking out a nail polish color would be as simple as putting on your shoes in the morning (you know, once you've decided which pair you're going to wear). But finding a nail polish color that will flatter your skin tone, appear on-trend and keep your hands from looking dull or aged -- that's the challenge. We spoke to Elsbeth Schuetz, celebrity manicurist for Nailtini, and celebrity and editorial manicurist Gina Edwards on how to find the nail color that's right for you.   read more

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July 21, 2014  |  11:07 AM  |  COMMENT
The New 'It' Ingredients for Treating Hyperpigmentation

Treating hyperpigmentation is tricky and often frustrating, so it's no surprise that Latinas cite hyperpigmentation as one of their top skin care concerns. Hyperpigmentation is caused by overproduction of the pigment melanin, and refers to any area of skin that's darker than surrounding skin. It can be caused by anything from a mosquito bite to hormonal fluctuations, says Miami-based Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D.   read more

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July 14, 2014  |   9:07 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
Amazing Lipstick Looks for Dark Skin

Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says that color-wise, lipstick options are practically limitless for dark-skinned women. We got his tips on how to wear any lipstick color with a dark complexion -- think vibrant violets, dreamy nudes, bold reds that work day and night and even an on-trend ombre look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.   read more

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July 7, 2014  |  12:07 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
Introducing Beauty Without Boundaries

TotalBeauty.com's mission has always been simple: Bring women the best beauty advice in a candid and relatable way.   read more

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July 1, 2014  |   6:07 AM  |  COMMENT
9 Amazing Asian Eye Makeup Tutorials

Maybe you're a total makeup novice who thinks tightlining is the name of a circus act. Or maybe you're so advanced you can draw a cat eye in your rearview mirror on a bumpy road. (Don't judge me, you've tried it, too.) Fact is, we all have some things to learn about makeup application, especially when it comes to the eyes. These Asian eye makeup tutorials walk you through how to create a variety of looks and how to complement your unique lid shape, lashes, and eye and skin color.   read more

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June 18, 2014  |   2:06 PM  |  COMMENT
Why Are More Black Women Going Bald?

Hair loss is no stranger to women. The International Society of Hair Restoration reports that nearly 30 million women in the U.S. are losing their hair (yikes!), and it's an epidemic among African American women in particular. Dermatologists report that they are seeing more and more black women -- of all ages -- complaining of hair loss.   read more

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June 11, 2014  |  12:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT
10 Swoon-Worthy Braids for African American Women

Everyone may be buzzing about lobs and pixies, but one hairstyle that's perpetually trendy? Braids. From pretty, plaited buns to structural cornrows to fabulous box braids, we've rounded up our favorite braided African American hairstyles. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find the trendiest, most-liked ways to braid your hair. Check out the swoon-worthy braids you need to try this season. Bonus: Some of these braids you can leave in for weeks to give your hair a break from damaging heat styling.   read more

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May 30, 2014  |  12:05 PM  |  COMMENT
Sneaky Secrets About Skin Cancer in Dark Skin

There's a handful of things that can scare you into wearing sunscreen: fine lines, age spots, wrinkles on wrinkles, a killer burn. But when you have a darker complexion, it's easy to think that all of these sun-related skin issues don't apply, because you erroneously think you're immune to the sun's aging rays. The harsh reality is, UVA and UVB rays are dangerous to everybody, no matter how dark your complexion is. And where more serious consequences like skin cancer are concerned, dark-skinned people may be at an even greater risk.   read more

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May 29, 2014  |   5:05 PM  |  1 COMMENT
8 Things to Know Before Getting a Curly Haircut

There are a million reasons why styling curly hair is more difficult than styling straight hair -- the products, the curl manipulation, and ensuring they all look the same for (at least) most of the day. Not to mention the whole length issue (shrinkage, anyone?). Which is why finding someone who can cut curly hair without butchering it requires more than a neighborhood Yelp search. It requires research -- knowing exactly how to get the perfect haircut with hair so full of personality.   read more

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May 23, 2014  |   6:05 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
27 African-American and Latina Beauty Bloggers You Need to Know Now

Sometimes, we beauty junkies can't help it. To get inspiration (or a time-consuming Friday distraction) we turn to bloggers for the coolest, most unique beauty ideas.   read more

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May 7, 2014  |   6:05 AM  |  5 COMMENTS
5 African American Makeup Myths, Debunked

Blondes can't wear yellow, shorties can't wear maxi dresses, white ensembles look tacky after Labor Day. Well-meaning fashion rules like these shouldn't always be taken as fact. You just have to know how to wear them. Likewise, similar myths exist in the makeup world, especially with regard to women of color. "Nude lip colors never work," "Bright eye shadows look tacky" ... you get the picture. But giving into dated rules means you miss out on all the fun, and if there's anything we've learned, it's that rules are meant to be broken.   read more

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April 22, 2014  |  10:04 AM  |  COMMENT
17 Best Short Hairstyles for African American Women

Short hair, don't care -- that seems to be the motto these days. Everyone from celebrities to women on the street seems to be making the cut, and we love it. These short African American hairstyles are perfect for keeping cool in the warm months ahead, and show that just because your hair is short doesn't mean there aren't a million ways to wear it. Here, the hairstyles for short hair that we're obsessing over.   read more

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April 16, 2014  |  10:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Doobies, Pineappling and Sisterlocks: What Natural Hair Care Really Means

"It's been two years since my first BC, and although my TWA is packed with gorgeous 3AB curls, I can't help but think my transition to long hair will take little more than a protective hairstyle and pineappling."   read more

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April 2, 2014  |   4:04 PM  |  7 COMMENTS
Try This: Curly Twisted Pin-Up

For girls with natural hair, styling can be tricky. Wearing it down works only if your dead ends aren't obnoxiously frizzled and your curls are smooth enough not to seem unkempt. Opting for an updo is the easiest go-to in this case, but what happens when your hair isn't long enough to throw up into the all-purpose top knot? YouTube blogger The Chic Natural asked herself those very questions and came up with a wide range of completely doable styles for short to medium haircuts. She demonstrates how to get the looks in these super easy (and binge-worthy) natural hairstyle tutorials. Plus, her styles are so versatile, you can wear them to the office, happy hour or even a weekend soiree. One of her looks we're currently obsessed with: this curly twisted pin-up.   read more

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March 31, 2014  |  12:03 PM  |  COMMENT
7 Things You Should Know Before Dyeing Your Curly Hair

Curly girls have zillions of products tailored to their hair type -- shampoos, co-washes, conditioners, brushes, leave-ins ... you get the idea. But hair dyes are a different story, and naturally curly, kinky textured hair is notoriously tricky to color.   read more

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March 28, 2014  |  11:03 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
7 Genius Ways to Nix Hair Shrinkage for Good

Celebrities have done it. Runway models have done it. Even fiercely chic socialites have dabbled in the natural hair movement. If there's anything the big and beautiful trend has taught us, it's that it doesn't matter if you're a budding beauty blogger or the kid sister to Beyoncé -- embracing your God-given kinky hair and curly spirals is inspiring. Some who've grown tired of chemical treatments and damaging weaves say the hairstyle trend has even helped them to identify their true self.   read more

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March 26, 2014  |   2:03 PM  |  COMMENT
How to Pull Off a Twisted Side Fro Hawk

When we say styling natural hair takes time, effort and patience, we mean it. But would our favorite naturalistas change it for the world? Not a chance. Take YouTube phenom Helecia, otherwise known as iKnowlee on her channel. Famous for her braid outs, twist outs, updos and other natural hair video tutorials, this girl has racked up nearly 100,000 subscribers. One of the signature looks we're loving: her twisted side fro hawk.   read more

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March 24, 2014  |   6:03 AM  |  COMMENT
The Top 4 African American Skin Care Issues, Solved

Everyone has their pet peeves in the realm of skin care. Wrinkles, blackheads, enlarged pores, acne, dark circles -- the list is practically endless. Although certain conditions can be influenced by your skin type, age or lifestyle, the likelihood of some problems can hinge on your skin tone. Case in point: African American women are more likely to suffer from keloid scars, ingrown hairs, hyperpigmentation and eczema -- four skin conditions that are not only more prevalent in dark skin, but sometimes hard to detect and to treat.   read more

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March 18, 2014  |   6:03 AM  |  COMMENT
We Tested 10 Edge Control Products for Black Hairstyles

In the world of hair styling, edge control is something most of my fair, flaxen-haired friends have never heard of, but it's an essential step for kinky-curly, bound-to-be-frizzy, African-American hair maintenance. Those stray wispies along the hairline aren't meant to roam free, as in some sepia-toned Alicia Keys video. If there's anything our favorite naturalistas have taught us, it's that going natural isn't just about going with the 'fro, and taming those frazzled edges at your hairline takes a lot more artillery than a little shine serum and hairspray. Controlling your edges can be a lifelong project ... a mission, if you will. But there's a whole category of products designed to make this mission: possible.   read more

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March 17, 2014  |   5:03 PM  |  2 COMMENTS
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