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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6 Tips for Hydrated, Radiant Skin This Winter

Winter comes with its many perks (hot chocolate, cozy pajamas, endless pie) but dry, itchy skin is not one of them. While that taut, tight feeling and unsightly flakes are a nuisance for everyone, the more visible scales and ashy dryness that show up more prominently on dark skin make them even more annoying and troublesome for women of color.   read more

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CoverGirl Janelle Monáe Isn't Afraid to Fail

Janelle Monáe is not your typical music artist. In music videos and on the red carpet, she shuns revealing outfits in favor of her signature tuxedo look; her music is empowering, almost futuristic; and she's not trying to lead anyone to believe she's anywhere near perfect. When I interviewed Monáe at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Ray, California, she was in her bathrobe still getting her hair styled, but she didn't apologize or seem at all embarrassed to be less than fully done up (although let it be said, her makeup was as flawless as one would expect from a CoverGirl). Along with chatting about her new #GirlsCan video for CoverGirl, Monáe spoke about the importance of being one's genuine self and of breaking barriers.   read more

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How Beauty Is Defined Around the World

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you don't have to look too far to realize that's true. We've all done some things in the name of beauty (eyelash extensions, Brazilian waxes and tanning beds, to name a few) that probably seem crazy to people in different cultures who define beauty much differently.   read more

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6 Protective Hairstyles to Eliminate Shedding

As excited as we get about changing leaves and fall fashions, the colder temperatures in fall and winter certainly have their downside. Brittle temperatures dry out skin and hair, and can be particularly damaging to natural hair, causing shedding, breakage and greater difficulty in growing hair longer and stronger. To lock in moisture to your natural hair, opt for twisted hairstyles with hidden ends. These protective hairstyles from our favorite natural hair bloggers will keep your hair long and strong throughout the cold seasons -- with zero shedding.   read more

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10 Stunning Bollywood-Inspired Eye Makeup Looks

Singing, dancing and happy endings define Bollywood (Bombay's version of Hollywood) films. Grand, sweeping musical numbers fill the screen and suspend moviegoers' reality for three to four hours (unlike "Lord of the Rings," Bollywood films kindly have an intermission).   read more

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The Best Makeup Look For Your Eye Shape

Ever wonder why that smoky cat eye on Pinterest looks completely different (read: wrong) on you? It may be less about your shading and blending skills (we know you followed the directions to a "T") and more about choosing looks that complement your natural eye shape.   read more

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Fall's Hottest Hair Colors for Every Ethnicity

We are more excited about the hair color ideas our favorite beauty icons of color have been debuting for fall 2014 than we are about Pumpkin Spice Lattes -- they're that good.   read more

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9 Best Products for Natural Hair

Finding the best products for natural hair isn't easy. You want the best hair products for tamed edges, defined curls, moisturized ends and a long list of other requirements. And for every "must" on your list of hair care demands, there are hundreds of products on the market that say they do just that -- but do they? To help you find the best products for your natural hair we enlisted our favorite natural hair bloggers, natural hair vloggers and product enthusiasts to share what they use and love.   read more

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The Real Story Behind Where Your Hair Extensions Come From

If you wear hair extensions, chances are you're pretty picky about what type of hair you wear. You know if you prefer Remy or non-Remy hair, Indian or Brazilian, synthetic or human. You may also believe you can simply look at hair extension packaging to find out its origins. But the truth is, it's pretty difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from.   read more

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Celebrity-Inspired Natural Hairstyles

It's safe to say we're in the midst of a natural hair movement. A slew of African-American stars have been showing off natural hairstyle ideas that prove chic doesn't always mean sleek. We love that these kinky, curly, natural hairstyles are less stressful on the hair and don't require being chained to the flat iron for 20 plus minutes every morning.   See looks

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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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5 Brilliant Contouring Tutorials for Dark Skin

Contouring: It's one of those amazing makeup tricks that can fake the chiseled cheekbones of a supermodel -- provided you know how to do it. With just a few swipes of strategically placed makeup, you can practically redefine your bone structure. It's all about using light to play up your best features and shadow to downplay the ones you're not as fond of. Though the concept is essentially the same no matter your skin tone, women with darker complexions can run the risk of looking muddy. Here, we've rounded up the best contouring tutorials from YouTube with product recommendations for highlighting and lowlighting darker skin tones.   read more

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20 Groundbreaking Style Icons of Color Through the Decades

Half-shaved heads, asymmetrical haircuts, head-to-toe animal print ... we see these beauty and fashion trends on the runways of Fashion Week, the red carpet of the Grammys and in gorgeous, street style snaps. Sure, they're all the rage now, but the majority of these looks began with fashion icons who spearheaded these styles decades ago. What's more, many of these legends were also women of color, who often found it difficult to find mainstream success during their time.   read more

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Beauty Secrets From Around the World

Women have been passing down beauty secrets from one generation to the next from the dawn of time. From Cleopatra's milk bath habit to Aboriginal tribes using berries as a lip stain, different nations have cultivated beauty secrets based on their cultural values and natural resources. However, they all have one thing in common: Women swear by them. We researched those obscure global beauty secrets women have relied on for generations, and the modern-day product that will get you the same results. Whether it's glossy hair from the Mediterranean or perfect skin from Japan, these are the beauty secrets that have been keeping women beautiful for centuries.   read more

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Stunning Beauty Looks From Around the World

Hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists get their inspiration everywhere -- from the local farmers market to the gardens of Tokyo. Lately, it seems like the trend is leaning towards the latter -- the more exotic and far-flung, the better.   read more

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Jaw-Dropping Runway Looks for Dark Skin

Here at Total Beauty, we can appreciate the fashion that comes down the runways during New York Fashion Week, but what really sets our hearts aflutter: the gorgeous new makeup trends we get to look forward to. While you can adapt any trend seen on the runway to suit your skin tone, we found six makeup looks that were especially gorgeous on dark skin. From vibrant eye shadows to gilded smoky eyes, here are the best runway makeup looks (so far) for dark skin.   read more

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11 Global 'It' Girls We Can't Wait to See at Fashion Week

As fashion changes, getting bolder and more exciting every season, so too do the faces behind the biggest brands. Whether their muses are walking the runway or the red carpet, designers are clamoring after a new, more diverse set of faces with an impressive following of their own to model their clothes. From established trendsetters like Rihanna to fashion newcomers like Riley Montana, you can spot these jet-setting "It" girls working with fashion's biggest designers -- be it strutting the catwalk or sitting front row.   read more

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4 Essential Acne-Fighters for Latina Skin

Getting acne to do a disappearing act is never an easy task, but in Hispanic women, it can be David Blaine-tricky. According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, acne in Latina skin has to be treated quickly to reduce the risk of dark spots.   read more

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17 Unbelievable Wedding Beauty Looks Around the Globe

When you imagine a bride getting ready for her wedding day, you probably envision a mother-daughter trip to Kleinfeld to pick out the perfect white gown, or an inspiration board of bridal updos that she tries out weeks in advance. But if you're a bride in West Sumatra, Bulgaria or Morocco, that routine might look a little different -- like an eight-pound-crown, face-paint, tinsel-veil kind of situation. One thing's for sure: Beyond the Western world, bridal beauty has a million definitions. Here are some of the world's most amazing bridal 'dos, makeup and accessories we've ever seen.   read more

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