Do Not Get Highlights Without Reading This First

When I hear the word "highlights," the images that come to mind aren't pretty. I see a woman with enough foil in her hair to wrap a Thanksgiving turkey. A guy with strategically placed strands of bleach -- streaks, if you will -- in his spikey, gelled hair. But when I see a salon's list of coloring services, there's an entire vocabulary beyond "frosted tips" and professional versions of Sun In that are a total mystery to me. We're in a world of ombre, balayage, and partial-foil-lowlights that may or may not be both weaved and sliced, but what does it all mean?   read more

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October 23, 2013  |   7:10 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
Christine's Simple to Stunning Beauty Makeover

Even the most creative types fall into a rut every now and then. Christine, 24, is a crafter, painter and all-around bedazzler, whether she's creating unique hair accessories or painting some of the most elaborate, intricate nail art we've ever seen. But when she started a new job -- teaching history for grades 6 - 12 at a Los Angeles private school -- her creative hobbies took a backseat to her busy schedule, along with upkeep on her hairstyle.   read more

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October 14, 2013  |   5:10 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Cute Hat! But Your Hair Is a Train Wreck

Summertime hats are built for covering up -- those floppy hats and fedoras shield your face from scorching UV rays, and hide those sweaty, salty "beachy waves" or your chlorine-crunchy mop. But when cool weather hits, hats are all about keeping your noggin' warm. Problem is, the minute you set foot inside and take off that beret, the damage is done: your hair looks like it's been run through a turbo engine.   read more

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October 3, 2013  |   8:10 AM  |  COMMENT
14 Best Volumizers for Sexy Hair

Raise your hand if you've ever experienced sad, lifeless hair. Now, raise your other hand if you've ever tried to fight said limp hair with volumizers that promise sexy hair, only to end up with a sticky, goopy mess. OK, you can put your hand down now.   See best volumizers

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September 24, 2013  |  10:09 AM  |  28 COMMENTS
10 Best Hair Dryers

Hair dryers are like bottles of wine -- some cost $15, some cost $500, and it's often unclear whether or not you're truly getting what you pay for. From the 2-buck Chucks of hair dryers, like bargain models by Conair, to the Dom Perignons, made by the likes of T3 and Chi, the range in price points can be overwhelming. But which ones really offer the best results? Our TotalBeauty.com readers tested the full spectrum of blow dryers, rated their ten favorites and told us why they ranked so high. Check out this list of the top hair dryers, according to their reviews. It might just be your time for an upgrade.   See blow dryers

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September 23, 2013  |  10:09 AM  |  36 COMMENTS
Summer Casual to Autumn Chic at 27 Weeks

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Summer Casual to Autumn Chic at 27 Weeks

After a full summer schedule of go-go-go travel, fall is all about turning over a new leaf and making the transition into the cooler months as easy as possible. Leah, 29, was 100 percent on board to make her summer-to-fall transition fun, fresh, and easy -- particularly because her life is about to get a bit more hectic.   read more

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September 23, 2013  |   4:09 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Does Your Shampoo Have the New 'It' Ingredients?

Antioxidants, copper peptides, stem cells … you're familiar with them, right? Wrinkle creams and serums are packed with these active ingredients to plump fine lines, erase dark spots, and keep your skin looking forever young (that's the hope, at least).   read more

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September 18, 2013  |   9:09 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
8 Best Leave-In Conditioners

If you want to rock beautiful hair, it's important to moisturize it just as you do your skin. And while using shampoo and conditioner may be as automatic as brushing your teeth, if your hair is still tangle-y post-shower, frizzy and a little dry overall or if regular conditioner is too heavy for your fine, thin hair, you might want to consider trying some additional or different hair care products, namely a leave-in conditioner.   see products

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September 16, 2013  |   9:09 AM  |  50 COMMENTS
Want Your Hair to Grow?

As I've gotten older, my hair has gotten thinner. "Why is your braid so skinny?" my sister asked at a family party a few years back. That's when I knew something had changed. The super-thick French braid I had as a kid was gone -- it's now anemic and scraggly at the ends.   See vitamins

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September 13, 2013  |  10:09 AM  |  7 COMMENTS
7 New Treatments That Reverse Summer-Fried Hair

Reality check: Labor Day is around the corner and that inevitable back-to-school anxiety will hit soon. Of course you have a million things to do to get ready, so let's ignore the things you don't want to do (like putting your summer stuff in storage and breaking out those scarves) and let's talk about your hair. Your poor, poor hair.   read more

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August 22, 2013  |   7:08 AM  |  COMMENT

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Hair Care Information and Advice

If you're like most women, then you're concerned about the appearance of your hair, and will do what it takes to take care of it. Starting now, it's time to banish dull and dry hair from your life, and take better care of your hair to get lustrous locks that will turn heads. To help you, Total Beauty offers you expert tips on hair care for shiny, glossy hair.



If your hair is in good condition and is healthy, then your hair care regime will only need a few tweaks to keep your tresses looking great. One way to have healthy hair is to maintain a healthy lifestyle; your mane will be in better condition, naturally. Your daily diet should include plenty of water, as well as lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for grilled or baked dishes rather than fried food, and limit your intake of cola or coffee, which have excess caffeine.

Perming, bleaching, or coloring frequently cause damage to your hair as they strip the shaft of its natural oils. Experts say that hair should have at least eight percent moisture for it to look silky and shiny. Using products meant for chemically treated hair can protect your tresses and make them look smooth and glossy.

Look through Total Beauty's hair care section to discover great secrets for gorgeous locks. Total Beauty offers some of the best hair care advice on the web, so you can have great hair all the time.

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