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
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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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
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
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
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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When you start to consider crow's feet, laugh lines, furrowed brows, and those oh-so-fun wrinkles, it's easy to forget that your face isn't the only thing that needs anti-aging attention. When was the last time you picked up a youth renewal product for your hair? It may technically be dead once it leaves your scalp, but hair still shows signs of aging over time. So how do you get your hair to look more youthful? read more
Being curly has advantages. You can hop out of the shower, throw in a great styling product and a hair tie, and be on your way. Bonus: No heat styling or texturizing products required ... ever! The trendy effortless-but-chic look was pretty much made for you. True fact: about 40 percent of women wish they had the curls, waves and texture you've got. read more
We do a lot of damage in the name of beauty. The blisters and bunions from jamming our feet into high heels. The flaming face after an aggressive chemical peel. But one of the silent victims in our pursuit of gorgeousness is ... our hair. All the dyeing, drying and frying we do frazzles it, and hair coloring -- stripping, bleaching, foiling and heat activating -- is one of the worst culprits. read more
Scary but true: nearly half of women in the UK admit to putting on makeup while driving, resulting in about 450,000 accidents per year, according to insurer estimates. Most say they only apply at traffic lights or while they're stuck in traffic (yeah, right). What's really worrisome? About 43 percent say they do it even though they know it's dangerous. read more
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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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