While there are a thousand articles out there on how to get the perfect at-home blowout (I'm a firm believer it's an urban myth), there's something about the smooth finish and bouncy style you get at the salon that makes us want to spend $40 on a simple blow-dry. That being said, we like to get our money's worth by making our blowouts last as long as humanly possible -- without looking like a grease bucket, of course. After debating just how many days we could make a blowout last, we tasked one staffer with the ultimate blowout challenge. Our photo editor, Paulina, agreed to forgo washing her hair for as many days as she could stand to find out exactly how to get the most mileage out of a salon blowout. The results: coveted wisdom we're sharing with (lucky) you. The first stop on Paulina's hair journey: celebrity stylist, Mika Fowler, at Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills. read more
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What's a girl to do with long, naturally thick and wavy hair and zero experience in styling it? She wears it in the same ponytail. For years. read more
When you're on the front lines of battle, there's plenty to worry about. You have to be on constant alert for snipers, sneak attacks and hidden explosives. What you're not so concerned about is a bad hair day or a broken nail. Still, that doesn't mean beauty products and rituals have no place in female soldiers' daily lives. read more
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What happens when a girl with natural, rich chestnut hair spends a few months under the California summer sun? She winds up with a seriously sun-bleached and slightly frazzled head of hair. Claire needed to get a fresh, clean cut and style before she headed back to school in the fall. "I spent almost every weekend on the beach and it definitely took a toll on my hair," said Claire, 20. "The beachy look worked for the summer, but I'm headed back to school and I'll be going on job interviews soon, so I needed a more professional look." read more
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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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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