Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by bad bangs. Oh, everyone? My very own bad bang story goes back to high school, when too-short and too-blunt bangs made my round face look even wider. It was then that I swore off bangs forever. Fast forward a few years later, and the high rise of celebrities getting bangs convinced me I needed to try again ... with a shape that was more flattering to my face. Voila! With soft, side swept fringe my face magically looked slimmer. read more
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
Sure, the hairstyle gods have spoken and they're forecasting everything from low ponytails to lobs (and don't forget the pixie!) in hair trends, but we're just not ready to give up the classic, gorgeous and totally practical braid as the easiest and prettiest hairstyle upgrade in the book. From tousled fishtails and loose chains to intricate reverse braid top knots (*swoon*), these pretty plaits and easy braids are just a few of our absolute favorites. But here's the thing we love most about these braids: as complicated as they look, you can whip together a few of these easy braids in five minutes or less. read more
A great hairstyle can elevate a beauty look from ho-hum to smoking hot. African American hair varies in color and texture, and with so many trendy styles for black hair -- braids, twists, updos, afros and more -- the possibilities are seemingly endless. read more
And you thought the low ponytail was the hairstyle of choice at the gym and on Saturday mornings. Pah! We saw the classic low ponytail in a gorgeous lineup of styles everywhere on New York Fashion Week runways and awards season red carpets. Slicked back or slightly mussed, with deep side parts or straight down the middle, braided or with a barrage of killer accessories -- you name it. The classic low ponytail may be an easy hair fix on a lazy day, but with just a smidge more effort, you can give this humble hairstyle a serious makeover. See how some of our favorite celebs and top runway stylists transformed this low-maintenance look into a bonafide runway/red carpet trend. read more
Ask any fashion insider and they'll tell you a complete look depends as much on the right hair and makeup as it does the fabric and cut of the clothes. What would the halter-neck jumpsuits in "American Hustle" be without the spiral curls and shimmery eye makeup? Just like in the movies, at New York Fashion Week the beauty looks are the cherry on top of the perfect show. And the best part? You don't have to wait six months to get them. read more
While New York Fashion Week may be all about the clothes for some, we focus our gaze on the crazy, amazing beauty looks hitting the runways. This season designers pulled out all the stops on runway hairstyles. Forget the staid slicked-back low ponytails so familiar at New York Fashion Weeks of the past. This runway season saw braids, splashes of color, choppy wigs, gorgeous braids and even ... feathers (which we're totally wearing asap). Click through and find your favorite New York Fashion Week hairstyle and tell us: which styles will you try? read more
Alba may not have won a People's Choice award last night, but she definitely took top honors in the beauty department as much for her hair and makeup as for her emerald green mani and enviable stack of rings. Her sleek hair complemented her dewy skin, subtle pink lip and dark smoky eye. read more
The hairstyles and makeup looks at the American Music Awards are often over the top, extreme, or just plain weird. At the 2013 AMAs, however, stars looked surprisingly pretty and subdued -- even Miley Cyrus played it safe. The beauty looks were so good, in fact, that we're using them as inspiration for holiday parties. Flip through our favorites, and let us know which one you'd try. Sound off in the comments below. read more
When we heard Rachel McAdams was in "About Time," her third movie about time travel, we were sure that this time, she'd be the one skipping through the centuries. After all, she's paid her dues. In "The Time Traveler's Wife," she played a wife often left in the lurch by her time-traveling husband. Her "Midnight in Paris" role, as the fiancée (turned ex-fiancée) of a time-traveling writer, left her similarly stranded. read more
Most women are constantly looking for new hairstyles -- whether it's to reinvent the way they look or for a special occasion. Each person is different, and choosing the right hairstyles to fit them will depend on the person's face shape, hair texture, and the occasion. If you're planning to spend the day at the mall or hang out at your friend's place watching movies, then you'll want to choose hairstyles which are relaxed and casual, and easy to maintain. On the other hand, occasions like weddings or prom demand more elaborate hairstyles, like beautiful updos that are elegant and complement your dress and accessories.
The right hairstyles can accentuate your best facial features while downplaying any flaws, redefining the way you look. The shape of your face can help determine the kind of hairstyles that will suit you best. For instance, if you have a round face, you might consider wearing your hair long to minimize the width of your face. However, if you have a longer face, you'll look great in hairstyles that are short with sweeping bangs which will give a wider appearance to your face.
To choose a cut that will best suit your style, look at pictures of other women who have similar faces and features to you, and who also have hairstyles that you like. More importantly, choose hairstyles that will help you feel comfortable, even if you're not conforming to all the rules.
With step-by-step instructional videos and articles on hairstyles at Total Beauty, you'll get expert advice and plenty of tips on hairstyles that are easy to create. You'll have lots of new hairstyles to discover each week, so you can create the look you want whenever you chose.
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