If we were playing a game of word association, the first thing you'd think when we said "layered haircuts" would likely be "The Rachel." Hey, it's not your fault. This style has lived on in infamy (really, there's no forgetting that choppy hairstyle that defined a generation). But this is not 1994, and layers have gotten a major overhaul from the unflattering, Kate Gosselin-esque styles of yesteryear. read more
Real talk: You don't need to hit a music festival to rock boho hairstyles. Because guess what? The flowy, fuss-free styles that only look better the messier they get on festival fields do the same thing IRL -- making them the perfect option for everyday gals who want to bump up their look without looking like they're trying too hard. read more
Here's news that will bring joy to your former angst-ridden teenage self: Emo hair -- unlike your favorite Dashboard Confessional t-shirt -- has stood the test of time. Yep, there's a whole new generation of gals displaying sadness through emo hair. read more
Have you heard the buzz -- both literal and figurative -- lately? Undercuts are back. And while they're still edgy, they now come with a side of feminine flair. Celebs like Demi Lovato and Rihanna are leading the charge -- rocking this 90's trend with more creativity than ever before. read more
For most of us, #iwokeuplikethis is less Beyoncé and more crazy bedhead and traces of last-night's smudged eyeliner. In a perfect world, we'd have plenty of time to shower and blow-dry our hair to perfection, but unless you're Olivia Pope, you probably don't have time to handle your hair on top of your daily obligations. read more
Heat styling is a necessary evil in the world of hairstyles. With sleight of hand, a good curling iron can add volume to stick straight hair and a superior flat iron can take curly hair to superstraight, sleek new territory. See tools
"Should I get bangs?" It's a seemingly innocent question. But when it crosses your mind, it's liable to send you into a Pinterest wormhole of bang inspiration -- and subsequent indecision. Because, while bangs have the power to transform a hairstyle into a look, they admittedly aren't for everybody. read more
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
Turns out, the commercials were right: you can actually get salon-worthy hair with drugstore hairstyling products. At least, that's what TotalBeauty.com readers say about these budget-friendly gels, serums, hairsprays and mousses. See products
There are four things you should look for in a curling iron: One, does it get hot enough to adequately curl your hair? Two, is it the right size barrel for the curls you want to create (smaller barrels mean tighter curls, looser barrels mean bigger curls)? Three, is it easy to hold and use? And four, is it a high enough quality iron to last you a long time? See curling irons
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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