The power of a great haircut or hair color is undeniable -- as is the opposite. (Holla if you've ever been reduced to tears by a hair disaster!) Which makes choosing the best hair salon a decision that can send you down a Yelp wormhole -- especially if you live in the big city. Yes, finding your hair stylist/colorist match in Los Angeles, a city where they're as plentiful as avocados, is rough. Think: perfect curly haircuts, sunkissed highlights, tousled waves, the latest hairstyles the celebs are wearing ... basically, the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of. read more
Sulfates: They're something you might not want in your shampoo. Until recently, that was all we knew about sulfates -- more and more brands started avoiding them, but we didn't know why, or if we should avoid them, too. The personal care industry is filled with complicated chemical names and lots of "rules" about what you should and shouldn't be putting on your body. Today, we're shedding some light on the sulfate debate: Should they stay or should they go?. read more
So, what exactly is a clarifying shampoo, and why do we need them? Well, products like conditioner, shine serum, hairspray, etc. tend to create buildup on your hair and scalp, which leads to dullness, frizziness and heaviness. Environmental factors like pollution and mineral deposits from hard water can also contribute to the aforementioned lackluster hair -- so, enter clarifying shampoo. You see, a well-deployed clarifying shampoo can take care of all that, leaving you with a clean (not to mention shinier and more voluminous) slate. They're not something you should use every day, since they can be harsh, especially on drier hair -- but they're something you should consider using anywhere from weekly to monthly, depending on your hair type and how much product you use. read more
So we're kind of obsessed with balayage hair, and it's safe to say the rest of the world is too. Balayage, a highlighting technique whose French name means "to sweep or paint," is applied by hand to give hair a naturally sun-kissed look. "It's a flattering way to accent your hair, since it looks so natural," explains Matrix Style Link Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas. read more
Those of us with curly hair know it can be both a blessing and a curse. When it behaves, nothing's better than having a head full of perfect ringlets or waves that cascade over your shoulders. But when it's acting ornery or piqued -- look out. Thirsty, frizzy, stressed-out curly hair is never pretty. And when we try to wrestle those same misbehaving curls into submission, it only makes things worse. (Because, really, the only thing that looks worse than fried curls are fried curls that have been further fried in an attempt to make them behave.) Best curl products
When it comes to styling your hair, it can take years of practice to find out what really works for you. And one thing is for certain: Getting the hairstyle you want starts with choosing the right hair brush. read more
Changing weather (hello, fall) means it's time to tweak your beauty routine. Fortunately, there are some amazing new beauty products to buy this October, which means revamping your daily beauty checklist has never been easier -- or more fun. Whether you're battling acne or looking to calm dry, irritated skin, there's a new beauty product for you to try. Prices run the gamut this month -- from splurge to drugstore bargain -- so there really is something for everyone. read more
Nothing screams, "good hair day," like a spectacular salon blowout. And while we'd like to consistently schedule those weekly hair appointments, our budget doesn't always allow it. Even more unfortunate, blow-drying our hair at home just doesn't ever seem to come out the same, even if we've become a master at wielding that dryer. So, why can't you get those same salon-worthy strands at home? Most likely, your issues lie with the fact that you're using a subpar blow dryer. but why spend so much money on a hair dryer when the cheaper options are so much, well, cheaper? read more
Let's be honest -- when it comes to hair products, our favorites are always the ones that smell the best. You know, the dry shampoos and hair oils we reach for every single time just to catch another addictive whiff. read more
Don't get us wrong -- we love our curls. Learning to embrace your hair's natural texture is a valuable thing, and we encourage you to let your kinky-curly flag fly. But sometimes, a girl's just got to go sleek. After all, a streamlined hairstyle equals a streamlined life, doesn't it? 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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