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.
Dandruff. It's one of those beauty ailments that no one really talks about, but it's one that almost all of us will experience at some point in our lives. And since we're no strangers to dishing on the ugly side of beauty (we've tackled ingrown toenails and gross ingredients in skin cream), we're going to get into the nitty-gritty (flaky-scaly?) of what causes dandruff, and how TotalBeauty.com users address theirs with the 13 best dandruff shampoos.
Once upon a time, the biggest challenge we faced once we pulled ourselves out of bed was to coiffe our hair so perfectly it looked almost professionally done. But that was then. Those days of perfect, blown-out hairstyles worn to work day in and day out are gone. Now it's all about achieving the rolled-out-of-bed, perfectly imperfect hairstyles that scream "I woke up like this." Where the goal was once to be smooth and frizz-free, now it's all about letting your frizz work for you, amping up the texture and looking just messy enough that it's considered a seriously trendy fashion statement. Sounds easy enough, right?
There's a misconception that you have to spend a fortune for the best hair care products -- so not true. Yes, there's something glamorous about wearing Chanel lipstick and picking up some Kérastase hair care products while you're finishing up at the salon, but there are cheap hair products under $10 that yield shockingly similar -- if not better -- results.
We love hair gel because it's such a versatile product. Use it on straight hair to add dimension and shine. Apply hair gel to your natural curls to boost volume and keep frizz in check. But if you choose the wrong hair gel, you'll be stuck with a crunchy, greasy mess that smells like alcohol or bad perfume to boot. We're here to eliminate the trial-and-error process for you. Click through for the 11 best hair gels that our readers say are the answer to all of your hair styling woes.
Hair care is such a personalized thing. What works for one woman may not work for another. There are so many types, textures and concerns that it becomes overwhelming trying to pick out new products. And who wants to spend a fortune, if you don't have to. We'll let you in on a little secret -- some of our favorite products actually come from the drugstore.
Let's just be blunt, shall we? Blow-dryers are not created equal. While all hot tools labeled as such eventually dry hair, it's the way in which they do so that sets them apart. Whether that means a sleek, lightweight design for a less achy arm by the end of your dry; or a futuristic number with so many add-ons that you could lose count, you're sure to encounter a handful of different hair dryer models that beg the question: Which is really the best?
When it comes to finding the best hairsprays, you want the ones that keep your 'do in place without making it look like a helmet, right? Luckily, the light, flexible formulas of today's best hairsprays bear little resemblance to the hair-stiffening hairsprays of yesteryear.
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?
Here's the sad truth about gray hair: Unless you embrace the au naturel look, it's a total b*tch to maintain. Whether you have just a handful of grays or have gone full silver, keeping grays concealed requires constant attention and upkeep. Instead of cool, lived-in highlights that grow out naturally, you now need root-to-tip single-process color, where roots appear in as little as 10 days to two weeks. And suddenly, something as simple as pulling your hair back for an easy polished 'do doesn't look as polished with gray wispies peeking out at your temples. What's a woman with gray hair to do?
Whether slicked-back ponytails or long, loose waves are on trend, one thing is certain: Shiny, glossy hair is always in. Yet regular heat styling and piling on the dry shampoo, mousse and hairspray can leave your hair looking dry and dull.
We all love getting pampered at the salon, but when we're trying to save a few bucks, only the best at-home hair color products will do. We don't want a disaster on our hands that ends up costing even more than if we'd just gone to the salon in the first place, right?
Hair loss in women is rarely talked about, but it's much more common than you might imagine. In fact, as many as 40 percent of women have visible hair loss by the time they reach 40, estimates the American Academy of Dermatology.
Hair dryers are like bottles of wine -- some cost $15, some cost $500, and it's often unclear whether or not you're truly getting what you pay for. Some hair dryers can leave your hair damaged and frizzy -- not exactly what you set out to achieve when doing your blowout. And that's where this list of the best hair dryers comes in.
Let's be honest, ladies -- every single time we flip it mid-conversation, shyly tuck it behind our ears or peek through it when it falls before our faces like a curtain, we know exactly what we're doing: making the stone cold heart of every onlooker melt like butter on the sidewalk in the middle of July. Whether you're rocking a face-framing pixie or waist-length layers, gorgeous, healthy hair is a gal's greatest accessory. But ironically, we often damage it in the process of getting it to that gorgeous state.
You're well acquainted with hair serum and leave-in conditioner, but what about dry oil finishing spray for hair? This miracle product is applied in a fine, even mist as the last step in your hairstyling routine, and noticeably amps up luminosity, nixes frizz, protects and nourishes hair.
Did you ever go through a gothic phase in high school, when you couldn't stand even a slight fade to your jet black hair color? Those days, you probably thought highlights were meant only for the carefree blondes or the sun-kissed brunettes of the world -- tortured soul, much?
Raise your hand if you've ever experienced sad, lifeless hair. Now, raise your other hand if you've ever tried to fight said limp hair with volumizers that promise full, sexy hair, only to end up with a sticky, goopy mess. OK, you can put your hands down now.
If you want soft, shiny, manageable hair, it all starts with finding the best conditioner for your hair type. Our readers have tried the top hair conditioners on the market for dry hair, frizzy hair, curly hair and more -- and they're here to tell us which ones they deem the best conditioners.
The best shampoos won't make your hair feel dry, brittle or unhealthy. Instead, a great shampoo has the power to transform your hair and even make your hairstyles look better, no matter if you have straight hair, curly hair or somewhere in between. We scoured the shampoo reviews in our database to find the very best shampoos -- here, the ones our readers swear give them the soft, shiny, manageable hair of their dreams.