Every year seems to usher in a whole new fleet of hair color trends. The latest technique we're coveting isn't quite as flashy as caramel rosé or opal — but it's taking Instagram by storm. Strandlights is a new hair color technique that offers natural-looking highlights, similar to babylights and balayage, that can be easily maintained.
Have you heard of the "no poo" method? It's garnered something of a cult following in recent years. If you haven't, it's pretty simple: You eschew shampoo entirely, usually replacing it with a good ol' scrub with some conditioner (aka "co-washing").
If you're as busy as we are, you typically don't wash and dry your hair every morning — after all, it can be a long, arduous process full of waiting, heating and styling. Which is why we don't know what we ever did before the invention of dry shampoo. Talk about an absolute game changer.
Hot tools are undoubtedly one of the best things to happen to the beauty world — they allow us to can create gorgeous, runway- and red carpet-worthy looks in a matter of minutes, all in the comfort of our own homes. But while they might be easy to use, they still come with their own set of intricate rules that should be followed to a T — because nobody likes heat damage.
Show me a girl who says she doesn't want the full-bodied hair of a Victoria's Secret model, and I'll show you a liar. This is where volumizing shampoo comes in. There's something about a voluminous blowout that really boosts your confidence (and your formerly flat strands). Readers say these 14 volumizing shampoos for fine hair add weightless volume and thickness instantly. Try these and you'll be one step closer to the Gisele Büdchen hair of your dreams.
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 may love changing your hair color every once in a while, but how does your hair feel about the process? Traditional hair dyes have been notorious for causing damage to your hair and scalp — in drastic cases, some people even have to quit coloring their hair altogether. Fortunately, a new type of hair dye is now in the market that won't wreak havoc to your crowning glory. Organic hair dyes are a much better alternative since they are made from natural ingredients and have fewer chemicals than traditional hair dyes. Here are some of the best organic hair dyes that deliver vibrant color and nourishment to your hair.
Do you love Lush products as much as we do? Not only are they handmade by actual people, but all Lush products are natural, vegetarian, deliciously scented and delightfully whimsical. The ingredients are also ethically sourced, not tested on animals and the brand supports a variety of charitable organizations, which keep its throngs of loyal fans coming back for more. Even better, Lush is constantly adding new products to its roster, so there's always something new and exciting to try.
Fine hair can pose some unique challenges. We want to keep strands soft and shiny, but we don't want any added weight. Also, tamping frizz and flyaways can mean kissing our volume goodbye. If this sounds like you, it may be time to try a lightweight hair oil. There are many wonderful oils to choose from that will nourish your hair and give it shine without the heavy, greasy feeling that can make your struggling-to-exist-strands deflate before your very eyes. Check out some of our favorite lightweight hair oils for fine hair and treat yourself to a little weightless TLC.
Curls are magical things when they're acting the way they're supposed to act. Curly girls know that sweet spot of happiness when our coils and kinks are supple, hydrated and behaving. But throw in summer heat and humidity and they can turn into an absolute nightmare: frizzy, crunchy and resistant to all styling and taming. It's true: fear of frizz can ruin our summer fun.
The best color protecting shampoo will do exactly what the name implies: Preserve your freshly done, beautiful hair color and keep it (and your hard-earned money) from being washed down the drain. After all, it makes no sense to spend a fortune on coloring your hair at a salon only to use hair care products that strip the color at home. So stocking up on proper hair care products post-treatment is an absolute must.
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.
It used to be that vegan products in the beauty space were very niche and trendy — and hard to find. For the products that advertised being vegan, the formulas seemed inferior to its general market counterparts and the results were often less than satisfactory. Today, veganism isn't just a fad. It's a lifestyle and people are dedicating not only their diets but their lives to eliminating chemicals and foreign ingredients and sticking with goods that come from nature itself.
Whether you have a dry or oily scalp, one thing's for sure: your noggin can benefit from a scalp scrub. That's because, as much as you may swear by your Mason Pearson to stimulate your strands and scalp while smoothing them into absolute perfection, tailored shampooing, conditioning and brushing doesn't always cut it. What does? A scalp scrub designed to rebalance that sensitive area of skin that so often leads to oil irregularities and subsequent discomforts. With the right scalp scrub, you'll finally know what it's like to stretch a shampoo more than every other day and, best of all, you'll fee fresh and flake-free.
When our skin gets sunburned, it's painfully obvious. We're left with hot, it-hurts-to-move skin that is fire engine red and can sometimes be blistered. When our hair gets damaged by the sun, it's not so easy to recognize. We likely notice the straw-like ends and faded color, but we often blame things like our addiction to heat styling tools, our love of mermaid hair color or only getting trims when we absolutely have to.
For soft, manageable, beautiful strands, it's important to choose the best leave-in conditioner for your hair type. A good leave-in conditioner can help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz and keep curls soft and smooth; a leave-in conditioner that's too heavy can weigh it down or leave it looking greasy.
Balayage highlights have some major beauty staying power thanks to their timeless and elegant appearance, but if you're looking to break out of the conventional beauty mold this summer, you may want to give metallic highlights a try. Metallic highlights are a fun, iridescent spin on the traditional multidimensional color looks using tones of rose gold, silver and even steel gray.
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.
No matter what your hair type, it seems like the search for strand-perfecting products is never over. From weather-related frizz to limp strands that need revival, bad hair days can really ruin your mood and cramp your style. When styling your hair becomes a headache or isn't working the way you'd imagine, solid styling products are key.
Summer might be your favorite time of year, but your hair might not be loving it quite as much as you are. When the sun's beating down, the air's full of humidity and you're spending all your waking moments in a pool, your hair takes quite the beating, leaving you having to do damage control against everything from frizz to greasy roots. Here, top hairstylists explain how to combat the biggest summer hair issues so that you can keep your mane in tip-top condition this season.