If you have fine, thin hair and volume is what you're looking for, it may be time to lighten up the products in your hair repertoire. Do you pile on the volumizing products or use cleansers and conditioners that are less-than-gentle to get the squeaky-clean strands needed for big, beautiful hair?
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.
There seems to be no time that passes slower than when you're trying to grow your hair out (well, other than at the DMV). Whether it's a bad haircut, you're going natural after years of processing or you're envious of the girls with longer tresses on social media, it feels like hair growth takes an eternity.
When it comes to maintaining a freshly dyed 'do, it's incredibly important to upgrade your hair care routine to suit your new mane's needs. After all, without the proper TLC, your color could wash right down the drain. One of the best things you can do to care for your color is stock your shower with color-safe shampoo and conditioner and a quality hair mask to revive your tresses once or twice a week. Outside the shower, keep heat tool styling to a minimum and sleep on silky pillowcases that won't disrupt your hair's cuticle.
Black is the new black—at least when it comes to hair care. Charcoal became an uber-popular ingredient in skin care products over the last couple of years, so it makes sense that your favorite hair brands would start adding this detoxifying ingredient to shampoos, conditioners and more. "Charcoal hair products are really good for detoxifying and removing buildup," says celebrity hairstylist Felix Fischer. "They also work as an anti-inflammatory and are great for getting rid of dandruff."
If you're thinking of switching up your hair color for spring and summer, instead of opting for the usual blond highlights, why not have a bit of colorful fun? While vibrant hues in every color of the rainbow are still incredibly popular, there's something to be said about taking a more subdued route. One color scheme that's gaining steam on Instagram is a pale, peachy brunette — otherwise known as caramel rosé.
Take one scroll through Instagram and it's clear to see that a new hair color is dominating the beauty scene. The season's dreamy opal hair color can be best described as what would happen if you were to mix last season's pastel rainbow hair with this season's silver strands. The result? A shimmering, semi-metallic hair color that shines like one of our very favorite gemstones.
There is something in the air. You can sense it as the days get a little longer: the sun makes more of an appearance, winter's chill is less prevalent, you're less prone to "Will this winter ever end?!?" rage. It's about this time that our minds start to wander to thoughts of spring — particularly, spring and summer hair color.
There are certain beauty trends that truly stand the test of time. Cat eyes are forever in favor. Red lips can't be beat. And soft waves? This old-school Hollywood hairstyle is still seen on red carpets year in and year out. When it comes to hair color, you can always count on balayage highlights to be a stylish choice no matter what (sun-kissed hair, FTW). But that doesn't mean there isn't room for slight variation within this uber-popular hair color trend. After all, sometimes the classics can get a little bit boring, right?
Sure, stylists have access to the best of the best when it comes to hair products and tools. And yes, often times that means their kits are loaded with luxurious (AKA pricey) goodies. But that doesn't mean they don't love a good drugstore deal as much as the rest of us. Since they're not limited by budget, you can feel confident knowing that any cheapies they are using have to be good. We asked top hairstylists to share the bargain buys they can't get enough of. Check out their nine drugstore hair product picks here—with prices like these, we say go ahead and buy them all.
I have a dirty little secret: I sometimes go a full week without washing my hair. Now, before you go and call me gross, hear me out. I have super-thick, coarse, curly hair, and it gets seriously dry. Shampooing frequently just dries it out even more, so I like to wait as long as possible before I have to do it again. That's especially the case when I blow-dry my hair. It takes a whole lot of effort to smooth out my curly hair, so you better believe I'm going to do everything in my power to limit the number of times I have to style it each week (don't worry, I still hop in the tub every day to clean my body!).
Prepare to do a happy dance: We've rounded up the best drugstore dry shampoos. Yes, you no longer have to spend big bucks to get rid of second day greasy hair -- because reviewers say these drugstore dry shampoos work just as well as the pricier options. They make hair look and smell freshly washed, even if it's been a couple (or more) days since your last wash.
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.
If you want to win the battle against damaged hair, then you need to know how to prevent split ends. And while many of us simply resort to snipping our split cuticles, there are plenty of tips for repairing and preventing split ends.
When the hair care market is saturated with brands and products promising to solve every one of your beauty woes, it's hard to know which way to turn. But experts agree that it always comes down to basics: a high-quality shampoo that cleanses (without over-cleansing) while providing nourishing ingredients that cater to your specific hair needs. "Shampoo should lather, get rid of buildup that otherwise would block pores and cause potential hair loss and scalp acne, and leave hair with a touch of softness instead of a tacky feel," says Nate Bova, senior stylist at Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza in New York City.
Sheet masks hit the beauty scene in the U.S. a few years ago and they've continued to be one of the most popular skin care products around. Originating in Korea (the land where all the coolest beauty trends are born), sheet masks are beloved thanks to their convenience. Using a sheet mask is a great way to pump up skin's hydration in just a few minutes. We even like bringing them with us when we travel to combat post-flight dryness.
Conventional wisdom dictates that hair and oil go together about as well as water and oil. As in, not at all. Even the words "hair" and "oil" conjure a greasy, un-showered, un-stylable mess, that most of us work very hard to avoid.
Big hair, don't care: That's what you'll be saying when you try out one of these reviewer-approved mousse products. When it comes to creating larger-than-life hairstyles, teasing combs and hairspray usually get all the attention in your hairstyling arsenal. While they can get you some momentary height, nothing beats a volumizing mousse for all-day sculpt and hold.
A quality deep conditioner can make all the difference for ladies with natural hair. Hitting your strands with a rich dose of moisture once a week or so can help nourish, strengthen and moisturize, repairing any damage from heat styling or the elements. The best deep conditioners for natural hair can also help enhance curls, increase shine and protect hair from future damage, keeping it healthier (and prettier) for longer.
There's a reason celebrities all seem to have the shiniest, silkiest, most well-tamed and straight-up luscious locks around. Yes, they have celebrity hair stylists catering to their every stray strand, but they also practice all of the healthy hair habits that they're advised to follow by the pros. Because, when you think about it, your hair is just another organ of your body that's impacted by all of your daily decisions — what you eat, drink, are exposed to, etc. So, along with using all the right products and scheduling routine visits to the salon, much is in your control when it comes to the health of your hair. Here, we asked celeb hairstylists to reveal exactly how stars achieve their stunning strands.