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?
At New York Fashion Week and all the red carpets, other onlookers might be scoping the untraditional silhouettes and unique textures, but for us, it's the makeup and hairstyles that really catch our attention. Whereas in years past, hair trends have embraced naturally textured looks, this year it's about sleek, polished perfection. Great news for straight-haired girls (and the curling-iron averse).
Has your favorite celebrity undergone a hair transformation lately? It honestly seems like there must be something in the air right now -- because a surprising amount of stars are making major chops -- and you can find them all right here. Now, in some cases, that means wearing a chin-length bob for the first time. And in others? Let's just say that more than one celeb has gone full-on G.I. Jane crew cut (somewhere out there, Demi Moore is feeling proud). Lots of new colors are making the rounds too -- perhaps most notably, peroxide blonde (seriously, it's everywhere).
The spring shows were a tale of two extremes: There was the lazy-girl way (no-makeup makeup, messy hair), and at the opposite end of effortless, there was drama, and well, effort with graphic swooshes of eyeliner and bold hits of color. And amongst it all, there was a lot to love, no matter how much time you want to put into your beauty routine. Here, the looks that caught our eye -- that we're already recreating in our bathroom mirrors.
Exuberant platinum and warm blorange tones may have had their big moment in the summer, but as the fall foliage starts peeking through, it never hurts to tone down your color once the temperatures start to dip. And while tailoring your hair color to the seasons may seem over the top, it's a great way to speak to your darker side, and revive your color from all the summer damage you may have indulged in. To get the perfect fall color, it's important to note that all color looks are getting a little moodier this autumn. From edgy shadow roots to jewel tone shades, here are some of the shades expert colorists expect to be trending this fall.
The lazy days of summer can leave us with more than a few beauty woes come fall. According to dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD, "pigmentation and acne" are the two most prominent skin issues women face at the end of the summer. Here, she explains how you can erase these signs of summer and more with the help of over-the-counter products, prescription creams and in-office treatments. Follow this advice and you'll say hello to fall with gorgeous, glowing, spot-free skin.
Once summer arrives in all its hot and humid glory, certain beauty products are better left untouched. And while we understand that our Vampira-esque lip stain and moody oxblood nail color are best reserved for the drearier months of the year, we have an embarrassingly difficult time severing ties with our blow-dryer and embracing our hair's natural texture come temperature spikes and summer nights. While it sounds appealing in theory to forgo heat styling from May through August, we're still hopelessly devoted to our hot tools.
France gives us killer wine, impeccable cheese, but not, believe it or not, the classic French braid hairstyle. (It's origins are actually unknown.) But just because the braid hails not from France doesn't make it any less chic -- especially with a few ingenious and necessary modern updates.
Bad hair days -- we've all been there. Lucky for you, this season's hottest hair accessory is the headscarf, the simplest solution for quick and easy hairstyles since the bobby pin. The best part: You don't have to go out and buy a ton of headscarves (unless you want to). Chances are, you already have some sort of scarf, bandana or wrap that you can use to hide your frizzies, add polish to your updo or give your outfit a retro vibe.
If you have short hair, chances are it took you a long time to decide you wanted to make the chop. See, short hair has a lot of things going for it -- but one of the biggest deciding factors against it is the fact that it can feel limiting, style-wise. There's a conception that you won't be able to "do" anything with it -- but that doesn't have to be true. You'd be surprised just how many chic looks you can pull off with short strands -- heck, in the braid category alone there are more than enough fun looks to take for a spin. There's French braids, braid crowns, braided pigtails -- and that's only the tip of the iceberg. So, ready to learn some new braids for short hair? Read on for some fun styling ideas and tips on how to braid short hair!
Ah, the ponytail: The no-frills hairstyle we wear to the gym, around the house or running errands. At least that's what it used to be. Unlike the plain Jane ponytails of the past, this summer's ponytail hairstyles are turning heads. Inspired by the runway, the blogosphere and the city streets, we're seeing voluminous texture, woven details and other creative elements that are taking the age-old ponytail to 2016. Here, we present the 25 ponytail tutorials we're most excited about this summer -- from high-fashion styles to quick looks anyone can master.
If you've ever wondered how the heck it's possible that every Hollywood starlet always has amazing hair, it's not just because they're genetically blessed or have a stylist on-call at all times (although that obviously doesn't hurt). The secret behind the celebs' luscious locks -- and all those stunning styles you see on Insta -- is clip-in hair extensions. Trust us, even if they say they're not wearing them, they are. So if you feel like your locks are lacking, extensions offer the perfect solution. Clip 'em in for a night, take them out the next. Voila: Instant versatility.
Unless you happen to be a mermaid (unlikely), Gigi Hadid (if only), or my beloved Golden Retriever, Lucy (ditto), chances are that rocking a long, luscious and meticulously coiffed mane just isn't in the cards during the wretchedly hot and humid months of summer. And though we love what the season's unrelenting sun and warmth does for our mood, social life and yearly outdoor concert quota, we could definitely do without the downright fugly number it does on our blowout. Case in point? From June to August, ponytails become our BFF, MVP, the yin to our yang, if you will.
In our list of vital hair products, hairspray is number one. After all, what's the point of creating perfect curls or a gorgeous updo if it just falls flat an hour later? Hairspray prevents our hair from drooping, but that doesn't mean just any old spray will do. In addition to keeping our hairstyles in place, it shouldn't make hair feel crunchy, crispy or sticky.
The saying "you always want what you can't have" is never more applicable than to a woman's relationship with her hair. And women with thin, fine hair will always want the kind of thick, voluminous hair that would make Connie Britton throw up her hands and go home.
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.
We heart a good hair salon appointment as much as the next girl. Whether for color, a fresh cut or just a blowout, nothing quite beats the feeling of walking out with strands that could star in a shampoo commercial. But if there's no time (or, let's be real, moolah) to hit up the salon regularly, there's still a lot you can do to score top-notch tresses. Ahead, experts share the best advice for giving your hair salon-worthy love, all in the privacy of your own home.
Sometimes, it feels like you have fewer hairstyle options when you have curly hair -- you endlessly scroll through hair tutorials and hairstyle ideas that just don't really apply to you, and it's kind of disheartening. Luckily, though, a deep dive into Instagram and Pinterest (as well as archives of celebs on the red carpet) proves that there are plenty of great looks out there for curly hair as well.