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.
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.
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.
Bedhead. "It" girl. Model-off-duty. The tousled, undone hairstyle that's been all over our Instagram feeds goes by many names, all evocative of its effortlessly sexy vibe. But unless your name is Gigi Hadid, your hair probably doesn't naturally fall in perfectly messy, textured waves -- which is where this hair tutorial comes in.
Blorange: have you heard about the new hair color trend yet? For those unfamiliar with the term, think of it as something akin to a strawberry blonde... on neon pastel steroids. There are many variations and interpretations of the newly popular color, but in essence it combines orange, red and blonde tones for something that's altogether pretty darn extraordinary.
For the beauty obsessed, the weeks leading up to Coachella are similar to a child's trip to the candy store. Surrounded by lollipop-like color, rock candy-esque crystals, temporary tattoos and copious amounts of glitter, the festival-inspired beauty looks we've seen all over our Instagram feeds have us on a sugar-like high, and as with any strong craving, we just can't get enough. Though trends from years past like flowers, fringe, and feathers will undoubtedly continue to make their appearance, this season it's all about the glittering, glossy and bright looks that are not only eye-catching, but also totally ethereal.