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).
For some, a ponytail is the ultimate lazy-girl, just-can't-even-today hairstyle. For others, a ponytail is an opportunity to get creative with a sleek, polished — or artfully undone — updo. Whatever kind of ponytail wearer you are, there's no reason to settle for basic. It's easy to transform a traditional pony into something special — without much effort. (Just the type of hairstyle we love.)
It seems like every other day we find a new beauty trend we want to try, whether perusing our favorite Instagram feeds, flipping through magazines or checking out the latest looks from fashion week. Unfortunately, most of us can't afford multiple visits to Sephora and Ulta whenever the mood or inspiration to experiment strikes (at least not if we want to pay rent on time). So, when a beauty trend comes along that takes little effort — or investment — you can only imagine our delight. Even better if we already own everything needed to recreate the look.
It's been commonly said that you always want what you don't have: girls with curls want smooth, straight hair; people with iron-straight hair envy curls and waves; limp hair wants volume; people with volume might want, well, less. Although so many of us are rocking what we've got, we still have moments of frustration when it comes to our hair type and texture.
The shiny, luxurious allure of swingy blown-out hair that is, to quote Olivia Pope, "handled," holds allure for lots of women. So many, in fact, that an entire industry has erupted around it: blow dry bars exist in every major metropolis. What used to be the exclusive realm of well-appointed editors, movie stars and socialites has now become accessible to us all.
Bangs are back in a big way — well, actually, in an itty-bitty way. The latest iteration, aptly dubbed baby bangs or micro bangs, is quickly proving to be the style of the season, with celebs like Emma Watson and Emma Roberts rocking them on the red carpet. And while they may be called baby bangs, there's nothing childish about them; the snipped fringe is decidedly modern and edgy. "People gravitate towards these bangs because they make for a one-of-a-kind, unique look," says Streeter's Artist Braydon Nelson. "They are fresh and really open up the face." Even better? Pretty much anyone can rock them. Check out Nelson's helpful advice, plus some photo inspo, before you make the cut.
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.
Rainbow hair is definitely a trend that won't be going away any time soon. If you've already tried rocking colorful locks, then you know that it requires some serious maintenance to keep your hair color in tip-top shape. Routine touch-ups with your stylist and gingerly washing your hair as infrequently as possible to keep it vibrant become your reality. And let's face it, who has the time or money for that?
Any hair care expert will tell you that in order to prevent hair from becoming damaged and broken, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protectant, like a heat protection spray, serum or cream. You've missed a step if you subject your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers without one.
Those of us with curly hair know it can be both a blessing and a curse. When it behaves, nothing's better than having a head full of perfect ringlets or waves that cascade over your shoulders. But when it's acting ornery or piqued -- look out. Thirsty, frizzy, stressed-out curly hair is never pretty. And when we try to wrestle those same misbehaving curls into submission, it only makes things worse. (Because, really, the only thing that looks worse than fried curls are fried curls that have been further fried in an attempt to make them behave.)
Here's the sitch: You've allotted yourself exactly an hour to get ready. Ten minutes before go-time, as you're finishing up your last curl, you unravel the barrel only to find a dreaded crease. Ugh, why? Girl, we feel you. When it comes to traditional curling irons, sometimes it seems almost impossible to create a smooth, crease-free finish. Or, in this worst-case scenario, you realize you've made a mistake when you don't have enough time to correct it. Now, imagine there was a hot tool out there that could create the curls of your dreams without a single crease in sight. Well, it's time we introduce you to curling wands.
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).
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.