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.
When it comes to messy buns, the ladies are aiming high. We mean that literally. The low, hideaway bun is on its way out because the working girl's new go-to look is the dramatic updo. From big knots to "Penny Dreadful" hair, they are doing it all.
Highlights can add dimension to hair and give it a gorgeous sun-kissed effect when done correctly, but a few missteps can make you look skunk-like or worse. Thanks to experts Rona O'Conner, celebrity colorist and co-owner of the Lukaro salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. and Marcy Cona, Clairol Global Creative Director of Color and Style we got the scoop on how to successfully highlight hair at home — read on to see their tips.
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 fear of getting your hair cut is real. There's even a name for it: tonsurephobia. It's something that many of us have dealt with, but those with curly hair often experience stronger symptoms because of negative experiences. (We don't want to bring up any bad memories involving wet curls shrinking into a style you weren't cool with.) We're here to help you move beyond those times and get a curly haircut that showcases every bouncy strand.
If you have curly hair (or just want curly hair) then a diffuser is a must-have item in your beauty arsenal. What is a diffuser? It's an attachment for your blow dryer that changes the air flow from a direct stream of air to a more diffused (get it?) wide circle of air. This helps to minimize frizz, since there's less hot air aimed at any one part of your hair, so it's perfect for curls. If your blow dryer didn't come with a diffuser, you can buy a universal one that will attach onto the nozzle (just make sure it's the right diameter before you buy).
Did you catch the mid-century glam pastel explosion at the Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week? "I think we've colored about 37 girls," said Redken Global Color creative director Josh Wood in a press release. "This is the biggest color project I've worked on, with every single girl being a different color."
Like intriguing new hair colors, braids seem to get a major revamp each year as innovative and exciting new techniques emerge. And this year, DNA braids are the latest trending hairstyle taking over our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. In case you're wondering what DNA braids are, according to celebrity master stylist Marshall Lin, they're fishtail braids with extra sections that give it a breathtaking 3D effect that resembles a DNA strand.
When we're tired, late or just plain lazy, the last thing we want to do is wash and blow-dry our hair. But going to work with greasy hair isn't really an option. Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver, but it's actually the hairstyle that will dictate whether our mane passes for clean or gives away its unwashed status.
There's something about summer that inspires us to experiment with our hair. From funky colors and highlights to adorable accessories that match our favorite summer dress, 'tis the season for festive 'dos. Though our creativity is flowing, high temps, never-ending humidity and splashes of chlorine and salt water can put a major damper on our style. When you're not sure what to do or are stuck in a hair rut, braids are a classic go-to that just about everyone can sport. From long to short, curly to straight, we found some easy-to-replicate braided hairstyles that will spice up your summer strands.
Bangs really are the fastest way to pull a hair look together. Somehow they make the most simple bun or ponytail take on a new life. But bangs take patience and a little extra effort — and the results are so worth it.
Thinking of making the big chop? Consider the micro bob: A super-short 'do that combines the best of both worlds of a face-framing bob and a gaminesque pixie cut. The stylish short hairstyle has been sported by many a celebrity of late, from Emilia Clarke to Audrey Tatou; each variation more fetchingly effortless than the last.
With temps expected to surge this weekend, you're probably looking for ways to stay cool. Sure, you can break out the cutoffs and your favorite strappy tank or a flirty summer dress, but the best way to avoid overheating is with a chill hairstyle.
Summer has many fine points. See beach days, the opportunity to use adorable Instagrammable pool floats and the fact the season makes ice cream taste so much better. The trouble is, some of the summer vibes can be hindered by office dress codes. In the interest of staying in your boss' good book, you need a polished look to survive both the sweltering temperatures outside and the frigid ones in the office. And it needs to be strong enough not to wilt after a few hours. It can be a challenge coming up with an appropriate outfit, but figuring out an appropriate hairstyle can also take some experimenting.
Braids are a go-to style no matter the season or occasion, but as much as we love braids all year long, their unofficial season is summer. And it's the fishtail braid that's the undisputed style of the warm weather.
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.
Hair is a serious matter for black women. No matter how fussy or laid-back some of us are about our appearance, as soon the temperature rises, like clockwork, we start looking for easy protective hairstyles to limit the amount of time we spend on our hair — and more time having fun. As the name implies, protective hairstyles are a convenient way to protect your natural hair from constant manipulation, as it's safely tucked away and left alone for days or weeks at a time. Plus, when done properly in a way that's not pulling at one's edges, they can even aid in hair growth since you're not yanking or tugging at your hair constantly, leaving it to flourish freely.
Fresh hair color and a sharp cut can help start summer on the right foot, but it's not easy determining what length bob suits your face shape or which shade of caramel looks best with your skin tone. To find out which haircuts and colors will help make your summer hair goals a reality, we spoke to some master colorists and expert stylists about some rules of thumb to keep in mind while you're moodboarding your perfect summer hair look. Here are some of the helpful tips they recommend.
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?