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.
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).
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?
It's happened to the best of us: a botched at-home bang trim that looked like it was hacked with kitchen scissors. Well, the look that launched a million hair horror stories has now become a look. That's right, messy, uneven bangs are officially trending.
Growing out a bad haircut is the worst — but growing out a good haircut is no walk in the park, either. We have to deal with awkward layers, pieces that have a mind of their own and random cowlicks. It's enough to want to hide under a hat for 3 months. If you fell for the #shorthairdontcare message and cropped your locks into a pixie or bob and are now attempting to grow your hair longer, know that it doesn't have to be painful and awkward. (No, we're not suggesting you get extensions.)
Perms are so 30 years ago, right? Not so fast. After years of pin-straight hair and laid-back beachy waves, 80s-style bouncy curls are making a comeback. Recently, everyone from Emma Stone and Olivia Munn to Lola Kirke and Jennifer Lopez has been heading to their stylists for some chemical curls. Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood puts it simply: "Perms are making a comeback because the 90s are so in right now and people want volume and texture in their locks."
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.)
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.)