The Owner’s Manual for Naturally Wavy Hair

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Perfect waves are coveted far and wide by the straight-haired and curly-haired alike, but if you were born with naturally wavy hair, then you’re already well aware that sometimes your texture feels like a curse rather than a blessing. It occupies a middle ground—not as wash-and-go as straight strands, without the bounce of natural curls. But even though getting there may take a little extra (occasionally tedious) work, waves can look shiny and gorgeous, so long as you know how to style them.

The key to making your wavy hair work, says Gary Howse, co-owner and founder of Gary Manuel Salons in Seattle, is to pick a texture and commit to it. “If you’re going to go straight, go straight and really shiny and make that the focus. Or,” he advises, “pick curly and learn how to accentuate the curl.”

If you want to play up your texture…

Scrunch with mousse.
Okay, we fully realize how 1991 that directive sounds, but 2015’s updated foam formulas promise to leave hair sexy and touchable, not crunchy. We’re fans of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Foam Mousse, which enhances waves with flexible polymers that create a soft, defined texture.

Coarser wavy hair may require a more heavy-duty, stronger hold product. Ouidad Curl Recovery Curl Defining Styling Soufflé is designed to moisturize and define dry or damaged textured hair, especially those that are natural or transitioning.

Master the anti-gravity blow-dry.
Wavy hair can get weighed down, so there are additional factors that contribute to the perfect blow-dry. “When you’re going curly, you have to think about, ‘How do I dry my hair in a way that it’s not being pulled on?,’” Howse says. This may mean flipping your head upside down, or leaning your head to one side while you dry hair with a bell-shaped diffuser. A diffuser, of course, is absolutely crucial: This attachment clips onto the nozzle of your hair dryer to spread out the airflow over a wider area, giving you a gentler blow-dry that plays up natural texture while minimizing frizz. It’s a must-have.

If you want to go straight…

Prep hair with product.
Wavy hair requires both moisture to fight frizz and hold to keep a blowout from falling flat. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) is a new 5-in-1 styling treatment that offers both. The lightweight cream is the very first to combine the company’s two patented molecules: OFPMA, which smooths the cuticle and adds shine sans silicones, and PBAE, which creatures fullness without crunchy texture.

Blow-dry with a brush.
The key to achieving the ideal smooth, shiny blowout is pulling hair tight with a round brush while you angle the dryer down toward the ends of hair. “If you can’t feel the tension pulling, then you’re not doing it right,” Howse says.

Perfect your flat iron technique.”
“Be very careful about using a flat iron in a way that makes [your style] look like 10 years ago,” Howse warns. You don’t want stick straight strands so much as you want smooth texture that Click Here For More

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8 Secrets to Perfect Mascara Application Every Time

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We know we're not the only ones who consider mascara a beauty product we could not live without. We just feel totally incomplete without it—it's basically like the makeup version of a security blanket, and we're not about to give it up any time soon. And yet! There are so many things that can go wrong with mascara application, like smudging and clumping, that we spend as much time resenting it as we do loving it. Fortunately, we've perfected our technique over the years, thanks to these majorly beneficial mascara tricks.

1. Don't pump the wand in and out of the tube to build up more product, as this forces air into the container, therefore drying the formula out faster—and who wants that? If you want to really coat the wand, swirl it around the inside of the tube instead.

2. Wiping off excess mascara with a tissue before applying prevents clumpy lashes, and that feeling of growing horror when you realize all of your lashes have stuck together irreparably. Just wipe the tip of the wand, where product tends to gather, to keep your lashes clump-free.

3. Don't curl your lashes all willy-nilly: Start by gripping the roots of the lashes, closest to the lid (don't pinch yourself!), for lift, and then follow up by curling the middle of the lashes as well for maximum volume and curl.

4. For thick, full lashes, first wiggle the wand back and forth at the roots of the lashes to deposit product, then sweep upward to the tips of the lashes. It'll give that desired fullness at the base and lengthen without clumping or squashing your hard-earned curl.

5. If your mascara is a little too thick or dry to use, soak the tube in a cup of hot water for a few minutes to loosen the formula and give it a more liquid-y texture that's easier to apply.

6. For the best curl ever, heat your curler with a blowdryer before using. It'll give lashes a better, longer-lasting bend, just as hot tools work to style your hair. Just be sure that it isn't too hot—you definitely don't want to singe or weaken your lashes.

7. Waterproof mascara has serious staying power, but the same properties that make it infallible also make it pretty difficult to remove. Applying a coat of waterproof mascara over regular mascara will keep your lash look waterproof, but because there's a foundation of regular mascara, it'll be much easier to remove at the end of the day.

8. If you're serious about a dramatic look, start with a lash primer. You'd never apply foundation without primer, so why shouldn't your lashes be the same? Lash primer will give better grip to the lashes, so your mascara will go on smoother and just better. We're into it.

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Game Changer: The Best Drugstore Highlighter (That Isn’t A Highlighter At All)

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If there's one thing that I love in this world, it's having radiant skin. I want my complexion to shine like the top of the Chrysler building and blind people with my beauty if they try to look at me directly. So it probably goes without saying that highlighter is one of my all-time essential beauty products.

A good highlighter is a truly crucial beauty product, and I have several favorites that I keep in my every day makeup rotation. And while they all have different formulas, applicators and finishes, the one thing they tend to have in common is that they're expensive. Hey, when it comes to my skin, I'm only going to use the best.

But here's the good news: you don't have to spend a fortune to get an amazing product. There's a drugstore highlighter that gives a luminous glow so good that it rivals even the priciest product in my (extensive) cosmetic collection. But the weird part? It's technically not even a highlighter at all.

Allow me to introduce you to Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Barely Branded ($7), the eye shadow that is actually the world's most perfect cream highlighter. As a shadow, I found that it was prone to sinking into lines and creases…but on my skin? It's perfect, and lights me up like a candle.

To begin with, it's the world's most perfect color. Barely Branded is a soft beige-gold that works on literally every skin tone. If I'm asked to do makeup for a wedding, this is the highlighting product I reach for 99% of the time, no matter the skin tone of the bride. It is universally flattering.

It also gives the perfect amount of shine. Metallic but not TOO metallic, it'll give your skin natural radiance without making you look like C3PO. You can also blend it well for a more subtle shine, or layer it for more dramatic impact. I like to do a combination of the two because, like I said, I require maximum radiance at all times. Don't judge me.

It's incredibly easy to apply: you literally just dab it on with your fingers and tap to blend. No brushes to clean or complicated highlighting techniques to learn? Yes please.

And unlike a lot of other cream highlighters, once this product sets, it lasts. Raise your hand if you've abandoned cream highlighters because they never fully adhere to your skin, leaving you with those weird marks on your cheeks where your sunglasses remove the shine. Yeah, probably all of us…but not with Barely Branded. It's perfect for sweaty summer days.

But the very best part? It costs less than ten dollars, and a single jar lasts for EVER. So if you've been looking for a way to illuminate your skin without taking our a mortgage, this is the not-technically-a-highlighter product for you. Thanks for our perfect summer complexions, Maybelline!

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Long Weekend Beauty Essentials: 12 Products You Need to Pack

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As we cruise into the 4th of July long weekend, our thoughts are naturally focused on rest, relaxation…and our beauty game. Whether you're heading to the beach, lake or BBQ, odds are your weekend is going to be jam-packed with outdoor activities, which means you'll be exposed to beauty-destroying issues like sun, and sweat and humidity. The solution? Smart packing. As long as your makeup bag contains these 12 beauty essentials, you'll look super hot in all of your vacation Instagrams. Here's your indispensable packing guide to long weekend beauty essentials.

1. Face wipes.

When you're out until sunrise having fun at the beach, it can be hard to remember to wash off all of your makeup before falling into bed. Make it easier on yourself and pack a bag of makeup removal wipes to keep by your pillow. We like Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes ($12) because they're free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, dyes, and alcohol—plus they contain hydrating argan oil.

2. Mini makeup.

The Stowaway Kit ($75) is perfect for travel. Not only do you get six high-performance products—Radiant Complexion BB Cream, Creaseless Concealer, Cheek & Lip Rouge, Creme Lipstick, Effortless Eyeliner, and Defined Lash Mascara—but each Stowaway product comes in an adorable travel size. And if you don't want the entire kit, you can also purchase Stowaway products individually. Now you no longer have to worry about bulky makeup taking up space or a product going bad before you've used it up.

3. Blotting sheets.

You're bound to get shiny while you're running around in the summer heat, so be sure to bring reliable blotting papers to erase any midday oiliness. We love Palladio Rice Paper Tissues ($4). They easily fit into the smallest pocket of your bag or shorts, and do a great job of soaking up oil while adding a whisper of natural-looking translucent powder.

4. Facial mist.

There's lots of awesome face mists out there, so choosing the right one for you depends on what you want to get out of it. Need your makeup to last? Try Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($14). Want some extra sun protection? Reach for Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28). And if you just want a refreshing mist to help you relax on your vacation, use First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist ($16) for a beauty-boosting surge of hydration.

5. Dry shampoo.

This is a must for refreshing dirty, greasy hair during a busy vacation—and it has to be travel-sized, of course. We recommend Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($13) because it gives volume and texture in addition to soaking up sweat and grease. Amazing.

6. Sunscreen.

Obviously you'll need a reliable sunscreen for your time in the summer sun, but which one? Sunscreen is pretty personal, and finding one that works for you depends on lots of different factors. That said, we recommend choosing a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30, has no fragrance, and contains physical sunblock (which Click Here For More

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News: Kim Kardashian’s TMI Confession; Summer Beauty Hacks

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There are very few things we don't already know about Kim Kardashian, but she just admitted to Rolling Stone that she rarely wears underwear… which kind of makes sense, considering she's never been caught with VPL. [People]

We're obsessing over these brand new beauty products for July. [POPSUGAR Beauty]

We don't know whose hair we're more envious of—Jessica Simpson, or her 3-year-old daughter Maxwell? Tough call. [Us]

These hot weather beauty hacks may sound a little crazy, but they really get the job done. [StyleCaster Beauty]

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Why You Should Always Use a Hair Sunscreen

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We all love the sun, that much is true—but its detrimental effects on our health and beauty cannot be denied. Makeup? Melted. Skin? Burnt. Hair? Fried. We do everything we can to evade damage, but there's one thing you may be missing in your head-to-toe sun protection routine.

Hair sunscreen by name may sound exclusively like the province of people who find superfluous products to be “necessary.” It sounds about as necessary as a lash-lengthening base coat under your mascara, which is to say, not necessary at all. And yet! If you value the health of your hair—and of course you do—protecting your strands with SPF is an absolute must. Without it, your hair is susceptible to color fade, serious dryness and dehydration, and even premature thinning. And if you're using hot tools to style before or after sun exposure? Forget about it.

All beauty fanatics who once squeezed lemons on their hair to lift the color in the sun know that the heat and brightness from its rays actually bleach hair. Even if you don't apply lemon or, god forbid, Sun-In to accelerate the process, the sun is still inflicting damage. Colored hair, virgin hair, chemically processed hair—nobody is safe, which is why a bonafide hair sunscreen is an absolute must.

The good news is that you now have a totally justifiable reason to invest in a new must-have beauty product. You can find a great selection of SPF hair protectants at various prices, from the high-end Kérastase Soleil Aqua-Seal to the (slightly) more affordable Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. You no longer have any excuse for coming home with brittle, sun-scorched hair after a long day at the beach.

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How Much Hair Loss is Normal? We Asked

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In our Q&A series, beauty experts address your most bewildering issues. Have a beauty-related quandary of your own? Submit your question in the comments below or via Twitter.

Q: How much hair loss is normal?

Seeing a lot of hair whirling down the shower drain? Don't freak—yet. “Hair loss in women is, to a certain extent, normal,” advises leading New York-based hair restoration specialist Dr. James C. Marotta. “The average woman loses between 50 and 100 strands per day, even up to 150 in some cases.”

But if you really feel like you've started to lose an excessive amount of hair each day, Dr. Marotta recommends this trick: “Take about 60 hairs between your fingers and pull, running your fingers through your hair. Usually between 5 and 8 hairs, which is normal,” he says. “An excess of 15 hairs, however, is not as common and means you are losing more hair than you should be.”

Here's the deal, says Dr. Marotta: “For most, 90 percent of the hair on your head is in the growing phase, while about 10 percent of your hair is in the ‘resting' phase, meaning that 10 percent will fall out and leave room for new hair growth within a certain period of time. If you are losing more than 15 hairs per pull, it likely means more than 10 percent of the hair on your head is in the ‘resting' phase,” he explains. “While this still may not be a true cause for concern, it would be a good idea to ask an expert about what to do to halt this process.”

Even if you find that you are losing quite a bit of hair, it's not necessarily a cause for concern. “The cause of excess hair loss can be as simple as too much stress or a lack of vitamins,” Dr. Marotta says, “so it's important ot take a look at your lifestyle when hair loss becomes an issue.” He does warn, however, that “hair loss can also become prevalent due to hormonal, immunological, and infectious issues,” so no matter what, a trip to the doctor is never a bad idea, if only to ease your anxieties.

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8 Inspirational Healthy Eating Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

Delicious, delicious-looking food that won't rack up the calories or destroy our healthy living goals—that's the dream, and all too often we feel like it's next to impossible when things like pizza and pasta exist. Not so! These incredible Instagrammers show us that healthy eating and crave-worthy foods are not mutually exclusive. Don't believe us? See for yourself.


Lovers of minimalist photography and gorgeous, healthy-looking (but not too virtuous) meals will adore milkingalmonds.


Natasha of organicandhappy suffered from eating disorders and depression before turning to a nourishing vegan diet. Bonus: delightful cat photos.


Bourbon caramel truffles, salted shishoto peppers, quinoa bowls—notcrazyhealthy has everything and more, with a fun sense of humor that'll keep you laughing while you cook.


sproutedkitchen‘s photography and food are equally to die for.


mynewroots combines all things green with all things delicious, including decadent desserts that only look like an indulgence.


If vegan sushi and watermelon smoothies sound like something you might be interested in, check out lolacooks for delightful destination foods.


The name says it all: New York City-based cleanfooddirtycity finds the best of healthy food in the urban jungle.


deliciouslyella is inspirational in all the right ways without being unattainable. Her yoga skills, on the other hand? We'll never be that good.

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8 Inspirational Healthy Eating Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

Delicious, delicious-looking food that won't rack up the calories or destroy our healthy living goals—that's the dream, and all too often we feel like it's next to impossible when things like pizza and pasta exist. Not so! These incredible Instagrammers show us that healthy eating and crave-worthy foods are not mutually exclusive. Don't believe us? See for yourself.


Lovers of minimalist photography and gorgeous, healthy-looking (but not too virtuous) meals will adore milkingalmonds.


Natasha of organicandhappy suffered from eating disorders and depression before turning to a nourishing vegan diet. Bonus: delightful cat photos.


Bourbon caramel truffles, salted shishoto peppers, quinoa bowls—notcrazyhealthy has everything and more, with a fun sense of humor that'll keep you laughing while you cook.


sproutedkitchen‘s photography and food are equally to die for.


mynewroots combines all things green with all things delicious, including decadent desserts that only look like an indulgence.


If vegan sushi and watermelon smoothies sound like something you might be interested in, check out lolacooks for delightful destination foods.


The name says it all: New York City-based cleanfooddirtycity finds the best of healthy food in the urban jungle.


deliciouslyella is inspirational in all the right ways without being unattainable. Her yoga skills, on the other hand? We'll never be that good.

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8 Foods That Protect You From the Sun

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By now, we all know that you are what you eat—especially when it comes to your skin. But did you know that the foods you eat aren't just giving you a glowing complexion, they can also protect you from the sun? Yep, it sounds crazy, but it's true. Though nothing trumps sunscreen and protective clothing when it comes to protecting yourself from UVA and UVB rays, the foods you consume can have a positive (or negative) effect on how your skin looks, feels and behaves in the sun.

“There are certain foods, more so their components, that offer amazing benefits to skin health and dealing with the damaging effects of the sun, stress and other environmental exposures,” says Adam Kelinson, nutritionist and author. “However, there are also so many co-factors, such as duration of exposure, natural skin tone, altitude, time of year, sun intensity, etc. that make food consumption secondary to external protection.” Your best bet: create a lifestyle packed with ‘skin protecting' foods and multiple reapplications of sunscreen.

So what foods should we be eating? Kelinson calls out vitamin and antioxidant-rich produce. “Antioxidants help with the elimination of free radicals that can be created by sun exposure and the damaging effects of UV radiation.” He recommends strawberries (high in Vitamin C), watermelon and tomatoes (both high in lycopene), almonds (high in Vitamin E), as well as carrots and sweet potatoes (both high in beta-carotene).

You should also think about including more fish in your diet. “Red snapper fish and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which helps with the elimination of free radicals from the body as well. Overall skin tone and quality would be the element here that omega-3 helps with,” says Kelinson. “The better health your skin is in, the better it will be in dealing with dryness, and burning that extended sun exposure can create.”

He also cites bone broth, the latest trendy superfood, as something else to consume regularly. “Its high collagen and gelatin contents promote healthy and strong skin, too.”

But again, keep in mind that nomming on these foods won't make you invincible to sun exposure. “The body does not store these elements so that one could rely upon it later,” Kelinson reminds us. “The best suggestion would be to keep these foods in solid rotation and as a major part of your overall diet.” While omega-3's can be consumed in supplement form, the antioxidants are best taken in whole food form—and stock up on sunscreen.

Bottom line: there's no quick fix to protecting yourself from sun damage. But every little bit (even a sweet potato a day) is worth the effort.

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