How To Undo Winter Hair Damage

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Winters are brutal, and not just to our positivity: it also takes it’s toll on our beauty. If your hair is more dry, brittle and broken than it was back in October, you too have suffered from winter hair damage. But don’t fear. Winter-worn hair has plenty of cures, and while we wait for spring, our master stylists offer some brilliant haircare tips to re-beautify your locks!

To Revive Lacklustre Hair…

1. Shampoo Correctly.
Most shampoos strip and then condition the hair, making dryness and damage a daily cycle. Instead, use a sulfate and paraben-free formula and swap with a co-wash, like Head and Shoulder Moisture Care Co-Wash ($5), a few times a week. “You can use the co-wash on the days you don’t shampoo to cleanse and lock in moisture without using a shampoo,” says Head & Shoulders celebrity stylist Lacy Redway.

2. Get a Trim.
Do you clean out your closet every season? Think of this as the way to start fresh for your hair. “The best way to combat damaged hair is to regularly trim dry ends,” says Whiteney Fonseca, a stylist at Boston-based G2O Spa+Salon. “I recommend every 6-10 weeks depending on your styling routine.” The more often you use hot tools, the more frequent your trims should be.

3. Condition, Condition, Condition!
To rebuild moisture over time, add a leave-in conditioner (without damaging sulfates and parabens) to your weekly routine. “I like to always use a nourishing oil, like Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil ($56), on my mid lengths and ends to hydrate and treat the hair,” says Fonseca. “This will smooth and soften the hair, targeting dry split ends while adding shine and moisture.” Those with finer hair should wash out after 5-10 minutes while those with coarser hair can leave in all night and rinse in the morning.

To Camouflage Winter Damage…

1. Hide Split Ends Like A Pro.
“Use a round bristle brush,” says Redway. “Put hairspray on the brush and then roll the brush along the top area of your hair in a circular motion all the way down to the ends of your hair.” This smooths the entire strand and, in a sense, glues the strands together.

2. Tame Baby Hairs

Hair along the forehead is the most fragile and most susceptible to breakage. “An at-home hair hack is to use a toothbrush, along with a pomade or hairspray,” says Redway. “Apply the product to the toothbrush, brush it along the baby hair and this will lay them down. If you have a little extra time, use a thick elastic headband along your hairline for added pressure and let the product set for a few minutes.”

3. Soften Breakage
“Use a small amount of a matte paste, like Oribe Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste ($36), emulsify a small amount into your hands and apply to any hair that may be standing up,” says Fonseca. This simple trick can work on any section of the hair. The key is to use less Click Here For More

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7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

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With the constantly flip-flopping weather (please no more snow!) and chilly temps, March hasn't exactly been doing a great job of ushering in spring. Be assured, however, that warmer days are coming—and with them, brand new beauty products to try.

It's also the perfect time to edit your existing collection. With the changing seasons, your skin care routine is likely to be a little different and your go-to beauty look could probably use a tweak as well.

With that in mind, here are seven things you can do now to prepare your beauty stash for spring!

1. Check expiration dates.
It's a good idea to remember to do this at least twice a year—and what better time than spring? Makeup and skin care products do expire, and if you keep using it, you risk break-outs and bacterial infections. Mascara should be tossed after three months, liquid liner and concealer after six months, and lipstick, lip gloss, and foundation after one year. You should also check your moisturizer and sunscreen for an expiration date. If anything is expired, or you're in doubt, throw it out!

2. Wash your brushes.
Makeup brushes are prime breeding grounds for bacteria. If you use your brushes every day, you should be washing them every week. Of course, we're all human and this is definitely one of those chores that tends to fall by the wayside. To combat this, make a little brush-washing station by the sink to remind you to do this more often. Stock the area with clean washcloths, a pretty jar to hold brushes, and a special cleansing solution like e.l.f. Brush Shampoo ($3).

3. Reorganize.
There's nothing like springtime to make you want to throw open your windows…and then toss everything you own out of them. Harness that energy and use it to do a deep organization of your beauty products. Once your expired products are thrown out, take an honest look at what's left and get rid of anything that you never use. A makeup swap with friends is a great way for everyone to get rid of their gently-used products. Then have some fun with reorganizing what's left: get creative with used candle jars, vintage teacups, pretty trays, and acrylic organizers to display your prettiest and most-used products.

4. Switch out your SPF if needed.
Obviously you should toss your SPF if it's expired, but even if it's not, spring is a great excuse to upgrade your sunscreen. If your sunscreen is below SPF 30, makes your skin too greasy, makes you break out, has a weird smell, or just doesn't excite you, swap it for one that makes you happy. After all, you'll be wearing it every single day, right?

5. Update your daily moisturizer.
Most of us don't have the same skin care needs year-round. Your winter moisturizer is probably too rich for summer, so it's a good idea to switch to one that's lighter and contains SPF 30. Olay Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 Click Here For More

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8 Stunning Wedding Headpieces to Make Your Big Day Even More Memorable

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There's never an occasion more deserving of a glamorous hair accessory than your own wedding. Whether you're wearing long, loose waves or a classic updo, a gorgeous wedding headpiece can mean the difference between a perfectly pretty look and one that truly shines. If you're in need of a little inspiration, one of these 8 stunning options is bound to suit you, or at least guide you in the right direction.

BHLDN Silvestre Comb ($180, bhldn.com)

Both sweetly bohemian and classically romantic, this large Swarovski crystal comb is the perfect accent to a loose braided updo or soft waves.

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Luv AJ Marble Headpiece ($108, freepeople.com)

This gorgeous headpiece features howlite marble stones and 12-karat gold.

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Twigs & Honey Crystal Sparkle Hair Vine ($190, twigsandhoney.com)

Like real foliage but better, this flexible hair “vine” can be bent to form whichever shape you choose.

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Wedding Belles New York Bead & Crystal Headband ($165, nordstrom.com)

The pearly glass beads on this headband add a touch of contrasting color that looks especially pretty against darker hair colors.

Headpiece-Nasty Gal

Aphrodite Headband ($18, nastygal.com)

Just as the name implies, this super affordable pick features a gold floral design with a pearly embellishment.

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Jennifer Behr Eos Comb ($287.50, jcrew.com)

If over-the-top glamour is your thing, it doesn't get much better than this stunning gold-leaf comb. Better still: It's classic enough to wear again and again, so it's a worthy investment that won't expire after your big day.

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Aruna Rhinestone Bridal Headpiece ($96, haircomesthebride.com)

Indulge your attention-grabbing dramatic side (why not?) with this rhinestone headpiece, which drapes over your forehead for a royalty-esque look.

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Bride La Boheme Ferax Bridal Headpiece ($16, etsy.com)

With glittering crystals and gilded wire, this headpiece looks absolutely gorgeous with a loose updo.

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Why You Really Need to Rethink How You Talk About Yourself

While some of us are confident in our careers, relationships and day-to-day activities, women are notorious when it comes to body image self-talk. Think about what you say to yourself. Are you always nice? We're guessing not. And while the negative frame of mind it may seem harmless (since you know, we're just talking to ourselves), ask yourself this: would you ever dare say those things to someone else? A friend, even?

And that's exactly Dove's point with their new #OneBeautifulThought campaign. The personal care brand (who just launched the citrus-scented Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash that SELF staffers can't get enough of) proved just how detrimental these words can be when they asked a group of French women to write down any thoughts they had about themselves throughout the day. One woman: “I have two baby teeth. When I smile, I look like a mouse.” Another: “I feel ugly.” (Turns out, even though most gorgeous and effortlessly cool are hard on themselves.)

But what you really need to see is what happens when those same women “overheard” an actress berate her friend with the interviewees' exact thoughts. Watch the video below to see how it all goes down.

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The DIY Green Mask You Have to Try

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When it comes to natural beauty lines we love, The Beauty Chef is right up there. Their philosophy of skincare from the inside out is right up our alley—after all, you are what you eat, right? It makes sense that that applies to your skin, too.

We've long been interested in fermented skincare, and The Beauty Chef's inner beauty line is all about applying those principles, not just to what you put ON your skin, but what you put IN yourself. “When you're healthy on the inside, your skin glows on the outside. Makeup can't replace that,” Carla Oates, aka The Beauty Chef herself, told us.

Carla also believes in skincare that is pure and simple (two things we absolutely love). She showed us how to make a refreshing, revitalizing all-natural green mask using ingredients you probably already have at home. “This mask has heaps of vitamins A, C and K which are all great for skin, as well having anti-inflammatory properties,” Carla told us. “It's great when you feel a bit dull, or after a long weekend.”

Sounds perfect for these early Spring days!

Image c/o The Beauty Chef

You will need:

3 kale leaves
1 cucumber, sliced
1/2 – 3/4 cup Chamomile tea, brewed and cooled
6 mint sprigs
1 tablespoon ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost
2 tablespoons citrus pectin powder
1 frond fresh Aloe Vera (optional)

To make:

Blend all the fresh ingredients and the ANTIOXIDANT Beauty Boost together in a medium to large blender. If you have a small bullet-style blender, split the ingredients into two or three relatively even-sized batches. Add the pectin a tablespoon at a time and blend on low speed until the mixture thickens.

Refrigerate for twenty minutes OR apply directly to freshly-washed skin. Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes (and rejoice in your green complexion), then rinse. Your skin will be glowing and fabulous!

This mask will keep for about 5 days to a week in the fridge. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray and defrost a cube whenever your complexion needs a pick-me-up. Simple and effective—just the way we like our skincare.

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Do Facial Exercises Actually Work?

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To tone the body, we're told to build stronger muscles. The act of pulsing the muscles through repetition of movement, whether through cardio, strength training or barre classes, is the only way to achieve results. Yet, to tone and lift the skin, we turn to topical treatments. Would you ever trust a topical cream that claims to help you lose weight? Not a chance! So what about facial exercises that claim to tone and tighten the face?

The idea of “facial exercises” has become really popular lately, although the trend has been disputed by many doctors and surgeons. “Working the muscles out on the face is not likely to yield results,” says Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, the medical director of Connecticut Skin Institute. “Repeated use of the muscles on the upper half of your face might actually hasten the appearance of deeper wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow's feet and bunny lines.”

Not so, according to Cynthia Rowland, founder of Facial Magic. She claims that the key is to contract the facial muscles. When she first started her program, many doctors didn't believe the results could possibly be from manual movements. “They were accustomed to just seeing these twists and puckers [that actually cause wrinkles]—funny faces that people would make and call it facial exercise. I teach isometric techniques that anchor the muscles, to create a contraction to lift the face. When you do that, the muscle lifts up and pulls back into the hairline, taking the skin with it.”

This is because facial muscles are attached to skin, not bone. “Because the muscles are attached directly to the skin, that oxygenated blood is forced into the tissue of the skin and all of a sudden it looks plump and juicy again. Your skin is thicker and more vibrant looking.”

Rowland's program consists of nine progressive weeks where you add two new 35-second exercises each week, totaling 18 movements at the end of the program. Your thumbs and fingers are the only tools you need to work different muscles—the forehead, upper cheeks, the neck and chin. Rowland herself teaches each movement on a 1-hour DVD with complete instructions.

“To maintain the lift, you need to devote yourself to the program,” says Rowland. Maintenance includes performing the full set of 18 exercises 2-3 times a week.

A full commitment with manual exercises isn't the only answer. For those who want faster results (without the homework), try a microcurrent facial. New York-based esthetician Ildi Pekar uses the $250 facial as her go-to when she's prepping her celeb clients, like Miranda Kerr, for the red carpet.

“Microcurrent is a form of electricity,” says Pekar. “This method works with our body to stimulate over 35 different muscles in your face, helping to tone and strengthen your skin. This will eliminate excess water, toxins, and fat, leaving your skin firmer, smoother, tighter and vibrant.” The treatment also helps to rejuvenate muscle tissue, promote cell metabolism and the skin's natural production of collagen and elastin. However, the Click Here For More

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7 Ways To Master the Rapunzel Braid

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Let's face it: when it comes to hairstyles that are quick, easy and look like a million dollars, braids are IT. But when you've mastered the French braid, fishtail braid and the mermaid braid, where else is there to go?

Ladies, you need a Rapunzel braid in your life. Also known as a five-strand braid, this style is incredibly gorgeous—and, it turns out, incredibly simple to master. Because it's much easier to see braiding in motion than to read the steps, these 7 essential videos will show you how to become a Rapunzel braid genius in no time!

1. The basics.

This video from Bobby Glam (which starts at 1:00) is clear and concise. A brilliant place to start to learn how to plait with five strands of hair instead of three. Plus, could she have the prettiest hair of all time?

2. The half-up Rapunzel.

Once you have the basic technique down, why not get creative with it? Abby Smith's hair tutorials are always top-notch—this is a beautiful five-strand style that only LOOKS complicated.

3. The double-braid.

This Rapunzel braid has a center braided strand, which adds some detail and additional interest to the style. You'll definitely feel like a real life Disney princess with this hair!

4. The five-strand waterfall braid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p73eKDSWMQ

If you're as obsessed with waterfall braids as we are, this is the perfect style for you. Bonus: this braid will work on hair from bob length through mermaid.

5. The actual Rapunzel braid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdOyWn9YDnw

If you're still obsessed with all things Tangled (or you just like your braids a little messier), this tutorial from Kayleigh Melissa will show you exactly how to get the look. This is technically a three-strand Dutch braid that only LOOKS like it has five-strands—perfect for anyone having a hard time with the full Rapunzel. Flowers are, of course, optional.

6. Rapunzel's extensions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEclhuPxIlk

This is a brilliant tutorial for natural-haired ladies from the amazing Yolanda Renee. She shows you how to incorporate a braided piece into your hair for a protective wrapped style; simply plait the hair with five strands instead of three for the official Rapunzel look!

7. Five-strand headband.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxim_DOAAPQ

If you love braiding your bangs but want an even fancier way to do it, may we suggest this style? It's perfect for the office, date night or even running to the gym—there's nothing worse than having your hair break free while you're sweatin' to the oldies.

BONUS: I'm still having trouble!

Never fear! This video is technically from an origami forum, but the different colored strands make five-strand Rapunzel braiding incredibly easy to understand.

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10 Cute Makeup Bags That Will Fit Perfectly in Your Purse

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We talk a lot about makeup, but the places we stash it are just as important. We've got our beauty organization techniques on lock, so it's only right that we invest in cute makeup bags, too. You're bound to find something you love with these 10 adorable options, starting at just $6. What could be better?

Dogeared Let's Makeup Pouch ($24, shopbop.com)

If minimalist design and a little bit of cheekiness is what you're after, this roomy pouch can't be beat.

Makeup Bag-Aerin
AERIN Essential Makeup Bag ($48, bloomingdales.com)

Cute, classy, pink, and perfectly purse-sized. What more could a girl want?

Makeup Bag-CatseyeCatseye London Flamingo Cosmetics Case ($15, nordstrom.com)

The only thing better than this kitschy, fun flamingo floral print is the fact that this bag is waterproof. Spilled foundation or a bit of liquid liner? Just wipe clean.

Makeup Bag-Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Signature Makeup Bag ($35, charlottetilbury.com)

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is known for her glamorous old Hollywood aesthetic, which is exactly what she's channeling through this sassy kiss-printed makeup bag.

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Trina Chateau Le Want Makeup Box ($13, ulta.com)

It may look small, but this affordable option is surprisingly spacious and offers a wide zip-top, so you'll be able to fit in everything from makeup brushes to compact foundations.

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Forever 21 Love Bites Makeup Case ($6.90, forever21.com)

Seriously, so cute.

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Stephanie Johnson Fiona Dome Cosmetic ($35, stephaniejohnson.com)

This makeup bag is slender, so it fits anywhere, but it's roomy enough to squeeze in all of your daily essentials, too.

Makeup Bag-Stella Dot

Stella & Dot Pouf ($24, stelladot.com)

Elephants are said to be good luck, which is only one of the reasons why we'll be carrying this vegan leather accessory around with us everywhere.

Makeup Bag-Sonia Kashuk

Sonia Kashuk Lips Print Beauty Organizer ($24.99, target.com)

Not only is the design on this makeup case seriously killer, but it also offers an incredible amount of space at a super reasonable price, with tons of compartments for every product and tool your heart desires.

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Vera Bradley Medium Cosmetic ($26, verabradley.com)

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Here’s How To (Safely) Brush Wet Hair

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Lets be honest: who doesn't brush their hair when it's wet? Whether your texture needs the help of a blow dryer ASAP or you just dont have the time to wait, bristles hit wet locks more often than not. Weve heard the warningsbrushing wet hair equals damage!but is there a better approach than waiting it out?

The bad news: theres no damage-free way to brush wet hair, says Michael Boychuck, a celebrity colorist and owner of COLOR salon in Las Vegas. Brushing wet hair causes damage because when hair is wet, its weakened. Brushing is one of the roughest actions and brushing wet hair can lead to broken strands and split ends.

Luckily, there are safer alternatives than tearing through sopping hair. We've rounded up the best (and safest) ways to brush wet hair.

1. Detangle.
Start by detangling the hair with a cream or serum that not only softens strands, but makes them slick enough that the comb slides right through. Two of our favorites are Oribe Split End Seal ($46) and Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24).

2. Use your fingers.
Run your hands through your hair instead of using a comb (or a fork, if you're a mermaid in human form). This works out major tangles and preps your hair for styling without causing damage.

3. Wait!
Let your hair air-dry for 5-10 minutes. NEVER comb soaking wet hair—it's so fragile, you'll stretch or snap masses of your hair (especially if it's colored or previously damaged).

4. Comb properly.
When it comes to brushing, choose a comb, like The Body Shops Detangling Comb ($7). The teeth are far enough apart so that when you drag it through, it doesnt tug on the hair. When using a comb, start at the ends of your hair and work your way up, combing in short strokes, says Boychuck. Continue this process until you can easily run your comb through the entire length of your hair.

5. Use specialized tools.
We truly do live in the future, because—miracle of miracles!—there are even brushes formulated specifically for wet hair. The Wet Brush ($8.99) has thin, flexible bristles that detangle without pulling (therefore preventing breakage) while the floating cushion provides more flexibility and creates a barrier between the brush and scalp. Ecotools Ultimate Air Dryer ($10) also has softer brushes to detangle without harsh pulling. The shape, which has a hole in the center, works like a diffuser so air travels through the brush, drying strands way faster as you brush.

So it turns out there are lots of ways to brush your wet hair without damaging it! Who said our impatience was a flaw?

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Here’s How To (Safely) Brush Wet Hair

PeopleImages/Getty

PeopleImages/Getty

Lets be honest: who doesn't brush their hair when it's wet? Whether your texture needs the help of a blow dryer ASAP or you just dont have the time to wait, bristles hit wet locks more often than not. Weve heard the warningsbrushing wet hair equals damage!but is there a better approach than waiting it out?

The bad news: theres no damage-free way to brush wet hair, says Michael Boychuck, a celebrity colorist and owner of COLOR salon in Las Vegas. Brushing wet hair causes damage because when hair is wet, its weakened. Brushing is one of the roughest actions and brushing wet hair can lead to broken strands and split ends.

Luckily, there are safer alternatives than tearing through sopping hair. We've rounded up the best (and safest) ways to brush wet hair.

1. Detangle.
Start by detangling the hair with a cream or serum that not only softens strands, but makes them slick enough that the comb slides right through. Two of our favorites are Oribe Split End Seal ($46) and Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24).

2. Use your fingers.
Run your hands through your hair instead of using a comb (or a fork, if you're a mermaid in human form). This works out major tangles and preps your hair for styling without causing damage.

3. Wait!
Let your hair air-dry for 5-10 minutes. NEVER comb soaking wet hair—it's so fragile, you'll stretch or snap masses of your hair (especially if it's colored or previously damaged).

4. Comb properly.
When it comes to brushing, choose a comb, like The Body Shops Detangling Comb ($7). The teeth are far enough apart so that when you drag it through, it doesnt tug on the hair. When using a comb, start at the ends of your hair and work your way up, combing in short strokes, says Boychuck. Continue this process until you can easily run your comb through the entire length of your hair.

5. Use specialized tools.
We truly do live in the future, because—miracle of miracles!—there are even brushes formulated specifically for wet hair. The Wet Brush ($8.99) has thin, flexible bristles that detangle without pulling (therefore preventing breakage) while the floating cushion provides more flexibility and creates a barrier between the brush and scalp. Ecotools Ultimate Air Dryer ($10) also has softer brushes to detangle without harsh pulling. The shape, which has a hole in the center, works like a diffuser so air travels through the brush, drying strands way faster as you brush.

So it turns out there are lots of ways to brush your wet hair without damaging it! Who said our impatience was a flaw?

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