Thursday, September 30, 2010

Women's Hair Loss: Top Reasons Your Hair is Falling Out

Up to 30 million females suffer from women's hair loss. Photo: Getty Images
Up to 30 million females suffer from women's hair loss and noticeably thinning hair, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

As disturbing as this can be for anyone, for women, hair loss can be downright devastating.

"Men like to have hair. Women have to have hair," said Dr. Michael Reed, a Manhattan-based dermatologist, director of the NYU hair loss clinic and the NYU hair transplant clinic and author of "Women's Hair Loss: The Hidden Epidemic".

"Hair loss in women appears to be more prevalent and occurring at an earlier age," said Reed. "Women today are assuming more roles that used to be male roles and the stress from this can cause male hormone levels to increase which could increase hair loss."

Reed told StyleList that although there are many types of hair loss in women, most patients have one (or a combination) of the "Big Three" conditions:

Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)
This type of hair loss is genetic and can be seen any time after puberty with an increasing occurrence as we age. In fact, 50 percent of all women will suffer from this form of hair loss at some point in their lives, most notably after the age of 40. While this condition may be pre-determined in our genes, certain factors such as stress, medications, the pill or hormones can jump-start the thinning process.

Telogen Effluvium (Physiologic Shedding)
Mainly seen in women, this type of hair loss is typically related to an underlying cause versus genetics. An excessive number of hair follicles can suddenly stop growing due to pregnancy, illness or surgery. It can also be caused by hormonal shifts, anemia or a thyroid imbalance.

Alopecia Areata (Allergic Alopecia)
This condition is characterized by the appearance of patchy "bald spots". It can be caused by an allergic reaction within the body or an immune system imbalance. It may be limited and disappear without any treatment, or it may be widespread.

Other types of hair loss can include Traction Alopecia, hair loss related to the way the hair is styled including tight braids, excessive pulling, weaves or hair extensions. There are also a number of less common conditions due to fungus infections,scalp disorders, chemical treatments and inflammation.

"Hair loss in women appears to be more prevalent and occurring at an earlier age." Photo: Alamy

Spencer Kobren, founder of the American Hair Loss Association and nationally syndicated radio talk show host of "The Bald Truth" told us that women's hair loss is a much bigger problem than people think.

"This is a $3.5 billion dollar industry," said Kobren. "And while many environmental factors can contribute to hair loss, they are simply 'flipping the genetic switch'." Meaning, stress, sleep or diet alone is not likely to be the cause of the problem. If you have hair loss in your genes, it's going to happen. But there are solutions that can slow this process down or sometimes stop it for a while.

The goal, Kobren said, is to get to the root of the problem and treat that.

Hair loss solutions can include a number of medical and surgical options and medications including hair replacement, hair restoration, laser therapy, topical creams and certain birth control pills. Lifestyle shifts can also help with diet, supplements, exercise and stress reduction, but only if those factors were contributing to the hair loss in the first place.

Be wary of the claims you see on infomercials and in the backs of magazines as 99 percent of them don't work according to Kobren.

Also, be careful of testosterone. While our hormones do shift as we age and natural levels may drop, taking additional testosterone could trigger hair loss.

To find an accurate diagnosis and the best solution for your hair loss, it's best to talk with a trusted Internist, Gynecologist or Endocrinologist. "Your doctor should always be your first line of defense," said Kobren.

For more information on women's hair loss, visit Dr. Reed's web site or Spencer Kobren's site. Both have a number of helpful resources.


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Redken's Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haircolor Trends

Redken’s Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haircolor Trends

redken_haircolor-trends-2010When temperatures drop this Fall/Winter, haircolor will stay warm with dark chocolate brunettes, deep mahogany redheads and golden blondes. Tracey Cunningham, Redken Creative Consultant for Color has the latest in Fall haircolor trends and professional haircolor products to achieve these trends and get the hottest looks of the season.
“It’s easy to update your look from summer to fall,” explains Cunningham. “I warm my clients’ shades up in the Fall/Winter season with brilliant copper-red shades which is why I love Redken’s new Color Fusion Rubilane Collection. It creates the perfect sophisticated and modern copper-red shades.
Fall/Winter 2010 Trend #1: Brunettes
”For my brunette clients, I plan to keep their base a dark chocolate truffle hue but you’ll see a lot of thick golden highlights starting from the mid-section of their hair. Let it be fun and flirty in the winter months to spice up your look, think Lily Aldridge for this look!” – Tracey Cunningham
Fall/Winter 2010 Trend #2: Redheads
“Va va voom color! Redheads this Fall/Winter will lean towards a single process tone, with no highlights just vibrant deep mahogany tones. For this must-have look of the season, think Julianne Moore. She has the most luscious shade of red that’s full of intense shine.” – Tracey Cunningham
Fall/Winter 2010 Trend #3: Blondes
“The Fall/Winter blonde will be a California blonde with the base a shade darker to give some dimension to the look. The blonde locks will be light and golden to compliment your client’s look of the season. This look is so fun and can be worn from season to season! Think Kate Bosworth for this blonde shade, it pops on her and looks great with a red lip.” – Tracey Cunningham
“To complete the Fall/Winter haircolor story, Redken is launching the new Color Fusion Rubilane Collection creating warm and modern brunettes and redheads,” states Cunningham. “The six new easy-to-use, versatile shades provide gorgeous copper-red results for women looking for a range of perfect copper colors that are more vibrant and last longer.”
Redken’s new Color Fusion Rubilane Collection features Colorbond Technology:
• High Tenacity Dyes that lock together inside the hair
• Ceramide that repairs the surface and seals the hair to protect the beauty of the color
• Cationic Conditioners that nourish and smooth the hair
• Coconut Oil that helps form a protective barrier against water

People looking for these shades should ask their colorist about the following shades:
Ask for NEW Color Fusion 4Cb for the base and Blonde Icing Power Lift for soft golden highlights.
Ask for NEW Color Fusion 4C and 5Cc for beautiful, vibrant copper-red tones.
Ask for Color Fusion 8Gg and Color Fusion for the base and Blonde Icing Power Lift for beach blonde highlights.
Learn more about hairstyle trends, how-to’s from hair care experts and more at

*Content submitted by Redken.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Hair That Gets You What You Want

When you really need to pull out all the stops — and score that amazing guy or gig — find out how your style can help seal the deal.

"When a woman changes her hair, she can instantly alter the way she's perceived by the world, says anthropologist Grant McCracken, PhD. "It's like an actress trying out a new role." Play your character right and your hairstyle can land you the job, the guy, the starring part, or It Girl status. To prove it, stylist Serge Normant, global creative director for John Frieda, created the styles here. One woman, four vibes. Take a look...then decide who you want to be — and what you want to get — today.

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Eric Fischer

The Killer Job

You want a potential employer focused on you, not distracted by a frizzfest. “Keep your style smooth, and don’t go for anything crazy,” says Susan Solovic, author of The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success. Normant suggests a soft but polished silhouette. Comb a frizz-taming cream through damp hair (try Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream Leave-In Smoother, $14.95) before you blow-dry. Rake hair off your face from the ears up, and secure just below the crown (a bit of teasing on top adds glamour). A shine spray, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100 Percent Shine Glossing Mist, $5.99, smooths the final look.

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The Guy’s Attention

Full locks keep a guy’s eyes planted on you. He can’t help himself: Thick, bouncy hair is a sign of youth and good health, says anthropologist Helen Fisher, PhD. And men are subconsciously drawn to those qualities because they signal fertility. But don’t use three cans of hair spray to pump things up. “Guys are attracted to styles they can run their fingers through,” says Normant. Just work mousse (like Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam, $7.95) into damp hair before blow-drying. Use a large-barrel curling iron to create waves, part hair down the middle to give the look a slight edge...and then start taking numbers.

Eric Fischer
The Shot at Fame

Whether you’re auditioning for a reality show or looking to talk up your new venture on the local news, casting agents and producers say you need hair that dazzles. “Shiny hair conveys energy, and that’s what we want to see in a contestant,” says one American Idol producer (exhibits A, B, and C: Kelly Clarkson, Katharine McPhee, and Carrie Underwood). For the perfect effect, rub gel (we like Matrix Vavoom Hold My Body Forming Gel, $13.95) through damp hair. Blow-dry, then curl half-inch sections and pin them against your scalp. Once the hair cools, let curls loose, then brush through them until they morph into soft, light-catching waves. Finish with a hair spray that leaves a layer of high shine, like Biolage Complete Control Extra Hair Spray, $14.95.

Eric Fischer
The Reputation as an It Girl

“An It Girl gets other women to stare...and then follow her lead,” says Normant (who has helped stars like Sarah Jessica Parker achieve trendsetter status). Short hair is the boldest option (and a Yale study found that cropped locks convey the most confidence), but if you’re not ready to lose length, blunt-cut bangs produce a similarly strong effect. (Leave them a bit longer on one end so you also can rock a side-swept look.) Keep the rest of your hair straight but sultry by working a texturizing foam through dry strands (try V05 Extreme Styling Weightless Volumizing Mousse, $3.49) before you flatiron.


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hair Removal Consultation

Cheryl Conway of made this helpful video of what happens at a hair removal consultation.

Topics covered:

  • Hair anatomy
  • Differences between thermolysis and electrolysis
  • Hair cycles 
  • Treatment phases
  • Preparation for treatment: shaving 
  • Hair growth
  • Eyebrows
  • Reactions to treatment
  • Pre & Post care 


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      Friday, September 24, 2010

      The Best Haircut for Your Personality

      Kate Hudson's luxe, party girl locks. Photo: Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images for Stella McCartney
      We've heard a lot about the best hairstyle for your face shape, texture and even color, but what about your personality? Is there a style that suits what you are like on the inside as much as the outside?

      "Women should really rely upon their personality as an accessory to their hair for added style and allure," says Gerry Leddy, a celebrity hairstylist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. "In an age of similarity and safety in the beauty industry, few women have the self-assurance and security to make such a translation, but those who do often get the best style and wear it with tons of confidence which is what really makes the look."

      Leddy says you can certainly get a good read of what someone is like by the way they wear and care for their hair. "Condition alone will tells you what a person thinks of themselves."

      Clues like cut, color and the way hair is styled also tell a lot. "For example, someone who chooses a short, edgier style is typically more artsy and daring with their fashion choices which is consistent with their styling choice," said Leddy who also believes the easier the hair moves, the more formidable the personality.

      "When a woman can move her head and have her hair move in a complimenting motion, it tells me that she is a woman who exudes confidence and is free of constriction in many elements of her life," he said. "It also suggests a fine sense of humor."

      Does your hairstyle complement your inner personality? See what Leddy suggests:

      A more reserved Michelle Williams opts for a pixie cut. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images
      A woman who is athletic and active on a regular basis seeks ease and convenience with her hair. Pull it back and forget about it for a good workout. But dried after her shower, it and she should glow with health and bounce. A short and sassy cut is best and also suggests a no-nonsense personality that is healthy, happy and assured.

      Party Girl
      A party girl will never let go of her length! She works that hair with curling irons and electric rollers to max out the hair and create an aura of "devil may care." Extensions help contribute to the long waves needed when a party girl flexes her muscle.

      A flirty personality will almost always have her hair parted off-center or on the side. This gives her a peek-a-boo arsenal to work with while swinging and tossing!

      I always find that a reserved personality will subscribe to simplicity. Hair will always be cut in the plainest and most serviceable of styles. This is not to say that she is dull or unattractive, but rather, she does not feel the need to embellish certain aspects of her personality to suit her appearance. A well-cut bob or pixie cut is almost always the way to go.

      For a corporate girl in today's world, function and versatility are key issues. There is life after the office! Length matters for a corporate woman. A layered bob with some easement around the face serves her well.

      Natural beauty Jennifer Garner looks great with an easy, breezy hairstyle. Photo: Jason Merritt, Getty Images
      Creative and Artistic
      I have always found that creative and artistic personalities are more adventurous with their hair. Curl will go untamed, colors will he bolder. Creative and artistic women tend to get away with more in the style department and tend to make a statement with their hair -- like a razored, punked-out cut.

      Simple, All Natural
      Unadorned, easy and breezy hairstyles fit these women best. There is no second guessing to this girl's personality. What you see is what you get! Easy waves with lots of swing here.

      Thursday, September 23, 2010

      Winter 2010-2011 hairstyle trends: braided hairdos

      Why braided hair? Why this new trend? Well we don’t know why it is considered a trend, because we saw it on catwalks every season. Maybe, designers and hairstylists offered it more attention for the next fashion season, due to its elegance and sophistication.
      Winter 2010-2011 hairstyle trends: braided hairdosAs it probably came to mind, you can braid your hair in many ways, in thin braids, like Afro-American women, and damn those things are hot, and sexy and…hard to do. There are many hairstyles that include black braided hairstyles with a variety of sizes of braids through the hairstyle. These can include larger, smaller, mini and even micro braids throughout the style. Or maybe a side braided tail or a glamorous braided up-do…or, is it the small braid that adds a little something to your hairstyle?!

      Anyway, it is not really important what you were thinking before reading this article, from now on, I will offer you some great tips about braided hairstyle, so your hair will be hip starting this winter.

      nicole_richie-braided-hairstyle-for-winter-2010-2011The braided hairstyle has some features:

      • It’s great with any hair color
      • The side braid can be paired with the slicked side hair style for an edgy interpretation
      • The fish plait can be worn with a center part
      • Both the side braid and the fish plait work great with a fringe
      • The side braid can only be worn with a side part and the part must be on the opposite side of the head to the braid. If you’re stuck for a mental picture when styling this in front of the mirror one evening, simply think of it as the Rapunzel braid.

      Tips about braiding hair, things you’d better know before trying to do it at home:

      • You will need: a wide-tooth comb and a fine-tooth comb -- a comb with a long narrow handle that comes to a point.
      • Keep a spray bottle of water close-by so you can wet your hair if it dries while you work; however, keep in mind that long, very wet hair will take an extremely long time to dry once braided
      • Before beginning to braid, be sure to remove any rings or bracelets that have prongs or catches that might get caught in hair, and make sure your fingernails are filed smoothly, as snagging your hair can easily undo all your work.

      The Fish plait braid:

      braided-hair-up-do-winter-2011-trendsThe fishtail braid is preferred due to the fact that it looks modern and edgy. Creating a fishtail might seem more complicated, however the process is simpler that it might look at a first glance.
      To create a fishtail braid you will first need split your hair into two separate sections combing each section to make sure that there aren’t any tangles left:
      • Pull hair back and separate into two sections
      • Pull a narrow strand of hair from the left section and cross it over to join the right section of hair
      • Pull a narrow strand of hair from the right section and cross it over to join the left section of hair
      • Repeat steps 2 and 3, pulling a new narrow strand each time
      • Secure the end of the braid with a hair band.

      braided-wedding-hairstyle-for-winter-2010-trendsHow to create the sexy French braids?

      A French braid style is generally preferred as most women are generally pretty familiar with the process of creating them as well as for the classic symmetry that contributes to the impression of a polished look.

      It can be done in two styles, the over braid which creates the classic woven appearance of a French braid, or the Dutch Braid (sometimes called an under braid or inverted braid) which creates a braided rope that sits on top of the hair. The French braid is also the basic method to create African braids.
      • Use a de-tangling spray or conditioner and comb through the hair until all tangles are removed.
      • Section a triangular wedge of hair, starting at the forehead and extending back toward the crown of the head.
      • Divide the triangular section into three ‘strands’ and hold them in one hand, separated by the fingers of the holding hand. Begin braiding by crossing the right strand over the center strand.
      •   Continue the braid by taking a thin slice of hair from the right side of the head and combine it with the right strand, then cross this over the center strand.
      • Once you’ve reached the nape of the neck, you can finish the braid however you want. You can gather the hair in an elastic band at the neck and leave the remaining hair to flow freely, or you can continue crossing the strands right-over-center and left-over-center until you reach the ends of the hair.
      A German braid is done by taking a section just above one ear and braiding over to the other ear. Like the French braid you gather more hair each time you move the sections to the middle, but with this braid you only gather a very tiny amount of new hair. Only pick up the areas of hair right next to the braid. Continue over the head to the other ear and then down to the end of the hair and band or clip. This headband effect will hold all the hair out of the face even though most of it still loose.

      French and Dutch braids can look stunning with the braid ending at the hairline and remaining hair caught in a ponytail, with the remainder of the hair being braided, or with the remaining hair tucked under the woven sections.
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      Here are two video tutorials that might help you understand better how to create your own braided hairstyle:


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      Wednesday, September 22, 2010

      How to Wear the Retro Hair Trend

      Louis Vuitton The Blonds Barbvara Tfank
      Retro hairstyles on the Fall 2010 runways of Louis Vuitton, The Blonds, and Barbara Tfank. Photos: ImaxTree | Marc Stamas, Getty Images | ImaxTree

      Ladylike waves, pompadours, and buns emerged on the Fall 2010 runways of Fendi, Barbara Tfank, The Blonds, Chloé, and Mulberry. And scene-stealers like Naomi Campbell, Kate Bosworth, and Beyoncé have all put a fresh twist on these retro hairstyles.
      "Influential runway shows for the fall like Prada and Louis Vuitton had a very 1950s shape to the silhouettes. They had some models who are older and some models who are bustier. People look to those shows for direction and that style gets picked up on," says Guido Palau, Redken Creative Consultant. "It was almost more surprising to see this kind of hair and not something conceptual or undone. It showed another kind of woman. It shows that style is ageless."

      Reeling with excitement from the contemporary takes on these retro 'dos, StyleList tasked celebrity hairstylist George Ortiz to perfect '40s-era waves on a real woman -- namely, Amber Greviskes, assistant editor at AOL Health.

      The retro hair trend is a luxe way to style your strands.

      Secure the curls with hair clips to create a stronger curl. Photo: Ben Ritter for AOL

      "The modern-day version is a bit less structured with a touch of flirtiness," says Ortiz, "and it no longer takes hours to recreate."

      To fashion this hairstyle, Ortiz uses three styling tools: a medium size curling iron, hair clips, and hairspray. Start by creating a side part and spray each section of hair before curling with a hairspray like Redken Workforce 09 Flexible Volumizing Spray to add body and prevent frizz.

      He then secures each curl to the scalp using hair clips. "By curling and pinning your hair until it's cooled you will have a much stronger curl to work with."

      Once you've worked your way around the entire head, release the curls. With a fine-toothed comb simply create an "S" wave formation. Set the curl pattern by clipping and spray to maintain a soft and sexy style. Finish with a touch of polish by spritzing on a light shine mist or super strength finishing spray like Redken Forceful 23 to give curls hold and lockout humidity, recommends Palau.

      Pair your luxe waves with menswear-inspired pieces like a tailored suit jacket, trousers, and platform oxford booties -- adding a feminine flair to the boy-meets-girl fall fashion trend. And if you're headed out for a night on the town, make a statement by smoothing on bold lipstick.

      Shop the selection of curling irons, hair clips, styling sprays, and shine mists below to help you nail the retro hair trend, and check out our Wear the Beauty Trend column for more pretty looks to try.


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      Tuesday, September 21, 2010

      Snooki Loses Her Poof Bouf!

      Snooki Shows Off Her Bangs on VMAs Red Carpet

      MTV's reality stars made a splash on the VMA's red carpet. The "Jersey Shore" cast toned down their blown-out hairdos and revealed more traditionally classy hairstyles and outfits. Although Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino (on the left) and the rest of his Jersey Shore friends and frenemies showed up looking like Red Carpet veterans, it was, of course, Snooki who boasted the most shocking fashion switch of all her colleagues.

      Dropping the sky-high pouf that's become her trademark, Nicole Polizzi sported something we never expected to see her with-bangs! She even appears to be straightening her hair these days, but don't think she's lost her party girl edge entirely. Snooki's dress was a one-shoulder mini dress with loud swirling turquoise patterns.

      Even if her hairstyle is more reserved, her bold dress and still speak volumes about her brassy personality (as does her signature tan, which doesn't seem to have faded one bit!).

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      Team Beauty's Backstage Favorites at New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

      Betsey Johnson and Carmen Electra ham it up backstage at Betsey Johnson Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images

      Although it's hard to choose favorites when you see the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating just about every beauty look on the runways, now that Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week is over, Team Backstage Beauty is reflecting on the hair, makeup and moments that really inspired us.

      We'll be talking about the Spring 2011 beauty trends for months to come, but here are our initial thoughts.

      Betsey Johnson's Backstage Insanity:
      Betsey Johnson's show was insanely fun. She threw candy and flower petals at models backstage, fed everyone champagne, Skittles, Swedish Fish and lollipops before the show, and rode down the runway in her favorite bicycle, jumping off to hit her signature cartwheel bow. Someone please get me one of whatever she's having. - Grace Gold

      Bright Orange Lips: My favorite beauty trend is the vibrant coral-orange lip seen at Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Milly and Ohne Titel. It pops against every skin tone and exudes the kind of effortless glamour that steals the show without making it look like you're trying too hard. The secret is that you want to go for a matte finish, for that modern, high-society vibe. - Grace Gold

      The look at Lela Rose. Photo: Getty Images
      Lela Roses' Coral Lips & Messy Braids: I'm obsessed with the coral lips and messy braid at Lela Rose because the whole look was just beautiful and totally doable for real life. It wasn't a completely bizarre runway-only thing that's creative but unwearable; that said, when you've got these amazingly talented hair and makeup experts on hand, you want to see something special--not bare faces and ponytails. It'd be entirely possible to re-create Ted Gibson's ropy side braids even without his magic touch, and I love the idea of a velvety textured coral mouth, instead of classic red, when it comes to bright lips. Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero told me that mixing in a touch of blue-red to the coral makes the effect work well even on girls with cool-toned skin. - Jill Schuck Taylor

      Marchesa's Ornate Hair & Makeup: The most evident beauty trend for Spring 2011 I noticed was gold eyeshadow, however my favorite show for beauty this season, Marchesa, did a strong white eye shadow cream and liner, with some taupe layered beneath, created by Talia Shobrook for Le Métier de Beauté. She also mixed two dark lipstick colors and dabbed the color ever so slightly over pale lips, a great accent to not overpower the incredibly beautiful dresses. I loved the blending of ancient oriental inspiration with such a modern, strong, yet feminine look, and the hair by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai was something I will always remember, artfully wrapped and braided high, with those long and wide bejeweled appliqué pieces by Marchesa. The way they flanked the head reminded me of classical statues of Greek and Roman Gods; I know that if I got to wear one of those ornate headpieces and a Marchesa dress, I would no doubt feel like a Goddess myself! - Julie DiNardo

      White liner and high buns at Marchesa (left) and Frizzy curls at Marc By Marc Jacobs (right). Photos: Getty Images

      Marc Jacob's Frizz: Perhaps it's because I spent a large portion of my youth attempting to tame my own frizzy locks, that I was so magnetically drawn to the larger-than-life, teased-to-the-max hairstyles that Guido Palau created at both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs. After all, when it comes to hair, you always want what you don't have. Now that I'm a little older, and my hair isn't as curly as it used to be, of course I'm salivating over insanely frizzy hair. "It's that decadent frizz from the 1930's that we revisited in the '70's," said Palau. "It's very louche and decadent, like a perfume-ad girl." I want to be louche and decadent and this spring, and I'll be pin-curling my hair like crazy to help me get there.  - Laura Kenney


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      Monday, September 20, 2010

      A Spring 2011 Trend to Try Now: The Severe Side-Part

      The side part modeled at Donna Karan. Photo: Getty Images
      New York Fashion Week ended last Thursday, but you can wear one of Spring 2011's biggest hair trends right now -- it's as easy as grabbing a comb and switching up your part.

      The part at Narciso Rodriguez. Photo: Getty Images
      Among other trends declared at Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week, we saw some fairly extreme side parts.

      In some cases -- at Lacoste and Michael Angel -- the look bordered on androgynous, while the style was a prelude to more feminine ponytails and updos at shows like Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, DKNY, Cynthia Rowley and Jason Wu.

      And at still other collections, like Narciso Rodriguez, the side part curved a little in the back and gave way to glossy, straight hair.

      So why a side part, now?

      Many shows looked to side parts of the past for inspiration. Side parts were all the rage in the roaring '20s, with flappers favoring gelled-back styles for an androgynous look, which was popular at the time on the heels of women's suffrage. Daisy Buchanan of F. Scott Fitzgerald's epoch-defining book, "The Great Gatsby," was all about the side part, and her character, depicted by Mia Farrow, wore one in the 1974 movie. Both Lacoste and Micheal Angel nodded to the '20s with their collections, and the hair followed suit.

      The mod 1960s was another era referenced often in the Spring 2011 collections; a deep side part was favored by style icons like Twiggy at that time.

      The smooth, shiny locks at Narciso Rodriguez were inspired by his muse in the 1990's Caroline Bisette Kennedy, who was known for wearing her straight blonde locks in the parted style shown on his runway.

      A side part is also a great way to show off your face, and your clothing.

      "I chose a simple hairstyle that would unify all the girls so they all looked exactly the same," said hairstylist Eugene Souleiman of the hair at Narciso Rodriguez.

      Slicked side parts at Cynthia Rowley and Michael Angel. Photo: Getty Images (2)
      At DKNY, Souleiman wanted the hair "away from the face, not too hard, with a softness, a realness, a looseness," as opposed to the sleek, futuristic look Odile created at Gurung.

      At Rowley, the look Bok-Hee produced was certainly sleek, but made more feminine with giant barrettes and Twiggy-style lashes. Carolina Herrera's models also dressed up the look with barrettes spilling down the models' ponytails.

      When wearing this style, we suggest pairing it with a bold lip -- classic red or a deep wine are two gorgeous options for Fall 2011 -- a little mascara and an otherwise natural face.

      Another hot trend for Spring 2011? The peach manicure.


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      Sunday, September 19, 2010

      'Jersey Shore' Star DJ Pauly D Loses His Spiky Do for GQ October Issue

      The guido has got to go.

      That was the concept behind GQ's "Project Upgrade" portfolio in which the macho men of MTV's hit "Jersey Shore" got a makeover for the October issue.

      And StyleList has to admit that Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio's amazing transformation really had us fist-pumping: Instead of his signature super-gelled spikes, the perma-tanned tune spinner wears a much tamer do.

      DelVecchio has always taken pride in his unmovable Troll-doll topper, which takes 25 minutes to style, and, he has boasted, "It comes out perfect every single time." Okaaaaay....

      Last year, he told the New York Daily News his secret to getting points so perfect they'd make the Statue of Liberty green with envy:

      • Step 1: Blow out hair for maximum volume.
      • Step 2: Pile on the I-C-E's Spiker gel. "It's the only thing I'll ever use," says DelVecchio.
      • Step 3: Shellac with Got2b hair spray. "This is a serious spray," he says. "It's a moldah and a shapah."
      • Step 4: Blow-dry the concoction and adjust until you achieve Heat Miser hair.
      In GQ, however, the Rhode Island native sports a shorter, simpler style as he models the latest in workout wear, including an Adidas at Paragon Sports tank and Polo Ralph Lauren sweatpants.

      The guys of Jersey Shore GQ October cover before shot

      High fashion GTL: The boys after their GQ makeunder. Photo courtesy of GQ

      It remains to be seen whether DelVecchio will keep the cleaner cut, but it would certainly give him more time to devote to his other loves: hitting the gym and tanning. "You look more toned when you're tan," he tells the magazine.

      The ladies would certainly agree. "It was my birthday this weekend, and these girls put cake on my body and ate it off," reveals the Italian stallion. "One girl said, 'You have the nicest chest I ever ate cake off.' I got pictures to prove it. I'll send 'em to you."


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      Saturday, September 18, 2010

      Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best — Hair Removal Product?

      !!!!Diamonds We’ve all had to deal with dull razors — the nicks, the cuts, the need to buy a new one every few months (if not sooner). Apparently, diamond may be the solution to all that trouble.

      A German company has developed a tungsten carbide razor that's coated with a film of synthetic, industrial grade diamonds and so far, the results have been successful. They last 1,000 times longer than traditional steel razors and offer an incredibly close shave.

      While shaving with diamonds might not seem like the most practical idea at first, if you add up the amount of money you spend on disposable blades over time, a diamond razor that lasts years instead of a week or two might be a great investment (and still less expensive than laser hair removal).

      Though they're still in development, they should be on the market before the year is out which means it's worth giving thought to now.


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      Friday, September 17, 2010

      Runway Beauty | Marc Jacobs

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      The Studio 54 style of Anjelica Huston, Pat Cleveland and Jerry Hall inspired Marc Jacobs this season. The designer’s beauty dream team — François Nars, Redken’s Guido Palau and Creative Nail’s Jan Arnold — didn’t disappoint. (Not that they could have: Arnold mentioned there was a six-hour beauty test the night before.) “We kept a few of the iconic things from the ’70s, like no eyebrows — we’re bleaching all the brows,” Nars said backstage. “Then a dark, reddish-brownish matte lipstick, a little bit of shiny, peachy color on the cheeks to give them a healthy look and deep forest green on the eyes with Vaseline on top.” A spring shade from Creative Nail called Perfectly Bare blended with mattifying top coat was applied to nails to “blank them out,” according to Arnold, mimicking the treatment of the brows. Toes, however, were painted a dark red. “Marc wanted deep, dark, shiny berry toes,” Arnold said. “When he saw Bloodline, he was like, ‘That’s it!’”

      Models were given one of four side-parted, texturized hairstyles ranging from Marcel waves to major Biba-esque frizz, depending on their natural hair type. “Marc hates hair extensions,” Palau said. “We wanted to capture that period, the decadent loucheness of the ’70s supermodels. You know, that kind of woman who reeks of perfume.” Ah, but would it be Daisy, Lola or even Bang?

      By Holly Seigel
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      Debunking Men’s Grooming Myths

      How to Buy Men's Grooming Supplies
      The Grooming Guys

      “Swallow A Piece Of Gum & It Will Sit In Your Stomach For 7 Years”

      “Humans Use Only 10% Of Their Brains.”

      “The Salahi’s Are The IT Couple In Washington, DC.”

      Fact or fiction?  Reality or myth.  To be honest, we don’t know the validity of any of these statements.  You see, we’re not Gastroenterologists, Neurologists or local socialites — we’re
       grooming geeks. And… it’s in this area we feel confident separating the gospel from the garbage.

      “The More FoamThe Better The Shave” Malarkey! Foam that sits an inch off your skin simply doesn’t do anything. Instead of wasting precious time or money lathering up,  buy yourself a shaving solution that gets right on top of and underneath the beard without extra elbow grease.

      Getting Body Hair Waxed Will Make It Grow Back Thicker“  Total hair-esy (sorry about that). Since waxing, whether eye brows, back or other, takes hair out at the root, it has no connection with a bushy backlash.

      “You Don’t Need Sunscreen When It’s Cloudy Or Cold” — Hogwash! Even when you can’t feel the sun’s warmth, its powerful rays are still doing a number on your skin. Real doctors recommend wearing a protective sunscreen everyday.

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      “Stick to the same brand for all your products” — Gibberish! Don’t be afraid to “cheat” on your favorite brand. Using an eclectic group of products can be beneficial. Whiles one manufacturer’s products may work great on your face, another may do wonders with your hair. Only caveat is to make certain  cross-brand products don’t negatively compete fragrance-wise.

      “Only Athletes Can Get ‘Jock Itch’” — OK… no one actually thinks this is true, but just making sure you’re paying attention. Jock Itch doesn’t discriminate against those who can’t throw a spiral.

      “You Should Always Shave Downwards To Avoid Irritation” — Nonsense! Shaving with the grain is one of the best ways to avoid razor rash — but for many men — the grain of hair growth doesn’t run downwards. Some guys have facial hair that runs sideways or diagonally – and for these fellas – it’s important to carefully follow that tricky growth pattern.

      Washing Your Face with Regular Soap Is Good Enough” — Garbage! Regular soap is extremely drying and can lead to flaking face dermis, rashes, etc. Not to mention, isn’t it kind of gross to use the same bar on your face that was just rubbed down there? Instead, try a targeted face cleanser.

      Grooming Lounge - Mens Skin Care Products, Shaving, Services & Advice

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      Thursday, September 16, 2010

      More Top Hair Trends For Fall 2010

      Audrina_Patridge_Fall 2010_hair_color_hairstyles.jpg (400x600)As the weather gets colder and the evenings darker, it's time to start thinking about embracing new hairstyles. From cozy brown hair colors to edgy haircuts--the top hair trends for fall are all about making a statement.

      Colorist Karine Jackson says, "This fall is about warm chocolaty colors: tobacco, caramel, toffee, etc. Caramel highlights are perfect for light brown or dark blonde hair. Creamy blondes are going to be mixed with deeper caramels to get a really glossy, stylish feel."

      Stylist Errol Douglas agrees, saying, "Fall is all about replacing the heat and aridity of summer with moisture and gloss--think shiny chestnuts, crisp mornings and the lovely glow of your new winter boots!"

      Douglas says we can look forward to lots of angular, very straight cuts. "All the recent texture is going to disappear, and hair is going to be very symmetrical. Longer hair will have lots of internal, short layers. Long hairstyles need healthy hair with a real shine, so this season's must-have product is Moroccanoil, which is a fabulous treatment for boosting shine."

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      Wednesday, September 15, 2010

      Get Beautiful Eyes with Blinc

      Start with blinc Long Lash

      blinc Long Lash is designed to dramatically enhance the look of your natural lash length, fullness & thickness. You will see visible results in just two to four weeks!
      blinc Long Lash can be used up to twice a day, in the morning or night and is applied to the base of lashes, as you would apply an eyeliner. Only a small quantity of Long Lash is needed to achieve the desired results and should be used on clean and dry skin. If applying in the morning, allow blinc Long Lash to dry completely prior to applying makeup. Unlike other lash formulas, it causes no stinging and no eye irritation. It also will not cause skin or eye discoloration.

      blinc Long Lash will make your natural lashes appear longer, fuller, thicker and denser. Your lashes will also look healthy and conditioned. Use daily for the dramatic, beautiful lashes you’ve always longed for!

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      See why thousands of women across the world choose Blinc Mascara!

      Formerly known as Kiss Me, blinc is the original mascara invented to form tiny water-resistant "tubes" around your lashes rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, these beauty tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Whether your daily activities take you from the office, to your sweaty workout and then out to dinner, your lashes will look as good in the evening as they did when you first applied blinc in the morning.

      blinc mascara will add volume and length to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day. Only when you are ready for removal, the tubes will effortlessly slide off your lashes into your hand without the use of a harsh makeup remover.

      Blinc is better than waterproof mascaras. All it takes is the combination of lots of warm water and gentle pressure, from your fingertips, a washcloth or water pressure (i.e. shower) and the tubes will slide off your lashes effortlessly. Upon removal you will actually see the tiny beauty tubes in your hand!
      blinc mascara has been clinically tested to be non-irritating making it ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people in search of a mascara whose look, hold and ease of removal is without compromise.


      blinc's Fountain of Youthful Color™ Eyebrow Mousse is the original eyebrow mousse invented to give enhancing, water-resistant and moisturizing color to your brows with anti-aging benefits for the underlying skin.
      Once applied, blinc Eyebrow Mousse fills in sparse areas to create the perfect brow line that cannot fade, run, or smudge, even if you sweat or wear it in harsh weather conditions. Get ready for beautiful, face-framing brow color that lasts all day long, unlike traditional eyebrow products that disappear half way through your busy day.

      In addition to the unparalleled hold of blinc Eyebrow Mousse, the innovative product also contains a peptide to moisturize and provide anti-aging treatment to the skin beneath your brow. Not only will you have perfectly colored brows, but you will also be treating your skin at the same time!

      At the end of the day, blinc Eyebrow Mousse is easily removed, only when you are ready, with any gentle makeup remover. It's better than waterproof!

      Blinc provides a variety of performance eye cosmetics for women with active lifestyles.

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