Mango Quite frankly the idea of #NewYearNewYou is so stomach-churningly clichГ©, it's enough to put us off our mince pies. The idea of a fresh start does have us considering changing something, though: Our hair. I mean, let's face it, we'd all like to saunter back into the office in 2018 with a fresh (albeit sale-bought) wardrobe and a new haircut to boot.
I finally decided after committing to a pretty epic haircut that took several inches off my long damaged hair (due to perpetual boredom, of course), that it was time to make a hair move that's anything but boring. The funny thing is that even as I wrote it, I chuckled at my own earnestness and puffed-up conviction.
Urban Outfitters Should you cut your hair or color it first? Many have found themselves wondering this exact question when scheduling hair appointments. If you've finally scored a session with that sought-after colorist with the impossible waiting list, do you book your trim for before or after? If you're looking to add some highlights but are planning to chop your long locks into a bob in a couple weeks, should you wait to go lighter?
Though sometimes questionable, most '90s hairstyles hold a near and still very dear place in our hearts. Yes, every decade hasВ its fair share of monumental hair moments-'60s beehives, flapper-esque bobs, and well-coiffed finger waves are just a few to come to mind-but we'd be remiss to forget the many '90s hairstyles made iconic throughout the decade.
Women in politics face entirely different challenges than their masculine counterparts. Men are rarely critiqued for how they dress or style their hair. Women, on the other hand, must convey equal parts strength and femininity in their political appearances or risk negative judgment (double standard, anyone?
You've probably noticed a growing number of tastemakers and actresses sporting a blunt cut. Nicole Richie, Miroslava Duma, Erin Wasson, and Emily Blunt are just a few who've ditched their layers for a single length and we'd argue that fall is the best time to follow suit. The chop offers a fresh look without the commitment of a color change, while also getting rid of your fried summer ends.
Naturalistas and protective style enthusiasts can rejoice now that there's a new hairstyle shaking up the game. We're talking about passion twists-the coily and carefree love child born from the union of goddess locs and Senegalese twists. Don't know what I'm talking about? Scroll through your favorite black hair blogger's Instagram page or peek into your local hair braiding shop-there's no way you can miss them since the style totally fits the trending boho look that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
What do Lupita Nyong'o, Serena Williams, and Kerry Washington all have in common? Aside from each one falling into the barrier-breaking queen category, they all call on legendary hairstylist Vernon FranГ§ois to take care of their curls and coilsвЂЋ. From Lupita's sculptural updo at this year's Met Gala to Serena's natural texture on the cover of the Harper's Bazaar August issue, it's clear why women of color in Hollywood flock to him for the haircare needs.
Watching silk press videos is on my list of most satisfying things. But since I went natural, it was something I swore I would never do as a way to defy beauty standards placed on me. I grew up getting a press and curl, then graduated to a relaxer, and next thing I knew I was rocking my 4c hair without apology.
For some of us, searching for different ways to get smoother, more manageable strands can feel like the never-ending journey. For a while, keratin treatments were a popular solution to frizzy hair-and lately, we couldn't help but notice that they seem to be trending again. Joey Honeymar, a frizz expert and colorist atВ Nine Zero One salon in Los Angeles, confirms that it isn't just our imaginations: Keratin treatments are making a comeback.
Imaxtree Any extra fun that blondes are having definitely comes to a screeching halt once dull, yellow-ish tones start to appear. This is why arming yourself with an arsenal of color-saving products is necessary,В lest you spend your life at the salon getting touchups. Fortunately, there are plenty of stellar masks, shampoos, and conditioning treatments on the market specifically formulatedВ to amp up and maintain your most gorgeous shade of blond ever-and leave it to Amazon customersВ to narrow down the best of the best, by way of their (very) honest reviews.
Oh, weddings. You've probably been dreaming about this day for the longest time, and it's finally coming to fruition. Now, it's time for decisions to create the fairytale day you deserve. Truth be told, how you're going to wear your hair isn't something you have to overthink. Simple wedding hairstyles exude elegance and timeless glamour in the most beautiful way.
Rolling out of bed with the perfect head of tousled locks would be ideal. However, that doesn't actually happen as much as we would like. Luckily, there is an easy alternative: banana buns. According to Pinterest insights, French girls are looking for "messy" and "easy" hairstyles (+68% YoY) , and the one style they are gravitating toward is the banana bun.
For decades, black women have been excluded from society's definition of beauty. The glorification of European beauty standards in the media, particularly straight hair, painted the narrative that our textured hair isn't beautiful. This non-inclusive messaging projected the stereotype that natural hair and hairstyles like braids, locs, and twists are unkempt, unprofessional, and unworthy of being worn in public spaces.
When I started my natural hair journey, I heard about creams, gels, and even mousses that could supposedly make my 4c curls pop. I tried what felt like every lotion and potion under the sun recommended for my hair type. I had plenty of hits and misses, but one thing I learned to be true is that my curls love a gel.
Throughout her long and ongoing career as a supermodel (most famously for Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated ), Lily Aldridge has maintained the same hair color, which is a shiny shade of chestnut brown. She's switched up her hairstyle from time to time-recently posting a photo in which she wore faux bangs and looked eerily similar to Jane Birkin-yet she hasn't deviated far from her natural brunette color.
Recently, after explaining the premise of Queer Eye to my mother over the phone, I found myself saying "they all really seem to have their lives together, you know what I mean?' I was referring to the cast-Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski. Every time I watch the show, I have a renewed perception that The Fab Five is, for lack of a better word, perfect.
We all condition our hair to gain good measure with our strands: to be smoother, softer, tangle-free, and frizz-free. We'll even turn to conditioners for preventative measures against further damage and breakage. Needless to say, the benefits of conditioning can seem endless. But during a time when we've been encouraged to shampoo our hair less and less, (in true Carrie Bradshaw fashion) I can't help but wonder- are we conditioning our hair enough?
Update: On Friday, July 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A7797, The CROWN Act, into law - officially making New York the second state, following California, to ban hair discrimination in the workplace and K-12 public & charter schools. For Black people, hair isn't "just hair." Our hair is our crown and the celebration of it as such is deeply woven into our ancestral history.
These days, it seems brand new ingredients pop up by the minute-all promising to give you shinier hair, softer ends, and a healthier scalp. Remember when beauty lovers everywhere could be found running to their local Trader Joe's to stock up on coconut oil by the boatload? Then came argan oil, and everywhere you turned, there was another product infused with the buzzy ingredient.
It's only natural that the seasonal swing of hair color calls for darker strands in the winter and lighter strands in the summer, since that's something that happens automatically for many of us (I know it does for me and my hair. After spending a long summer on the beach, I start to see natural, sun-kissed highlights appear in the top layer of my hair.