10 Hair Products Under $10 That Will Have Your Natural Hair Flourishing

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Watching natural hair tutorials and following beauty gurus is all fun and games until you’ve got a shopping cart overflowing with products you don’t need and can’t afford. I know—the temptation to be a product junkie is real. Speaking as a recovering addict myself, it’s crucial to learn when to splurge and when to save when it comes to your hair. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled this list of ten products, all $ 10 or less, to keep your natural hair thriving on a reasonable budget.



Lady Gaga’s Colorist Patti Song Shares Platinum Hair Care Tips

If you’re considering going platinum blonde sometime soon, it’s crucial that you know what you’re getting into and go in armed with the right knowledge, like how to properly use purple shampoos. In a recent interview, Lady Gaga’s longtime colorist Patti Song revealed about how she keeps the singer’s strands healthy and vibrant, despite dyeing it so often. Check out her advice and more platinum hair-care tips, here.


Here’s A Major Hair Tip For Women That Like To Blowout Their Natural Hair

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Recently, I took a trip to Beleza Natural in Harlem to get my hair done. This Brazilian salon and haircare brand is bringing their techniques to the US and I got a first-hand experience with their products at the new salon. The one great thing about Beleza Natural is that they are serious about haircare and their stylists and technicians not only do your hair but also teach you about your hair. It’s incredible and perfect for the woman (like me) who always has a ton of questions when it comes to hair and haircare, particularly for my Type 4 texture.

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My stylist, Shantelle Kelly was responsible for trimming my hair, blow drying, and providing me with a silk press that has lasted almost a week and through two workouts. (Seriously). Beleza Natural has a technique for everything. First: they only do curly cuts in the salon. Kelly explained, “a good thing about a curly cut is that you can see what’s going on with the hair.” I had only had a curly cut once before. I’m not sure I’m “sold” on curly cuts, but I’m not opposed to getting one done again. If you wear your hair in a wash and go, I would definitely suggest a curly cut or trim as you can shape your hair better.

Now, when you are blowdrying and flat ironing your hair, you want to protect your curl pattern. First off, use the blow dryer to get your hair as straight as possible. Think of the flat iron as the finishing technique, not the step to do all the work to get your hair straight. When you are blow drying your hair, your hair should be wet. Like wet, wet. Kelly was spritzing water in my hair before she started blow drying it. She explained, “Water helps to make the natural hair smooth and to stretch it.” Wow! Normally, after I’m out of the shower, I’ll t-shirt dry my hair, trying to get it as dry as I can, THEN blow dry it. Nope, nope, nope. That was a major hair no-no. I didn’t even know!

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I’m a fan of Kelly’s technique. As you can see, my hair turned out smooth, silky, and lasted a week!

How do you prep your hair for a blowout and a silk press? Did you know this tip? Share in the comment section.



‘I used to have thick hair, until one day, I went completely bald’

Words by Beatrice Travers

I used to have very thick hair, which I’d unsuccessfully tried to manage since my teenage years. I tried every hairstyle under the sun: short (too strict), long (fell into my eyes), half up-do (made my long nose stick out), fringe (made my narrow forehead disappear).

Then in 2012, at the age of 56, I suddenly lost all my hair. I first noticed that something was wrong, when I made a regular trip to see my hairdresser, Sophie, that summer. She found a bald patch the size of a pound coin at the back of my head. ‘Don’t worry too much about it,’ she said, ‘but perhaps speak to a dermatologist.’

Only slightly rattled I rang the dermatologist and booked the earliest appointment available, which was late December. I didn’t give it another thought and in October I went on holiday with my husband. A couple of weeks later I was back at the salon, and to my dismay Sophie found two new bald patches.

I hadn’t noticed a thing. My husband and I had just retired and were just making the most of life. November came, and my patches seemed no bigger and hadn’t multiplied as far as I could tell. I was confident the dermatologist would help my hair grow back; I’ve known people suffer from alopecia at some stages in their lives, and it all went back to normal.

When I still had all my hair, in 2012.

Then one morning I woke up and my pillow was covered in hair. I clutched my head and pulled out a handful of brown hair. Panic rose inside me and that’s when I started crying, when finally the realisation that I was losing all of my hair dawned on me.

My husband looked at me, stunned, not knowing what to do. When I finally shook myself out of that stupor, I felt I had to do something, although I knew deep down there was nothing I could do.

We went to the local chemist and I stupidly asked him whether he had a shampoo for hair loss, or lotion (or possibly some extra strong glue) that would keep what was left of my thinning hair in place. He looked at me with a thin smile and said he was sorry, he couldn’t do anything, I seemed to have alopecia and he even said he thought that I would eventually lose all of my hair.

I went home and washed away what was left of my hair. I watched it twirl down the drain. I felt neither loss nor regret; I just thought it was odd, puzzled at what life can throw at you sometimes. In a way I felt lucky, because I knew my condition wasn’t life threatening. I went out and bought myself a woolen hat from Marks & Spencer.

Eventually, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. I learned it was an auto-immune disease, which attacks your hair follicles and stops hair growth. There is no known cause – some say stress is a factor – nor a known cure. You can be given corticosteroid injections if you only suffer from small bald spots, but they wouldn’t do that with me. I was given some creams and lotions that I dutifully applied for a couple of months, whilst knowing there was only a 20% chance of regrowth.

In 2019, without my wig. I lost my lashes and eyebrows too, so had to get them tattooed on.

It’s now 2019 and my hair has never grown back. I very quickly lost all the rest of the hair on my body; my skin is as smooth as a baby’s. I was worried I wouldn’t feel feminine anymore, but I never felt sorry for myself after the diagnosis. I’ve been wearing wigs for the past seven years, and much like with my haircuts before, I’ve been experimenting to find one that suits me and more importantly, is comfortable to wear.

But life’s never perfect, even wigs have a mind of their own. They can be difficult on a rainy or windy day. So, like with real hair, there are sometimes bad hair days.

At the time, I was self-conscious around other people, but I needn’t have worried. My husband treated me with the same patience and kindness as always. At first, I wouldn’t take off my wig around him, even in bed, but when I did (turns out sleeping with a wig on is not as comfortable as you’d think), he simply stroked my scalp and teased, ‘I always thought you had a tiny head!’

I finally found a wig that suits me

I told a few close friends, who were just as supportive – they praised me for being positive, which I didn’t deserve because it was not an effort. I have to add that I would hate to be seen without a wig in public. I know some people do it, it may even be fashionable but I could never pluck up the courage, mostly because I don’t like the way I look without my hair.

I think the reason that I found it fairly easy to deal with, is because of my age. I have a couple of my friends who have been through tougher times than me, and also I’m not looking for a new partner, which could cause a lot of heartache to younger women with my condition.

Anyway, I’m very close to my female friends and talking about sex, the menopause, etc. has never been an issue. We’ve even laughed about what happened, ‘think of all the money you’ll save by not going to the hairdresser!’

Every cloud…

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How Your Health Affects Your Hair

Crystal Styles‘ passion for helping our community embrace healthy hair and overall wellness, drove her into the study of Trichology.  In 2016, Crystal received her certification in the field of Trichology, graduating as Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from the National Trichology Training Institute (NTTI) in Stockbridge, Ga.

Crystal is a certified hair coach by Dr. Alan Bauman of Bauman Medical Center in Boco Raton FL, and a Brand Ambassador for haircare lines like Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils, Originals by Africa’s Best and more.  She is an expert consumer advisor with features in publications such as Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, S-Mag South Africa, and Black College Today Magazine.

She is the owner of CrystalKnowsBeauty.com and HALO Hair & Scalp Consultancy of Atlanta with a new Youtube channel CKB TV. As a former news reporter & anchor, with media experience launched from working at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia USA and other news markets, Crystal is a phenomenal speaker, host, and spokesperson. Her passion includes being the co-founder of a community non-profit ProactiveChange.org.  She is also a former Advisory Board member for NTTI.


A: Among the top 3 would be: #1) Minimize heat damage, #2) For ladies who are wearing relaxed hair, stop putting relaxer on your scalp (this is another detailed topic for a later discussion), and #3) Eat healthy; consume plenty of dark and colorful vegetables that are full of vitamins and minerals, along with great sources of protein rich foods.


\The most common hair and scalp problems, probably worldwide, are various forms of alopecia. Traction alopecia in the black community is very common due to tight braiding, wearing heavy braids, tight weaving and wearing wigs without protecting your edges. Male pattern and female pattern baldness are also quite common. Alopecia is a very broad term so I encourage you to get a consultation in order to pinpoint the true cause of your hair loss.


You definitely want to read the label to make sure your hair vitamins include B-complex vitamins, zinc, protein, iron, vitamin D, C, and E to support hair growth and hair retention; folic acid is important to support healthy cell development.  For general maintenance products, look for ingredients like flaxseed oil, grapeseed & avocado oils, coconut oils. These among other ingredients help minimize breakage, and strengthen hair strands for continued growth.


Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all when it comes to thinning hair.  I want to be clear that supporting hair growth (as we just discussed) and dealing with hair loss, are two totally different issues. Hair loss can be caused by lots of reasons including high blood pressure, hormonal issues, stress, nutritional deficiencies, medication, genetics, aggressive manipulation and list goes on, so be sure to get a consultation first to assess the root cause, and find the right solution for you.


Gray hair is dry and stubborn because the hair follicles have stopped excreting natural hair color. Melanin in our hair is what helps with strand flexibility, it gives the hair sheen and makes it easier to style. When the natural color is gone, you know it, because those gray hairs are not going to cooperate like the rest. They will need more attention including steam and deep conditioning treatments which will help soften the hair for better manageability.

I recommend that you have a professional cosmetologist apply your color, or at least someone who really knows what they’re doing. After all, it is a chemical, so you want to make sure the pH balance of your hair is reset properly. HOWEVER, if you prefer to be color-free and just wear your natural gray hair, I do have a tip to share: use only white or clear haircare products. Why? Because gray hair absorbs colorful dyes in products that can make your hair look dingy over time. I gave my mom the Coconut Crème collection by Originals by Africa’s Best. They are white in color, and her gray does not have the dingy look.

Indeed. Most people are not aware that low vitamin D and/or low iron, for instance, can cause your hair to fall out. When I speak to people dealing with hair loss, one of the main questions I ask is if they know what their vitamin and mineral levels are? People will say their doctor recommended for them to take supplements or eat foods rich in vitamin D and iron, but for whatever reason, they ignore the advice, not really understanding the association between hair loss and nutritional deficiencies.


Do your best to greatly minimize the consumption of foods high in cholesterol, sodium, saturated fats and refined sugars…you know, all of the junk food that we love so much. I never tell people to go cold turkey, to throw out all of the bad foods in your pantry at once, but I do encourage you to start replacing bad foods with nutritional choices, one at a time.  Before you know it, you’re eating healthy and looking younger.


I’m always pushing the InsideOut way of thinking when it comes to combatting thinning hair. Eating natural ingredients that are good for your hair, and using hair products with the same natural ingredients that you consume in food form is like a double attack on thinning hair. One of my go-to super foods is flaxseed. It’s an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. And it is really good in helping minimize dry scalp, eczema and helps with hair elasticity to minimize breakage.

You can sprinkle cold-pressed milled flaxseed over any meal or blend it in your favorite morning smoothies. And, I also use the Flaxseed Recipes hair products by the Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils brand to help support the same benefits for my hair topically. There are lots of natural remedies and treatments being used for hair growth, like rice water rinsing to strengthen hair strands, people are making flaxseed solutions at home as well.

That depends if the condition is not too far gone. Meaning, if you still have hair follicles when you decide to stop the tight braiding and tight weaving, then there may be a fighting chance to regrow hair in those affected areas on the scalp. Once scarring alopecia occurs, meaning the follicles are permanently closed, you will need to look at different alternatives for hair replacement.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with me, go to CrystalKnowsBeauty.com, and Click on the HALO button. For speaking engagements, same website, CrystalKnowsBeauty.com, click on the Contact tab to make your request.  You can also follow me @CrystalKnowsBeauty on Instagram & Facebook. I’ll have some local workshops coming soon, so look out for details.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products to snap up in the post-Christmas sales

We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best (yaaaass)

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The life of a beauty addict is never dull thanks to dozens of brand new make-up, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted – because nobody wants to splash their hard earned cash on something they’ll eventually regret buying.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out (which trust us, they will do).

So, what’s good this month?

French model, photographer and all-round ‘it girl’ Jeanne Damas has launched her own capsule line of lipsticks, Rouje, containing every lip colour you need from mauve-hued nude to classic red. For the ultimate Parisian cool girl feel, smudge them in with your finger rather than applying straight from the bullet. Dreamy.

Meanwhile Benefit is back once again with a superb liquid [roller] liner, expanding on the already excellent Roller Lash. Want proof of how good it is? I lent it to my sister and it survived a pre-Boxing Day sales shift in retail, without budging or smudging.

And Cover FX has released the perfect party multitasker, Shimmer Veils, which can be used on the eyes, lips and skin. Mix a little as a highlighter or apply directly to the eye for a shimmery shadow. Perfection.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new make-up launches and skincare drops, waving goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process. Make sure you check back here for all the latest new beauty products 2019 brings in, as and when they’re announced.

It’s high time for a big beauty haul, we say…

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‘Daily Show’s’ Trevor Noah Roasts Stephen Miller’s Hair ‘Migration’

This past weekend, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made a lot of outrageous arguments about border security and a possible government shutdown on Face the Nation. But all anyone seemed to want to talk about was whatever was happening on top of his head.

“Did you guys catch that?” The Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked his audience Monday night. “Not the stuff about the southern border, I’m talking about the new border, up here. What’s going on over there? A bit of a migration happening…”

“All weekend, people were wondering what the hell happened with Stephen Miller’s hair,” Noah continued, putting up side-by-side photos that demonstrated how his hairline had evolved. “And I get why. It’s like someone said, ‘Who here hates immigrants?’ and his hair was like, ‘This guy!’”

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‘Daily Show’s’ Trevor Noah Roasts Stephen Miller’s Hair ‘Migration’

This past weekend, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made a lot of outrageous arguments about border security and a possible government shutdown on Face the Nation. But all anyone seemed to want to talk about was whatever was happening on top of his head.

“Did you guys catch that?” The Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked his audience Monday night. “Not the stuff about the southern border, I’m talking about the new border, up here. What’s going on over there? A bit of a migration happening…”

“All weekend, people were wondering what the hell happened with Stephen Miller’s hair,” Noah continued, putting up side-by-side photos that demonstrated how his hairline had evolved. “And I get why. It’s like someone said, ‘Who here hates immigrants?’ and his hair was like, ‘This guy!’”

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Fabulous Grey & Grey Hair

Solid grey is my least favourite neutral, and overly cool for my warm complexion. In Seattle, where the days are grey for half the year, it’s the last colour I want to wear close to my face. I will wear grey in a pattern, or sport light pearl grey footwear and bag, but that’s it. 

I do like grey on those who wear it well. Shades of grey tend to look fabulous on cool-toned complexions. Most of all, grey is SPECTACULAR with grey, silver, white, or salt & pepper hair. It picks up the colours running through their hair. Colour repetition is complementary, flattering, and pulls an outfit together, which is why it’s pleasing to the eye. Clients with grey or greying hair look sublime wearing grey. Husband Greg has a salt & pepper ‘do and wears shades of grey with the best of them.

Just look at how well the grey-haired model I have used in these examples wears grey.

1. Ombréd Cool Tones

Both the light and dark grey in the pattern are repeated in the model’s hair. The cool-toned blue hem and black bottoms work well with her cool-toned complexion.

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2. Greyed Green

This shade of seafoam is so unsaturated that it can almost pass for grey, and therefore picks up the grey in the model’s hair. Silvery grey footwear does a good job of bookending, and the silvery jewellery is the grey cherry on top. Tonal, elegant, and beautiful. My favourite of the four outfits.

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3. Black & Grey

The grey dots in the black pattern pick up the grey in the model’s hair. The shades of grey in the necklace and silver earrings do the same. I’d have preferred the outfit with silver footwear, but the black elongates the line of the leggings and looks great too.

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4. Warm Greys

The textured greys in the poncho have a taupe tinge to them that warms the palette. Although taupe is a cool neutral, it’s relatively warmer than grey and therefore brings out the warmer grey hues in the model’s hair. The warm gold earrings are an unexpected addition. The column of black cools the palette back down.

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When my hair goes grey, I bet I will enjoy wearing solid greys a whole lot more. In the meantime, over to you. Do you wear grey, and do you have greying hair to complement grey wardrobe items?



The Black Travel Box Provides Travel Size Hair and Skin Products for People of Color

While away on a vacation, one of the last things you want to deal with is an exhaustive search for products to fix a bad hair day. So when Orion Brown found herself in Japan “dealing with a major miscalculation of weather and a head full of hair with no hope,” she turned her annoyance into opportunity.

“I didn’t have enough product to get me through the trip and there was nowhere locally I could find the products I needed,” said Brown. “Dejected, I avoided the selfies and made the best of it. But upon reflection, I could only hope that someone would make (or would have made) a product company for travelers like me. There weren’t. So I created The Black Travel Box.”

The Black Travel Box provides travel size hair and skin products for people of color delivered to your door when you want. The product line includes a conditioner bar, hair balm, body balm, and lip balm.

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention,” said Brown. “Well, there’s no greater necessity for me than the “necessities” of travel when on vacation. We’re not a typical subscription box company. Our ‘subscribe and save’ model is similar to Amazon’s, where customers can choose products they know and trust, and then select a personalized schedule for receiving them right to their door. Subscribing is optional, but offers savings over one-time purchases, its flexible, and it can be canceled anytime.”

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With a background in consumer goods marketing and brand management, Brown leveraged her lessons learned, while working in corporate to build her business model and test the market for the products and service before launching it.

The Black Travel Box could not be where it is today without that working experience,” said Brown. “While I’m still learning the ropes of entrepreneurship, the corporate experience of building and maintaining brands is exceptionally relevant here, particularly as we come into a personal care space that is both vast and nonexistent.”

For instance, according to a Nielsen study, “African Americans have cornered the ethnic hair and beauty market, ringing up $ 54 million of the $ 63 million total industry spent in 2017. Black shoppers spent $ 473 million in total hair care (a $ 4.2 billion industry) and made other significant investments in personal appearance products, such as grooming aids ($ 127 million out of $ 889 million) and skin care preparations ($ 465 million out of $ 3 billion).”  Plus, according to data from Mandala Research, black Americans spend $ 48 billion each year traveling and are among the fastest growing segments in the U.S., with 68% surveyed wanting to learn more about their history and culture through travel.

Travelers of color who want to look and feel their best when traveling abroad are the primary consumers of the Black Travel Box.

“They take photos, selfies, and love to share their experiences,” said Brown. “They are avid social media consumers and content makers. While they travel far and fairly often, the challenge of easily getting their look “just right” hasn’t yet been met. They compromise on the products that they bring along, spending time filling travel sized bottles with their favorite products, purchasing “basic” skin and hair care ingredients abroad, or struggling to make what’s available to them work for their unique needs.”

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Black Travel Box is the sense of community it provides for black travelers.

“I started The Black Travel Box to give women of color a brand they could trust for all their travel personal care needs,” said Brown. “Globally, Black travelers have few if any places they can go to find personal care products that work for their hair and skincare needs. As the culture of international travel continues to grow in our community – more and more of us are exploring the world with a level of freedom and wanderlust that our parents and grandparents could never dream of. Our brand is here to help these millennial explorers travel in confidence (we call it #TravelInColor) knowing they have the products to put their best foot forward and rock those selfies in Croatia, London, China… or where ever their travels may take them.”

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Michelle Obama Graces Essence Cover In Her Natural Hair Glory

Michelle Obama sports her natural curls for the cover of Essence magazine’s upcoming issue and other outlets have noted that this appears to be the first time the former first lady went all natural for a major publication.

“Only @Essence would have our forever First Lady @MichelleObama on the cover, in her full natural hair glory, snapping her fingers, talking about real love,” Joi-Marie McKenzie, a senior entertainment editor at the magazine, said on Twitter.

Essence’s December/January issue features Mrs. Obama reflecting on her days in the White House and balancing family life and a career.

Meanwhile, she has kicked off a 10-city tour in her hometown of Chicago to promote her new memoir, “Becoming.”

Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross, are scheduled to join Michelle Obama on stage at locations along the way.

After Chicago, the tour will move to Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and Dallas. Ten percent of tickets at each event are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.

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Pubic hair and eight-pack abs – it’s got to be Michelangelo

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Sing Away Parkinson’s, Dark Roast Coffee For Alzheimer’s, New Gene & Hair Loss

He who sings, frightens away his ills, said Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. That’s exactly what a new study, conducted by Iowa State University researchers, has found. In this week’s “Did you know” column, we are presenting interesting findings about the relationship between music therapy and Parkinson’s, discovery of a new gene that is responsible for a rare form of hair loss.
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How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

how often do you wash your hairHere’s a fun question for today that seems simple but will probably have a huge range of answers: how often do you wash your hair? Do you use shampoo or a separate cleanser every time you wash your hair, or sometimes only rinse it with water or conditioner? What is your hair like — and when does your hair look best? (What’s your maintenance like between shampoos — dry shampoo? spraying water?)

Psst: in the past we’ve talked about how to make a blowout last for days, as well as rounded up our favorite dry shampoos  — we’ve also shared thoughts on bathing routines and tips for curly hair in the winter.

For my $ .02, when I was younger I shampooed my hair daily, and if you’d paid me I never would have believed that my answer today is “every four days.” My hair has always been fine but with a wave — in my 20s I largely used 2-in-1 shampoos (super cheap drugstore stuff — I remember really liking Suave!), John Frieda frizz oil, and spent 15-30 minutes blowdrying it every single day. After I had kids my “wavy” hair became much curlier, and I started seeing a ton of stories in the news about women who only washed their hair every few days. For me there was definitely a process for washing my hair less, as I’ve described before — first I cut back to only washing my hair every 2 days (Day 1 shampoo, Day 2 don’t get it wet, Day 3 shampoo), and then I went to more days by washing my hair with conditioner in the middle (Day 1 shampoo, Day 2 not wet, Day 3 conditioner, Day 4 not wet, Day 5, wash). Nowadays (heading into winter, at least) I just don’t get it wet and wash it on Day 5 — as the air gets dryer in the winter I may go back to a Day 3 conditioning. (I used to do a dry shampoo blitz before I went to bed on Day 2 or 3, but I recently read an article in The Atlantic about how dry shampoo isn’t that great for you, so I thought I’d stop using it and see how I felt — and feel good without it about 75% of the time.) This year, I’ve been experimenting with keratin treatments (I haven’t had one in months at this point, though — I wanted to see if I missed it before spending the time and money for a third treatment) and aside from shampoo choices it didn’t affect my routine at all. I do TRY to do masks (or at least coconut oil!) in the winter because it can get dry and frizzy (we’ll see if I go back for that keratin treatment after all!) but I don’t have a ton of patience for hair masks. I almost never blow dry my hair myself these days, usually opting to let it air dry into curls. It definitely looks best the first day — but if I spray the heck out of it with a water bottle* and “plop” it with an Aquis towel* [*affiliate link] while getting dressed and doing my makeup, it looks pretty good. (I still love a blowout if I actually NEED it to look good, just because my curls are pretty unpredictable.)

How about you guys — how often do you wash your hair? What’s your hair routine like in general? Do you use masks, curlers, irons, blowdryers, etc? What are your favorites?

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Stop Throwing Shade on Gray Hair

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

Three months ago, I went gray at 23 years old. Tired of the extra attention that comes with being blond—and over being asked if I “had more fun” at every party for the rest of time—I wanted a new color that communicated seriousness. So one night, I leaned over my bathroom sink and drenched my strands with pastel gray dye.

My friends declared the look “rad” and “super cute” on Instagram. But in real life, while commuting or waiting in grocery store checkout lines, I earned outright glares from women of a certain vintage.  

On the third day of my blue rinse period, a confused stranger blurted, “Did you do that on purpose?” Having spent time, energy, and money hiding her gray, she couldn’t fathom why I didn’t appreciate my natural hue.

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding hair looks awfully familiar

We’ve got deja vu

Princess Eugenie married her long-term partner, Jack Brooksbank, today at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – five months after her cousin Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at the same place.

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Eugenie’s dress was pretty incredible – that low back, that train, that designer, that secret message – we could go on. And the celeb guest list was out of this world.

And that’s all before we’ve got onto her hair & make-up. Wow.

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According to Harpers Bazaar UK , Eugenie’s hair was done by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane at Hari’s Salon in Chelsea. Perhaps the Princess’ regular hair stylist? He created a low chignon with loose tendrils, topped with an art-deco tiara borrowed from the Queen. Sound familiar?

The only difference is that Eugenie took the modern approach and opted against a veil.

Fancy recreating this look at your wedding? Gorka Aararas, Creative Director at Charles Worthington Salons has given us an easy step-by-step.

Step 1: Set the hair in rollers or tongue it and then pin to set the curls.

Step 2: Separate the front from the back.

Step 3: Backcomb the back on the crown area, then pin into the lower nape.

Step 4: Put the remaining up to create a soft romantic and relaxed chignon.

Step 5: Place your tiara or headpiece on top of the parting of the hair.

Step 6: Lastly, with the front of the hair that has been curled, brush the hair softly and sweep the sides of the hair up adding that relaxed and effortless look.

For her make-up look, Princess Eugenie kept it natural on the lip, but chose a brown smokey eye to accentuate her green eyes. Hannah Martin, Pro and Artistry Manager for Bobbi Brown, created the look.



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Does the Quality of Nic Cage Films Depend on the Length of His Hair?

You could never accuse Nicolas Cage’s hair of being boring. It fluctuates as constantly as the quality of his movies — and it’s starting to look like there might be a link between the two. The theory goes: the longer the hair, the worse the film. Does this hold any weight or is it a hair-brained idea? Let’s take a look.


Nic Cage in Face/Off.

Face/Off is surely one of Cage’s best films, and the face-swapping crime thriller sees him sporting a tidy short back and sides, with only a bit of length on top when the wind picks up. This correlates perfectly with the finesse of this critically-acclaimed feature, which also happens to be one of John Travolta’s finest.

The smart, darkly funny romance Leaving Las Vegas is a terrific showcase of Cage’s talents in the right context, and sure enough his barnet is about as short as an alcoholic character can sport: unkempt but under control with no attempt to disguise the thinning.

John Dahl’s neo-noir Red Rock West is one of Cage’s most highly-rated films ever, and he keeps his sideburns as short and tidy and the back of his hair, even shaving on camera in one scene. There is a daring amount of flick on top, however, which falls down onto his face from time to time, threatening to ruin the movie.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans sees Cage do one of his best bonkers acts as a drug-addicted cop, but his hair is kept relatively in check, slicked back in all but his most crazy scenes. In terms of body, there’s a reassuring bounce that’s in keeping with the film’s generally offbeat vibe.

Not only is Cage’s hair quite short in the excellent Adaptation but it is also unusually curly, not just in homage to the writer Charlie Kaufman, but surely in a nod to the film’s quirky and frequently baffling story which includes Cage also playing Charlie’s fictional twin brother, Donald.

That said, there are anomalies in the short camp: The Wicker Man is a woeful remake with a surprisingly curt cut, while the very average Gone In 60 Seconds sees Cage opting for an equally average ‘do.


Cage’s new film Mandy is getting rave reviews but the occult horror is seriously weird and disturbing — and not only does he have an unkempt mid-length mane, but he has the rare addition of a beard. Approach with caution.

Kick-Ass has many fans but it’s not universally acclaimed, with many critics reeling at the extreme violence in the superhero story. Accordingly, Nic not only sports a hint of length in this film, but a controversial moustache.

Wild At Heart is another cult classic but it only scores 65% on aggregator sites — accordingly, Cage’s jet black hair is a little longer at the back and has the habit of going, well, wild.

The Weather Man is an unusually forgettable Cage film that’s bland but watchable. The same can be said of his locks: longer on top with a brushed-forward fringe — quite the broadcaster’s combover.

While Nic’s back hair is cropped reasonably short in Ghost Rider, the top cut is unusually choppy and spiky, making this another audience-dividing comic book movie that only scores 26% from critics.


Nic Cage in Season of the Witch.

The misfire Drive Angry also has a highly unfortunate hair situation for our hero: a thinning, bedraggled longish sun-bleached mop with scraggy stubble. Avoid the look, avoid the movie.

A classic case of taking yourself too seriously, Season of the Witch is a terrible film with a mane to match. Cage’s windswept hair is almost long enough to get tangled in his chainmail. Look the other way.

Cage’s thick, flowing locks in the The Sorcerer’s Apprentice are far more spellbinding than the film’s perfunctory plot. Though the film is marginally better than other long-locked Cage specials, it confirms that he should be cautious of both family fare and longer hair.

Con Air should by rights be a mid-length Cage film, but his hair in this actioner is defiantly long and bouffant at the bottom, even giving a mullet effect when blowing in the wind. Most of us see Con Air as a guilty pleasure, but the guilty party here might be the hair and make up department.

So, there you have it. There are exceptions to every rule, but it seems that the Cage hair theory might just wash — much like how the quality of a Matthew McConaughey movie depends on how quickly he takes his shirt off. But that’s another story…

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Hair Accessories for Grown Women: What’s Appropriate for Work, Play, and Beyond?

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Because everything old is new again, scrunchies, headbands, and claws are back in style and being offered as hair accessories for grown women, and I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on them. I know some people have always been Team Scrunchie; I myself have always been Team Claw (and of course, the old black Ouchless elastic I wear on my wrist pretty much every waking hour). But there are strong opinions about this! Are you going to give headbands a whirl in 2018? Are some of the more decorative options (like the goldish star claw) just not appropriate for most women over a certain age (like 16)? For those of you who have strong opinions FOR hair accessories, which stores make the best hair accessories in terms of comfort, durability, price, look, etc?

Psst: our last poll on what kind of hair accessories are appropriate for the office … in 2009!

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(Pictured above, all from Free People because I happened to be browsing the site: kimono clip / scrunchie / claw / headband. And for those of you who are on Team Drugstore Elastic, do you prefer Goody Ouchless or Scünci? Has anyone tried “Amazon choice” of Munax?)

For my $ .02, I probably will give headbands a whirl again — but only with ones I already own. I’ll probably skip the scrunchies just because I don’t think my round face shape looks particularly great with a low ponytail, and I feel like that’s where scrunchies excel. I’ve always like claws for comfort and an easy half-up-do or (with a huge claw) a French twist — but those tend to be bad hair days for me so I probably don’t want to try more attention to my hair with something really decorative.

Looking for more sedate options for hair accessories for grown women? Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Nordstrom (particularly from these two drool-worthy brands) have a ton of similar styles.

Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on hair accessories for grown women? What looks do you wear the most for work and play — what products are you excited about to be back in style?