When it's time to see your friends and family this festive season, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband plait is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Frizz seems to be the one hair woe that affects all women regardless of hair type, mainly because it sprouts up for a number of different reasons. While some women have figured out ways of keeping their fuzz down day to day, there are times when those pesky hairs pop up regardless of what you do to avoid them. When you're stuck in a hairy situation like this, there are easy ways to disguise the pouf that seems to be taking over your head:
- Try some hair oil: Hair oils are a more natural serum when it comes to zapping frizz. Work something like Kiehl's Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate (£16) into your hair to depuff instantly.
- Slick on some moisture: Start by sweeping some lotion onto your arms and legs. When you're done, run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots. The thin layer of moisturiser will smooth down your frizz. Just make sure to use a light touch or you could find yourself with a greasy situation.
- Spritz some hair spray: Spraying some directly onto your hair won't do much, so try this handy trick — mist a lightweight hair spray, like Oribe Superfine Hairspray (£17) onto the palms of both of your hands. Before it has time to dry, swipe your hands over your hair, focusing on the frizziest spots. The spray will keep the fuzz at bay without weighing it down.
- Snag a dryer sheet: If you're running out the door and don't have any product on hand, reach for a tumble dryer sheet. Smooth it over your hair for a quick way to remove your frizz. Bonus: this technique also works if you're hair is full of static, another major hair woe in the Winter.
While we're worried about damage to our hair year round, your hair needs extra attention in the Winter, because the cold, dry air zaps your hair of any moisture. With this being the season of the sleek blowdries and static hair, we chatted with Jenny Balding, a Cutler/Redken styling and grooming expert, on how to keep your hair healthy and protected — even with your hot tools in the on position. Don't let your hair dryer or flat iron dehydrate your already parched locks, follow these tips to keep your hair looking top-notch right through to March.
POPSUGAR: What is the worse-case scenario with heat damage?
Jenny Balding: The worst-case scenario is that you hair will weaken so much from heat damage that it will break off. Gently does it with heated appliances, and always use a product to protect your hair from hair damage.
PS: We know hair needs added protection with heat styling, but how can you protect finer hair without making it look greasy?
JB: With fine-textured hair, it is really important to still protect your hair by using conditioner after you shampoo, but to avoid it feeling heavy or oily at the roots, keep the conditioner to ends only.
PS: Is there anything you can do to rectify heat damage once it have it?
JB: It's best to get the worst cut off, and then get regular trims. Use a deep nourishing mask once a week to try [to] repair any leftover damage.
PS: What ingredients should we be looking for in heat protectants to minimise the damage?
JB: Silicone is the main ingredient to look for, as it will smooth and protect your hair from burning.
PS: How can we actually get rid of static midday?
JB: To really get rid of static, use a small amount of light moisturising product, like a finishing cream, and rub into your palms and lightly smooth over your hair. This will work for all textures of hair and will work instantly.
PS: And what if it's my brush that's giving it to me? Any tips?
JB: Try using a natural boar-bristle brush, as this will prevent static as opposed to nylon bristles.
PS: Any other hair care tips we should know for battling cold temperatures and hairstyling?
JB: A gloss spray is a brilliant way to amp up dull, dry-looking locks in the Winter. Redken Shine Flash (£13) is perfect.
Broken lipstick, unruly brows, runaway glitter makeup . . . we've all dealt with headache-inducing beauty issues at some point. But we have a few simple tricks up our sleeve, so you can avoid yet another beauty mishap. We're breaking down three beauty hacks to know and commit to memory.
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With such an expansive career in film, Kate Hudson has stepped into a lot of different roles. But there's one hat we never expected: she's a beauty mixologist. "I just finished reading this book on things you can do in your kitchen that you can put on your face," Kate explained. "Like food masks, basically. Things you can make."
While the rest of us may pin and repin DIY beauty recipes for hours, Kate is actually someone who rolls up her sleeves, gets into the kitchen, and does work. "I mean, look, it's not pretty, let's put it that way," she says with a laugh. "There's this sort of natural acid mask that is literally mushed strawberries and lemon juice." Kate also plays around with honey masks . . . much to the amusement of her children. "My kids were like, 'Mom, what are you doing?' But it's fun!"
When she isn't researching new recipes to slather on her face (aspirin masks are next on her experiment list), Kate is the spokeswoman for Almay, a brand she loves. Some of her favourite products include the eye makeup remover wipes and the lip balms. "They feel so good, they're super hydrating, and they're great colours — and there are tons of colours," she mused.
At the end of the day, Kate likes to stick to a more natural beauty routine. It's an idea she gathered from her mother, Goldie Hawn. "When it comes to personal goals and beauty and what that means, my mom and dad are more concerned with what kind of people we are. When I look at my mom and her beauty, it's really the qualities of who she is," she explains. "It's always fun to talk about makeup and working out and body and image, but I mean how many tricks can you tell somebody before you realise, like, 'Guess what, honey? If you don't got your head on straight, nothing's gonna fix it!'"
We spend a good deal of our day making sure we're primped and preened to perfection, so wouldn't it be nice if there were little life hacks to make the job easier? To help, we've rounded up tips and tricks to keep you looking your best in less time . . . we promise.
- Spritz some hair spray on an old (clean) mascara brush, and use it to tame your brows.
- Position a business card behind your lashes before applying mascara to keep it off your lids.
- Make your eyelash curler more effective by heating it up with your hair dryer before using it.
- Smudge some Vaseline around the outside of your nails before applying polish. This will keep the lacquer off the skin around your nails for a clean manicure.
- You could also wrap a cotton ball around an orange stick to clean up wayward polish on your fingers.
Get five more beauty hacks, after the jump!
Feel yourself quickly falling into a hair rut this Autumn? Don't beat yourself up . . . get yourself motivated! We've got this whimsical and beautiful plaited bun tutorial, straight from Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, and it's perfect for the holidays.
1. Blow-dry your wet hair until it's completely smooth using a boar-bristle brush and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray (£22) for added volume.
2. Give yourself a slight side part, and then start your french plait. It should start on the side with less hair and continue around your head until you reach the point right below your ear on the other side. Tie the end off with a clear band.
See the rest of the tutorial when you keep reading.
Just as it's customary to do a little Fall wardrobe shopping, your vanity could use a seasonal revamp as well. All it takes is a few quick updates to get your skin, makeup, and hair routine refreshed and ready for the crisper weather ahead. Discover the seven beauty buys that are worth the shopping trip when you read more.
It's important to feel your best on your wedding day, but that's hard to do when you're wearing thick layers of powder and seven coats of mascara. Fortunately, says makeup artist Jeffrey Tasker, it doesn't take much to create stunning yet natural-looking bridal makeup. "More doesn't necessarily mean better," he says. Read his advice for boosting a bride's natural beauty — without overdoing it.